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    Re: Article: The Mandolin in America

    Got the book, along with Sparks, MacDonald and others... doing my homework. I've always been interested in the historical and cultural aspects of musical traditions. I hate it when people say "It's...
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    Re: My latest oud

    You'll have to wait a while to see my-liuto-cittern-to-be. Jo has a long line of orders ahead of mine and I respect her ethic of no cutting in line (or should I say queue?). But maybe Ms. Dusepo...
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    Re: My latest oud

    I am looking forward to my Dusepo 5-course cittern/liuto moderno, maybe a... 2022 (?) Christmas present to myself. Your work is beautiful so it's worth the wait. But I am also impressed with your...
  4. Thread: Orchestra

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    Re: Orchestra

    I was an experienced choral musician and teacher, and started mandolin in my late 60's. So the note reading came easy, but my aging fingers were the initial problem. I had never seriously played a...
  5. Re: Hey guys and gals, I need some help please . . . old newbie

    I love my Gibson K4 mandocello and found my octave to be disappointing in both the bass and in cording. But a lot depends on what kind of music you play. I use my mandocello in an orchestra and take...
  6. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I find myself listening to this over and over again, thinking "They sound like a string quartet!" Then I laugh at myself; of course they do. The pluck verses bow and tremolo issues just disappear...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Glad you enjoyed the event. We were worried about traveling with the bigger instruments, so I put out a plea (here on the Cafe) and heard back from Holger Plaetz who loaned me his K2. Another player...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Thanks Martin; the K4 is strung with Newtone custom bronze wound, the low C at .070. I don't know that the sound quality is true to live tone, I wouldn't judge it on this recording. And I try to get...
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    Re: Mandocello compositions

    Thank you Claudia. When our orchestra played at Bruchsal Zupffest a few years ago, I saw almost no mandocellos--all guitars in the orchestras. What instrument do you have? My best is a 1912 Gibson...
  10. Re: CMSA Convention in the Clouds 2.0: November 12-14, 2021

    (Posted in CBOM Thread but seemed appropriate here too)
    These are pieces I wrote for CMSA Open Mic, 2020 and 2021, a mandocello solo and two quartets. They are a small part of the wealth of...
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    Mandocello compositions

    These are pieces I wrote for CMSA Open Mic, 2020 and 2021, a mandocello solo and two quartets. They are a small part of the wealth of mandocello music I gathered from much more experienced composers...
  12. Re: Konrad Wölki, "Tafelmusik": The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

    Wonderful range of dynamics and tone colors; shows what the instruments are capable of. And an important composer I was not familiar with.* I'm going to look into his scores and see if we might play...
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    Re: Florian Klaus Rumpf Kickstarter

    WOW!
    For those of you supporting Florian, he presented an incredible performance/lesson at CMSA. I told him people say Radim Zenkl created new ways to play the mandolin, and now that credit can also...
  14. Re: Mandocello solo and duo recordings playlist

    Martin, I want you to know I sang your praises at the CMSA Mandocello in the 21st Century session last night. I told a group of 20-some players that no one has posted more--and a greater variety of...
  15. Re: CMSA Convention in the Clouds 2.0: November 12-14, 2021

    Tim, thank you for your contributions to the Mandocello session; I hope our players will check out your videos and try out your music. I am not sure of the total attendance because of the screen...
  16. Re: Article: New in Print - The Art of Mandolin Making by Alfred

    Looking forward to your session at CMSA; I feel so knowledge-shy about the structure and history of an instrument I have come to love. I have all the tools and wood collections of an amateur...
  17. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    Plato: no.
    Aristotle: yes.

    There, that settles it!
    By the way, a very reliable source tells me Plato and Aristotle were great classical mandolin players.
  18. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I knew this topic would generate a lot of discussion. Since my doctoral dissertation and much of my research is about the way people categorize music--and why--I am enjoying the exchange immensely....
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    "BTW, I think that the European orchestra missed out on not having plucked strings to go with each section of bowed string. Along with the violins, violas, cellos and basses, there should be the...
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    Not at all "vastly wrong," but not entirely right. The Modern Mandolin Quartet's recording of the Dworak "American" String Quartet won a Grammy and is absolutely stunning. I once spoke with Chris...
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    "I don't think our instrument family is there yet by a long shot, but it is catching up on it's lost centuries waiting in the wings. "
    [Beanzy]
    As I said in my first post, I look(ed) forward to...
  22. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    A clear message emerging from this thread: those of us lucky enough to know need to promote the image of the mandolin as a serious instrument with a history of artful and beautiful music. That takes...
  23. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    I am curious about exactly who says that and what they mean. Also eager to see what kinds of replies you get to this, as I will be talking about it in my presentation at the Classical Mandolin...
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    Re: Tuner Buttons Buzzing

    Same problem on a 1912 Gibson K4 with the original tuners ("Handel"?). Mike at Portland Fretworks removed, super-glued them back on and tightened things up. Buzz is gone, but some of the little knobs...
  25. Re: Duet No. 9 for mandolin & tenor guitar (G.G. Gastoldi, 1598)

    There goes Martin again! I just can't keep up with your postings of beautiful and interesting music.
    I looked at the version with Alto and Bass clefs; I'll try this with my K4 and a Mandola...
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