Rat Cheese (Pike's Peak)

As played by Gary Lee Moore from the Oklahoma region

Rag in C

From the Gary Lee Moore Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Gary Lee Moore (MP3 here)


The tune Rat Cheese is better known as Pike's Peak.  Apparently there is some precedent for calling it Rat Cheese, which is likely a corruption of the name Natchez.  This tune is of moderate difficulty, but is well worth the effort to master.  It goes up to a high D in the B part.  I actually wanted to learn this tune some years ago, but couldn't find a compelling version at that time.  This version is quite compelling!

Here's a YouTube video of Gary Lee Moore playing Rat Cheese (though this transcription is of the MP3 linked above):

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags

Texas Fiddle

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