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Old 06-11-2024, 08:47 AM
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Any ragtime players out there? Doesn't seem to be a lot of love for the style anymore. I've been hooked on it since a guy I knew in the army showed me Dave Von Ronk's version of "St Louis Tickle" in about 1969. I'm purely an instrumentalist and always try to sneak a few of these gems into a performance whenever I can.
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:21 AM
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I love to listen to ragtime guitar. My efforts at playing it pretty much ended with Richard Saslow's book, very rudimentary stuff. I crashed and burned on Joplin, etc.

This is great for folks wanting to dip their toe into it.....https://www.amazon.com/New-Art-Ragti...rmat=4&depth=1
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:23 AM
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Used to play a lot of RT on tenor banjo - Jelly Roll Morton, Ellington, Joplin..

Lots of "country rags" on guitar..
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:32 AM
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I've tried my hand at some Rag, from time to time. I do have a couple of original Rag compositions, entitled "Ragtime Ramble" and "Tigris Rag." It's a demanding musical genre, to be certain; I am far from satisfactorily proficient at it, though.

But here's a musician that exemplifies exceptional excellence in the Ragtime discipline, in my view: Craig Ventresco, who regularly plays with Meredith Axelrod (a wonderful multi-instrumentalist, indeed); at last check, they still play live through Meredith's YouTube and Facebook channels Monday through Thursday at 8:00pm Pacific Standard time, Saturday at 8:00pm, and Sundays at noon.

Here's their version of "Buffalo Rag" (composed by Tom Turpin, 1904):



Addendum: If at all possible, obtain Craig Ventresco's CD of rags played as solo acoustic instrumentals on his guitar: "The Past Is Yet To Come."

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Old 06-11-2024, 09:34 AM
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I'll raise my hand and say that the ragtime/blues with the standard circle-of-fifths progression seems to be my default style. The instrumentals I've written always seem to be in the ragtime progression, moving back and forth between major and minor.

Not sure when this happened, but if you Travis pick, there's a natural gravitation towards the ragtime style.

I'm not sure what you include in ragtime, Skip. To me it covers a lot of ground, from the archtype "San Francisco Bay Blues" to stuff like "After You've Gone" to "Georgia on My Mind". That's a lot of music.
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:47 AM
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Absolutely love ragtime on guitar in all its many forms and have been playing various bits and pieces for as along as I can remember.

Stefan Grossman's Classic Ragtime Guitar Solos book is well worth getting hold of - the standout piece is Duck Baker's arrangement of Maple Leaf Rag which I've been trying (and, to a not inconsiderable extent, failing) to master for about 25 years:



...and here are a couple of absolute gems from Richard Smith:




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Old 06-11-2024, 09:55 AM
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My favorite arrangements of ragtime tunes is Paul Lolax’s wonderful book and accompanying record “ selected works of Scott Joplin”. Every tune in the book is a gem!
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Old 06-11-2024, 09:57 AM
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Back in the 70’s I bought the Stefan Grossman LP ‘How to Play Ragtime Guitar’ which came complete with tab, and I too was hooked. I bought other LPs like Contemporary Ragtime Guitar (I think) and these introduced a variety of styles.

I guess it was all new for a lot of people then at the same time which created the interest and demand.

I still play some and over the years have made arrangements of some of the classic rags of which my favourite is Calliope Rag (started by James Scott and completed by Bob Darch )
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Stefan Grossman's “Contemporary Ragtime Guitar” also has some wonderful arrangements!
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Plenty of ragtime has passed under these fingers over the years!

Fair number of clams, but here's some "Maple Leaf Rag"....

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I just discovered Charlie Hunter and his Blind Blake videos. Blind Blake is the man IMO when it comes to fingerpicking ragtime and I've been playing his stuff since dirt was new but Charlie Hunter, a true virtuoso is the absolute best I've ever seen doing Blind Blake. I think my BB is going get get better after I study very closely CH's videos. Amazing stuff.
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Dived in Ragtime last year and still enjoy playing many pieces.
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Great topic. I play some simplified rag-type things, it's fun to play and hear.
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I play the occasional ragtime tune:



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I enjoy playing it from time to time - very fun. If I were better, I'd do more, especially on banjo-mandolin.
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