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    After a few weeks working with Joe Carr’s “Reading Standard Music Notation for Mandolin and Fiddle,” I think I’m beginning to get hooked on learning by standard notation. But I know the only way I will resist tablature is if it’s not on the same page. So where can I find a good resource for mandolin music that does NOT include tablature? I’d like chip away at some classical and jazz. Any suggestion most welcome.

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    TablEdit files can be configured to only show notation.
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    David,

    Many, many thanks. Water for a thirsty wanderer in the desert.

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    I did not know that, Bill.

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    Why worry about finding "mandolin" music? The beauty of standard notation is that it is not instrument specific. Hardly any (maybe none) of the hundreds of tunes I've played on mandolin were written or arranged as "mandolin" music. I have played the top line of piano music many times, along with lead sheets and fake books.

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    David, on the first link (guitarfreescores) how do you get more than the first page?
    You have to try all the various links and it is a bit confusing. Mostly check the links inside the boxes.

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    Fiddlers fakebook. Same as Mando fakebook but more tunes and in notation.

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    http://taterjoes.com/Fiddle/Alpha.html Is a pile of fiddle music in standard, that you can play on mandolin. Also thesession.org, tunearch.org, and abcnotation.com. That’ll keep ya for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    Why worry about finding "mandolin" music? The beauty of standard notation is that it is not instrument specific. Hardly any (maybe none) of the hundreds of tunes I've played on mandolin were written or arranged as "mandolin" music. I have played the top line of piano music many times, along with lead sheets and fake books.
    Ideally you can easily play music for instruments that are in the same range as the mandolin, notably violin, flute and oboe would work. I found a very useful charge of instrument ranges on this wikipedia page.

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    A number of baroque pieces are inscribed with some variation of "For violin, flute, oboe, or other treble instrument." Almost anything written for these instruments during the baroque era is accessible on mandolin. The violin parts aren't ear-splittingly high, and they don't use techniques that absolutely require a bow. The range for flute and oboe is within the mandolin's.

    I have been enjoying this set of preludes for solo violin, collected by John Walsh, "made and contrived for the improvement of the hand . . .". As my eyes remain unimproved I prefer the bottom two links, Corelli and Torelli + four more, typeset in modern notation rather than handwritten. Gotta say, though, Walsh's hand is quite legible.

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    Totally agree w Louise on the instrument-agnostic approach of Baroque composition. I've been working on Telemann violin and flute fantasias, as well as the second movement of the Bach Italian Concerto (orig for keyboard, but the melody part in the right hand is completely within mando range).

    On the difference between Telemann's violin and flute works: while neither are particularly idiomatic to their respective instrument, I have noticed some subtle differences in compositional styles. Essentially, the flute pieces have some very awkward jumps on mandolin that the violin pieces do not. The violin pieces also have some gorgeous polyphonic writing that will really give your double-stop chops a workout!

    Lastly, I want to echo the recommendation for IMSLP. All Baroque works are public domain, so there is no shortage of free sheet music.
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    Following up on what JeffD says; a few years back I made a double frame from mounting board and then put cross-bars in the slot between, which can be shuffled to match the book layout you are using. Low tech but effective way to force your eye to the score lines you actually want.
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