South carolina rag

John Jackson


Xref: undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic:5497
Reply-To: cromwell@bnr.ca
Hi, After months of avoidance, I finally managed to get this typed in. Enjoy! David
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Title: South Carolina Rag
Notes: This song was recorded by Willie Walker in 1932 and can be heard on the Yazoo CD East Coast Blues. However, this tab is based on a version by John Jackson, who heard Willie Walker play it when he was a child. It appears on his tape, Step It Up And Go.
This is not a complete transcription nor is it a completely accurate transcription. I've thrown in an extra measure in places, changed some notes here and there, and left out the simpler stuff that's played behind the verses. But it does hit most of the high spots. The rest should be easy enough to figure out. Tuning: standard
Performance notes: John Jackson appears to have a capo on the second fret.
Main verse:
Long A * * * * * * * * -------5-------3----|---------------|-------5---3--------|--------------- ---|---|-------|----5---------------|---|---|------------5--------------- ---2---2-------2------------2|------|---2---2-------2|-----------2|------ -------2-------2------------2|------|-------2-------2|-----------2|------ ------------------------0----|------|----------------|-------0----|------ ------------------------|-----------|------------------------|-----------
D7 (bottom three strings of a C7 form slid up two frets) * * * * * * * * --------------------------------------|----------------------------------- --------------|--------|----|---------|--------|--------|----|------------ -------------5|-------4|---5|---------|-------5|-------4|---5|------------ ---------4---4|---4---4|---4|---4-----|---4---4|---4---4|---4|---4-------- ---2s5---|--------|-------------|-----|---|--------|-------------|---5s3-- ---|----------------------------------|------------------------------|----
G * * * * * * * * | | | | --------3---1-------|-------0|------|----------3---5---|-------|------------- ----------------3---0-------0|------|---3s5--------|---4---0---1------------- ----------------|-------0-----------|---|------------------|-------2--------- ----------------|-------|-----------|------------------------------|--------- ----------------|-------|-----------|---------------------------------------- ----3-----------3-------3-----------|---------------------------------------- |
C G C * * * | * * * * * ---|----------------1-------|-------|---------------------------------------- ---1-------1|---4-----------1-------|-----------------1---------------------- -----------0|---|-------2-----------|---0|---0--------|---0|----------------- ------------|-----------|-----------|---1|---|--------|---2|----------------- -------3----------------------------|----|-------2|---3----|----------------- -------|----------------------------|------------3|--------------------------
* * * * * * | | | -----------3--------3---|-----------|---3-------3---------------------------- ---|----------------|---1-----------|---------------------------------------- ---0-----------0|---|-------0|------|---------------0|----------------------- ---------------2|---|-------2|------|---------------2|----------------------- ----------------|---3--------|------|----------------|-----------------------
-------3----------------------------|-------3-------------------------------- | |
Repeat above from beginning.
Now the bridge:
A (1st position F at 5th fret) * * * * * * * * | ---------5---5---7------------------|---8---7---5---|------------------------ ---------|---|----------------------|---|---|---|---8------------------------ ---------|---|----------------------|---|---|---|---------------------------- ---------7---|-------7--------------|---|---|---|-------7-------------------- -------------|-------|--------------|---|---|---|-------|-------------------- ---0s5-------5----------------------|---5---5---5---------------------------- |
D7 (full 1st position C7 slid up 2) * * * * * * * * -----------|-------|----------------|-------|-------|------------------------ -------3---3-------3----------------|---6---5-------3-------|---------------- -------|-------5--------------------|---|-------------------5---------------- -------4-------|-------4------------|---|-------4---------------4------------ ---5-----------|-------|------------|---5-------|---------------|------------ ---|-----------5--------------------|-------------------5-------------------- |
G * * * * * * * * | | | | | ---------------|-------3------------|-------3|---5---3-------0---|----------- -------|-------3---5|---------------|-------0|-----------4-------1----------- -------3---4|------0|---------------|--------------------|-----------2------- -----------0|-------|---------------|--------------------------------|------- ------------|-----------------------|---------------------------------------- ---3--------------------------------|---3------------------------------------ | | C G C * * * | * * * * * ---|----------------1-------|-------|---------------------------------------- ---1-------1|---4-----------1-------|--------|--------1---------------------- -----------0|---|-------2-----------|---0|---0------------0|----------------- ------------|-----------|-----------|---1|------------|---2|----------------- -------3----------------------------|----|-------2|---3----|----------------- -------|----------------------------|------------3|--------------------------
* * * * * * | | | -----------3--------3---|-----------|---3-------3---------------------------- ---|----------------|---1-----------|---------------------------------------- ---0-----------0|---|-------0|------|---------------0|----------------------- ---------------2|---|-------2|------|---------------2|----------------------- ----------------|---3--------|------|----------------|----------------------- -------3----------------------------|-------3-------------------------------- | | Repeat bridge (with variations).
And now the ending. Repeat the first six bars of the main verse, followed by:
G * * * | * * * * - * ---|----------------0-------|-------|---------------------------------------- ---1-------1|---4-----------1-------|-----------------------|----0----------- -----------0|---|-------2-----------|---------------|-------0----|----------- ------------|-----------|-----------|---------------2------------0----------- -------3----------------------------|---------------------------------------- -------|----------------------------|---0---1---2-------3-------------------- | | | | C * ------------------------------------|---------------------------------------- ---1--------------------------------|---------------------------------------- ---|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------- ---|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------- ---3--------------------------------|---------------------------------------- ------------------------------------|----------------------------------------



















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