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Thread #65553 Message #1081245
Posted By: ddw
28-Dec-03 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: What makes a tune a Rag?
Subject: RE: What makes a tune a Rag?
I'm not expert in this field, but my understanding of the term "ragtime" was that it applied to musical form that had a rigid baseline (usually alternating, like a bouncing left hand on piano or alternating thumb on guitar) and a melody line overlaid with the right hand (piano) or treble-string fingers (guitar) that was played partly on and partly off the beat -- i.e., in "ragged time."
Which I think is about what Kendall said.....