Leake County Blues

As played by the Leake County Revelers from the Mississippi region

Rag in C

From the Leake County Revelers Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

78rpm record

Here's a fun, challenging rag named after Leake County, Mississippi. The structure of this tune is AAA BB AAA CC A, which I have represented with multiple endings on the A part. In the B and C part, the repeat at the first ending of those parts indicates to repeat the part just played, and the repeat at the second ending of those parts indicates to jump back to the beginning of the A part.

The first three measures of the B part may pose a bit of a challenge; try playing those out of second position. If you're not familiar with this term, all it means is that you will play the A with your middle finger (rather than with your ring finger), the B with your ring finger (rather than with your pinky), and the C with your pinky. Basically, your fingers are just slid up one position from where you normally play.

Here are two YouTube videos of good renditions of Leake County Blues. I especially like the second one, with the harmonica playing the fiddle part. If you like blues or ragtime, you'll love it!

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