Scott Joplin’s 1902 ragtime classic is a favourite for piano students and players all over the world.
It’s a tune I love to jam with other musicians – it can be great fun to improvise around the melody, find new chords, and be loose with the tempo. There is a C and D section to this tune, but my short video here only features the better-known A and B sections.
Today’s questions are based on the above version (not identical to but based on the original).
- In what key is the piece?
- What is the time signature of the piece?
- In solfege, or numbers, name the 6 notes played in both hands and repeated during the intro.
- The last line of the A section (approx 0:30 on the video) makes use of a common musical technique – the same melody being played over different chords. What are the first four left hand chords played in this line?
- What is the chord played at the end of the descending sequence mentioned in Question 3?
Answers in tomorrow’s blog.