I like rags and I like writing rags. Too bad I can’t play them, although I could probably bumble through “No Worries Rag.”
No exercise in rag writing can begin without an extensive study of the master of the genre, Scott Joplin. This man turned them out by the dozens, many with ungrokable complexities like inner voices. (“How in the heck does he do that??”) There are others, notably Joseph Lamb, and be sure to listen to the marvelous “Graceful Ghost Rag,” by WIlliam Bolcom.
Great Gatsby Rag
A rag in a minor key
A Generic Rag
An attempt to incorporate a large number of raggy gimmicks, licks, and other accoutrements.
No Worries Rag
A very simple raggish piece.