I'm a bit reluctant to say too much about the style of this piece because even though it's my composition, I really like people to make their own decisions how to play it.
AlexRaven wrote:Well, Frank, I try to interpret in blues style but it's not blues because of basic harmony.
Remember, not all blues music follow the twelve bar form!
But yes, I agree. the harmonies of "Flower Power Rag" is one of the reasons why it's not really a blues tune. It was meant to be a straight guitar rag (and the guitar rag certainly belongs to that wide field of styles known collectively as blues) but then I started playing around with the VII-I progression and the mixolydian mode and that sent the music off in a completely different direction. Rhythmically it's still very much a rag but melodically and harmonically it's more British/Celtic folk music in style. Then of course there are the key changes between A mixolydian and G mixolydian. I don't know where I got that idea from - all I know is that I like it that way.
(Oh, you might want to know that I did
actually write a true-to-form guitar rag afterwards and that one does
follow the twelve-bar blues progression - at least some of the time.
AlexRaven wrote:I think it's principally ragtime In early Scott Joplin style (like Breathe from Alabama)
That's a very good reference point. The rag and the ragtime are of course closely related; when it comes to the basic rhythmic feel they're essentially identical.
AlexRaven wrote:and so phrasing must be not blues triolets but rather 8th dotted - 16th.
That surprises me. I really wasn't expecting anybody to think of sharply dotted rhythms for this piece (and even less so for classic ragtime). But I won't say it's a bad choice, just ... interesting ... and quite intriguing too.