Lay Down with the Chiggers and the Fleas

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Melvin Wine Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

Field recording at the Digital Library of Appalachia

A few things to note about this tune and transcription:

  • Melvin Wine played a different A part the first time through. In the transcription, the initial A part is written first, followed by the B part, and then the A part for subsequent repetitions. The tune ends in a coda off of this subsequent A part.
  • In the initial A part, there a three instances of a B quarter note and a D quarter note in a slur, with a slide up to the D quarter note. Play this as a slow slide from the B to the D, taking two beats.
  • The quality of the recording was too poor for me to do much bowing analysis.

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