First a general question: I'm arranging a ragtime piece and would like to know if you generally play rags with swing in the melody or not?
In my case I'll go with swing anyways, because in this piece it sounds a lot better with swing than without, but therefore I have another question.
How would you notate swing for the melody (top staff) only?
In ragtime you have your 'steady bass' to keep the rhythm on the beats. In one walking bass line I used 16th notes, which would also be played swing then if notated, but to maintain the steady bass, I don't want them to be played with swing.