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View biographical information on Bill as well as playing dates and booking information. I hope that you find it useful in some regard, and that even a little bit of information may be derived from it. I only ask a couple of things. Many of the ideas in here come not just from me, but from many of my ragtime compatriots and acquaintances. Where they are mentioned, please remember that many of them have a web presence as I do. See what they have to say, and remember to patronize our sites and take advantage of our products as you can.
Many of us also have sheet music for sale of new and original material, all of which helps to support our site costs and allowing us to continue to bring you accumulated knowledge such as is presented here. Oh, and the second thing please don’t get better than me. Obviously lost, he stopped a gentleman passing by and asked him, “Excuse me sir. How does one get to Carnegie Hall?
The gentleman wryly answered, “Practice young man, practice! This applies to virtually any form of music. Practice is fundamental, but knowing what to practice and the ability to set your goals realistically are also major factors affecting personal progress. Before you learn to play ragtime, what knowledge of and what foundation do you have for piano performance in general? Typically, children who have played for at least four years and young adults on up to seniors who have played for at least two years on a regular basis have some idea of how the piano works, and the relationship between the music and the physical note placement. Without the ability to read the music, or to be able to place your hands on the keys without being constantly conscious of the mechanics of playing, progress will be impeded and the ragtime learning curve will be inordinately steep.
Also important to the foundation is the content of what you’ve learned. Therefore, the ability to read music, while not critical, is certainly an inherently useful factor. A strong building block is the type of music you have worked with. If your experience is primarily derived from reading out of fake books or simplified editions of pop tunes, don’t expect the ability to read and play ragtime to come easily. The last factor is desire. If you really desire to learn ragtime, then that level of enthusiasm should help to overcome the initial frustration you are likely to encounter.