Kanawha March

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

March in D and G

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


1974 field recording of Benny Thomasson released on the album Benny Thomasson: Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle


Kanawha March most likely entered Thomasson’s repertoire from a recording of West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger (transcription of his version here).  This two parts of this rag are in different keys; the A part is in the key of D while the B part is in the key of G.  The tune is structured AA B A.  Look out for triplets and sixteenth notes, a few Spiccato notes, and some screwy timing.  This piece seems crooked in places, but it’s not.  Also beware some high notes in the B part; it goes up to a high D.  Play this march with a good bit of swing.  Thomasson used some vibrato; notes to be played vibrato are denoted in the transcription by squiggly lines to their left.

Here is the recording from which Thomasson probably learned Kanawha March:


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