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  1. Bach: Suite in D major, BWV 1007 Prelude

    Here is my version of Prelude from Suite in D major (BWV1007), by J.S. Bach, originally written for solo cello in G major.

    Toomas Rannu
    Flat-backed mandolin,...
  2. Bach: Suite in A minor, BWV 1008 Menuette I & II

    I’ve been recording Bach's Suite in A minor,
    (originally Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008) and reached the Menuetts I & II, here they are:

    Here are my...
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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    Great stuff Mark! I like the layout and the additional notes (like note function, standard notation etc). One thing I found a little confusing at first was the strings being named at the bottom...
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    Re: Different chord shapes

    On any fretted stringed instruments the same chord can be created in different positions on the fretboard. There are times when the chord you are looking for just sounds better in a song than one...
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    Diminished 7th Chord Shapes

    Hey all

    I just added the newest chord shape series covering Diminished Chords. I'll be taking a break from the chord shapes series for a bit, but eventually I'll come back to it ;)

    You can...
  6. Mandolin Sheet music and breakdown: Old Joe Clark

    Hey all,

    I've received a few requests to cover Old Joe Clark. This is a great tune for beginners to get down and has a lot of potential options for more advanced players. This should be part 1...
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    Rhythm Changes for Mandolin

    Hey all

    I added a new introduction to Rhythm Changes for mandolin post. Basically reviews a few different voicings and variations on the main ideas.

    See the full post here -...
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    Re: Ninetta - Mazurka by C. A. Bracco

    It's always the "B" section that hooks me on a mazurka! Bracco composed a great mazurka (don't think he's ever composed a bad one?)
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    Beethoven Sonatina in C Minor

    Part of a classical period mandolin concert I gave
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    Re: What is a method?

    Usually it refers to a "master teacher" that has developed a specific path for a certain type of student to learn a certain set of skills. These include techniques and exercises that the creator of...
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    Fifi Moulin (musette)

    I wrote this tune in 2009 and posted a solo demo here on the Cafe, then made a pro recording with some friends. Then I forgot all about it until a couple of months ago, so here is the finished...
  12. Bach: Suite in A minor, BWV 1008 Sarabande

    Recording Bach's Suite in A minor,
    (Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008) I've reached the Saraband, here it is:

    Here are my previous recordings from Suite in...
  13. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    I've just checked and if you visit Post #574 in this thread, you will see all the viable links. That's how you can download everything by publisher. Please avail yourselves of that. The Dropbox will...
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    The answer to the question is YES you can do whatever you wish to do. If you are worried about what people think then you won't do it. Some will turn their nose up at backing tracks but they have...
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    Re: Rudy Cipolla

    Rudy used to say that he was born under a lucky star because of his friends. During the Depression, for more than a decade, he was fairly well compensated in his full-time job as mandocellist with...
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    Re: Rudy Cipolla

    Allow me to say that this labor of love is worth every minute. I have taken notice of Rudy Cipolla (Zwiebel in German of all vegetables) many moons back because of David Grismanīs involvement in his...
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    Re: Italian folk music on mando

    One should note that these arrangements are almost all from the fabulous, renowned accordionist: Riccardo Tesi. I love it when mandolinists derive their music from accordionists and rely on them to...
  18. Bach: Suite in A minor, BWV 1008 Courante

    I've come halfway with recording Bach's suite, this is Courante from this great composition:

    Here are also my previous recordings from Suite in A minor,
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    Minor Chord Shapes

    I just posted the next lesson in my Chord Shapes series covering basic minor triads.

    Check it out here and let me know what you think...
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    Re: Rudy Cipolla

    If you're in the Bay Area in July 2022, I'd like to invite all mandolin family musicians to join us for a Rudy rehearsal. Sunday, July 10 from 11A to 2P. Please PM as to what instrument you play so...
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    Mandolino & Theorbo Duet.

    This is rather lovely, there are two other videos in the series.
  22. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    The Dropbox has been available for 8 years. If you can't find something, please send a PM. 201582 Over the many years I've been posting at Mandolin Cafe, it's been a great joy to welcome those who...
  23. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 - Sarabande

    I thought that I would give this deceivingly difficult piece another go. The first time I posted it (last September), I wasn't too pleased with the mix. So here we go again! Please enjoy!

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    Re: Standard Chord Shape Series

    I think it's because the posts are pending still.

    Try this -

    Sorry ;)
  25. 'Deh vieni alla finestra' from the opera "Don Giovanni" by Mozart

    This cute little piece is written for pizzicato strings, mandolin, and voice (listen here).
    I arranged it for my guitarist and myself, although unfortunately we have no one to perform the vocal...
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