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Relaxing with Ragtime Songbook, Volume 1

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By Charlotte Blake, Joseph F. Lamb, Harry J. Lincoln, George Botsford, Charles L. Johnson, May Aufrderheide, James Scott, Adaline Shepherd

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Composed by Charlotte Blake, Joseph F. Lamb, Harry J. Lincoln, George Botsford, Charles L. Johnson, May Aufrderheide, James Scott, Adaline Shepherd. Arranged by Ted Hallas. Ragtime. 32 pages. Published by E. Hallas (S0.197623).

Item Number: S0.197623

Relaxing with Ragtime Songbook is a collection of ten ragtime compositions originally published between 1906 and 1910 that have been arranged for fingerstyle guitar by Ted Hallas.

ALSO see "Relaxing with Ragtime Songbook, Volume 2" by searching item number S0.669141

Each arrangement includes standard notation, guitar tablature, left-hand fingering, chord symbols, tempo in beats per minute, and the song’s form.

The rhythmic style of ragtime piano has been adapted for the guitar by using alternating bass lines characteristic of pattern picking or Travis picking. These guitar arrangements are meant to be played at a slower tempo than the fast pace of ragtime piano. The result is a guitar style that has a relaxed feel. It is fun to play and it appeals to a wide audience.

The songs are arranged to improve the “playability” for the intermediate-level guitarist:

- The original piano compositions have been transposed to common guitar keys such as A, C and G to accommodate the use of open strings
- All arrangements are written in 4/4 time, instead of 2/4 time
- The four-section structure of traditional rags with a key change has been altered in most arrangements. Some sections have been omitted completely and others have been transposed to the main key signature of the song. Several connecting measures have been rewritten to accommodate these changes.
- Chord symbols have been added as reference points and as an aid to memorization

Demonstration videos of the guitar music included in this collection can be viewed at or on YouTube by searching “Relaxing with Ragtime.”

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