Black Mountain Rag

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Rag in A

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording released on the album Texas Hoedown Revisited


I won’t sugarcoat it: Benny’s version of Black Mountain Rag is very difficult. One glance at the full transcription is enough to frighten small children and domesticated companion animals. But it is a marvelous version. Note the six-line passage of pizzicato; this has to be the most ambitious pizzicato passage that I have found so far in a version of Black Mountain Rag. There is also a brief passage of hokum bowing. The final note of the tune is to be played vibrato (so denoted by the squiggly line).

Tune to AEAC#.

This tune is a member of the following groups:


Black Mountain Rag

Texas Fiddle

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