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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    It. Is. Finished! The world's first recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites on mandolin is done! It's not perfect, but it's complete! If I had tried for the perfection of Chris Thile, or Carlo...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    THE PENULTIMATE RECORDING! It's hard to believe there's only a single movement left in this project, 14 months after I laid down the first Prelude! This is the other song that I've kind of known...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Sorry... fell a little behind posting my recent recordings! This one wasn't as fun for me. It's really hard to get the different melodic lines to come through, and the fingerings and playability of...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    This was a fun song for me to practice: lots of fun little runs to run around with, some fun cross-string jumps, a few harmonics sprinkled in, all good things. This was less fun to record: there were...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Today, we have a nice slow Baroque dance where I was really just enjoying the sound of the instrument. I used a different pick than I've used the last few weeks (D'Addario's "Chris Thile" Casein,...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    LUDICROUS EXHILARATION! This song just screams "I'M SO HAPPY!"

    The ironic part is that, today, I wasn't. I woke up feeling overwhelmed, and had a crushing day under that feeling. No reason in...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Thanks! Very gracious of you!



    I plan on playing it in D, as you said. I'm using Polo's violin transcription of the Suites for the notes thus far, but there really haven't been any differences...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    The final recording of 2020, and so ends Suite 5! The trills weren't what I could hope for, but the rest was acceptable.

    Got a Blue Chip pick for Christmas (CT 55), and I used it for this song....
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Back in the saddle again, and with some upgrades! Got a new phone, so I'm using that as my video source now (hello 1080p!), using the microphones on the phone to seed the reverb channel, and most...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    I love this movement. There are a couple special things about it. First, the intervals Bach writes in are truly inspired, beyond what you'd expect from any Baroque music... some really juicy...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Thanks for the input! I wish it were that easy. I usually leave my mandolin in the recording room overnight to acclimate it before I show up. Then, between the warmup and the many takes, I usually...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Trick or treat! Some funky fingerings in here! In the first measure, I have to go to negative-1st position for a few notes. (Or 0th position? Is there a 0 in position numbers?) Later I have some...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Another movement complete. I was just trying to enjoy the sound of my mandolin on this one. Trills were meh, and I left four notes out, but I'll leave it to the listener to find out which ones....
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Suite 5 has begun!

    It seems like a lot of teenagers bond strongly with music during the years transitioning from childhood to adult, whether they latch onto an artist or an album or a song or a...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    I've always liked this movement, and have decided that it is the most jig-like Gigue in the Cello Suites. Had issues with my left hand cramping up during recording tonight, and had trouble making my...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    I've always heard this movement as "The Official Start of the Second Half of Bach's Cello Suites." Obviously, by movement count, it's several movements past the midway point, but to me the character...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    This is one of the movements where a mandolin can actually outperform a cello. There are several places where the melody note is played, followed a beat later by all the other harmonies of the chord....
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    I felt like I went through a big growing phase practicing for this song. Sort of like computer processor manufacturers go through a tick-tock innovation process, I had a bit of a "tick" this song: my...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl-3aHogSgE

    I really liked practicing this movement. I frequently like to go back to basics, working on fundamentals like placing my fingers on the fretboard,...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    https://youtu.be/X132dXGY98Q

    Yes, I crashed, and kind of right at the climax too.

    This movement... this movement... This was hard for me.

    I've been practicing it for a solid month now, and...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Nice! Thanks for sharing: really well done!

    I did a little of the same thing when I recorded the 2nd Cello Suite: I tuned the mandolin down a *half* step. Simple A minor just seemed so bright,...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    You have to modulate the Cello Suites up an octave + a fifth (from cello strings CGDA to mandolin/violin strings GDAE.)

    As Bruce said, there are violin transcriptions already published, though I...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    I'm now halfway done with my New Year's Resolution! Things get super hard next movement though. There may be a couple weeks before I record. Enjoy!


    https://youtu.be/MPY4dQjk2qc
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    Not sure which kind you'd call this. I like it broken in a bit, and not out-of-the-bag new186254.
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Suite 3 Bourrée is done! Hopefully the Gigue will get done this Saturday. Enjoy!


    https://youtu.be/L0nBJERPgXs
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