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[Breakdown in A]
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
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r
-  Compass: 15
-  Key: A
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds
-  Henry Reed had no name for this tune, and no clear variants of it have been found. But he played it on two different occasions, so it must have been a standard feature of his repertory. It is metrically irregular, having a two-bar low strain and a three-bar high strain. He reversed the order of the strains on the two occasions when he played this piece. Its use of the first-finger double-stop A-E on the G and D strings is a trait that appears elsewhere in his playing; compare, for example, "George Booker." The fact that these notes are played as a double-stop, and that he never plays the open G-string, probably indicates that it was originally conceived for a fiddle tuned up E-A-E-A for tunes in the key of A; in such a situation the double-stop would actually be the two low strings played as open strings.
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 3-2)
-  Phrase Structure: AA'B QR (aba'bcd qdqr)
-  Stylistic features: Played slower than normal, which affects bowing patterns.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's a good one./HENRY REED: Yeah, that's one . . . . I like that a lot./ALAN JABBOUR: I do too. But you don't recollect the name?/HENRY REED: Huh?/ALAN JABBOUR: You don't recollect the name?/HENRY REED: No, I don't know the name now./ALAN
-  Recording chronology: 141
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A46
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. [Breakdown in A]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed September 28, 2016.)

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

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