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Bach E Major Prelude from the Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin Transcribed for Mandolin

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August 27, 2013 - 9:30 am

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Bach E Major Prelude from the Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin Transcribed for Mandolin from Mel Bay

Bach E Major Prelude from the Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin Transcribed for Mandolin from Mel Bay

Pacific, Mo. — Mel Bay has announced the publication of Bach E Major Prelude from the Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin Transcribed for Mandolin.

This book and accompanying audio make one of J.S. Bach's most enduring and fascinating instrumental works accessible to mandolin players: the Prelude in E Major from his solo sonata in E major for violin.

The book and audio include fingerings, tablature and a slow performance of the piece. These materials are intended to make learning the virtuosic piece an attainable task.

In recent years musicians outside of the classical genre have been learning and performing this work with regularity. Chris Thile, Bela Fleck and Mark O'Connor are notable examples.

Their interest is in no doubt due to a desire to strengthen their musicianship as well as to add one of the great show-stopping solo pieces of all time to their shows.

Additional information:
Available in eBook or Book/CD Format
Suggested retail: $8.99
Purchase: Book/CD Set
Purchase: eBook

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Joseph Baker
August 27, 2013 11:21 AM
Does this book include standard notation or is the sheet music only in tablature?

Joseph Baker
John Hill
August 27, 2013 12:06 PM
Quote from Joseph Baker: Does this book include standard notation or is the sheet music only in tablature?

Joseph Baker End Quote
It's both. You can go to the Mel Bay site to see a sample.
Will Patton
August 27, 2013 04:25 PM
Why do they have to transcribe it? It's violin music. Same range and tuning!
JFDilmando
August 27, 2013 05:47 PM
Transcription into tab suggests a solution to fingering.... this can be helpful to some folks, but is really a bit crippling in how you might approach a classical piece.... there is much to where you want to play a series of notes, how does it sound on YOUR mandolin, what is the context of the particular passage you are attempting.... do you want fretted notes sounding the same, or fretted and ringing open strings together.... on and on... so many difficulties concerning particular fingering, all very different to different people...

All of this is ignored when seeing TAB... or at least only one solution is offered in the TAB (ususally).
Perry
August 28, 2013 07:34 AM
Quote from JFDilmando: Transcription into tab suggests a solution to fingering.... this can be helpful to some folks, but is really a bit crippling in how you might approach a classical piece.... there is much to where you want to play a series of notes, how does it sound on YOUR mandolin, what is the context of the particular passage you are attempting.... do you want fretted notes sounding the same, or fretted and ringing open strings together.... on and on... so many difficulties concerning particular fingering, all very different to different people...

All of this is ignored when seeing TAB... or at least only one solution is offered in the TAB (ususally). End Quote

I like Mike Marshall's approach; in his book he gives you a taste of many of them in TAB. And honestly the first 32 measures of the G minor fugue could keep me busy for months. But if you want to study further you need to get the sheet music (standard notation) which is available for free.
Scott Tichenor
August 28, 2013 07:42 AM
Quote from Will Patton: Why do they have to transcribe it? It's violin music. Same range and tuning! End Quote

Money.

Because there is a market for tablature.

Long ago I got taken to task hard for challenging an author online here that was extolling the wisdom of only reading standard notation, which I agree with. Problem: everything that person had published had tablature included. I questioned why go online hawking only standard notation when everything they'd published included tablature. If you believe in something, take a stand. The response? "Because otherwise it won't sell."

Only Marilynn Mair in the world of mandolin publishing has had the intestinal fortitude to not provide tablature in her publications. She refuses. I can think of no one else. Maybe Mike Marshall has done a few things... not sure about that.

I'm sure this will rankle a few but it's the truth. It's put into tablature because otherwise it won't sell.

We may ultimately see the entire Bach solo violin works put into tablature for mandolin. I won't buy it because I only use standard notation and already have it in print, but people will be buying that tab version should it ever arise, and I'd bet money someone is already working on it.
DSDarr
August 28, 2013 05:12 PM
Mike Marshall's choro book is entirely standard notation. Initially I was bummed by that fact, but because I wanted to learn some choros I persevered and forced myself to improve my meager reading skills. I'm still not a great sight reader, but I can read much better now as a result.

David
Franc Homier Lieu
August 31, 2013 06:10 AM
Quote from Scott Tichenor:
Only Marilynn Mair in the world of mandolin publishing has had the intestinal fortitude to not provide tablature in her publications. She refuses. I can think of no one else.
End Quote
I recently got "MandoBach: 16 selections from the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach, edited for Mandolin by John Cranton". No tab, but it has suggestions for mandolin fingering where it would differ from violin fingering. It is my favourite of the 4 "Bach on mandolin" books (I have Marshall's, Waitze's, and Bancalari's too).
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