Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Rag in G

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording on the album Benny Thomasson: Legendary Texas Fiddler


This is a highly challenging rag. Thomasson played it in five parts, plus a crooked variant of the A part. The Fiddler's Companion cryptically states that this "tune is built on a circle of fifths," which I suppose refers to the chord progression. The chords go from E to A to D to G, which are descending fifths, and each lasts two measures (except in the crooked A part which has an extra measure for the A chord). This tune can hardly be said to be in any key, but I have arbitrarily assigned it the key of G since this key’s single sharp is the lowest common denominator between E, A, D, and G.

Thomasson used arpeggiated chords in the A and B parts. The D part uses a lot of hokum bowing, which I have simplified slightly in the melody-only transcription. He used his signature descending triplet run for the ending.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags

Texas Fiddle

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