you get Steve Parker’s book Ragtime
for Fiddle and Mandolin and
Mel Bay's Favorite
American Rags and Blues for Fiddle by
Stacy Phillips, then you'll have your bases covered when it comes to
sheet music for many of the common stringband rags such as Pig
Ankle's Rag, Stone's Rag, Mineola Rag, Plowboy Hop, Whistling Rufus,
Stone Mountain Wobble and many more. However, I've also found
some great raggy tunes from other books and sources. For
Verch’s book/CD The
American Fiddle Method - Canadian Fiddle Styles contains
the ragtime foxtrot Walking Up Town in the key of C.
I really started to love this tune after transcribing it to the
key of G, which is the way it is played by Tom Cussen’s Irish
traditional band Shaskeen on their album titled Walking Up Town.
It's a little easier to play in G so you can start with April
Verch's sheet music and tweak it based on Shaskeen's version.
Dix Bruce and Bruce Bollerud tune collection called Mandolin
Uff Da! Let's Dance:: Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes and House Party
one of my favorite tunebooks, containing many great waltzes,
schottiches and polkas. It also contains two very fun rags
Rag Two-Step (which
I prefer to play in D than the arrangement in F in the book) and Red
Rooster Two Step (which
is noteworthy because it’s a 3-part tune that changes keys…the
first part sounds like a march, the second part
sounds ethnic, and the third part
is very raggy). In addition Mandolin Uff Da! also has some
tunes called Almondo's
Polka and Sally's
also have ragtime elements. You won't find these tunes anywhere
else, and they really deserve to be played by more people.
Mountain Music’s All-In-One
a country rag I like a lot called Saturday
here to listen to me playing this tune. Janet
Ultimate Mandolin Songbookhas
a transcription of Scott Joplin’s classic rag The
almost makes this tune doable!
the Charlottesville, VA area contra dance band Floorplay has written
many tunes that I’ve started to play, including Clouds Thicken,
Critter’s Gone to Texas and Locust Tree. Just last week I
started to learn one he wrote called Elgin’s
which has become my favorite rag. Paul has posted the sheet
music for all of the tunes on Floorplay’s Block Party album,
including Elgin's Rag, here.
also a site called Dr.
many transcriptions of rags, including Cumberland Blues by Doc
Roberts and Duck Shoes Rag and Ruth’s Rag by the Grinnell Giggers.
Rags may be somewhat scarce, but with a little poking around
you'll have more tunes in that syncopated style at your disposal.