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    Re: Bellenghi and Weidt mandocello methods

    I was not aware of these in all my reading; wish I had known about them for my CMSA MC Solo/Method Book session. But I just don't understand the publishers and composers problem with clefs. I do know...
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    Re: More 'Cello Power at 2019 CMSA!

    Fabio inspired us to play "musically" rather than struggle to get all the notes (which a few of us could not) in rapid 16th runs. He provided carefully worked reduced parts for those of us who found...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    I was struck with the full rich "orchestral" sound (not just "plucked ensemble"). I am sure this is a result of the size of the group, their skilled playing, and your composition. ["painting a with...
  4. Re: Bickford MandoCello Method in BASS CLEF!

    having fun and learning from it already!
    jim
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    Re: Strings for a K-1 Mandocello

    Not sure I understand the question, but Newtone will make a set--all 8-- to your chosen specs. I didn't put it together, I just sent them the gauges I wanted for each course.
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    Re: Strings for a K-1 Mandocello

    I thought D'addario J78's were .074 on the C string. But for easier playing I use Newtone custom made strings, C is .070; lighter action still good sound. I had a K2 (same build as K2) and now a K4...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Are you talking about mandocello, or mandolin. If MC, yes I would say lighter. I had custom made strings from Newtone (UK) with the low C as .070, not .074. Kept a healthy sound, much easier to play....
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    Re: Mandocello Specific Techniques

    I'm just glad to hear other people see this as a difficulty (is that schadenfreud?); it tells me I'm not necessarily "doing something wrong," just struggling with a common problem. But I love my K4...
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    Ben!
    A big question at my CMSA Mandocello Workshop was "bass clef? ... Please?" and you have answered that call. I will get word to my com-bass clef-patriots, and there were a lot of us--at least 25...
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    Re: Stiver Mandolin Experience

    I was on the phone with Elderly Instruments a few years ago asking about a 70's era Gibson F5. The sales person was kind of so-so abut the instrument so i asked him to let me hear his choice. He...
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    Re: Changing the tuning for medieval sound

    Regarding the "authenticity" of historically informed performance, it is true that we don't know exactly what things sounded like a couple hundred to a thousand years ago. So any claim to "this way...
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    Re: Most Mandocellos at CMSA

    We probably talked at some point, I was at the table a few times, but too busy to check out name tags. I wonder if you heard the Cello ensemble (Low-Lifes) or the Aria? Glad you were there anyway.
  13. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    It's a great time to be a mandocello player! Thank you August, and people should also check out John Goodin's Winter Suite for Mandocello.
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    We discussed your publication at CMSA, looking forward to the bass clef version. Thanks and congratulations on this achievement!
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    Most Mandocellos at CMSA

    Most mandocellos EVER?? Well, there were 25 of us in a 140 piece orchestra!
    The Solo Mandocello Worlshop was a success thanks to the contributing composers: August Watters who has published (online)...
  16. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Got to sing your Aria with some CMSA friends at the open mic (20 minutes of pracrice between workshops and orchestra rehearsals). I think I should check the video (haven't seen it yet) before...
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    Re: Guitar to mandocello conversion idea

    I bought a big Epiphone conversion dreadnaught just for travel (I have a 1911 Gibson K4 I would never take on a plane); it was in the case, the case tipped over at a train station, the head snapped...
  18. Re: Spring Suite, May 2019 for OM or Mandocello

    See you in a few days John, and I hope you'll play some of your suite for our Solo Mandocelllo session. I'm too busy trying to play the orchestra music!
    Sounds good in that bass range too, Martin....
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    I am putting together the final materials for the Solo Mandocello Music session at CMSA (next week!). So If you want to send me any early drafts I could at least show them (not distribute or publish)...
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    I would be able to do some proofing AFTER the CMSA convention (early October). I work with doctoral dissertations so I do a lot of proof reading and editing, but I see a lull in the next couple...
  21. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    I do understand the conflict between "music belongs to everyone" and "How does a composer make a living?" When I was a college choral director we were required to have valid paid-for copies (no...
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    I'll be performing this beautiful aria with a mandolin ensemble at the CMSA open mic. Thank you for the wonderful music Victor, I hope we do it justice.
    Jim
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    Re: New Bickford Mando-cello Method

    Benjamin, if you are attending the Normal CMSA Convention feel very free to bring this material to the Mandocello Solo Music workshop.
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    Re: Goichberg mandocello studies

    " I may try to reach out to the surviving Goichbergs in time as well. I will keep y'all updated when and if anything comes through. "

    I did hear from Goichberg's daughter when I was searching...
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    Re: Bickford Mandocello Method

    As I said in another post, people working much harder on this than I am! Thanks for your dedication, John.
    As far as furthering the work, you should know that August Watters will be publishing a...
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