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[Slow Breakdown in G]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Strathspeys
-  Schottisches
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Related Tune(s): [Breakdown in G]
-  Rendition: (1)-2r-1
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QBQC (abcd abef qrcd qref)
-  Spoken: HENRY REED: I don't know when but it's been a long time since I tried to play it./ALAN JABBOUR: I thought the way you started it out the first time was different from the way you played it when you got back around to it again./HENRY REED: I know it was./A
-  Recording chronology: 131
-  Related Tune(s): [Schottische in G]
-  Related Tune(s): [Polka in G]
-  Duration: 57 seconds
-  No variants can be cited for this unnamed tune. Henry Reed begins it as if it were a schottische, then gains speed as he moves forward till he is approaching breakdown pace toward the end. He also seem to conflate the tune with another tune in G on which he is equally vague about genre (see "Polka in G," AFS 13033b03 and "Schottische in G," AFS 13033b09).
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A36
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. [Slow Breakdown in G]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed July 24, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) [Slow Breakdown in G]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jabbour, Alan, et al. [Slow Breakdown in G]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.