Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

  1. #1

    Default how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    am looking for solo mandolin pieces to impress the audience. Since I have no accompanion, I play alone. Do you have any suggestions that would impress the audience with a single mandolin. Or a repertuar for a solo mandolin?
    any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Registered User Jordan Ramsey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Boulder, Colorado
    Posts
    534

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin











    2016 Ellis F5
    2007 Gibson Sam Bush
    1924 Gibson A Jr.
    1913 R. Calace Brevettato 900
    Espresso
    Youtube

  3. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Jordan Ramsey For This Useful Post:


  4. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    maryland
    Posts
    1,406

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Wow. Thanks, Jordan. Jethro IS a lesson on "how to impress an audience." It's more than just playing the right tune.
    He relates to an audience with his humility, wit and uncanny ability to bring you in and feel like you are part of the performance.
    Jethro plays just the right amount of notes in just the place.
    He's right ON the beat with lots of E & E....energy and emotion.
    Great choice of material.

    Bob
    re simmers

  5. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Marlow, NH USA
    Posts
    515

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    you are solo mandolin. that is opportunity for every song to be special. play your very favorite songs (often unusual or overlooked songs/or your own compositions work best). make the effort to learn them flawlessly, with good technique, and perform them with (your own) unique delivery. that's all you need. it is not so much about impressing the audience, but perhaps about getting them to listen more closely and appreciate the moment.

  6. The following members say thank you to Jonathan Reinhardt for this post:


  7. #5

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    this Billy Hill one impressed me, and he appears to be evan marshall's twin.....
    seems to be in the spirit of Jethro in delivery
    hang in there through the schtick until about 1:35; he is a superb player imho,
    great tone, clean as can be, simply demonstrates what a superb player and mandolin that has that upper end clarity can deliver-an amazing arrangement and almost orchestral in its fullness, imho

    wonder if I get some overalls it'll help.......if I could play like, that id wear em in pink

    BTW for those in the know, is that mandolin (in the video) what would be characterized as classically voiced? I am mightily impressed with the clarity of the highest treble notes.




    and this one, same tune , different performance, and a superb demonstration of tremolo and bass line at the same time, -has given me some new food for thought and practice

    Last edited by stevedenver; May-04-2014 at 12:22pm.

  8. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to stevedenver For This Useful Post:


  9. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    143

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    How does Evan Marshall, in that Ave Maria clip, play the tremolo on the top notes at the same time (apparently) as playing separate notes on other strings?

    Edit: I've just watched the William Tell clip, and now realise that this is his speciality.
    OK, but how's it done?

  10. #7
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    27,591

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by jso View Post
    How does Evan Marshall, in that Ave Maria clip, play the tremolo on the top notes at the same time (apparently) as playing separate notes on other strings?

    Edit: I've just watched the William Tell clip, and now realise that this is his speciality.
    OK, but how's it done?
    It is sort of an auditory illusion. The tremolo appears to the ear to be continuous and unbroken but it is actually interrupted by quick picking of the other notes. Evan is a master of this style called duo-style but it goes back to at least the 19th century with compositions by Raffaele Calace, Giuseppe Pettine and others.
    Jim

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    Facebook
    19th Century Tunes
    Playing lately:
    2018 Campanella A-5 -- 2007 Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- '83 Flatiron A5-2 -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- 1936 Epiphone Deluxe -- 1928 Gibson L-5 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- ca. 1920 Weymann Style 25 Mandolin-Banjo -- National RM-1

  11. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Jim Garber For This Useful Post:


  12. #8
    Purveyor of Sunshine sgarrity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    5,425

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    What kind of music? Mike Compton does the solo thing in the old timey blues and bluegrass vein.

  13. #9
    Registered User Tom Smart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Salt Lake City
    Posts
    438

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by sgarrity View Post
    What kind of music? Mike Compton does the solo thing in the old timey blues and bluegrass vein.
    Like this:

    "Few noises are so disagreeable as the sound of the picking of a mandolin."

  14. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tom Smart For This Useful Post:


  15. #10

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    great link, and a great example of how to be a one man show with a mando, singing no less ( I have never really thought mando the best for vocal accompaniment, but mike makes it so easy and natural-wills purt good too

  16. #11
    Middle-Aged Old-Timer Tobin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Kerrville, TX
    Posts
    4,004

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    I thoroughly enjoyed that video of Mike Compton. I'm always amazed at the talent and soul he brings to mandolin music.

    Does anyone know the names of the very first and very last tunes he played?

  17. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Berkeley, CA
    Posts
    1,629

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Sam Bush rips it up on his solo version of Little Feat's "Put on Your Sailin' Shoes" here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEne36YxyKI
    EdSherry

  18. #13

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin



    Just do that, and you'll be set.

    Some of the Bach Solo Violin pieces might work for what you are looking for. They were written to be performed solo and work very nicely on the mandolin.



    You do not say what the context of this would be.

    • Are you looking to pick up the mandolin in the middle of a set, play one instrumental tune on the mandolin to impress the crowd, and then move on to other non-mandolin music?
    • Are you looking to string together a number of instrumental mandolin pieces that will keep an audiences attention?
    • Are you looking to perform a full set, vocals included, using the mandolin as your only accompaniment?
    • A piece to impress other musicians?


    There have been some great suggestions already but you might get more useful suggestions if you give a little more context.

  19. #14
    birder catmandu2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Mountain west, usa
    Posts
    8,408

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Quote Originally Posted by jso View Post
    How does Evan Marshall, in that Ave Maria clip, play the tremolo on the top notes at the same time (apparently) as playing separate notes on other strings?

    Edit: I've just watched the William Tell clip, and now realise that this is his speciality.
    OK, but how's it done?
    FYI--duo style is often deployed in solo tenor/plectrum banjo playing. If you're interested in tutorial, see Buddy Wachter

  20. #15

    Default Re: how to impree audience with a single mandolin

    Try some chord melody stuff like this....

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EWtdHJr-bjA
    Northfield F5M #268, AT02 #7

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •