Bear Waltz

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I found this waltz in the Southern Maryland Open Band tunebook, where it is credited to Anne Pape -- I know nothing else about it, but liked how nicely it sits in the range of the mandocello:

    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  2. Frankdolin
    Very pretty tune Martin. The Mandocello does fit perfectly!
  3. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    This waltz creates his own atmosphere, well, could be your mandocello playing that sets it apart, Martin.
  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Many thanks, Frank and Christian. I also thought the low register was appropriate in evoking the bear that the tune is named after!

  5. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Interesting tune, Martin, and your arrangement with the melody being generally in a lower register than the backing works well for this waltz. Nicely played.
  6. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    I liked this tune the first time I heard it, now I tried to play it:
  7. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Lovely arrangement and playing, Christian. I loved that last bear in your video - the epitome of total contentment.
  8. Frankdolin
    Beautifully serene. I want to be that bear...
  9. Frithjof
    Nice listen to calm down!
  10. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Nicely played, Christian -- very relaxing sound. The slower tempo, the higher mandolin pitch and the use of tremolo all add up to a quite different reading of the same dots than my recording. My bear is on the prowl, not lounging in the sun!

  11. Gelsenbury
    It's true, the two recordings sound very different. That's the beauty of this group: Everyone's different musical approaches bring out different stories in the same melody. Nice tune and nice playing!
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