Larry Rice, a renowned mandolin player, began his bluegrass career by playing in his father’s band, the Golden State Boys. He later formed his own band (the Haphazards) with brothers Tony and Ronnie. In the
What type of music do these two versatile musicians and excellent instrumentalist play? Not bluegrass, not country, not folk, what is it?
I do not really care! I love their smooth voices, using an mandola/octave and letting
Now this is what I call fine music. I love it!
Few days ago, on Saturday 26th of April, I performed for the first time with the Plectrum Strings Orchestra of Athens and it was amazing! The concert took place at the German Evangelist Church in Athens
There are many ways to tune your mandolin. When selecting a way, you must take into account various conditions. For example, when you are trying to tune in a noisy environment, tuning by ear may
Capricho de Sul is included in the latest CD release from Hamilton de Holanda Trio.
Hamilton de Holanda(10-string mandolin) transgressor of the mandolin adding 2 extra strings. André Vasconcellos (double bass) a reference point in the Brazilian bass and Thiago
There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the B augmented (Baug) mandolin chord. In this article you can find the most common mandolin chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience.
This article is about a song I heard via Pandora radio, called Pacoca, by Celso Machado.
The original piece was written for flute and guitar and it is a song with such character and personality, that made me wonder
During the last two weeks, as I mentioned in my latest post full of energy after an exciting summer, I have been studying an excellent piece of music, Double (no.6) from Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV
This is a very busy and exciting period! Just back from summer vacation, and I am full of energy and new ideas.
The first project I started, is an article series for Pacoca by Celso Machado.
The Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. They consist of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form
This is Avi Avital debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, devoted to one of his great passions: the music of J.S. Bach. The programme includes Avi’s own mandolin transcriptions of three concertos and a trio sonata
“Desvairada” is a three part valse-choro played in 6/8 and has the form: ABBACCA, the piece containing several examples of appegios in double timing, very intricate to master.
Here it is played by two members of
As I mentioned before in my SNARK SN-8 tuner review, I tend to tune by ear, at least when I am practicing at home, as it is a mental exercise as well. You need to
Being a mandolin and guitar player for almost 37 years, I got used to mainly use my ear to tune my mandolins and guitars. Nevertheless, there are some occasions where a digital tuner can be
The pick can have as big an effect on sound and playability of your mandolin as a bow does for a violin – on the other hand if you do not know how to play violin
Although mandolin is an excellent instrument for beginners, it is natural a student to feel strange at the beginning even trying to hold this new instrument right and to be full of questions.
Taking even a
Libertango is a composition by tango composer Ástor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a portmanteau merging “Libertad” (Spanish for liberty) and “Tango”, symbolizing Piazzolla’s break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.
This composition has appeared on over 500 separate releases and I think for a good reason. The original release was recorded in May 1974 at “Mondial Sound Studio”, Milan (Italy), with Astor Piazzolla (the composer) playing the bandoneón.
This is a piece of music that I really like, so I decided to play it on the mandolin. You can hear my performance below.
Strumming chords is a nice way to begin playing songs on the mandolin. But, as you may already know, there are a lot of chords and for each chord there are many ways to play