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Sally Ann, Part 1

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Sally Ann  
 
Sally Ann  
 
Sally Ann, Part 1
Sally Ann, Part 1
 
“Sally Ann” is a favorite tune in the Round Peak area of Virginia and in all old-time music circles. There are some different versions of the tune, but Wade Ward plays the standard two-part in his own inimitable style. It’s in the key of D and played in double-D tuning: aDADE, where the fourth string is D, third string is A, second string is D, first string is E, and fifth string is A. Bruce plays the whole tune through and then starts breaking the A part down, phrase by phrase.

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