|portrait of Scott Joplin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
“Don't play this piece fast. It is never right to play ragtime fast.”
-- Scott Joplin
Monday Music Quote: Scott Joplin
|Turn the other way and do the "Slow drag"/ Now take your lady to the world's fair . . ./ And do the "rag time dance."”|
Joplin sure could play a mean piano! He influenced the world with the ragtime genre.
Important Facts to Know About Scott Joplin
Born: 1868 in the U.S.
Died : 1917
Period of Music: Contemporary
Instruments He Played: piano, guitar, bugle
Opera - Treemonisha
Interesting facts: Scott Joplin was given free piano lessons by his first teacher. He is considered the greatest ragtime composer.
Chords to The Entertainer
D D7 G Now the curtain is going up, D A7 D The entertainer is taking a bow, D7 G Does his dance step and sings his song, E7 A7 G A7 Even gets all the audience to sing along, D D7 G Yes, he knows just what he must do, D A7 D Knows how to bring down the house when he’s through, D7 G Gm Snappy patter and jokes, he knows what pleases the folks, D A7 D The entertainer, the star of the show. D7 It was in vaudeville and he was on the bill, G Gm D With all the singers, dancers, acrobats and clowns, There was a dancing bear, even a dog act there, A E7 A And a comedian who never let ‘em down, D D7 But, when he came on to do his fav’rite song, G Gm D D7 He really wowed ‘em in the cities and the towns, G Ab D They came from near and far, to see the vaudeville star, E7 A7 D The entertainer!
|"The Entertainer" sheet music cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Right Hand Single Notes
Key of C, 4/4 Time Signature
Measure 1 2 3 4
D, D# E, C, E, C, E, C C, D, D# E, C, D, E, B, D
Measure 5 6 7 8C, D, D# E, C, E, C, E, C C, A, G F#, A, C, E, D, C, A
Measure 9 10 11 12
D, D, D# E, C, E, C, E, C C, D, D# E, C, D, E, B, D
Measure 13 14 15 16
C, C, D E, C, D, E, C, D, C E, C, D, E, C, D, C E, C, D, E, B, D
Free Sheet Music
18 Rags in Easier Versions: Piano Solo
A First Book of Ragtime: 24 Arrangements for the Beginning Pianist
American Classics: Scott Joplin - Rags & Waltzes
Have you played Joplin's waltzes and ragtime piano piece?
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