Ragtime progression

Ragtime Progression

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The ragtime progression Fahey, John (1970). Charley Patton, p.45. London: Studio Vista. Cited in van der Merwe (1989). is a chord progression typical of ragtime music and parlour music genres though its use originated in classical music and spread to American folk music:

and its close variants.van der Merwe, Peter (1989). Origins of the Popular Style: The Antecedents of Twentieth-Century Popular Music, p.321. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-316121-4.

In C major this is:

The progression is an example of centripetal harmony, harmony which leads to the tonic and an example of the circle progression, a progression along the circle of fifths.

Variations include the addition of minor seventh chords before the dominant seventh chords, creating overlapping temporary ii-V-I relationships through ii-V-I substitution:since Bm7-E7-A is a ii-V-I progression, as is Em7-A7-D and so on.


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