The other day I decided I needed to get started on my goal to learn to play ragtime piano. I got out my “easy” book and started leafing through it.
Why are so many of these rags written in the key of A flat? That is not a particularly easy key to play in. I would have expected they’d all be in the key of C in an easy book.
Boy, is achieving this goal going to be challenging! Reading the A flat score is not the problem. The notes written above the staff will be a problem. It’s been too long since I’ve had to read those notes so I must stop and work out what they are.
Next hurdle is the rhythm. I will probably play the slowest rag you’ve ever heard because there’s no way I can play these at the speed most of them are written to be played. Once I get my fingers and head around all the notes, I can work on the speed.
I think I’m going to modify my goal … I will try to learn to play one rag in 2009! What a joke on me, thinking I’d be able to learn all those pieces in one year.