Virtuoso guitarist RICHARD SMITH performing an incredible solo on the legendary song "The Entertainer". "The Entertainer" is a 1902 classic piano rag written by Scott Joplin. The first recording was by blues and ragtime musicians, the Blue Boys in 1928, played on mandolin and guitar. As one of the classics of ragtime, it returned to international prominence as part of the ragtime revival in the 1970s, when it was used as the theme music for the 1973 Oscar-winning film The Sting. The Recording Industry Association of America ranked it #10
on its "Songs of the Century" list. This song is sub-titled "A Rag Time Two Step", which was a form of dance popular until about 1911, and a style which was common among rags written at the time. It is primarily set in the key of C major.
Richard Smith (born 12 December 1971) is an English guitarist, specialising in the fingerstyle guitar tradition of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. He is the 2001 National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. He picked up the guitar when he was five years old, after watching his father playing an Atkins and Travis version of Down South Blues. Smith soon became a child prodigy on the guitar. At the age of 11 he finally shared the stage with his idol, when Atkins invited Smith to play together with him at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. His flawless technique, quickly switching between fingerpicking and flatpicking, not only earned him the admiration of his peers such as Tommy Emmanuel, but also numerous awards.The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame named him Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Furthermore, Smith received the Golden Thumbpick Award by the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists.
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