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mando bandage
May-08-2004, 6:37am
I yielded to the urge to play "Camarillo Brillo" on my mando last night, and discovered a nice tab for guitar,


easily adapted to mando. #Not only is it fun to play and lends itself quite well to BG chopping, it is a great chop/barre chord exercise: #5 different shapes of movable chords (if you use the B chord at the 4th fret) at an up tempo beat. #If I can learn to hit these changes cleanly at tempo, I'll be Mr. Rhythm Man on the mando.

Anybody else have any experience to share with bluegrassing St. Francis? #

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May-08-2004, 9:36pm
you can just play mando without bluegrassing it. but if you choose to do so, i am sure dr. zappa would not have minded. he was a fan of experimentation with music if i'm not mistaken.:;):

mando bandage
May-08-2004, 9:51pm

Having seen a still photo taken of Zappa from his performance on the Tonight Show when he played a bicycle by plinking the spokes and blowing through the handlebars, I think you're right.


John Flynn
May-09-2004, 8:51am
I always wanted to update "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma" to "My Mando Wants to Kill Your Momma," but I never got around to it! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

May-09-2004, 9:20am
Melonius Quartet does a great version of "King Kong" on their cd Au Sud de la Mandoline...

May-10-2004, 6:34am
There is mando on "The Yellow Shark" CD of the Ensemble Modern, which was his dream come true- an orchestra who really devoted themselves to playing his music accurately and expressively. He had some bad experiences with major orchestras.

I am a big fan and have been since I was 11 or so, when the Live at the Fillmore record came out. On the "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar" set, he does a duo w/ Jean-Luc Ponty and plays a bouzouki through a phase shifter...and before he died he mentioned he liked any good music and expressed appreciation for bluegrass flatpicking, which surprised and delighted me!

May-11-2004, 2:27pm
I think that Caterina has played with them.

May-11-2004, 4:30pm
then of course there's the legendary essra mohawk $3k ebay bowlback....

May-17-2004, 8:53pm
Apostrophe! music book in print, recently. FWIW.
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May-20-2004, 10:48am
Hey!! - there's been no post's since 17th when the Zappa "debacle" was carried to lengths... - Did that one shut everyone down...??!! - I'm beginning to get concerned. hee... hee.. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

jim simpson
May-31-2004, 7:34pm
I would like to hear an arraingement of "Peaches In Ragalia" for mandolin!

Terrapin Station
Jun-27-2004, 6:41pm
peaches in regallia would sound awesome on mandolin, as would zoot allures or anything off of his "guitar" album.