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    Registered User Martin Jonas's Avatar
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    Default The Great Pretender

    "The Great Pretender" was a big hit for The Platters in 1955, written by their manager, Buck Ram. Freddie Mercury also had a hit with it in the 1980s, but my favourite version is Richard Manual singing on The Band's "Moondog Matinee" in 1972.

    My instrumental cover is based on an arrangement for two violins by Allen Hilliard:

    https://musescore.com/user/1089156/scores/5266427

    I've played the melody on mandolin and the harmony on mandocello, doubled (an octave higher) on second mandolin. I've also added a shuffle rhythm on tenor guitar using chords I found online.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin (x2)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Martin

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    Default Re: The Great Pretender

    Nice!
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