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Scott Joplin rags #2839484
04/15/19 12:22 PM
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scottgreen94 Offline OP
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I’ve just bought Joplin’s complete piano rags and have started Maple Leaf Rag. I can play the first and second sections hands together at a moderate speed. I played it years ago and getting back into ragtime as a change for classical.

Does anyone else love Scott Joplin and his rags like me. What have you played and what are you working on?


Currently working on:
Chopin Grande Valse Brillante Op.18 in E flat Major
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Re: Scott Joplin rags [Re: scottgreen94] #2839508
04/15/19 12:53 PM
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Hi

Unsurprisingly there are lots of people on this forum who love Joplin's rags. Indeed when I first joined a few years ago there was a Joplin and/or ragtime place to submit your performances. Some very good submissions as I recall.

Over the years I've studied a quite few of his rags and my favourites are:

Maple Leaf Rag
Elite Syncopations
Bethena
Solace
Swipsey Cakewalk
Sunflower Slow Drag

I'm not playing them much at present, so can't claim to be working on anything.

Cheers


Simon
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Re: Scott Joplin rags [Re: scottgreen94] #2839538
04/15/19 01:54 PM
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I like Joplin, but I like many other composers of that era just as well.

I am presently working on "The Easy Winners".

Also, I am having fun learning "Seven Come Eleven" (also sometimes called "Seben Come Eleben"), an early rag/stride piece from an obscure (at least to me) composer named W. J. Bay. Some parts of the tune are harder than they first appear, to get under one's fingers!:

Seven Come Eleven, by W. J. Bay

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Re: Scott Joplin rags [Re: scottgreen94] #2839568
04/15/19 03:26 PM
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I've done Maple Leaf and Solace. Looking forward to working on more! Lots of fun to play. Good luck!


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Re: Scott Joplin rags [Re: scottgreen94] #2839703
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Originally Posted by scottgreen94

Does anyone else love Scott Joplin and his rags like me. What have you played and what are you working on?


I have played a heck of a lot of them. Gladiolus Rag was the last one I got to performable and postable level. I'm not working on anything at the moment, since I have not had access to my piano in a few months.


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Re: Scott Joplin rags [Re: scottgreen94] #2839844
04/16/19 11:22 AM
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I've played The Entertainer and Maple Leaf. And while those two are popular for a reason - they're great tunes - they are a little over used so I moved on to some others. Solace is my favorite, a beautiful melody at a relaxed pace. Recently started looking at Gladiolis, also a beautiful melody. Easy Winners is a fun piece. Someone mentioned Bethena; I haven't played that one but a great choice.

My opinion (and worth every penny you paid for it): you often hear Joplin tunes played pretty fast. That works for some tunes, like Elite Syncopations, but for others I think it's better to dial it back a bit and give the melody time to sing.


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