Herman’s Rag

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Rag in C

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


1974 field recording of Benny Thomasson released on the album Benny Thomasson: Say Old Man, Can You Play the Fiddle


Herman’s Rag is perhaps not as difficult as many of Thomasson’s other rags, but it is still quite a challenge.  Thomasson played this piece three times through, with only slight variation in the A part.  There are two distinct variations on the B part, one of which appears the first and third times through the tune.  The other variant of the B part, which goes up to a high E, appears the second time through the tune.  There are a lot of accidentals, as well as a great many triplets, sixteenth notes, and triplets over sixteenth notes.  Thomasson 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.

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