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Let's take two archetypal rags - Black and White Rag and The Entertainer. The left hand mostly plays a steady pattern of a bass note on the 1 and 3, and a chord on the 2 and 4. 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 LH chord * * * * LH bass * * * * Pretty much all ragtime has this regular oom-pah backing throughout, along with lead-ins and linking ...


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Structurally ragtime harmony is pretty much classical tonal harmony, but there are of course some idiomatic specificities that give ragtime its characteristic sound. One progression very characteristic of ragtime is the so called... ragtime progression (although it was used before, even in classical music, it was mostly popularized in ragtime). It's made ...


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My favorite ragtime artist is Scott Joplin. So that's the style I mean when I say ragtime. Well, that's sort of like "how do I compose baroque music? My favorite baroque artist is J.S. Bach. So that's the style I mean when I say baroque." Scott Joplin killed ragtime just like Bach killed baroque music, leaving not much leeway to say anything sufficiently ...


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why the first note on the bottom part has two legs? You're supposed to imagine that there are two parts in the left hand that happen to land on the same G on the first beat. If this piece was sung, for example, one voice might be singing G, Eb, Eb, and the other G, Bb, Bb. On the piano you'll probably end up playing it exactly as you would if that G didn'...


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It's not particularly written well for piano (I guess that's the instrument you are trying to play it on), but look on the top line (all notes on treble clef) as the melody, with up stems, and part accompaniment, with down stems. This then puts the first chord as a 'backing', followed by the tune of another Eb, then F and G. The other notes under will make ...


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As noted in the comments, all of this is because there are multiple voicings. Multiple stems mean that multiple voices play/sing those notes, which should address your first two questions. I believe that another voice would be doing the short E-F-G run while the other notes are tied. If you are trying to do this on a single instrument, you would re-...


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I'm going to tell you what I observe in very layman's terms without music theory terms. Let's for simplicity we're in the key of C. A lot of them have this progression: (F F#° or Ab7 /) C/G A7 D7 G7 C especially towards the end of a section. A possible "verse" (very common) is C / / / | / / / / | F / / / | C / / / C / G/B / | Am / Am7/G / | D7 / / / | G ...


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Scott Bradlee is a pianist well-known for his ragtime/swing/vintage style arrangements of modern pop songs. He has written an e-book called Ragtimify in which he explains the basics of the ragtime style that he uses in his arrangement process. (Disclaimer: I am in no way financially associated with him or this product.) Without going into the level of ...


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"So far, the only thing I understood about rags from that video was that rag time seems to occasionally involve desynchronizing the melody from the accompaniment." Correct. March in the left hand, syncopation in the right. Flounderer posted a good video. I like this one too: The Wikipedia article on ragtime talks about ...


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My answer is short: "oompah" bass with chords on beats two and four chromatic mediants augmented sixth chords (a fan of Joplin will see them everywhere) heavy right hand syncopation in counterpoint to steady left hand tuneful melodies straightforward forms: binary (simple / rounded), ternary, rondo, etc. tempi typically vary from Andante to Allegro, hardly ...



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