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Aug-08-2016, 11:03pm
Good evening everyone! Working on an arraignment of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and wanted to share. I was inspired to create this rendition when I heard John Reischman on that lovely video about his Loar. This is simple compared to his arraignment, and I wouldn't dream of approaching what he can do technically or tonally, but I hope you enjoy. :)

Aug-09-2016, 10:44am
I am sure everyone has seen the video I am referencing, but just incase, here it is :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvB2PxEsGbM&list=PLkaJURxl1oq7GkX7bsdwygodzQQ-l2Q5b

Rob Beck
Aug-09-2016, 11:07am
Sounds good to me! Nice to hear you adding your own variations to the tune too. I have tried this tune too, but my attempt was much more of an attempt to copy John's version. Good work :)

Aug-09-2016, 11:22am
Thanks Rob! I love John Reischman so much! He is a benchmark tonally :)

Aug-09-2016, 3:20pm

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Another good one here: Chris Thile messing with mandolins at Mandolin Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf9A5RF96kg

Aug-09-2016, 4:11pm
Thanks so much Jeff :) Thanks for sharing man! :)

Aug-09-2016, 4:14pm
In another thread I posted Eva Cassidy's version. Not to be missed. If I could play like she sings, I will have accomplished everything I want in the world.

Here it is.


If that isn't perfect, its as close as mortals get.

Aug-09-2016, 4:46pm
Eva Cassidy is one of my favorite vocalists ever. I feel like it she were in the "Lord of the Rings" she would be an elf signing in the Grey Havens. :)

Mark Gunter
Aug-09-2016, 4:50pm
Eva's finger-picked accompaniment is exquisite as well.

And good recital, Andrew, thanks for sharing!

Aug-09-2016, 4:59pm
Thanks Mark!!! :) She was a beautiful person!

Aug-10-2017, 9:24am
So, has anyone actually transcribed Reischman's arrangement?

Aug-10-2017, 10:58am
Nice job Andrew. Your technique is fine and your tone is outstanding. Very well done!!

Aug-10-2017, 12:04pm

Aug-10-2017, 12:37pm
Great playing!

Aug-10-2017, 12:48pm
You'll find it on Mandozine.com. But that's just the where the notes are on the fretboard. I haven't been able to find how make it swing like John Reichsman does on the internet - must involve practice I guess.

Aug-10-2017, 1:32pm
- must involve practice I guess.

Darn. That issue again. :)

Oliver A.
Aug-10-2017, 3:53pm
'don't mean to hi-jack this thread but I can't think of Somewhere Over the Rainbow without thinking of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole's compelling version of the song. Even though he sorta' mangles the lyrics he manages to raise the song to a new level and the standard version is at a very high level already. Enjoy this if you haven't already, then back to the topic at hand.

Aug-10-2017, 3:55pm
Nice job!

The Pava sounds great.

Vernon Hughes
Aug-10-2017, 5:31pm
Check out jethro burns version about 7:46 timestamp..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcHEWck5F18

Skip Kelley
Aug-13-2017, 5:56pm
Nice job, Andrew!

Al Trujillo
Aug-15-2017, 9:13am
So, has anyone actually transcribed Reischman's arrangement?

I'm taking John's course on Peghead Nation and once you join ($20/month) you get to download his most recent song. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was his July contribution and I've given it a try but his fingering on this particular one is pretty complex. I may never get there with that one!