The pia rag is musical form unlike any other. Although melodious, ragtime's excitement and appeal derives from its syncopated rhythms. Ragtime music achieved toriety through its greatest composer, Scott Joplin (1868-1917). At an early age he studied with an old German musician who introduced him to the pia and music theory. While still in his early teens he earned his way playing pia in the honky-tonks of villages and towns in the Mississippi Valley. He was intrigued with the folk music of his people and the jig pia style of the self-taught pianists with whom he worked. Take a musical journey through Scott Joplin's prolific career and perform these time-hored ragtime pia pieces as they are transcribed here for solo guitar. Written in standard tation only with fingerings and historical/ performance tes.