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Maple Leaf Rag was composed by Scott Joplin in 1916.

I have adopted this arrangement from an LP (from around 1969) where it is played by Swedish ragtime guitar player Lasse Johansson, who also made the arrangement.

Actually, before I knew of the record, I heard Lasse Johansson playing it live in 1969 in Stockholm .. It was the first time I ever heard ragtime played on guitar.. Can you guess if I was flabbergasted? I was totally wiped out. But more was to come. That night Lasse was part of the band Growing Grass and they acted warm-up band for Stefan Grossman, who I'd never heard before that. So the same night I was to hear mr Grossman perform one nifty ragtime guitar arrangement after another .. Could hardly speak for a week after that .. guess my eyes were sparkling .. new doors had opened ..

Took me until 2005 before I made the job to figure out how Lasse Johansson actually play it on the guitar .. and this recording I made in the summer of 2005. Didn't post it then because it is not my own arrangement, but now I'm not that ambitious anymore .. it is nice music and i might as well post it.

Enjoy!
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Uploaded: May 07, 2007 - 04:00:04 AM
Last Updated: May 07, 2007 - 04:00:04 AM Last Played: Apr 28, 2017 - 04:42:21 AM
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Comments
caroline said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
wooooooot!!!!
s'gorgeous coricurry - thank you xoxoxox
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Cori Ander said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
well HI
well HI Caro!
'r you back from your world tour?

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Jim Bouchard said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
happy!
makes me chuckle, those delightful little bass runs, Aw, heck, it's all wonderful! Thank you!
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
!
Thanks a lot James!

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composerclark said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Makes us smile!
Both my wife and I really enjoyed this -- she hardly ever comments on the stuff I listen to at MacJams, but she immediately wanted to know who did this, and said it was very well done. I disagreed with her, of course; I think it's amazingly well done! Your playing is something all MacJammers treasure.
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
:)
Haha, thank you, and tell your wife hello from me!

Johannes

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Roxylee said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Maple Curry style
I really like that fancy little thing you did in there (can you tell I don't know musical terminology?) Do you use special tuning to play this? It's amazing how you can do melody and bass at the same time. Really pretty!
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
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Thank you Roxylee!

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Scott Carmichael said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Deep Bow
I relate to you... when I play around the house, I almost never sing... I would like to think it sounds like this... I would also like to think that I look good in a bikini...

your the best... currilicious... NEW WORD
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
haha
haha .. now you've got me trying to imagine you in bikini ..

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Bubowski said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Beautifully played
'nuff said! This was a great performance.
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
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Thanks a lot Graham!

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ziti said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
HAHAHAHAHAH
HAHAHAHA....I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

man...you cannot be in a bad mood when scott joplin fills the air....and played by the master cori ander, well it just does not get any better than this!!!...more joplin johannes please.

this is so freaking good it's astonishing!!

we are sooo lucky to have you

z
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Cori Ander said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
well what can I say
well what can I say to such an overhwelming comment .. thank you!

.. and as you bring up the subject; this place would be a lot emptier without U z

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Mystified said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Happy music!
I still have the (piano)sheet music to Maple Leaf Rag from when I learned to play it in grade school!
It was fun to listen to and even more fun to play.

It's really cool to hear a guitar version of this....happy music!

Thanks, Curry :)
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Cori Ander said 3673 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
Hi
Hi Mysti! Happy to see you here! Thank you!

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perceptualvortex said 3675 days ago (May 7th, 2007)
Cool
I think I've only ever heard this played on piano. This is great!
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Cori Ander said 3673 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
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Thank yo PV!

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jiguma said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Don't want to embarass you Curry,
so I won't go on about what a masterful player you are, or how much I like the way you convey emotion through your playing, or even mention the joy I feel when I listen to you play. Similarly I won't even think about discussing what a great version of this classic you've done.

I will simpply say - "that's OK Curry - keep practicing!".

Cheers,
Neil
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Cori Ander said 3668 days ago (May 14th, 2007)
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:D
.. thank you Neil

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said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Joplin Curry
I love Scott Joplin and this is great to here one of his songs on your guitar. Your songs always hit the spot, my friend. Thanks!
eleveneyes said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
I always...
loved this tune on the piano and now I love it even more with this guitar arrangement. GREAT performance on this! WOW! Fantastic!
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guitapick said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
You know, Johannes...
...this is great. G-R-E-A-T!
Besides your obvious playing abilities, the arrangement's right on it.
The artwork's so cool, too.
Hat's off to you, sir. I love this...wonderful playing.

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said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Yeah!
I used to have a Stefan Grossman album on vinyl with a cover of this ol' classic on it...Really nice job making this delightful ditty live and breathe again Curry! Bravo!

Be well bro!

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kristyjo said 3674 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Cool arrangment
I'm glad you posted this. It's happy and rambunctious. The next time I'm thinking of getting angry with my kids, I'll play this, and get everything back into perspective, again. This is like 'joy in an mp3.'
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stooey said 3673 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Nice arrangement
and well played! (as always!)
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mvh9591 said 3673 days ago (May 8th, 2007)
Very Nice ___
Cori your playing is as usual "Impressive & inspirational" Love it.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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Monkaton said 3673 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
Maple Leaf
Well that was cool. Very well done.
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michael2 said 3672 days ago (May 9th, 2007)
wow
this is fabulous. i love this very much. your tone is so warm, and you play the song with such a sense of lightness (as in light hearted). great job.
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Joanna said 3672 days ago (May 10th, 2007)
Love it!
I love ragtime and I've never heard it on guitar. Wonderful playing, Cori, just wonderful.
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nealgardner said 3672 days ago (May 10th, 2007)
YES!!!!
This is perfect. Nothing much else to say except GREAT JOB!
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ToastedJazz251 said 3672 days ago (May 10th, 2007)
great tune
this is a great arrangement
willnlf said 3671 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Great sound
...smiles all around. Ever hear Van Ronk's St. Louis Tickle? Simpler, but in the same vain.
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Monkaton said 3671 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Great Version
Great job. There is a rag guitar player named Craig Ventrusco from San Francisco who is also is very impressive. He did the music for the film "Crumb" and plays in a group called Bo Grumpus.

Enough about Craig. Your tone and playing on this song is excellent. Thanks for posting.
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Joe Brady said 3670 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Hats off.............
to the master!Precise and joyful; you make it sound effortless. Just incredible.
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Dharma Logos said 3670 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
I bow to you.
This is the first time I've ever heard ragtime on guitar. You do Joplin justice. As a guitar player myself I am in awe of your fingerpicking skills.
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Ed Hannifin said 3669 days ago (May 13th, 2007)
I finally got a chance...
...to listen to this over speakers, and louder than usual...

It makes clear just how clear and pure this recording is, for one thing. It has great presence, a real sense of the wood of the guitar, the fingers (and especially thumb) of the man playing, and the metallic zing of the strings... Great synergy...

As you know, I'm not the hugest fan of ragtime, but if I'm ever going to stop and listen to some, it's going to be you. And I've heard Eric Schoenberg and John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman, among others, and I find the most consistent life in your versions... There's a lot of you that comes through, while staying true to the composition's spirit...

Ed
Bob Ancona said 3667 days ago (May 15th, 2007)
really good
great recorded sound. effortless, smooth playing. neat tone production. can you tell i like it?
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Ibstrat said 3623 days ago (June 28th, 2007)
Really cool
I like the different bass lines.Most people try to copy the piano parts exactly.I think Joplin would have liked it!
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rainfice said 3602 days ago (July 19th, 2007)
wow!
I'm totally envious. I've always wished I could play guitar like that. I can fake it well enough to sound better than I really am, but when push comes to shove I would be absolutely lost trying to keep up with something like this. Very very nice.
Cheers!
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chipan said 3595 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
This is great!
I enjoyed this guitar version quite a lot. This piece is kind of challenging on the piano, but I imagine it must be a lot more so on the guitar. Amazing playing! I love listening to your songs!
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said 3295 days ago (May 21st, 2008)
Kudos!
Masterpiece... great version of an old favorite!


Bazz said 2960 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
great stuff
A great number by a great ragtime composer and you do them both proud. Quite knocked out by how you play it and what you play it on. A joy to listen to.
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