Hi Jack. I knew your comment was very kind in nature and getting any compliment from a fellow player has a deeper significance to me. This Rag just required what it required and if it falls into that style I’m good with that. I welcome criticism and took some on my Mozart quintet arrangement here which will improve it. This site to me is about learning and enjoying too but we all would like to move things ahead and why we are here for the most part. There’s no ego here, not at 61. lol. So if you ever feel like needling me about anything, I welcome it.Jack Douglas wrote: ↑Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:16 amFor me the piece itself has an alternating bass and treble pattern that Chet Atkins and other musicians such as John Knowles, Muriel Anderson, Tommy Emmanuel, etc incorporate in their playing. Yes, a couple of them use a thumb pick, but the others don’t. I really enjoyed your playing and my Chet comment was meant as a sincere compliment!
Hi, JL! Both of what you offered works and what I offered works as well. Slightly different flavours on the same piece. Fascinating stuff for sure. The tempo idea is always a challenge to me. Even playing the same piece at different venues live can dictate tempo which has always fascinated me.Jeremiah Lawson wrote: ↑Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:08 ama teensy bit on the fast side so if you slow it down maybe even just 10% it will be in a great tempo. As Scott Joplin used to write, it's never right to play ragtime fast.
Something I'm curious about is you've thought of trying it absolutely straight duple. There's a lot of swing in this, which I don't mind because I love a lot of early jazz, but not all rag players put swing into their performances. The swing is cool but depending on what school of rag you want to play in it's not the only option. I think the strains you've got here could sound good either as is or in a straighter duple meter march style.
I like how the melodic interests shifts registers throughout.