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roopoo Why not play ragtime, piano players? (37) RE: Why not play ragtime, piano players? 23 Mar 01

I would love to be able to play well enough to cope with rags. I'm a realist: I never ever will. But my 20 year old daughter can if she puts her mind to it. She can play Maple Leaf Rag, (she had it as a piece to learn in her lessons a couple of years ago) although she sometimes finds parts of it a little tricky if she hasn't played it for a while. She learned a simplified version of The Entertainer when she was very much younger, and hasn't got patience to sit and work through the "proper" score, because she tends to seek out pieces that she can learn fairly quickly, as she plays only for pleasure. But, along with everything else she does, it's at full gallop! (When I remind her ex-teacher of how she played "Fur Elise" the poor woman flinches and just says to make sure and tell people that she wasn't taught to play it at that speed!) I wish she would play more rags. I have bought her the dots for quite a few, and now she has her own digital piano away at uni, she may dip into them as she looks for pieces to play. She will find them easier to play on that than my old (100years) cottage upright!


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