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Thread #65553   Message #1080624
Posted By: Amos
27-Dec-03 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: What makes a tune a Rag?
Subject: RE: Origins: What makes a tune a Rag?
Ragtime is predominantly a heavily syncopated rhythm pattern.   A rag is a piece written in regtime.

American Heritage:   A style of jazz characterized by elaborately syncopated rhythm in the melody and a steadily accented accompaniment.

There are certain chord patterns typical of rags, such as C==>E==>A7==>D7==>G.