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    It seems I can't get my hands on enough sheet music. I just stumbled onto a couple of pieces in this forum, which indicates I may be missing a treasure trove of notation available in the Café. Is this the most likely forum to find shared notation?

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    Sherry, check out this site, the link is for one with a tune open as it has the alphabet on top so you can just click the first letter of the tune you are looking for. The search function on the home page gives you tons of stuff but harder to navigate, let me know if you have questions, of course all tunes vary by transcriber.

    http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/se...alia_waltz.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Mead View Post
    Sherry, check out this site, the link is for one with a tune open as it has the alphabet on top so you can just click the first letter of the tune you are looking for. The search function on the home page gives you tons of stuff but harder to navigate, let me know if you have questions, of course all tunes vary by transcriber.

    http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/se...alia_waltz.htm
    That's a great site. You do have to be a little careful with the tab, as it sometimes translates wrong from notation, and gets the sharps, flats and naturals confused.

    D.H.

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    Steve's suggested site is great. One tip: sometimes, the whole tune does not show up on the web page but if you click on the button to download a pdf of the tune, the whole tune will be in the pdf.

    www.thesession.org is a great source for English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh/Celtic tunes and their relatives from outside the British and Irish Isles.
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    I've used that site. Since I'm not always looking for something in particular, i'm more interested in a resource for undiscovered stuff.

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    Thanks for the tips, guys! I always just google and sift through the results, on an as-needed basis. Nearly all the time it's a specific song I need, like for a wedding gig etc., and I never take note of the site that works.* I'll try to do so in future and keep a list. And post if useful.




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    Hmmm, not sure what you mean by undiscovered. When I am looking for something different or have something different bouncing in my brain, I write it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Mead View Post
    Hmmm, not sure what you mean by undiscovered. When I am looking for something different or have something different bouncing in my brain, I write it.
    For example, I was trolling through this particular forum, saw "Fiddlers Waltz" and thought "that looks interesting." Then I saw the sheet music and thought I'm missing out by not hanging around in this particular forum. (I usually just look at new post subjects, checking them out if they look interesting.) Maybe there's also genre-specific sheet music in those forums. I was hoping someone could give me some direction, but I can check out all the likely forums.
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    Hope I'm not being impertinent, but perhaps "browsing" would be a better term than "trolling." Unless you're at a fishing site ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Hope I'm not being impertinent, but perhaps "browsing" would be a better term than "trolling." Unless you're at a fishing site ...
    Looks like you've been "browsing" another one of my threads. Lol

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    Oh no, just making an attempt at humor. English does lend itself to this venture, being replete with mismatches, misdirections, and malapropisms.
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    There's lots of sheet music available in the "Ballo Liscio" thread...some great Italian music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    There's lots of sheet music available in the "Ballo Liscio" thread...some great Italian music!
    Thanks, David. I love Italian and don't play enough of it.

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    Aha! You like the nice Italiana musica? Then you go here, per favore! In Post #25 there is a link to a pdf file which will download dozens of tunes - some short, some substantial. This was my source for material for my Italian restaurant gig several years back. I especially liked several quadriglie. In Posts #34 and #48 member Martin Jonas plays a bunch of the pieces. I found out later they were actually transcribed from accordion performances. But they work very well on mandolin and are mostly in G.

    I saw a link in there to another thread. I haven't explored it yet. Bound to be more music there. Buona fortuna!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    There's lots of sheet music available in the "Ballo Liscio" thread...some great Italian music!
    David, how do I find that thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    David, how do I find that thread?

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...t=ballo+liscio

    This is the thread, but I can't recall which post had the latest links to Dropbox, so you may have to read the last few pages to find them.

    Ciao!

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    Thanks to the wonderful work of the other Sherry, Mignano!
    These are terrific collections and scholarship she has put together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bren View Post
    Thanks to the wonderful work of the other Sherry, Mignano!
    These are terrific collections and scholarship she has put together.
    She plays wonderful accordion, too.

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    Sherry,

    Here is a collection of about 700 fiddle tunes transcribed and hosted by mechanical engineer and bow-maker John Lamancusa.
    You’ll find standard notation PDF, MIDI file and a recording for each tune.

    OLD TIME FIDDLE TUNES. (And some great Southwest Gu-achi tunes too!)
    Transcriptions and audio files of over 700 traditional fiddle tunes from recordings, festivals, jams and workshops - notated by John Lamancusa

    https://www.mne.psu.edu/lamancusa/tunes.html

    The only question is, with so many great tunes, where do I start?

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    Sherry I am not sure what your central musical passion is. But whatever it is, the music is out there. I also am not sure if you prefer standard notation or tab, or both are ok.

    My own journey cannot be hidden. as my sheer time on this forum (as evidenced by my number of posts) indicates, I been here a while. I started before and have the prejudices of folks that started before.

    So I have three prejudices that may be helpful:

    One: Don't ignore sources of music written for other instruments. If you can read notation, everything written for violin, and most of what has been written for everything else, is available to you. When I got hooked there were few mando-centric publications, and I quickly vacuumed up what I could from anywhere I could.

    Two: don't overlook the metric ton (tonne?) of music available in tune books or their digital facsimiles.

    My addiction was fiddle tunes at first, and the vector for me was tune books. As I started with standard notation, and am an awkward slow reader of tab, I chased after books centered on fiddle music, and soon amassed a large obsessive collection. Shelves and shelves and shelves. It borders on the comical.

    There are a lot of digital collections of tune, which makes things much easier, but such resources depend on someone deciding which music they will post. There are lots of amazing tune books that will never be available digitally, but which are a source of joy and delight.

    Three: jump into any source of tunes and start grabbing. Don't put it off and wait, feeling confident that when you want it you know where to get it. Get out the ginger snaps, or nilla wafers, or oreos, a pot of coffee, and dig in. I fight the urge to become a tune book collector, or even a tune collector. I want to be playing all this music, and sharing all this music.

    Good luck. You started the thread looking for a drink of water, and we have all turned on a fire hose and aimed it at you. Enjoy.
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    The Song-a-Week social group is a tough to beat resource IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkELynch View Post
    The only question is, with so many great tunes, where do I start
    Great question, Mark! Typically, I'll hear a song I like on the radio and add it to a list I keep. Then I look for the standard notation (ideally a transposable leadsheet) at musicnotes.com. Many pieces aren't there, so they remain on my list. MuseScore may be a solution, although I just haven't had the opportunity to spend time on my PC to see what might be available there.

    I'm writing this on my phone and losing patience, so will need to finish later. :o(

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkELynch View Post

    The only question is, with so many great tunes, where do I start?
    What a cool problem to have!
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    No one has mentioned IMSLP? https://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    No one has mentioned IMSLP? https://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
    There is a lot of great music on that site!

    If you want some jazz (and Latin and Klezmer ) fakebooks Archive.org has them:

    https://archive.org/details/fakebooks

    includes a Django book:

    https://archive.org/details/fakebook_django_2008

    public domain old jazz

    https://archive.org/details/creole_j...-%20C%20TREBLE

    Lots of this stuff is great fun to play on mandolin.

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