Hamilton's Special Breakdown

As played by Y. Z. Hamilton from the Alabama region

Rag in G

From the Deep South Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm record (MP3 at archive.org)


This amazing rag was probably written by Alabama fiddler Y. Z. Hamilton. Although the title includes the word “breakdown,” it is really a rag. This shows how the usage of the term has changed over the years. Also, Hamilton was apparently a major nutcase. This is quite a difficult piece, but is well worth the effort to learn. Simpler versions of the tune have been recorded over the years under the names G Rag, Concord Rag, and Bustdown Stomp.

And here’s a video of Dr. Fiddle himself playing this tune:

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags

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