Just Gave a Concert with MandolinArte in Creta and I really enjoyed it #1- here is how it was arranged
It was a lovely weekend! I travelled to Creta for a concert with my friends and excellent musicians from Mandolinarte and we had lots of fun. Oh, we also gave a concert.
Here is a small […]
Ear training is the process of connecting music theory (notes, intervals, chords, scales, melodies, etc.) with the sounds we hear.
Studying ear training is building a bridge between the language of music and the sounds that […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]