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5 Finger Joplin Rags Piano Collection Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular artists, songwriters, and composers, is proud to announce the release of 5 Finger Joplin Rags, a collection of 10 Scott Joplin favorites arranged for late elementary level piano with optional duet accompaniments, by Tom Gerou.

Perfect for beginning pianists, 5 Finger Joplin Rags includes ragtime classics arranged in traditional five-finger style, with the melody split between the hands, and without key signatures in the solo part. The arrangements include all-time favorites such as “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag,” as well as “Bethena,” “The Easy Winner,” and many more. Optional parent/teacher duet accompaniments are also included.

The piano collections in the 5 Finger Piano Series offers enjoyable beginning-level arrangements to a wide variety of best-loved tunes, from Joplin to Gershwin, to themes from the Harry Potter and Star Wars movies, favorite holiday selections, and much more. Five-finger is a pop designation—a term signifying that the melody is split between the hands. The melody is arranged around a middle C position as much as possible, while carefully maintaining the original feel of every song. Dotted quarter notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes are avoided. When there are lyrics, leader lines are omitted to avoid clutter. All of the melodic arrangements have optional duet accompaniments created to achieve a fuller, richer musical experience.

5 Finger Joplin Rags (00-38933) is now available for $8.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: Bethena (A Concert Waltz) * Cleopha (March and Two-Step) * The Easy Winners (A Ragtime Two-Step) * Elite Syncopations * The Entertainer (A Ragtime Two-Step) * Heliotrope Bouquet (with Louis Chauvin) (A Slow Drag Two-Step) * Maple Leaf Rag * Peacherine Rag * Solace (A Mexican Serenade) * Weeping Willow (A Ragtime Two-Step).