Black Mountain Rag

As played by Bobby Kerns from the Alabama region

Rag in A

From the Bobby Kerns Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)

Two YouTube videos of Bobby Kerns

This is one of the best versions of Black Mountain Rag that I've ever heard. I've wanted to learn this one for a long time, so I spent much of this past weekend working on this tune. I had never played in the AEAC# tuning before, so it took a little getting used to. My playing isn't that great in the recording, but hopefully I will be playing it better in the future.

In the transcription, the A, B, and C parts are presented, followed by the coda. At the bottom of the page is an alternate A part, the well-known pizzicato variation. (To play pizzicato notes, pluck the strings with the fingers of the left hand.) A variant of the C part is on the second page.

I transcribed this tune from the two YouTube videos below. The transcription mostly follows the first one, but I transcribed the ending licks from the second one. Enjoy!

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Black Mountain Rag

Donna Kerns Smith 2014-09-15 11:40:35
Thank you for referencing my father, Bobby Kerns!! We celebrated his 82nd Birthday this weekend and stumbled upon this site!!! He is truly talented despite his hearing loss!!
dan grammer 2014-01-12 20:53:13
Alright....encoutaging since he made it look easy. Now back to another year of trying to get it down. I love this tune and uncle pen also.