Arkansas Turnback

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X:1 T:Arkansas Turnback N:From the playing of fiddler Art Galbraith (1909-1993, Springfield, Mo., though N:originally from Greene County, Mo., Ozarks region). M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/arkansas-turnback D:Rounder 0133, Art Galbraith - "Dixie Blossoms" (1981) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D [G2A2]-|[A2A2][A2A2][F2A2][FA][FA]|[DA]BAG [FA]EDF|GGBG E2 EE|GB2B E2[G2A2]-| [A2A2][A2A2][F2A2]FG|ABAG FDFE|[DA]ABc d[Af]ea|(f[df])[df][df] [d2f2]:| |:(=f2-|^f2)ff ddde|fa2f d2[d2f2]|+slide+[e3e3]f eeeA|c(ABc) e2[A2e2]| (=f^f2)a fede|f(gaf) d2A2|BABc dBAD|FD2E D2:|



ARKANSAS TURNBACK. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Missouri. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Galbraith’s source, Bill (Willy) Bilyeu, indicated the title was his, although he thought the tune was some “old hornpipe” (Beisswenger & McCann, 2008). Bilyeu was a "senior member of a legendary clan of Ozark fiddlers and a fiddler recorded by Vance Randolph in 1943"[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Art Galbraith (1909-1993, near Springfield, Missouri), learned around 1955 from Willy Bilyeu (Walnut Shade, Ozark, Missouri) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 36. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 18.

Recorded sources : - Rounder Records 0133, Art Galbraith – “Dixie Blossoms” (1981).




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  1. Howard Marshall, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, 2012, p. 97.