Dill Pickle Rag

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Rag in G and C

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record


Kessinger played this three-part key-changing rag quite masterfully. He played it twice through in the recording, with the second time through being somewhat abbreviated. The A and B parts are in the key of G, but the key changes to C for the C part. The C part also has some high passages that may be best played in second position (slide your pinky up to a high C on the first string, and use your index and middle fingers for G and A, respectively). Note the octave double-stop with a C on the second string and a high C on the first string! That man’s intonation was impeccable. The A and B parts are both crooked, with some extra crookedness showing up in the B part the second time through the tune (three extra beats that weren’t there the first time through).

Kessinger used vibrato on some notes that are held for multiple beats. This is denoted by squiggly lines to the left of notes in the transcription that are to be played vibrato. Due to a quirk of my typesetting software, whenever there is vibrato with an octave D (open D on the third string and stopped D on the second string), the vibrato appears beside the open D when it should really appear beside the stopped D. (This issue obviously does not appear in the melody only transcription.)

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