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  1. Re: David Surette offering new online mandolin class, lessons too

    Looksvery interesting. What time zone will this be in?
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    Yes I've loved this thread, reading it and going back over the ideas and thoughts shared. I'm grateful for all that people have contributed. I can't say I'm flying but I'm now in a steady groove with...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    That's nicely played, well done. I've already listened to it a few times and I'm sure, along with a couple of other versions performed on the mandolin, I'll be listening/watching them repeatedly...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    That's a great summary and a good place to end a helpful discussion. I'd just like to thank everyone for chipping in with thoughts and ideas.

    For myself, BWV 1001 Presto will be a long journey of...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    That's certainly true. There are some interesting and unusual Bach recordings that I love that might fall into this category. Bach's a summit composer, working at high altitudes. It takes effort to...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    I have a copy of Jig of Slurs from one of the books of collected pipe tunes. It's littered with ornaments that look quite puzzling to a mandolinist. I always loved the pipes, although those marathon...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    Hi Michael
    Another vote for the work it backwards approach. I didn't realise it was a well embraced method.

    I was just practising and thinking how I need to sort the fingering out. The Presto...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    (Somewhat off topic). The sublime and celestial Arthur Grumiaux recording is still kicking around on CD, often very cheap too. It's a Double Decca package. I don't know what it is but it is truly...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    I'm glad you said this. It reminded me of my former music teacher who looked over a piece first and did just this, noting that this here is a descending scale, this an arpeggio, and so on. Perhaps...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    I mentioned that I'd heard of this approach before. It sounds good in theory but I at least can't hear the music when I start at the end, it's like I get the tune in my ear by hearing it move...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    Ha. I realise that i never posted the link to the piece that got me started on this. This thread is well underway but
    I must correct this now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASr8-rfa8HM

    No...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    I s'pose with simpler/shorter pieces it works easier. I would approach trad tumes by getting a phrase or so down in Part A, then finish the rest of Part A and move into Part B. Because it's...
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    Re: How do you approach a complex piece of music

    that made me laugh - in the context of us being lab rats.

    Thanks for a prompt response. I think that's an obvious and probably a good strategy. I might chop the score into 4 bar loops and then...
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    How do you approach a complex piece of music

    Being a Bach head and inspired by this fine display of memory skills I challenged myself to learn it, if not to memorise. After a couple of days I find, as I always do when I approach a piece of...
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Just started out with video #1 last night. As a hopeless improviser, I found it started off at exactly the right level. Good stuff. Look forward to working through this material. Thanks for your...
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