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The Entertainer is probably one of the most recognised pieces of music ever to appear in a film. It was written in 1911 by Scott Joplin and featured in The Sting!

This has been covered many times, and fortunately falls in the public domain. My favourite version has to be Chet Atkins awesome fingerstyle arrangement.

This is my version. It is not the same as Chets and comparisons are totally futile, however I hope you all enjoy it....
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Uploaded: Mar 10, 2011 - 01:15:45 PM
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 - 01:15:45 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 07:23:43 PM
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Comments
grahame1956 said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Nice
..piece of finger picking
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neilh79 said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Why...
... Thankyou kindly!!
PockBluesman said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Nice One
Good one Neil thats some good finger picking Very Impressed
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neilh79 said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
P.B.M
Thanks for dropping by Rick, appreciate the listen and comment, one of my favs to play glad you like it
PeterB7858 said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Nice work
Hi Neil. Nice work. I love the way the bass line works off against the melody. I love Chet's version too. What a player! I don't have the patience to learn classic pieces such as this. Thanks, Peter.
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neilh79 said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
Peter!!
Without a doubt Chet Atkins is the joint best guitar player of this style along with Jerry Reed of all time in my humble opinion(Make what sense of that you like!!!). I love the piece of music, thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment glad you liked it.. Neil
michaeljayklein said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
This is an Easy Winner...
...if I may borrow another title from Mr. Joplin Neil!
This was some delightful playing and the arrangement is thoroughly refreshing and "new" sounding (and I should know because I was about ten when the movie came out and this was all they asked me to play on the piano for shows at school and stuff--I got to hate the thing almost! This did lead me in later years to explore his other compositions and I still love playing them to this day). I also think Mr. Joplin would applaud you for keeping the tempo moderato (I heard he would go into violent fits when he heard his rags being played very fast!) Very happy to have heard your version--and thank you for remembering this great piece of American music. Take care now! Michael
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
MJK..
.. thanks so much for dropping in, really glad you like the version. I know for one thing I could never get bored of this piece. I have tried to give it some form of credibility and glad I seem to have done that!
alackbass said 2237 days ago (March 10th, 2011)
The Entertainer
Both impressive and enjoyable!
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Andrew..
.. Thanks so much for coming by again, always nice to see you pop up on my page, glad you liked it cheers!
Jarvoid said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Told you...
Thats all needs saying....


80)


Jarvo......
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
You did!!!
Cheers Jarv, glad you like it!
BlueAttitude said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Nice!
Very hard style to master. I used to be able to do a bit of fingerpicking but can't anymore, arthritis in my right hand means I can only use a pick these days. (Haven't found an upside to getting old yet, but haven't given up hope!)
Anyway, I thought you did a good job with this, enjoyed the listen :)
~Dave
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Dave..
.. thanks for the listen and comment, much appreciated, you dont need to finger pick with the pace you have with a pick!!
guygrooves said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
I am a
huge Chet Atkins fan. This stands up Neil. It may not be comparable to Chet's (Not many pieces or players are) it has it it's own strengths. I love the laid back feel of this. Nice job.
Peace
Guy
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
I wouldn't...
...dare compare myself to Chet. He is a true master, I fumble about a bit and play one or 2 of his bits, this though is a personal fav! Glad you came along and listened and thankyou very much for the nice comment it means a lot.
jdholliday said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Hey Neil
are you really Chet Atkins in disguise? lol, awesome dude!
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
hmmmm..
.. long way to go I think! really glad you came by again James my friend, always a pleasure, glad you like the piece
magnatone said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
The Entertainer
i used to play this on the piano back when the movie came out and it was everywhere - very fun to play and i'll bet that's true for guitar too - great job neil!
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
More fun....
... than bouncing on a pogo stick!! I love this piece would love to hear you do a piano version, so happy you like my version thanks.
Loob said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Love the picking Neil.
Well done!
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Loob..
..Thankyou glad you like it!
dave_b said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
The Entertainer
Nice picking & tone, enjoyed.
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neilh79 said 2236 days ago (March 11th, 2011)
Dave..
.. thanks for popping by glad you like it cheers!
papag said 2235 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
Pickin on a classic
Nice job on the finger style! I listened to it a couple times in a row. Really like the tempo and your playing has good personality.

Thanks for the download :)
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thankyou
so much for the comment and the download means a lot, so glad you liked it!
racerat said 2235 days ago (March 12th, 2011)
The Entertainer
Nice picking Neil. Well done.
RR
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
RR
Cheers, for dropping in glad you liked it!
KCsGROOVE said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
nice
fingerpicking!
Had no idea this song was that old!
Enjoyedf!
KC
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Cees..
.. I had to research it to see if I could get away with it! So glad this is a public domain piece. Thanks for the listen!
lavalamp said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Must be hard...
...to play. Impressive work. Love this Atkins version. Excellent.

LL
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
lava
thanks so much for the comment appreciate it!
tonestones said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Nice ...
Nice rendition of a classic. Well done.
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Steve..
Thankyou very much glad you enjoyed it!
Mystified said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
I learned the piano version...
...back when I was taking piano lessons.

:)
This was a lot of fun to revisit. Lovely interpretation and playing!
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thankyou..
Nice to see you drop by a pleasure to see you here. I love the piece, the piano version is so cool, a fav of mine!
mrattue said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Neil!
It's a great melody, isn't it? There is something about the jaunty, sadness of the piece that seems to fit every occasion and changes so much with the smallest change of tempo. This is quite a slow version, and perhaps a little blusier as a consequence?

Much enjoyed.

Marc
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Marc!
I just love the piece, it is never a chore to play just amazing fun. I have messed about with the phrasing a little to try and give it my own spin and if that means its a little bluesy then so be it!! Thanks for the comment as always Marc, really nice to see you pop up on here, glad you enjoyed... Still waiting for your Stonehenge!!! ;-)
Char said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
There you go.
That was quite an enjoyable performance that you can be very proud of. Thank you.
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Hi Char..
Thanks so much for the listen and comment, means the world, glad you enjoyed it!
SEAC99 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Great Job
Niiiiiice, a classic.
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Thankyou
Glad you enjoyed it, I love it Cheers Neil
Bob Rodgers said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
It's
good to hear this played on the guitar as I always hear it played on a piano.
A great cover of a very well known tune and you have played some nice finger picking guitar.
Very impressive and very much enjoyed.

Bob
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neilh79 said 2234 days ago (March 13th, 2011)
Bob....
.. Thankyou very much the kind words. It means so much when people appreciate what I am doing. Never will I compare to Chet who was truly wonderful but I'm very happy you enjoyed my version.
fasteddie said 2233 days ago (March 14th, 2011)
Oh man
This brings back memories.

I learned how to play this on the piano when I was a kid.

I should have kept up the piano but that's just the way it goes.

Nice solid playing Neil.
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neilh79 said 2232 days ago (March 15th, 2011)
Mike..
..awesome to see you round here again. I love this piece been a fav for a long time. Glad you liked my attempt!
Ibstrat said 2231 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Nice
picking on this- I'm a huge ragtime guitar fan!
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neilh79 said 2231 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
Mark..
. thankyou so much for the kind comment. I have listened to a few from you back catalogue and you are a very fine picker yourself. I love the rags they are great fun if at times a little frustrating!! Glad you liked it. Neil
ShadowofNine said 2230 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
so Fine
Never heard a giter version of this, have now and glad I did, very very nice track...
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neilh79 said 2230 days ago (March 17th, 2011)
The Shadow!!
Hey man, thanks for checking this out, glad you enjoyed it. Means a lot that you like the guitar as you ain't half bad on the axe!
VicDiesel said 2228 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Nice.
Ragtime guitar is such fun.
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neilh79 said 2228 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
Fun!!
Thanks for popping in Vic!! I enjoy rags always fun to play, glad you enjoyed it!
sammydix said 2227 days ago (March 19th, 2011)
just
a bit more please. nicely done. chet is chet, and neil is neil. still pleasing to my ears.
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neilh79 said 2227 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Sam
Great to see you man, thanks so much for the comment glad you enjoyed it!
Doadars Uncle said 2227 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Alright!
Great tune, clean and open. Well played!
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neilh79 said 2227 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Thankyou!!
Cheers for passing by! Glad you like it, comment means a lot!
jibes said 2226 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Scott Joplin
is one of my favorites of all time.
A real pleasure for me to hear your great version.

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neilh79 said 2226 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Jibes!
Thanks for coming by, I love this tune big fav of mine really glad you enjoyed it!
michael2 said 2222 days ago (March 25th, 2011)
nice
first off your playing is great, and I must say I am impressed by the tone you got. i never have much luck recording acoustic guitar, always sounds so muddy. are you using a nice mic/preamp? or just doing something else right. anyways this is a great adaption of this tune. thanks for sharing.
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neilh79 said 2222 days ago (March 25th, 2011)
Hey...
... Michael, thanks for dropping by and taking time out to comment means a lot! I have a pre-amp on my guitar which I can tinker with to get the sound I am after. Really happy you liked it anyhow its one of my favourites!
Hickling_Stan said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Enjoyed
I remember I could do part of this right hand only on the piano at school. Haven't heard it for years. Really liked to moderate pacing that alowed the melody to really shine. Nice playing neil. Cheers mark
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neilh79 said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Mark..
Thankyou so much for the kind words appreciate the listen
Corporal Beef said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
The Entertainer
I haven't heard any versions other than the theatrical one, so I have no basis for comparison. What a treat to hear this on guitar. Your version has a tinge of melancholy to it which I feel gives the piece some depth that the theatrical version lacked. Your playing is very good, which of course helps a lot. Thanks for posting this.
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neilh79 said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
CB
Thanks for the comment man. The theatrical piece will always be epic. This is a fiddle about and glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by means a lot!
Philip18 said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
The Sting
I like the tone of the guitar and the gentle lilt in the playing. Might be interesting to try doubling the tempo for the final verse? Good listening!
neilh79 said 2219 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Phillip..
.. thanks so much for the listen glad you like the tune!
Lagusaya2 said 2220 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
What an accomplished guitarist you are!
Wow! I really respect your skills!

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neilh79 said 2219 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Stan..
.. Thankyou so much for the kind words, not sure about accomplished lol. Thanks for a massive compliment glad you enjoyed it!
CounterHarmony said 2208 days ago (April 8th, 2011)
Cool
I enjoyed it, wish I could fingerpick like that. Awesome take on a memorable classic.
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neilh79 said 2208 days ago (April 8th, 2011)
Thanks
so much for commenting on this fiddle around glad you enjoyed it!
smokey bacon jnr said 2208 days ago (April 8th, 2011)
brilliant!
Really enjoyed this. One of my fave pieces of music. Nice take on an old classic, so luckily for me you didn't massacre it. Excellent.
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neilh79 said 2208 days ago (April 8th, 2011)
Smokey
thanks very much for the kind words, I'm glad I did it justice, glad you enjoyed it cheers
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