Wild Horse (Stoney Point)

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


Wild Horse is West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger’s excellent version of Stoney Point (aka Pigtown Fling, Devil in the Woodpile, etc.).  He played it in three parts, with the minor part coming last.  (This differs from how I originally learned it, with the minor part as the B part.  If transcribing multiple versions of this tune has taught me anything, it’s that it can be mixed and matched six ways to Sunday.)  The A and B parts do not evince much variation, but there are some very nice variations in the C part the third time through.  Also, beware of the octave jump in the C part.  He appears to have played the higher E on the second string, as it often appears as vibrato.  Speaking of vibrato, Kessinger used a good bit of it, especially in the C part.  It is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Buck Creek Gals, Stoney Point, The Devil in Georgia, Pigtown Fling, Temperance Reel

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