Ragtime Piano Tutorial for Beginners – Syncopation, Stride and Practice Tips

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Ragtime is a famous piano style popularised by, amongst others, Scott Joplin at the beginning of the 20th Century. It is played as a “1 and 2 and” rhythm and involved the left hand playing a bass note, usually the root of the key of the chord, and then the chord whilst the right hand plays ‘in syncopation with’ the rhythm.

Here is a great sample to enjoy from a film of Scot Joplin – recommended!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOi9K7yZ6QA

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In this video, we start by looking at the basic left and right hand styles, putting them together and adding a few levels of enhancement to particularly the left hand.

Here is the article on Ragtime: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragtime

I mention quite a few other videos or articles for further reading which are provided below:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2RZ_poXFQ8 – Important of Major Scales
2. http://piano-jazz.blogspot.com/2015/03/seeing-major-scales-differently.html – Article on using them successfully
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORIMDTEyw0s – Chord types
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4x8UrrTxEM – Circle of Fourths and Fifths
5. http://piano-jazz.blogspot.com/2015/08/conscious-interference.html – Article on conscious interference
6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8mOQwsp4X8 – Jazzy VI-II-V-I tutorial

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