I Don't Love Nobody

As played by Doc Roberts from the Kentucky region

Rag in C

From the Doc Roberts Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record


According to the Fiddler's Companion, Doc Roberts learned this rag from the Skillet Lickers' recording.  If so, then I think old Doc improved on the Skillet Lickers' version.  He played this peice four times through, AAB AB AB AB.  The A part only had minor variations, so I have transcribed it once.  The B parts had more significant variations, so I have transcribed them as multiple endings off the A part and in a coda (for the final B part).  Look out for accidentals, syncopation, and a few high notes.

In the B part, there were two instances where Roberts laid off the fiddle and let the guitar do a bass run.  I have transcribed the guitar run, and marked them as "Guitar", with the word "Fiddle" indicating a resumption of the fiddling.  When I recorded the tune for this MP3, I just played the bass run on the fiddle.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags

I Don't Love Nobody

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