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    Re: Ensemble pieces for beginners

    I used some of Andy's music (along with yours of course) for my solo Mandocello music workshop. I had not seen his ensemble stuff, guess I'll have to look again.
    Thanks August.
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    Re: Ensemble pieces for beginners

    John Goodin writes very fine music, and some pieces have quite accessible parts. You also might look at some early Mozart quartets, where most of the action is in the upper parts, with basic root...
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    Re: John Goodin mandolin duets

    I don't think anybody posts as much interesting music (with colorful videos) as Martin Jonas, and Martin was a big help and contributor in my solo mandocello project. Thanks from all of us, Martin!...
  4. Re: Bach BWV1007, an interesting experience with an unusual audie

    Hoping this won't show up on the Cafe video--or youtube:disbelief:
  5. Re: Free Mandolin Orchestra/Ensemble music by John Goodin, update

    As nice as it is to read through and play classical string music (Mozart, Schubert, etc.) there is something special about John's Music written specifically for the plucked orchestra. His presence at...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Lot's of good advice here. I was a choral director and music theory teacher, picked up the mandolin when I retired. Like you, I could read and theorize just fine, but I kept getting lost looking at...
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    Re: Musical Reincarnation ;-)

    Thanks for the "OK" on that Victor; is the full orchestral score available?
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    Re: Musical Reincarnation ;-)

    I can't help wondering how this would sound with (Hey, it's the Cafe!) mandolins. I am not sure the sweet sustain of the bows would be matched by tremolo; on the other hand, you did start with a...
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    [QUOTE=JeffD;1751743]Jacob Reuven answered this exact question in a workshop I attended. He introduced to us a technique of unmetered tremolo where the rapidity of the tremolo parallels the volume,...
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    Evan Marshall had something very musical to say about this in a workshop I attended a few years back. Singers (that's my people) have a technique called messa di voce, a swelling and diminishing as...
  11. Re: Thomas Tallis: Hear The Voice And Prayer (c. 1560)

    Thank you for clarifying--the "borrowed" music from motet to Mass was very common so I assumed that was what I saw. I did think the part lines for the "Kyrie" seemed just like the motet, which I have...
  12. Re: Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680): Modo hypodorico

    Very interesting; and in my years of study I had not come across this Kircher. I did read about Guido d'Arezzo (the hand and the "ut[do]-re-mi-fa-sol" scale), Zarlino, a contemporary of Monteverdi, ...
  13. Re: Thomas Tallis: Hear The Voice And Prayer (c. 1560)

    My choirs sang Tallis motets including this little masterpiece (back when I wasn't so retired). The score I see is the Kyrie from a mass Tallis composed based on the motet "Hear the voice and...
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    Re: Gibson K 4 Mandocello

    As I thought: a better player than I! You get a great sound out of the same instrument (I have a similar vintage K4), and you do a LOT of all-string cording. I struggle with the single-string lines...
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    Re: Gibson K 4 Mandocello

    Mando-Bob, I see you are in Germany; when our Oregon Mandolin Orchestra played at Bruchsal, Holger Paetz loaned me his K1 and showed me his K4. I wonder if you know each other--not just because...
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    Re: Gibson K 4 Mandocello

    "An error occurred" and it sent me to a youtube of SNL Weekend Update, pretty funny, so thanks. Hope you can reset the connection, meanwhile I will sit and admire my own 1911 Gibson K4. You probably...
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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...
  20. 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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