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    Do you guys know of any Steely Dan tunes that sound cool on mandolin?



    Clarence

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    Sorry this probably would have been better to put in the "song and tune projects".

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    Do you guys know of any Steely Dan tunes that sound cool on mandolin?



    Clarence

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    Frank Sullivan put Ricky Donít Lose That Number on his last album

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Levine View Post
    Frank Sullivan put Ricky Don’t Lose That Number on his last album
    Thanks! I will check that out.

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    I think 'Any Major Dude' would sound great arranged for mando.

    Maybe 'Bodhisattva' as well, but you'd have to have some speed to keep up with the solos from Dias and Baxter
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    I've done "Josie" for years, singing with mandolin accompaniment...

    But here's the thing: I never think about what songs "sound cool" on mando. I just play them, usually by ear. That means I'm free to hear the piano and guitar parts and figure out the chords, sometimes sounding them out one note at a time by singing each pitch and then finding it on mando. Sometimes i have to distill them down to only the essential tones.

    I also remember figuring out "Kid Charlemange," with hammer-ons to get that piano figure. It's nothing I would have attempted if there wasn't already a roadmap for how it sounds in the recording. That's the best part of grabbing non-mandolinistic music to learn on mando, the chance to push outside one's comfort zone.

    Whatever you decide to pursue, good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Winn View Post
    I think 'Any Major Dude' would sound great arranged for mando.

    Maybe 'Bodhisattva' as well, but you'd have to have some speed to keep up with the solos from Dias and Baxter
    Any Major Dude does seem like it has some really good parts that would sound spectacular on mandolin. Also Bodhisattva is one of my favorite Dan songs so that would be a real treat to figure out!

    Thanks!

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