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Woodshed: Learn Mary Flower’s ‘Liberal Rag’

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play an approachable ragtime piece of mine in open G6 called “Liberal Rag,” a title I chose not necessarily as a political statement but to indicate that it can be played at an easy and relaxed tempo, by players at all levels.

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Pietro Frosini, whose performance of the Operatic Rag on accordion inspired this guitar version.

Learn to Play ‘An Operatic Rag’ — An Accordion Gem for Guitar

Accordion music of the early 20th century might seem an odd source of inspiration for a fingerstyle guitarist, but not for the San Francisco Bay Area musician Craig Ventresco, with his vast musical knowledge of that bygone era. I have long admired Ventresco’s arrangement of “An Operatic Rag,” a 1910…

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