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JUMP FINGERS. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Nebraska, Missouri. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was one of '100 essential Missouri tunes' listed by Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden. Described as a "parlor novelty piece" by Mark Wilson. Composition credit is claimed by George "Jeffie" Pounds, who was playing the tune in a barber shop that happened at the same time to be patronized by Nebraska fiddler Bob Walters. Walters listened to it a few times, then played it expertly himself, causing the exasperated Pounds to rush out of the shop (see liner notes to Rounder CD0375).

Bob Walters and R.P. Christeson (2nd & 3rd from left)



Bob Walters

Source for notated version: George Pounds via Bob Walters (both Burt County, Nebraska, fiddlers) [Christeson, Milliner & Koken]; Lonnie Robertson (1908-1981, Springfield, Mo.), learned from Bob Walters [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 117. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 41. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 351.

Recorded sources: Marimac 9054, The Ill-Mo Boys - "Fine as Frog Hair" (1995). Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers' Association, Uncle Bob Walters - "Old Time Fiddler's Repertory" (1976). Rounder CD 0375, Lonnie Robertson - "Lonnie's Breakdown" (2008. Originally recorded 1978).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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