More about Ragtime Annie
Reiner & Anick (1989) says that the song comes from a piano piece entitled "Raggedy Ann Rag" and categorizes it as a ' Midwest ' or ' Southwest ' theme. Still, they did not give a source. So far no one has been able to access a fiddle tune-like piano melody (The name "Raggedy Ann Rag" exists on handwritten material, composed by Joe "Fingers" Carr and released in 1952, much too late to be recorded in 1952). The song name occurs as "Raggedy Ann" in a collection of popular fiddle tunes collected by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph from the Ozarks Plains, released in 1954. "Raggedy Ann," a variant title of "Ragtime Annie," may have been associated with the popular mid-20th century American rag-doll. A popular American fiddle tune with uncertain origins and a staple of the North American fiddling repertoire. There's a lot of speculation along the lines of: "Ragtime Annie is almost definitely a native American dance song, perhaps less than 100 years old" (Krassen, 1973). Other Texas fiddlers heard the two-part variant. There are persistent rumors that it first was heard played by Texas fiddlers around 1900–1910, but no firm evidence.
Here are 3 killer arrangements of Ragtime Annie for you to share with friends at your next jam. The Scruggs style arrangement will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Ragtime Annie using up the neck scales. Finally, the Backup arrangement will show you how to play this song with others and sound like a pro doing it.
In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Ragtime Annie tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.
You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Ragtime Annie on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.
Each arrangement of Ragtime Annie for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.
When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Ragtime Annie, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.