Scolding Wife (7)

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X:1 T:Scolding Wife [7] S:Marion Reece M:C| L:1/8 R:Air N:AEac# (fiddle) N:"+" = plucked string over low 'A' drone F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/scolding-wife-2 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A B>B| c/d/c BE F2E2|A4A4-|[M:6/4]A2z B cB A2F2E2| [M:C|]+slide+[c3e3]d|[c4e4]-[c2e2]A2| {c}B2A2F2E2|B3c B3c|{Bc}B2A2F2E2| +slide+[A8A8]|A,6"+"A2|"+"E6"+"A|"+"E2 FG FEF2|A3B BcAB|c2A4| |:A,B,|C2[C2E2]-[C2E2]CC|D2[F2A2]-[F2A2]DD|C2[C2E2]-[C2E2]CC|F2A2B2AB| |1c2 A4:|2 cA4 cd||e4f2e2|[c2e2][Ae][Be] [c2e2] [A2e2]-| [A2e2]cd e4 |fe c2B2 [Ae][Be]|[c2e2][A2e2]-[A2e2]cd| e3f e2c2|e3f e3c|e2 fe c2B2|c3c c2 B2|A6|| P:1st strain, first three measures, 2nd time through: [A,E]B |cBA2F2E2|[B3e3]-[ce] [B3e3]-[ce]|([B/e/][c/e/][Be]) [Ae]B F2E2|



SCOLDING WIFE [7]. American, Reel (cut time). A Major. AEac# tuning (fiddle). ABB'C. "Scolding Wife [7]" was performed by William Marion Reece of Zionsville, western North Carolina, and recorded by John Lomax in July, 1936, for the Library of Congress (AFS 837, A5. Lomax misspelled the performer's name as "Rees"). According to Joe Wilson [1], Reece was a blacksmith by trade whose home and shop was north of Boone, on the North Carolina border near Johnson County, Tenn. Reece also played the fife and had an instrument handed down from his grandfather, who brought it home with him after the Civil War [Wilson maintains the Reece family were largely Union sympathizers, or "Mountain Yankees"].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Fiddler Magazine, vol. 18, No. 1; 2011, p. 39.

Recorded sources: -

See also listing at:
Hear Marion Reese's 1936 recording at Slippery Hill [1]
See banjo tab for Reese's "Scolding Wife" [2]



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  1. 10/1/1997, Google Groups, rec.music.country.oldtime.