Draggin’ the Bow

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)


1972 recording of Benny Thomasson released on The Weiser Reunion album


This rag was a bear to transcribe, and I can only imagine that it would be even more of a challenge to play. According to Vi Wickam’s research, Draggin’ the Bow was written by Curt Massey, probably in or before the early-to-mid-1930s. It has since been recorded in a variety of styles. Thomasson went to town with a swing-style interpretation. Look out for high notes, up to a high E. You will also find a passage of hokum bowing. He also used a little bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line to the left of notes to be played vibrato.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle

Western Swing

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