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  1. Re: Free Mandolin Orchestra/Ensemble music by John Goodin, update

    When I started this thread back in February I fully intended to make some more mandolin orchestra pieces available in the near future. Well, the near future turned out to be a little different from...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    I've been slow to jump in here in praise of Peter's beautiful work because I wanted to get a short video ready first.

    I'm the happy owner of Peter's "classical flattop" #248 (pictures and samples...
  3. Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    It's always good to see Rob MacKillop on this forum, often with a new interest and asking thoughtful questions. I'm happy to see that I may be able to offer a footnote to Eugene's post about...
  4. Re: Carlo Aonzo teaches the Allemanda from Bach's solo BWV 1004

    Yesterday I learned that Carlo has also uploaded a YouTube lesson covering his approach to playing the Presto from the G minor Sonata no. 1 (BWV 1001). This is another one of my personal favorite...
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    Re: James Oswald: Divertimento I

    Toomas, I knew that my transcriptions of the Oswald 12 had been downloaded many times years ago when I would check statistics on them. I haven't done that for several years now. I am glad they found...
  6. Carlo Aonzo teaches the Allemanda from Bach's solo BWV 1004

    I was delighted to discover this morning that Carlo Aonzo has recently created a video where he demonstrates his approach to playing the Allemanda from Bach's D minor Partita no. 2 for solo violin.
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    Re: James Oswald: Divertimento I

    A beautiful performance! I know this piece pretty well (although I usually cheat and play it in a lower key) and it's a pleasure to hear it done so nicely on mandolin. I especially like your pick and...
  8. Free Mandolin Orchestra/Ensemble music by John Goodin, updates

    Back in 2008 I created a page at my Mandotopia website that lists the numerous pieces that I have composed for mandolin orchestra and ensembles since the late 1980s. There are 29 pieces listed there...
  9. Re: Sebastian de Grebber, Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra

    Tim, I understand what you are saying about the CMSA convention music. The en masse orchestra music can seem daunting and the level of playing has certainly risen over the years. You are the best...
  10. Re: Sebastian de Grebber, Dutch Mandolin Chamber Orchestra

    Tim, it's great to hear from someone diving into this deep pool of great mandolin music. I just want to put in a plug for the Classical Mandolin Society of America. On the CMSA website, as a...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    This is great news that the folks at Chapman will allow you to study classical mandolin under the umbrella of the guitar program. Your story could inspire others to try and convince other higher ed...
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    Re: Remembering Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

    Joel, thanks for sharing this news, sad as it is. I was lucky to have met Evelyn at the Austin CMSA (2015) and we had several conversations about composing, arranging and book production. She was...
  13. Re: Spring Suite, May 2019 for OM or Mandocello

    Thanks to all for your kind words. Special thanks to Martin for his fine mandocello recording. Very well played!
  14. Spring Suite, May 2019 for OM or Mandocello

    I just posted a new solo piece for big mandolins at my So Many Tunes blog titled Spring Suite, May 2019. This is a follow-up to the Winter Suite that I posted back in February.

    It's another simple...
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    Re: CMSA Newbie: Advice Needed!

    Phil, this will be my 21st CMSA convention. My first was in 1990 when our Louisville Mandolin Orchestra was the host. I can say that over the years the friendly atmosphere has been remarkably...
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    Postcards From the Crater at Bandcamp

    I'm pleased to say that our friendly Cafe host has added a short track from my just released, digital-only, recording to the Cafe MP3 collection. Postcards From the Crater is a collection of 10...
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    Re: John Goodin mandolin duets

    Martin, thanks again for making these tunes sound good. I enjoyed hearing "Ekin Avenue" with mandocellos, a very nice arrangement.

    As always, your choice of images is fun but I especially...
  18. Land of Living Skies by the Regina Mandolin Orchestra

    Here's a video from May 20, 2019 of the Regina Mandolin Orchestra performing a piece that I wrote for them over last winter. I was honored to be asked to write them some music for their 30th...
  19. Mandolins and Recorder Trio from CMSA 2018

    Here's a video (thanks to Michael Tognetti) of a group of 2018 CMSA convention attendees with a couple of generous recorder players (wrangled by Alice Derbyshire) performing the second movement of a...
  20. Re: New classical release from Joel Hobbs & Jonathan Rudie - Vesp

    I received my physical copy of this CD a couple of days ago but I've been listening to it from my streaming service since it was available. This is a recording full of beauty and light. I can't...
  21. Re: Norman Blake-Original Underground Music from the Mysterious S

    I missed this thread when Mike first started it but it's exciting to know that someone has finally transcribed the music from this incomparable album. This record was on the same level for me as the...
  22. Re: New Piece for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello

    Martin, thanks very much for these mandocello recordings. It's great to hear those low notes! I know just what you mean about that chord in the Saraband, I may end up changing that. You can hear that...
  23. Re: New Piece for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello

    Hi Martin,

    Yes, you are correct. The two versions are a fifth apart and are not intended to be played together by an octave and cello duo. The fingerings are the same for each instrument and the...
  24. New Piece for Octave Mandolin or Mandocello

    I just added this note as a reply to the Original Music for Solo Mandocello thread but then I realized that some Octave Mandolin players might not read that thread and they might be interested in...
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    Re: Original music for SOLO Mandocello

    I just posted a new piece for big mandolins at my So Many Tunes blog titled Winter Suite, February 2019. I was at least partly inspired by "Doc James" and his continuing advocacy for new Mandocello...
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