Beaumont Rag

As played by the East Texas Serenaders from the Texas region

Rag in C

From the Texas and Oklahoma Collection

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78rpm Record


This version of Beaumont Rag was recorded by the East Texas Serenaders. It is notable for two reasons: it is in the key of C rather than F, and it is extremely soulful. The recording featured at least two fiddles. As in all such situations, I have tried to extract a fiddle lead that is playable on a single fiddle. The Serenaders played it in three parts. The first two lines of the B part were played with hokum bowing. The C part is the traditional high part, but since we are in the key of C rather than F, it only goes up to a high C. You can put your finger on the G on the first string and play the high part in second position, but you can probably get by in first position. The C part only appears in the second and third times through the tune, as the first time through featured a repetition of the A part instead of A B and C.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Beaumont Rag

Texas Fiddle

Western Swing

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