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Dec-13-2008, 5:20pm
JazzMando What's New - The music of J.S. Bach's works for keyboard and violin family instruments sound terrific and adapt easily to mandolin. The two-part inventions and movements from the cello suites 1 and 3 recently published by Debora Chen are supplied in tab and notation, and were selected "specifically because they lay well on the fretboard and require only as much sustain as a mandolin naturally has. Cello suite movements and Invention 15 are transposed to mando appropriate keys; the rest are mando friendly in their original keys."

J.S. Bach Selected Two-Part Inventions, arranged and edited for two mandolins (in tab and standard notation). Includes inventions 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15.
Limited sale at String Thing Music until 1/1/09: $12.95 (reg. $16.95)

For mandolinists trying to break away from tab, the score is provided in notation only for reading practice and may be read by two mandolinists sharing a stand; the parts for mandolin I and mandolin II include standard notation, and tab/suggested fingerings for reference as needed, or for mandolinists who prefer reading tab. (Editing favors easiest-to-reach fingering.) Includes running bar numbers for easy rehearsal. The score and mandolin I are bound in one book (39 pages), mandolin II is included as a separate pull-out booklet (18 pages).

Don't have a convenient partner to play with? No problem; play-along MP3's for both mando 1 and mando 2, played slowly with metronome clicks, are available free at the String Thing Music website (http://www.stringthingm.com/J.S.Bach_Mandolin_Arrangeme.html). Use them to help learn each voice, or to play the opposite one from the one you are playing yourself.

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Always wanted to learn to play standard notation but thought you never could? Debora's got the answer! Here critically acclaimed method book Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist (http://www.stringthingm.com/Standard_Notation_Tab_Mando.html) has been a key bridge for many mandolinists, and has opened a whole new world of centuries of literature and current print materials.


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dj coffey
Dec-13-2008, 6:50pm
Ah Bach!

I discovered to my delight that many of the two part inventions lie very nicely on the mandolin with no changes whatsover. If you have an octave mandolin around, the lower part fits well there too.

In addition, there are some delights to be found among the French and English Suites.

The Gigue in English Suite #2 is very nice.

Duo Giocondo (Katerina Licthenberg) have a very nice arrangement of French Suite #3 for mandolin and guitar on one of their CD's. After hearing it, I pulled out the sheet music and tried it myself. The Allemande is very nice.

So, if you have old Bach books laying around from your days as a keyboardist, dig around in them - many are very nice on the mandolin.