Terry Jones - 2 Acoustic Guitars in England, United Kingdom
"Entry of the Gladiators" - Julius Fucik (1907) This is not a Ragtime piece but a standard march, which some believe Ragtime was derived from. One of the things which attracted me to this piece was the chromatic runs right at the start of the tune - I thought they would sound great on an acoustic guitar. Most people know at least part of this tune due to its association with the circus. For me it brings back memories of my only visit to a 'real', live circus as a child. It was the extremely small, travelling variety that camped on some waste ground in our town in the late 1950's in South Wales. Apart from the tune, played on scratchy vinyl and blared out over dodgy loudspeakers, I remember harping on to my father, asking where the lions, tigers and trapeze artists were. All they had were a couple of useless clowns, a ringmaster, some rotund lady on a pony, some jugglers (aka 'useless clowns') and the sorriest looking elephant you've ever seen in your life. It was blind in one eye, had half of one of its ears missing and had a limp. You have heard of the 'Elephant Man' this was the 'Elephant Elephant'. On top of that the poor animal also had chronic gastric problems, because the awful stench of elephant dung could be detected miles away. Although the event was a total disaster from a child's perspective, I now look back fondly on the day and can now reflect that it was a great preparation for later life. Finally, don't read the composer's surname too quickly. Oh, Fucik !! - too late. Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/duets.htm Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Reflection Rag" - Scott Joplin (1917) This was Scott Joplin's last published Rag. Some people think this was pieced together after his death from various bits of unfinished/unpublished work; they say it misses the smooth transitions and bridges associated with many of his earlier Rags and as such is not ranked amongst his recognised masterpieces. This may well be, nevertheless, for me this is one of his best. In places it is like Chopin meets Fats Waller. Once it gets going it really rocks !! - Well, you know what I mean. Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/duets.htm Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Old Virginia Rag" - Clyde Douglass (1907) While researching the origins of this piece, I saw it described on one Internet site as a 'minor masterpiece' - I wouldn't argue with that assessment. I think this one could also work well as a solo guitar piece - someone get onto it !! Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Silks and Rags" - Medley - Fred S. Stone (1901) Most of this medley is from 'Silks and Rags Waltzes' by Fred S. Stone. Stone was a Canadian born orchestra leader and prolific Ragtime composer who operated in and around Detroit in the early days of Ragtime. In the original tune, apart from the Tango style introduction, there were three Ragtime melodies and two Waltz melodies. I have only used two of the Ragtime melodies and also substituted out one of the repeats of the Waltz melody with a section of Scott Joplin's 'Augustan Club Waltzes'. I am sure I've heard the first waltz melody somewhere before, it reminds me of the background music that they used to play in the early sixties night-time TV variety shows during performances of magicians or jugglers. I hear the melody and the picture some long-legged, scantily clad glamorous assistant passing over a prop or getting sawn in half. Although a bit of a marathon, it is also great fun to play. Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Just Ask Me" - Charles Hunter (1902) Charles Hunter, from Nashville Tennessee, was a poor white man who became a pioneer of Ragtime. He was a self-taught pianist who learned his trade when employed as a piano tuner. His accomplishments are even more impressive in that he was born almost totally blind. This tune has a really laid-back feel to it and is fun to play. Another one to watch out for from this composer is "Queen of Love - Two Step". Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Paragon Rag" - Scott Joplin (1909) This is a real "up and at 'em" Ragtime tune, which you could easily envisage a marching band play. It is one of the first tunes that I adapted for two guitars and which Steve Wilde and I performed at our local club. We chose it because most of the way through there are two distinct voices, which were easily transferred to each guitar. Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Tobasco - Ragtime Waltz" - Charles L. Johnson (1909) Ragtime is mainly remembered for tunes in 2/4 and 4/4 time. Although you don't hear them that often these days, there are numerous compositions which were written in the 3/4 waltz rhythm. Many of the waltzes I've heard are really nice, but this is my personal favourite. It has a tangible 'Down South' feel to it and at the same time contains some really beautiful melodies. The author Charles Johnson, from Kansas City, after Joplin/Scott/Lamb, is among ten or so other composers considered to be the premier composers of this form. His most famous Rag is probably 'Dill Pickles Rag' and a personal favourite of mine is his 'Cum-Bac Rag'. Tablature for this tune can be obtained over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Sleepy Sidney" - Archie W. Scheu (1907) Archie Scheu composed and published, through his own company, a dozen or so piano rags between 1905 and 1907. This is probably the most well known of those. Its got a great title, but it doesn't give any clue as to the character of the tune. Its nowhere near 'sleepy' in any way - in fact it is the epitome of happy, bouncy Ragtime. Here played as a duet on 2 guitars (both played by one person - Terry Jones - the wonders of modern recording methods). Recorded in November 2007 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. Tablature for this duet piece is available over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita... Original sheet-music cover provided by: Dorian Benard (RagtimeDorianHenry on YouTube).
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"Modesty Rag" - James Scott (1920) Scott, along with Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb, is considered one of the 'big three' amongst Ragtime composers. The tune is usually played a little quicker than you will find here, but I thought it could work well at the slower tempo. I think the interaction between the two 'voices' in this tune and the way the melodies build and transfigure as the piece progresses is as good as it gets in any Rag. I like James Scott's Rags most of all. Tablature for this tune can be obtained over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guita...
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"Texas Foxtrot" - David W. Guion (1915)" For ages I thought this one was called the "Texas Fox" and every time I heard it I could picture a fox slyly slinking across the Texas plains. Only about a quarter of this tune could strictly be defined as Ragtime, however, what drew me to the tune, apart from the overall 'slinkiness' were a number of hamonised runs which I thought would work well on two guitars. As a side note on the composer, David Guion, is most famous for his arrangement of the traditional cowboy tune "Home, Home on the Range'. I think I would have preferred The Lone Ranger and Dick West to have ridden into town to the tune of the 'Texas Foxtrot'. Tablature for this duet arrangement can be obtained over at: http://www.stevemcwilliam.co.uk/guitar/duets.htm
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