As played by Wilson Douglas from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

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Recording of Wilson Douglas released on the album Common Ground, streaming audio available here


The Fiddler’s Companion reports that Petronella originated in Scotland, and is named after a 16th or 17th century firearm called a petronel.  Douglas played a deliciously crooked version of this old standard.  I notated some notes and chords as tenuto (a little bar above or below the note).  These should be played in the same bowstroke as the previous note; just give the bow a little pulse to make it distinct.

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