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    Back when I was playing electric guitar, I was taken by the fact that every heavy metal band would lay back once in a while and produce a quiet ballad -- whether it was Kiss' "Beth" or The Scorpions "I'm Still Lovin' You," etc. Now, as I get deeper into playing mandolin, I see the great players seem to do the same, they eventually sit back and play a sweet waltz. I'm particularly taken by the late Butch Baldessari's "Azalea Waltz," Andy Statman's, "Flatbush Waltz," and Dawg's "Dawg's Waltz," and must give homage to Bill's "Kentucky Waltz," that no doubt started it all. Two questions here: 1) What's your favorite mandolin waltz, and 2) Where can I get standard notation sheet music to Azelea Waltz. I want to record it with both guitar and mandolin. I see there's a 1914 recording on YouTube (discussed here before) but it's a different Azalea Waltz.
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    The Roxanna Waltz by Monroe. I believe the Azalea Waltz is tabbed out in one of Butch's books.

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    Blues for Vassar is another great one the Dawg plays.
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    I mean it's not hard to figure out the notes, but I want to arrange it.
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    Blues for Vassar
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    Martin Jonas recorded my waltz Tree of Life. Video and dots are here.

    I am big fan of waltzes, mazurkas and other tunes in 3/4. There are some beautiful Swedish and Finnish waltzes. The problem is that many have no consistent names.
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    I really like playing waltzes, probably because of my age (3/4 century last month). I really like all the ones mentioned previously but because I'm such a Reischman fan I think "North Shore' from the Up In The Woods CD and his "A Prairie Jewel" from the new Walk Along John CD are my favorites to play. Also like playing Buck Whites tune the "Down Home Waltz" with lots of tremolo double stops.
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    Must sound great on your Heiden.
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    Default Re: Sweet mandolin waltzes

    North Shore is a little more melodic and sweet, but it reminds me of Statman's "Land Epic Waltz," which I've heard under a few names (Old Jericho). Here's Resichman.
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    Look up Snowy Road by Tom Rozum. There's a video of Tom, Reischman, and Steirnberg playing it at the Symposium a few years back. Great waltz in E

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    Don't forget Peter Ostroushko's "Heart of the Heartland". It was a Song of the Week here on the Cafe forum a while back. You can check out the YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgJn2F6lMcM here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Martin Jonas recorded my waltz Tree of Life. Video and dots are here.

    I am big fan of waltzes, mazurkas and other tunes in 3/4. There are some beautiful Swedish and Finnish waltzes. The problem is that many have no consistent names.
    Hah! I forgot... the three tunes on my Soundcloud page (linked below) are two waltzes (one TOL) and one Italian mazurka.
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    Some of my favorites are "Dawg's Waltz", "Tom Bigbee's", "Ookpik" and "Ashokan Farewell".
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    Buck White - Down Home Waltz.

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    I actually got so addicted to playing waltzes...

    ... I had to go into a three-step program.

    Seriously, my favorite waltz is Josefins Dopvals, aka Josephine's Christening Waltz by Roger Tallroth. I play it in both G and F. I think it's better in F on the mandolin.

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    I have all four volumes of the The Waltz Books.

    Oh, another favorite: Metsäkukkia (in G minor).
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    Default Re: Sweet mandolin waltzes

    I forgot Josefin's .... also one of my favorites. I usually play it in G, but on the fiddle.
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    I actually got so addicted to playing waltzes...

    ... I had to go into a three-step program.

    Seriously, my favorite waltz is Josefins Dopvals, aka Josephine's Christening Waltz by Roger Tallroth. I play it in both G and F. I think it's better in F on the mandolin.
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    Default Re: Sweet mandolin waltzes

    Since Peter Ostroushko's name has been mentioned…his CD "When The Last Morning Glory Blooms" is entirely ¾ time except for one tune.

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    Don't forget the good ole Tennessee Waltz. I really enjoy that one.

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    Cool. Thanks for the group tip. Here's a video of Ungar's "Lover's Waltz."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TEvans View Post
    Don't forget the good ole Tennessee Waltz. I really enjoy that one.
    Thanks. That's certainly an old favorite in a line of waltzes started by Monroe with the Kentucky Waltz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Sheehy View Post
    The Pernod Waltz
    The Canyon Waltz - Don Grieser
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I have all four volumes of the The Waltz Books.

    Oh, another favorite: Metsäkukkia (in G minor).
    Cool, I didnt know those Waltz books existed. Apologize if getting off track from OP, but how do you like those books?

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    Here's the old Virginia waltz played on an A-5 style mando I built this past summer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deN4L...ature=youtu.be
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    Default Re: Sweet mandolin waltzes

    Here are three I like to play on mandolin:

    “Ursula’s Waltz” by Paul Gitlitz (abc and dots are here: http://glitchless.net/tunes.html)

    “Far Away” by Pete Jung (in Matthiesen’s Waltz Book 1, 1992, page 21)

    and “Masquerade,” which I composed a couple of years ago. David Hansen did a lovely video, which is posted here: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/gr...531&do=discuss
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