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    Re: "Anileda," by Stellario Cambria and ...?

    Sheri Mignano Crawford has a very large collection of Italian sheet music, scans of which she has made available. Check out this thread:
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    Re: adventures in Italian music

    Thanks, Joe and Jairo. I'm not sure I can see myself as someone with good technique, but I suppose we're all somewhere on the 'good technique' bell curve.



    That's Zio Carmine. A little...
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    Re: adventures in Italian music

    Thanks, Mick. I gotta take it at the pace I can... I'm an accompanist at heart, and pretty unused to being in charge of the melody instrument. I find that it takes exactly the right level of...
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    adventures in Italian music

    My introduction to Italian music was through recordings that were collected by a friend of mine. He would periodically send my transfers of 78s that he had found, and I would typically cringe a...
  5. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    I think that's unlikely, except in some experimental context - these Harmonia and Nightingale sessions were probably anything but experimental, being basically local, budget labels. I do have...
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    Both of those recordings are on an LP compilation of Vicari's recordings titled "Mandolinata" - those recordings all seem to be drawn from 78rpm recordings done by Vicari for the Harmonia and...
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    Re: Fraulini Caterina - a prototype

    Thanks, Cary - I do what I can with what I got.



    Todd actually built the case. The instruments that he builds occasionally fall outside the sizes, shapes and contours that are supported by...
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    Fraulini Caterina - a prototype

    For the last few weeks and in spite of the pandemic, I've had a welcome visitor in the house... a prototype mandolin built by Todd Cambio (Fraulini Guitar Co.). Todd is a guitar builder with a deep...
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    Re: Old Milanese Mandolin 1890 c. project on eBay

    Weird, but.... the fretboard on that instrument looks scalloped. That can't be right!
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    Re: recognize this blues song?

    I don't think you need to be so skeptical... :) covers of "The Girl I Love" often appear under the title "Brownsville Blues" or "Goin' To Brownsville" - based on the town mention in the opening...
  11. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    Nobody would describe it as particularly warm sounding, but it projects well, has a nice bright sound and plays great. I'm not crazy about the scroll headstock - seems to add more weight than is...
  12. Re: Classical nerd roll call: Lyon & Healy archtops

    This isn't mine, but belongs to a friend of mine and I get to play it when I visit out that way. A Lyon & Healy "De Pace" model.

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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #1

    It's definitely Charlie McCoy singing. That type of accompaniment on the guitar was a kind of common denominator between the Chatmons and some of the musicians that played with them. Both of the...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    I dunno about phenomenal, but I can definitely hold instruments... even expensive ones! We will play Italian tunes (and more) soon!
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    Thanks, Ranald. It really must have taken some work to get all that together - we were pretty much beneath notice, generally speaking. I have to say it was endlessly amusing to remind Mike this...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #46

    The Little Brothers stopped playing together sometime in 2012. We did all kinds of country blues and old-time with varying degrees of success, but we always meant it. Mike was and is a great guy...
  17. Sitting and listening: Trio Vesuvio - Ballabili Italiani

    This LP was probably recorded in the mid to late 50s and was released on the tiny Edgina label, and likely distributed out of Rossi's shop in Little Italy. Most Edgina records I've seen are of...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Wow... I couldn't agree more... what a tune that is!

    You know what makes me REALLY crazy about it? The bowed bass on that recording is FANTASTIC. It's ALL good from top to bottom!
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Yep!
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Oh - I totally agree, and it's the reason I posted what, in my admittedly limited experience, were some common (and fairly accessible) tunes within Sheri's archive.

    As a collection, Sheri's...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Mebbe on some level it is, but that's no reason to blow MORE dust on it!
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Similar to Sheri and David's experience, people have occasionally spontaneously danced when we play, but most of the places and groups near us that host dancing are more interested in contra and...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    There's more to those recordings than just an accurate assessment of tempo, though - they embody a range of musical sensibilities that are just kind of lost on the page. I'm also including songs as...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    Thanks on the avatar - the trinacria! :)

    I certainly agree that it's not jazz, but it's also not exactly classical music either. When you listen to recordings of these tunes - particularly...
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    Re: Italian Mazurkas Anyone?

    I have to confess that I'm less attuned to composers than I am to what a player brings to the table. Tra Veglia E Sonno is an example of a mazurka that I think is a reasonable starting point for...
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