Greasy String (1)

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X:1 T:Greasy String [1] S:Burl Hammons M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Rounder 1504/05, Burl Hammons - "The Hammons Family" (1998) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/greasy-string-1 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G D2-|D2G2G3A|Bd2(A {A}B2)A|GGAG EDEG|AG2A G2EG| D2G4A2|Bd2(AB3)A|GGAG EDEG|AG2A G2|| D2-|g2dB ge d2|edBA G2[G2B2]|([Ae][A2a2])([Ab] [A2a2]) BA|Bd2e d2ef| gba2 g3e|d2BA G3G|A2G2 EDEG|A2 G2 G2||



GREASY STRING [1]. AKA and see "Bring Back My Old Coon Dog." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia. A Major: G Major. AEae or Standard tunings (fiddle). AABBCC (Kuntz): AAAABB (Phillips). The title "Greasy String" probably refers to a slippery fiddle string. The tune was frequently found in the 1970's among older fiddlers in Ashe, Alleghany, Patrick (see Patrcik County natives Taylor and Stella Kimble's privately released record "How Sweet the Sound") and Grayson counties in Virginia. There are various degrees of variation in the melody: some see two related, but distinct tune lines, but as with many older American traditional fiddle tunes each fiddler had their own distinctive version.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Lotus Dickey (Indiana) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 103. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 90.

Recorded sources: -Rounder XCD 1504/05, Burl Hammons - "The Hammons Family" (1998. Originally recorded in 1972). Victor (78 RPM), the West Virginia Coon Hunters (1927).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Burl Hammons recording at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear West Virginia fiddler Oscar Wright's 1966 field recording at Slippery Hill [3]



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