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Thread #15596   Message #140587
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25-Nov-99 - 05:44 AM
Thread Name: Ragtime Guitar
Subject: Ragtime Guitar
This is related to my posting on the Cincinnati Flow Rag.

I have an idea of what I mean by "ragtime guitar" when I refer to it. I recently told a classical guitarist that I like to play ragtime guitar, and the discussion evolved into one at cross purposes. He read this as meaning setting of formal piano rags (ala Scott Joplin) for the guitar. Apparently classical guitarists like to play these. I meant something different. I meant the style of playing exemplified by Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Lemmon Jefferson, Blind Boy Fuller, etc. Can anyone come up with a good definition of ragtime guitar.

What came first rags or ragtime? Are rags a kind of ragtime music?