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Root Beer Rag

By Billy Joel

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Root Beer Rag by Billy Joel. For Guitar, Piano/Keyboard, Vocal. Piano Vocal. Soft Rock and Pop Rock. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Single. Standard notation, chord names and guitar chord diagrams (does not include words to the songs). 7 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.354952).

With standard notation, chord names and guitar chord diagrams (does not include words to the songs). Soft Rock and Pop Rock. 9x12 inches.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 7-8.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

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4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

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  • 4

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  • July 23, 2011 Root Beer Rag

    The left hand in the sheet music is a heavily-simplified version of how Joel played it. But that gives you the opportunity to create your own version of this piece. How difficult it is obviously depends on your skill, but I think with the modified left hand, and if...

    played accurately in full tempo, I'd give it a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 6 (6 being very difficult like Liszt Rhapsodies or something similar).

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  • 5

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    Early intermediate
  • April 17, 2010 easy

    It is very easy if you just count it.

    19 of 49 people found this review helpful.
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  • March 19, 2010 Fun

    This song is fun! It's not hard at all, but it's fun

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  • 5

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  • January 29, 2009 Root Beer Rag

    Nice copy, and clear format. Key of C major, ragtime style, lots of repeats.

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  • 4

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  • July 15, 2008 Great sheet, but some corners were cut

    Overall, a very helpful aid to learning the song. It looks hard when you first open it, but it's repetative, and once you have the timing, its fairly straightforward. A fun song to play, and sounds very impressive. My one complaint is the usual story--simplifying the music. The...

    bass line leaves a lot to be desired, and even some of the subtle details that makes Billy's playing great are absent. You have to go to a recording and try to figure out the additions. I wish all sheets were like the keyboard series of transcripts. But overall, very good.

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