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A folio of my compositions, 17 Rags by Ron
O'Dell, is available now!
Read all about it!
My personal ragtime
If you ordered some of my sheet music prior to 2010, please take note of my
new address. The address on the back of the sheet music is no longer valid. The
new address is listed on these pages.
Hear my music on CD!
Conversation Pieces is included on the album
Skeletons by Tom Brier. This CD contains band arrangements hand-played
and sequenced on a sampling keyboard. Read Jack Rummel's
Affinity Rag is included on
the album Pianola by Tom Brier. The CD contains piano-roll arrangements
of classic and contemporary ragtime.
Some of my music is available in print!
17 Rags by Ron O'Dell is a
ring-bound folio with acrylic covers that sells for $20. It includes new scores
for three rags, and eight titles that are not available separately, plus a score
that is out of print individually. Titles included are: Affinity Rag, Bird-Bath
Rag, Conversation Pieces, That Crotchety Old Rag, Fast
Cat Rag, Fiancée Rag, Frivolity Rag, Greasy Spoon
Rag, Infernally Unnamable Rag,
Mad Scientist Rag, Priority Rag, Puppy Dog
Rag, The Scorcher, Skunk in the Parlor, Spontaneity Rag, Tattle-Tale
Rag, and To the Nines.
following scores are available individually also:
Rag-Time Hullabaloo -- a real romp
the Parlor -- humorous and fun!
Rag -- a fun ragtime march. View the first page
Mad Scientist Rag -- fun in
minor keys with augmented and diminished chords.
Cat Rag -- perhaps my most unusual rag, with some baroque keyboard
To the Nines -- my novelty
tribute to the year 1999. Currently out of print as a single score, but is
included in the folio.
The Scorcher --
my first all-around Joplinesque rag.
Unnamable Rag -- a folk rag written in an 1899 or 1900
Conversation Pieces -- a big hit in
its concert debut at the 1997 Monterey Bay Ragtime Festival.
Affinity Rag -- one of my more solid rags.
They are available from me for $3 each. The folio of 17 rags, which
includes eight titles never before available (and exclusive to the folio), may
be purchased for $20. Send a check or money order to Ron O'Dell, 3340 Dog Leg
Dr, Minden, NV 89423. Please specify which tune(s) you want. Note that I only
sell my own compositions!
New sequences only
Recently added "long-lost" sequences
music only (baroque, classical, TV themes -- whatever)
My compositions only
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Level 3 is the best. The dates given are when a sequence was
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- A Rag-Time Hullabaloo
by Ron "Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 6 August
After Lucky Number Rag, which I wasn't sure I'd even show to
anyone, I decided I needed to write a more traditional rag, so once I came up
with this title, it was off to the races. I stopped after two strains and four
measures of the third strain, stuck. Several months later, I finally found a
way through and completed this. I even made a cover so it can be sold as an
- Lucky Number Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 2 -- 10 March 2008
often had ideas for strains in 7/8 time signature in my head, but never sat
down to write anything, and had given up on the idea. One day, I had the first
strain of this rag in my head, thinking it was in 2/4, but only when writing
it down did I realize it was in 7/4. I added an extra beat to make it 2/4, but
then had to come up with a title. Seeing that the tempo was set to 88, which
is my lucky number, I decided on this title. Then I realized that 7 is a lucky
number for many people, so re-wrote the first strain back in 7/4 time. A
couple of normal 2/4 strains followed, but then I decided it had to end in
- Yakko's World
(traditional; arranged by Randy Rogel) -- Level 3 -- 7 December 2007
This arrangement of the Mexican Hat Dance appeared
in the second episode of Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs in 1993,
as the character of Yakko Warner sang a rhyme of countries and territories
around the world. I was asked to make this by an anime cosplay group in Ohio
who wanted to do a musical sketch with the tune, but could find no recording
of it without Yakko's singing (because no such recording existed). I
transcribed the arrangement by ear.
- Morgan Hill Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Hand-played -- 25 October 2007
was one of the few occasions when I completed a tune without having a title in
mind. Finally, I realized that the town I was living in had celebrated its
centenary a year earlier. Since 1906 was right in the middle of the ragtime
era, I decided to name this rag after the town. Click here to
view a live performance by Tom Brier (YouTube link).
- Fly-Swatter Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 6 February 2007
title came to me in an instant when pianist Andrew Barrett accidentally blew
his sheet music right off the piano while trying to shoo away a fly during a
performance at the 2006 Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival. Realizing that there
was no known rag by this name, I knew I had to write one. Click here to
view a live performance by the Sullivans & Drivons (YouTube link).
- Osawatomie by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 23 January 2007
in the "Indian Intermezzo" style that also was popular during the ragtime era.
The style was created accidentally in 1901 by Charles N. Daniels' tune
"Hiawatha" (using one of his pseudonyms, Neil Moret). That tune was supposed
to be about a train ride to the town of Hiawatha, Kansas, but through
misunderstanding its sound became recognized as "Native" American music. Many
other tunes in this style were written, and several also were named after
towns in Kansas. Most of my ragtime friends have composed an Indian
Intermezzo, so I thought should give it a try. When I saw the town name of
Osawatomie, I thought it was perfect for my situation, because it
sounds similar to saying, "Oh, so what o' me?" The town's claim to fame is
being where John Brown's abolitionist uprising began. I actually composed this
- Skunk in the Parlor by
Ron "Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 15 November 2004
Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival is known for having rags inspired by it, and in
2004, I was encouraged to add an effort of my own. All the obvious titles were
taken, so I had to think of something original. Myself and other composers
stay the weekend in a Victorian house fondly nicknamed "Skunk Hollow" in the
parlor of which is a piano which gets played late into the night and early in
the morning. Of course, Skunk Hollow already has a rag named after it. But I
thought about the parlor piano, and came up with the link between skunks and
piano keys -- both are black and white! So then, what if a skunk wandered into
the parlor, attracted to the piano? Thus I came up with the title, and began
writing music to match.
- Theme to "Angelina" by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 2 August 2004
This is an orchestral/choral file with portamento controls on the voices and
so forth which probably will not play properly on anything but another Yamaha
XG SoftSynthesizer, with which I composed it. Angelina is a cartoon
series concept with a 36-episode storyline by an extremely talented Italian
animator friend of mine, Federica Giulietti. Between jobs on various TV shows
and at graphics arts studios, she has been working on this concept for close
to 10 years, and finished the animated title sequence in 2003. I decided that
it should have an original theme, so I wrote this music. It's my first attempt
at writing for orchestra. You can view the animation matched with the theme by
clicking here then
choosing on the left side which size file to download. Because of the
compression, the sound quality isn't so great. You can hear a clear MP3 of
this music the way it should sound and with most sound effects removed by
clicking here (the
laughing voice is my own!).
- Puppy Dog Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 8 June 2004
definitely back on form when composing this. After finishing the first strain,
I said out loud, "OK, let's save this puppy," then stared at the screen for
several minutes wondering what to name it. The fact that I called it a puppy
and spoke it out loud struck me. To obtain the sheet music, send $3 to Ron
O'Dell, 3340 Dog Leg Dr, Minden, NV 89423. Please specify which tune you're
ordering. View the
first page (PDF file). Click here for
live performance by Tom Brier (MP3 sound file, 783K).
- Bird-Bath Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Hand-Played -- 31 May 2004
bored, not really in the mood to write music, when I composed this. It's
certainly not close to my best work, but I guess it has its charms. There was
a dead blue jay in my driveway when I was thinking about a name for this rag,
and it reminded me of watching one of them splash around in a puddle a few
days before. That's when I came up with the title. This marks the first time I
have hand-played a MIDI sequence on this site, though it was done in several
takes and only one hand at a time. I had to quantize the notes to get my poor
playing into some semblance of rhythm. Click here to
view a live performance by Andrew Barrett (YouTube link).
- Frivolity Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 2 May 2004
A day after
composing Priority Rag, I wrote this, still determined to give up my
usual frivolous activities in order to write music! Click here for live performance by Tom Brier
(streaming MP3 sound file, 573K).
- Priority Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 1 May 2004
written in one sitting! I had the idea for the first strain this morning, and
liked it so much, I decided that instead of going to my other job when I'm
done with the shipments for my work-at-home job, I would stay home and write
music. It's not exactly the best of priorities. I also had just acquired a
racing game (actually a 1965 mod for Grand Prix Legends) that had just been
released after a year of anticipation. I was afraid that when I did get back
home, I would end up playing it instead of following through with my plan to
write music. I do that a lot, even though writing music is certainly a more
lasting accomplishment, so it should have priority over driving a simulated
racing car. Well, I didn't install the racing game tonight, despite having
waited so long to play it. Instead, music was my priority, and so the rag is
called Priority Rag. Click here for live
performance by Tom Brier (streaming MP3 sound file,
- Tattle-Tale Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 2 -- 9 July 2003
I had come
up with the title a while ago, and a notion of some kind of descending
chromatic figure in the first strain. As soon as I had completed my Fiancée
Rag, I began to experiment with the notion. Five hours later, this entire
composition was complete. Chromatic figures ended up being used throughout,
providing a cohesiveness while also making this something of a show-stopper.
Click here for live performance by Tom Brier
recorded at the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium in Sutter Creek, California
(streaming MP3 sound file, 551K). Click here to
view a live performance by the Raspberry Jam Band (YouTube
- Fiancée Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 9 July 2003
I had been
working on this a little bit at a time over the course of a year. I wanted to
write something for my girlfriend, Linda, and by the time I finished this, she
wasn't my girlfriend anymore. That's where I got the title from. It has
some highly unusual things in the second half.
- Diplomacy Rag by
Christoph Schmetterer -- Level 3 -- 26 November
This rag was composed in April and June of 2001. Christoph Schmetterer
is a ragtime composer from Vienna, Austria, whom I met at the 2001 West Coast
Ragtime Festival in Sacramento. He writes some terrific rags in the classic
style, and I promised him I'd fix up some MIDI sequences of them from the bare
Encore files. This is the first effort. I took some liberties with it on the
repeats, as an example of how I might play it.
- Mad Scientist Rag by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 6 September 2001
up with the title while lying in bed after waking up one day. This rag has
some interesting things in it. While the first strain is decidedly in E minor,
the second strain starts like it might continue in that key, but then quickly
switches to the relative G Major, only to fall back into minor chords. Then it
begins to modulate again and -- this is the strange part -- it ends on a G
minor chord, though it works as a transition back to the beginning, rather
than feeling like an ending. The C strain is really a pair of 8-bar ideas
which lead into the D strain. The first of these utilizes diminished and
augmented chords to evoke the scene of the mad scientist's laboratory, like Dr
Frankenstein's with big electrical arcs and such. The second has a series of
tremelos in the left hand with a lot of diminished chords, meant to evoke the
evil experiment coming to life, and that life is represented by the more
traditional, lighter D strain which spends its time definitively in C Major
until the cadence which ends it in A Major (really A minor -- lots of baroque
music in minor keys end on the parallel major; I'm doing the same thing here).
Then it goes back to repeat the A strain one last time. That strain ends on a
root-position chord with a 4-3 suspension, so the last note played is the
third degree of the chord -- again typical of baroque music, and very
effective for the mood here. If all the musical terminology doesn't make sense
to you, it's no matter; the music sounds just fine without all the analysis!
To obtain the sheet music, send $3 to 3340 Dog Leg Dr, Minden, NV 89423.
Please specify which tune you're ordering. Click here
for live performance by Tom Brier (streaming MP3 sound file,
- To the Nines by Ron
"Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 6 November 1999
new composition in nearly five years! The title of this novelty is an
expression for being dressed in fancy clothes ("dressed to the nines").
However, in this case the music is a tribute to the year 1999. The music in
this composition is Y2K compliant! For sheet music, send check or money order
for $3 to Ron O'Dell, 3340 Dog Leg Dr, Minden, NV 89423 (please specify which
composition you want).
- Page 2 of lost Scott Joplin
song -- Level 3 -- 4 December 1998
Lottie Joplin had a photograph sent to Brun Campbell, titled Joplin's
Piano. Whether or not the piano in the picture actually was one of Scott
Joplin's has never been determined, but in 1997, Reginald Robinson noticed
that a page of handwritten manuscript on the piano in the photograph was a
tune almost certainly composed by Scott Joplin, but which nobody had ever
heard before! No one in the 50 years previous had ever bothered to look at
closely enough at the photo to discover this lost Joplin tune, even though it
is fairly readable (I even noticed a wrong note in a recently printed version,
just by looking at a mere reproduction of the photograph)! It is marked as
page 2, and is a song, though most of its lyrics are too blurry in the photo
to decipher. So here is a mere 23 seconds of late Scott Joplin music -- the
end of one strain and the beginning of another. From the style, this very well
could be from even later than his last known work, Magnetic
- The Yankee Hustler by
Eugene E. Schmitz -- Level 3 -- 12 January 1998
"Tribute to American Progress" composed in 1902 by the mayor of San Francisco.
Rather simple, but charming.
- The Garden Walk by Tom
Brier -- Level 3 -- 7 November 1997
A 1996 composition
by one of the most prolific ragtime composers ever, arranged with permission.
I added some personal flash to the end. Sheet music for this and other rags of
his is available directly from the composer for $3 each, to Tom Brier, 2618
Stonecreek Drive #289, Sacramento, CA 95833.
- Ain't Misbehavin' by
Andy Razaf, "Fats" Waller and Harry Brooks -- Level 3 -- 7 July 1997
Frankie Carle's conception of the popular tune. On a
whim the night of July 6, I went looking for some piano/violin music I have,
and realized I also had more recently received some piano music from an
elderly neighbor who couldn't play the piano any longer and gave me her small
sheet music collection so that it would have a home. One of the books was a
folio of Frankie Carle conceptions. Upon picking it up, I immediately started
deciding which tune from it I wanted to make a MIDI file of first. After nine
hours at the computer, this is the result. I put a lot of very subtle dynamics
into the melody of this one.
- Fido Followed Felix by
Harry Tilsley -- Level 3 -- 25 June 1997
A 1924 tune
about Felix the Cat meeting with a dog called Fido (perhaps the Ken-L Ration
mascot? anyone know when that started?). Lyrics --
This sequence is a reworking of one by David Gerstein, and appears with
permission. Visit his Classic Felix the Cat Page.
- That's A Plenty by Lew
Pollack -- Level 3 -- 24 June 1997
My friend Ryan
McDowell arranged this for a brass quintet he plays for in school, but he has
limited experience arranging music on the computer, so I took the straight
notes-from-the-page sequence and really went to town. I've changed it into a
more typical 1930s quintet ensemble, panned the instruments, added the
unwritten swing, made the notes bouncier, and most of all added the trombone
slides by hand (several hundred pitchbend commands). NOTE: Your MIDI device
must be able to adjust the pitchbend range to 12 semitones (I use the Data
Entry MSB control in the sequence), or the slides will sound awful. The
end of the last slide accelerates just as a real trombonist would do. This was
extremely difficult to achieve. I had never spent two days working on about
two seconds of music before. My MIDI card is a Turtle Beach Maui; other cards
may not have desireable volume levels between the different instruments. I'd
be interested to know if it sounds decent on other good MIDI
- Wakko's Two-Note Song
ragtime arrangement by Ron "Keeper" O'Dell -- Level 3 -- 24 April 1997
In an Animaniacs cartoon, the character of
Wakko proved that his two-note melody was indeed a song that could be played
in many styles. Ragtime wasn't one of the examples, so I've filled the void.
The slow tempo is done to match the original. Think of it as a slow drag. Note
the subtle swing added, to sound more natural (in fact, it's how I play
- Slippery Elm Rag by
Clarence Woods -- Level 3 -- 31 March 1997
interesting rag, played "Very Slowly." I slapped this together in one sitting
while waiting for a phone call that never came.
- Maple Leaf Rag by Scott
Joplin -- Level 3 -- 23 March 1997
Presented the way I
play it, this was modified from a straight arrangement by Warren Trachtman,
- Hello! Ma Baby by Ida
Emerson and Joseph E. Howard -- Level 3 -- 21 March
The song immortalized by Michigan J. Frog in the Chuck Jones cartoon
One Froggy Evening. I added a lot of personal touches to this, most
notable of which is a flashy one-step arrangement at the end, typical of piano
performances of songs from the period. Lyrics
- Medic Rag by C.L.
Woolsey -- Level 3 -- 29 January 1997
I improved on
the written score, to add variety to the repeats and give the rag a more
That's just the new stuff! See also:
Non-ragtime music only
(baroque, classical, TV themes -- whatever)
My compositions only
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