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  1. Re: San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra Virtual performance

    Thank you Peter;We're doing a similar thing with Oregon MO, waiting for Mike Tognetti to sync it all up--he does tech for us and CMSA. A bunch of us mandocello players are fooling around with...
  2. Re: San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra Virtual performance

    Very cool! Somehow the joy of the music comes through even though the players are in different places and at different times. That says a lot about the music itself, the players, and the conductor. I...
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    Re: J. S. Bach The Cello Suites for Mandolin

    I understand SLT's question, and I think a possible answer is simply that many people have mandolins, fewer people have mandocellos. That is improving, though--we had 25 in the orchestra at the last...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    I still say look for patterns: let's say the piece begins with a rising scalar figure (as in C E F A or Do Mi Fa La..); then what? Does it come back down, or extend at the higher range? Does it do a...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    This thread is of great interest to me as a music education researcher; and although I don't want to sound arrogant, I do want to say my comments (you can call them opinions if you want) are based on...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    Here's one idea that might help, but first a caution about "learning by ear" if you mean just listening to a recording. Listening to a recording leaves you with the impression "that's how it goes,"...
  7. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    I always recommend reading clefs as is; I found gimmicky work-arounds such as "Alto clef is like G clef but one note lower" or something like that just as confusing as learning the new clef. Marcus...
  8. Re: The Hampton Trio: FB Live at the Vanilla Bean Cafe, TONIGHT

    Great music and ensemble playing. Sound quality and balance was surprisingly good for a casual outdoor streetside patio setting (motorcycles aside). You really rocked on the protests songs.
    jim
  9. Re: The Hampton Trio: FB Live at the Vanilla Bean Cafe, TONIGHT

    Sorry I missed it; I have not been checking the cafe as much lately. Is there a video?
  10. Re: Seattle Mandolin Orchestra: Virtual video of "Yes Yes Honey"

    Your patience and completion of the chore are greatly appreciated, as is this fun performance. As a retired conductor, I'm wondering if my former job has been eliminated; shouldn't we include...
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    Re: Classical mandolin album library list

    This list has me thinking about history and literature. My background and career are in choral music, and although I have been playing for a few years now my knowledge of classical mandolin...
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    Re: Crittern Adventures

    I thought "crittern" meant critters who played cittern. I think the iphone will take a picture and let you email it to someone who can then save as jpeg and post here. I'll try if you like:...
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    Nice meditative piece, and the quiet but steady 5 string motion is beautiful.
  14. Re: The Ranieri Method: full introduction and tremolo, by Ralf Le

    A thoughtful and scholarly presentation, capped off with some beautiful artful playing. Going to look into Ranieri--did not see the IMSLP link, maybe on youtube outside Cafe site? People interested...
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    Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    I would like to point with pride (and humility, so I don't actually take credit for anything here) that August earned his Masters degree in the Boston University Music Education program. There are...
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    Re: Bach--Gigue from Suite #3 in C major

    Is that a 10-string cittern, liuto cantabile, or what? Sounds great; I have a very fine mandocello (1911 K4) but that extra string really interests me.
    Nice baroque style, wonderful playing; love...
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    Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    Rob, alto clef doesn't relate to tuning--C is the middle line no matter how you're tuned. The orchestral parts would be written with the assumption you are tuned CGDA, just like a viola, so I think...
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    Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    I'm a retired conductor so I had to read all the clefs--and sing all the parts. But I was never a string player until I retired and got serious about mandolin and mandocello. My wife has a tenor...
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    Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    I'll make sure August sees this review; I believe the virus shut-down has kept him at the Oregon coast--I live in the valley so we might be visiting as the travel opens in June. My background is in...
  20. Re: Great new composition by Joe K. Walsh - mandola and bass

    Mandola and bass--unusual combination. I play mandocello and one of my best friends plays mandola--is there sheet music for these pieces?
  21. Re: Bach Prelude to suite #3--new recordiing

    You bring out the voicings nicely--the baroque thing of an instrument accompanying itself with repeated drones, patterns in different octaves, and such. Smooth articulation too--I can never get that...
  22. Re: More on August Watters’ Exploring Classical Mandolin

    Also agreed; an easy going book that does not go too fast for a novice but still has valuable material for more experienced players. I must also recommend August's excellent (and only modern!) book...
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    Re: Mandolin Orchestra News

    I think this addition to the "Classical etc." thread is a very good idea, Joe (and MandoCafe). Just a shame it started at a time when orchestras cannot really meet. I am enjoying the suggestions for...
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    Re: Change to this Forum's title

    I was unfamiliar with the whole world of classical mandolin music until somebody at a bluegrass jam told me I should join "the orchestra." That was my entry into all this, as it might have been for...
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    Re: Musical Reincarnation ;-)

    Agreed; the best music is about music. I went to a songwriter workshop and the talk was about "the audience only remembers the beginning and end, so the middle doesn't matter.... and don't make the...
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