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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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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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Ragtime is a style of music that makes use of off-beat or syncopated rhythms, giving it a "ragged" feeling. Scott Joplin is the most well-known ragtime composer. Writing Ragtime Piano Music: Step 1 To get started, you need a melody. Rather than make up my own, I've taken the first four notes from Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" to give me something to ...


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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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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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