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on 20 July 2005
It's always hard to buy something which has little or no information, like many other music scores out there. All you need to know for this book is that it contains about 38 full length songs (fully scored not cut down one bit!) which will keep even the best players busy for a long while. For anyone who doesn't know, Joplin's works were of a high standard and I would warn beginners from this straight away. The book is very chunky for a scorebook and has all the illustrations from the posters of each song (for people who like that sort of thing). All in all you get much more for your money than so many other scorebooks. If you love Joplin's music (and I suggest you have some sort of CD to refer to) then do buy so long as you are an intermediate pianist. I've no doubt that a few songs are missing and am sorry I can't list all 38, however you certainly get a good amount for your money and at amazon, for a tenner? It's a steal!
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on 2 July 2017
Prompt dispatch. Well packaged. Excellent.
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on 12 March 2013
Can only agree with all of the other reviews. This is a lovely book, thoughtfully put together and set out and, as others have said, including the original cover plates/illustrations for each rag which is a nice touch. The printing is clear and precise which makes the music easy to follow, with suggested fingering for the more complicated (and 'stretchy') passages. The pieces are not easy but they are thoroughly rewarding to learn and play. The ragtime exercises at the start and also the short biography of Joplin are very nice inclusions.

I would say that this book is absolutely essential for any pianist interested in Joplin's work, and will undoubtedly provide years of pleasure for anyone who buys it. Can't recommend highly enough.
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on 1 February 2011
This is a great rag book for the more accomplished player (I'd say grade 5+). It has lovely prints of the original music pictures in the book too, which make it even nicer. This is a great price for a great book and one I'd highly recommend.
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on 1 December 2014
Excellent book
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on 2 September 2017
A lot of rags!
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on 12 January 2000
This book is wonderful - it contains all of Scott Joplin's rags in full, exactly as they appeared when first published. They are in chronological order (from "Original Rags" in 1899 to "Silver Swan Rag" which was published posthumously in 1971) and there is a full page black and white picture of the original cover of each piece. There are 38 piano rags in total - this book is strictly *only* his rags, none of his waltzes or other compositions are present. Classics such as the Entertainer, Easy Winners, Maple Leaf Rag, Gladiolus Rag, and Fig Leaf Rag are all included, as well as 6 'school of ragtime' exercises by Joplin himself. This is a wonderful book to own and will keep you occupied for months if you want to play all the rags, as they are not easy. The book measures 9 inches by 12 inches. Highly recommendable.
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on 27 November 2012
These are not "easy" versions, but are the original editions, collected into one handy volume. Very nicely finished, with the original cover art work, and "tidied up" where necessary for clarity. The binding is good quality, and designed to open flat when on a music stand.
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on 6 July 2014
Contains all the popular ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin. My child had hours of fun playing the pieces. Around grade 6-7 ABRSM standard, for an intermediate pianist. Tunes are relaxing and fun. There are drawing illustrations in the book adjacent to the piecs that helps oreserv the style, feel and culture of the ragtime period. The cover I personally feel is a little dated, and the print and paper quality could have been a bit better.
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on 24 April 2011
I already had another book with a selection of Joplin's rags but wanted to check out the music for pieces not in that book. Rather than buying the next two books in that series it was much better value for money to get this book.
The only problem I have now is figuring out which piece to learn next.

The "School of Ragtime" introduction is a nice explanation/reminder of what ragtime is about (with 6 exercises). The illustrations of original covers of pieces are a very nice touch.

Some tips:
- Great book for intermediate+ pianists who enjoy classic rags. Not for beginners.
- If you teach yourself (like me) make sure you have good playing technique and practice to avoid any wrist/arm/shoulder muscle strain/fatigue when learning/playing a hand-span-challenging piece like Maple Leaf Rag (especially if you have small hands like me).
- This book was printed before accompanying CDs became common practice so I recommend finding a way to listen to the piece you're learning to play e.g some original Scott Joplin piano rolls can be found on Youtube.
- Don't play rags too fast (you'll find many played too fast on Youtube). It's music at "Tempo di marcia" or "Not Too Fast" or "Slow march" etc, not a race! (Use a metronome, I read somewhere rags should be 92-108)
- Have fun!
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