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    Default Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    This is deceptively simple little instrumental that I like very much. It's also the first time I worked out a complete song on my own from listening/watching. It's not perfect, there are a couple of transitions I couldn't quite get and settled for, well that's not obviously wrong. :-)
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    Can't wait to get home tonight and try this out. Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    New! and Improved! Whiter! Brighter! Longer-lasting!

    ...no, seriously, I cleaned up some of those transitions I missed on the first pass. Also here's the version I took it from:

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    THANK YOU for this.
    NPR's Morning Edition played this today between some news pieces and I racked my brain to remember what it was. It's exquisite. Found NPR site that listed song snippets they played. AHA! Sarah Jarosz! Of course. Brought it up from my CD...

    THANKS for saving me a lot of work trying to recreate it myself.

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    I was listening to this song today and decided to do a full transcription in both standard notation (which I find easier to read) and tab. The recorded versions differ (minorly) in different spots, but this transcription is true to the Mandolin Mondays version here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7z9I_jHmug

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    This is brilliant, thank you.

    What software do you use to generate the notation?

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    I just started using MuseScore 3. It's free and very user-friendly. I've not yet figured out how to score certain notes being held while other notes are being played (for example, the droning low G), but if you're familiar with the tune you can pick those things up from context.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Thank you so much for transcribing this piece of music!!
    I have been wanting such for some time, and didn’t know where to turn.
    I look forward to spending some time with it soon.
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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Glad to help, Eric. My notation may not always be standard (sort of a hybrid of piano notation and what "looks right" to me), but again if you're familiar with the piece the ornamentation and such should come naturally.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Quote Originally Posted by mswilks View Post
    I just started using MuseScore 3. It's free and very user-friendly. I've not yet figured out how to score certain notes being held while other notes are being played (for example, the droning low G), but if you're familiar with the tune you can pick those things up from context.
    I too am a Musescore user, and you want to have a look at the "Voices" function which is on the Note Input toolbar along to the right. There are 4 numbers there. When you first enter notes you are in Voice 1. By clicking on 2, 3 or 4 this gives you a new voice which lets you input notes of different time values into the bars where you have your cursor placed.

    Hope this might save you some time.
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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Thanks John.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    If I can offer one tiny correction, I think you used the tremolo symbol (two slashes through the staff of the tab note) when it should be vibrato, which I think is just a wavy line over the note.

    Again, thanks for taking the time to work this out.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    I think that's just the software's way of denoting a half note in the tab. I primarily read standard notation, so I didn't pay any attention to that (but I didn't intentionally add tremolo or vibrato in any areas).

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    I was working on the song today, working from your transcription and my housemate absolutely fell in love with the song. She’s now trying to figure out the cello line in the album version so she can transpose it to guitar!

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Glad to hear it!

    I've almost got it smooth enough to record at this point, but it'll be a couple of weeks because I'm leaving town for a bit fairly soon.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Quick follow-up ... I noticed today while watching Sarah's performance that in measures 19 and 51 she doesn't keep the 2nd fret barre and use the 2nd string, 7th fret to get the E. She actually lifts up on the bottom part of the barre and plays the open E string while keeping the G string fretted (2nd fret) to make the root A. That approach lets things ring quite a bit better.

    I've attached a revised version of the score for the meticulous among us.
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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    (I've already been playing it that way - the 2nd to 7th fret is an awkward reach for me.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswilks View Post
    Quick follow-up ... I noticed today while watching Sarah's performance that in measures 19 and 51 she doesn't keep the 2nd fret barre and use the 2nd string, 7th fret to get the E. She actually lifts up on the bottom part of the barre and plays the open E string while keeping the G string fretted (2nd fret) to make the root A. That approach lets things ring quite a bit better.

    I've attached a revised version of the score for the meticulous among us.
    Thanks so much for transcribing and posting this song. You did a great job. I've started learning it on my octave mandolin and it sounds really good on that instrument.

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    Default Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Thanks for the notation. As JayD says, it sounds great on octave as well.
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    I just finished learning this song all the way through yesterday on my octave mandolin and it's a really fun song to play.

    I thought I would point out a cool technique she uses for the last four notes of the ascending line in bars 7, 15, 39, 47,and 71. Instead of playing the four notes straight, she does a partial upward slide to get from the note on fret 3 to the note on fret 7 (C to E) and another partial slide from fret 5 to 10 (D to G). She frets the C with her middle finger, picks that note, and then slides that finger up toward E but lands on E using her ring finger instead of her middle finger, and picks that note. That leaves her middle finger free to fret the D so she then frets the D with her middle finger, picks the note, and does a partial upward slide toward the G with that finger but lands on the G using her ring finger and then picks that note. It's a subtle thing but it's a slick way to smoothly get those upward slides in and it sets her up to do the subsequent descending line with her middle and index fingers.

    If my description doesn't make sense, watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7z9I_jHmug with the playback speed at 0.25 and watch closely starting at 0:18. Watch what she does with her middle finger to do the two upwards slides.
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