Doc Chapman's Breakdown

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X:1 T:Doc Chapman's Breakdown N:Transcribed by John Hartford from the playing of fiddler Snake Chapman N:(Stone, Ky.). Hartford says Chapman learned the tune from his father, but N:thought it was some kind of exercise until he realized it was a tune. M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stephen F. Davis - "Devil's Box", vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 1994 (p. 28) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/|[db][d/b/][d/b] d/[d/e/]e/d/|B/c/d/B/ GG|D/F/A/B? c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/F/ DD| D/F/A/B/ c/B/A/G/|F/G/A/F/ DD|D/F/A/B/ c/B/A/F/|D/F/A/B/ d(3A/B/c/| df/d/ e/d/ (3A/B/c/|d/e/f/d/ e(3A/B/c/|df/d/ e/d/ (3A/B/c/|d/e/f/d/ ee/f/| g/f/e/d/ B/G/A/F/|[GB][G/B/][G/B/] [GB]||(3D/E/F/|G/G/B/G/ A/G/D/F/|G/G/B/G/ [DA] (3D/E/F/| G2 B/G/ A/G/D/F/|G/G/B/G/ A(3D/E/F/|G/G/B/G/ A/G/E/F/|G/G/B/G/ AB/c/|d/B/c/B/ A/G/F|G2G- G:|]



Owen "Snake" Chapman
DOC CHAPMAN'S BREAKDOWN. American, Reel (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A member of a large, widespread Appalachian tune family (see note for "Kitty Puss"). "Doc Chapman's Breakdown" is from fiddler Owen "Snake" Chapman (1919-2002) of Canada, Pike County, eastern Kentucky), who learned the tune from his father, George "Doc" Chapman (b. circa 1850). At first, according to John Hartford, Snake thought his father was playing some kind of exercise and only later recognized that he was playing a tune.


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Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 1994; p. 28a.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 0320, Bob Carlin & John Hartford - "The Fun of Open Discussion" (1995). Rounder 0378, Owen "Snake" Chapman - "Up in Chapman's Hollow" (1996).




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