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    Post Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    I recently acquired a copy of "Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50" by George H Hucke from the BMG collection. As I hadn't seen a copy available I have scanned it and uploaded it here, originally published in 1893 this is a revised copy which used to belong to a BMG teacher ET Percy based in London
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    There's a bit of blurb about Hucke's short life here on wikipedia too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._Hucke
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    Default Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    My intention is not to demerit your work, but there is already a free pdf file of these Forty progressive studies by Hucke in Mandotopia, the site of John Goodin, for quite some time ago...

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    Default Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    This PDF is better than the one on Goodin's site. The images are in better focus and the contrast is higher. It also appears to be a newer printing than Goodin's, judging from the price change (2 shillings sixpence for Goodin's, 3 shillings sixpence for this one).
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    Thanks again, Eoin, for posting this scan. I just read through the first handful of etudes and one warning. The plates they printed this might have gotten worn down a bit from multiple printings because I was a bit confused in the beginning etudes they would go into positions. Then I realized that the "4" looks like a "1". Now I see that it makes sense and they are not telling us to shift into 3rd or 4th position. These are fun little etudes.

    There is something quite satisfying about progressive etudes.
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    I would love one of these books in TAB, no, I just have to learn to read notation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon DS View Post
    I would love one of these books in TAB, no, I just have to learn to read notation.
    These would be a good way for you to learn to read notation. And if you are familiar with fiddle tunes, you might also use some fiddle tune book like Ryan's Mammoth Collection all in notation to read through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Thanks again, Eoin, for posting this scan. I just read through the first handful of etudes and one warning. The plates they printed this might have gotten worn down a bit from multiple printings because I was a bit confused in the beginning etudes they would go into positions. Then I realized that the "4" looks like a "1". Now I see that it makes sense and they are not telling us to shift into 3rd or 4th position. These are fun little etudes.

    There is something quite satisfying about progressive etudes.
    Yes I meant to lag that up Jim but forgot when it came to the actual post. It's just as hard to read from the real copy.

    They are quite a satisfying bunch of exercises, I can see why it became a bit of a standard for tutors to get their students to use.

    I've another similar work from 1912 which Prof. Waldahoff had a hand in called " The Virtuoso School Of Mandolin" by Leopoldo Francia
    It's much clearer print so should scan well.
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    Default Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    Another good collection of Progressive Etudes for Mandolin is by Sol Goichberg. He played at one point with the New York Mandolin Orchestra and when I was still playing with them his wife Fanny brought a few copies and gave one to me. Plucked String republished it in the 1980s and unfortunately it is our of print. If you can find a copy, grab it.
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    Default Re: Forty progressive studies for the mandoline, Op. 50 - G Hucke

    I used to think that etude meant pain, suffering and anguish, sometimes leading to frustration and despair. In some ways, it still does. But, I've come to recognize that the agony of it all is worth it when it comes to playing the instrument I love. This is the first time I've seen this book and I like what I see. Just sight reading through it and working on visualizing is an exercise. Already saved a copy of the PDF to my computer so I can start working on these with mandolin in hand when I get to the house. Thank you for the post.
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