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    Re: Bach Prelude No 1 in C for Mandolin

    As much as I appreciate the growing interest in Bach by all of you as well as Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, and Sierra Hull, I am getting more and more familiar with so-called "classical" (never really...
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    Re: Bach Prelude No 1 in C for Mandolin

    Easy mistake to make; I thought that might be the case. The first serious piece I played on my mandocello was the Prelude in G from Cello Suites. I came to find out both here on the Cafe and at CMSA...
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    Re: Bach Prelude No 1 in C for Mandolin

    ?? Original is Bach Well Tempered Clavier. First serious little tune I learned on the piano. And Gounod set a schmaltzy "Ave Maria" melody above it. This is original key.
  4. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    An added concern is travel mode; if I am driving, I take my great little Stiver F5 and my 1912 GibsomK4 mandocello. But if I am getting on an airplane, I take my "travel mandocello," an inexpensive...
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    Re: Easy Jazz chords

    Is the title of this thread a bit...... misleading? :cool:
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    I think your answer demonstrates that you are quite qualified. I am vaguely familiar with some Middle Eastern and Indian-karnatic scales and their differences from Major-minor. But not to the level...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    I am curious about the "Western" sound of this composer born and trained (on violin) in Iran. The scalar passages and sequences could be from a German baroque composer. Is this fusion effect typical...
  8. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    That is the historical and general view, and I spend most of my mandocello practice time on my part in the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra.
    But it does open up the option of playing some great solo cello...
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    Re: The Cadenza, The Crescendo

    Bob Margo on the job! My scholarship background is in choral music education, came to mandolins late in life so I'll never really catch up. But I am always impressed with the knowledge I see in the...
  10. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    There are some parallels or at least similarities in biological cladistics and the evolution of instruments, finding ancestral origins and such. And instruments "evolved" as builders made adjustments...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Very nice, but I was hoping to hear you sing it!
    jim
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Nice--that Dola has a nice low register, would this work on mandocello? Always interesting and creative Tim. I hope my CMSA Mandocello colleagues enjoyed your selections I included in my session. You...
  13. Re: Looking for Orchestration and Arrangement classes or worksho

    At the CMSA Convention Jeff Brumley (Seattle MO) presented a very practical workshop on this very topic. I'd definitely recommend getting in touch with him, and if it becomes available to...
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    Re: Article: The Mandolin in America

    Got the book, along with Sparks, MacDonald and others... doing my homework. I've always been interested in the historical and cultural aspects of musical traditions. I hate it when people say "It's...
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    Re: My latest oud

    You'll have to wait a while to see my-liuto-cittern-to-be. Jo has a long line of orders ahead of mine and I respect her ethic of no cutting in line (or should I say queue?). But maybe Ms. Dusepo...
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    Re: My latest oud

    I am looking forward to my Dusepo 5-course cittern/liuto moderno, maybe a... 2022 (?) Christmas present to myself. Your work is beautiful so it's worth the wait. But I am also impressed with your...
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    Re: Orchestra

    I was an experienced choral musician and teacher, and started mandolin in my late 60's. So the note reading came easy, but my aging fingers were the initial problem. I had never seriously played a...
  18. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    I love my Gibson K4 mandocello and found my octave to be disappointing in both the bass and in cording. But a lot depends on what kind of music you play. I use my mandocello in an orchestra and take...
  19. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I find myself listening to this over and over again, thinking "They sound like a string quartet!" Then I laugh at myself; of course they do. The pluck verses bow and tremolo issues just disappear...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Glad you enjoyed the event. We were worried about traveling with the bigger instruments, so I put out a plea (here on the Cafe) and heard back from Holger Plaetz who loaned me his K2. Another player...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Thanks Martin; the K4 is strung with Newtone custom bronze wound, the low C at .070. I don't know that the sound quality is true to live tone, I wouldn't judge it on this recording. And I try to get...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Thank you Claudia. When our orchestra played at Bruchsal Zupffest a few years ago, I saw almost no mandocellos--all guitars in the orchestras. What instrument do you have? My best is a 1912 Gibson...
  23. Re: CMSA Convention in the Clouds 2.0: November 12-14, 2021

    (Posted in CBOM Thread but seemed appropriate here too)
    These are pieces I wrote for CMSA Open Mic, 2020 and 2021, a mandocello solo and two quartets. They are a small part of the wealth of...
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    Mandocello compositions

    These are pieces I wrote for CMSA Open Mic, 2020 and 2021, a mandocello solo and two quartets. They are a small part of the wealth of mandocello music I gathered from much more experienced composers...
  25. Re: Konrad Wölki, "Tafelmusik": The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

    Wonderful range of dynamics and tone colors; shows what the instruments are capable of. And an important composer I was not familiar with.* I'm going to look into his scores and see if we might play...
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