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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Andrew Barrett

Dude, what is people's problem... Scott Joplin had an opinion, he expressed it on the sheet music of his pieces... it may or may not have been a bit arrogant, but is certainly proper for JOPLIN'S music if nothing else.

However there were hundreds of other ragtime composers at the time who may or may not have agreed with him.

Also, "fast" was relative. "Slow march tempo" doesn't mean slow... it means the slowest tempo to which people march in parades or to which marches are played. "march tempo" or "tempo di marcia" is a medium or typical march tempo. "allegro moderato" means moderately fast. These are all tempos printed on Joplin's scores. However again, Joplin was just one of many composers of this period and later, and while his advice is very good and proper for his music, it doesn't apply to everything. "Calico Rag", "Everybody's Rag", "The Entertainer's Rag" (by Jay Roberts) and several others fall apart if taken too slow. The music in them disappears, but it is there and solid when brought up to speed. Those three are prime examples of rags DESIGNED to be played fast. Each rag, or song, march, waltz, intermezzo, fox-trot, two-step, three-step, tango etc. generally has a range of tempos in which it will "sound good" and a GOOD musician will pick a tempo within that range that will show off both the piece and their interpretation to best advantage, and get the most MUSIC possible out of it.

For correct tempos I listen to as many vintage recordings (78s, cylinders) as I can of period music to get the feel and flavor and compare with the score.

While there were some time recording limitations that caused some very long pieces (classical, etc) to have to be abbreviated or even played slightly faster than desired, this was generally not true for most popular music which had to be danceable for people dancing to the phonograph in the parlor at home.

The same goes for piano rolls... the printed tempo at the beginning of the roll (paper feet per minute, expressed in tens... "80" is 8 feet per minute; "100" is 10 feet per minute, etc) is a guideline put there by the arranger, and can be varied at the whim of the pianolist interpreting the roll. Often for popular song rolls, two tempos would be marked, a slower one for singing, and a faster one for dancing.

Hope this helps,
-a professional ragtimer

All comments from YouTube:

Meredith Foster

I've always thought Wallers swinging stride piano to be more infectious than Tatum's, who often plays what seems like a million notes at incredible speed. Whilst I listen in amazement to such dazzling displays, the latter rarely induces foot tapping in the way Waller does.

Andrew Barrett

Tatum makes me WANT to tap my foot,
but at his tempos, my foot physically cannot keep up :(

Jacob Zimmermann

I wholeheartedly agree. As I often thought, it' actually easier to emulate Tatum's style (and many people have done it successfully) than Waller's. Oscar Peterson, Dick Hyman, Bud Powell etc. can sound exactly like Tatum when they want to (even I can manage his version of the Tiger Rag... with enough warm up and on a good day ;) ) In other words with enough hard practice you can work up your technique, but Fats Waller had swing in his blood and jazzmen like that are born, not made.


What a genius on the keys...

Ichiro Fakename

Man that is a giant sound to come out of one piano and two hands. And one foot.


Damned good piano"piece", I'd say!

Cédric Granelle

Such a genius!
Piano Stride Cédric Granelle

Steve Sewall

Thank you so much for this gem


@meredith218461 After I read your last line, "..induces foot tapping in the way Waller does." I looked down and laughed because I discovered I was unconsciously moving my foot to the beat. I was induced!


Great sound on this!

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