Un Dia De Noviembre by Leo Brower (Score)

Un Dia De Noviembre by Leo Brower (Score)

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[Update] After receiving a very nice email from Sergio Saldivar-Salazar, a mandolin player and follower of theMandolinTuner,  I followed his suggestion and updated this article to include the guitar sound track to help you play-along.  I also replaced the previous video performance – that was a recording of only the first part, with the full video performance. I hope you like it!

[Update 2]: If you have a performance of your own of this beautiful piece of music, send me an email and I will post it!

This great and well known piece of music written by Leo Brower is something you should try. It is written for the classical guitar but it is a great piece of music for the mandolin, as you can play tremolo on the long notes it includes. Good sense of timing is required too, so do not be fooled by the lack of difficult passages.

You can see at the top of the article a home recording of me playing both the mandolin and guitar parts.

Keep reading for the mandolin score and tablature and I suggest if you like it, to try  and play along the provided guitar sound track (below).

Please note: the score is optimised for 600px width. If you are viewing from your mobile, you may need to switch to landscape mode.

options width=600 space=40 font-size=12 stave-distance=30
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 time=3/4 key=C
notes ## ## :8 0-2/2 =|: :q 3-3s7/2 | :q 3-3/2 :8 0-2/2 | :q 3/2 :8 3-7-5-7/2 | :h 3/2 :8 3-5/2 |
text .1, Andante cantabile, :hd ,|, ,|, ,|, ,|, Arranged by C. Rizos
text ++, .11, mf
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :q 7-7/2 3/1 | :q 3-3-7/2 | 0-0/2 :8 2/2 5/3 |:h 0/2 :8 0-2/2 =:|

This introduction is played with sensitivity and dense tremolo. Trying to create phrases (first three bars, then again two bars, you get my point…). It is a beautiful melody, that shines when played with a mandolin.

options width=600 space=40 font-size=12 stave-distance=30
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 time=2/4 key=C
notes =|: :8 3/2 0-5-7/1 | :q 8-8/1 :8 7-8/1 | :q 7-7/1 :8 5-7/1 | :q 8-8/1 :8 7-8/1 |
text ++, .11, mp dolce and espressivo
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :q 7-7/1 :8 5-7/1 | :q 5-5/1 :8 3-5/1 | :q 0-0/1 :8 5-7/2 | :q 0-0/1 :8 5-7/2 | :qd 0/1 :8 12/1 $.a@a/top.$ $.top.$ $harmonic$ :8 0-2/2
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 time=3/4 key=C
notes :q 3-3s7/2 | :q 3-3/2 :8 0-2/2 | :q 3/2 :8 3-7-5-7/2 | :h 3/2 :8 3-5/2 |
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :q 7-7/2 3/1 | :q 3-3-7/2 | 0-0/2 :8 2/2 5/3 |:h $1st Volta$ 0/2 :8 0-2/2 =:|
text :hd ,|, ,|, ,|, :q , , , :8 , , #segno, 1st Volta

This is the main “paragraph” of this music piece. It creates a climax and then relaxes up again at the end with a repetition of the introduction. Play it softly but with energy, although it is mp.

options width=600 space=40 font-size=12 stave-distance=30
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 time=3/4 key=C
notes :q 0/2 12-12/1 | :q 12-12-12/1 =|: :hd 12/1 | :h ## :q 10/1 | :q 9s7s9/1
text .0, 2nd Volta
text ++, .11, f
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :h 0/1 :q 0/1 | :8d 7/1 :16 0/1 :h 7/1 | :q 0-7-12/1 |:8d 8/1 :16 7/1 :8d 8/1 :16 7/1 :q 8/1 |
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 time=3/4 key=C
notes :16 ## :16 7s5s4/1 :8d 2/1 :8 3/1 ^2^ :q 0/1 | :hd 12/1 | :h ## :q 10/1 | :q 9s7s9/1
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :h 0/1 :q 0/1 | :8d 7/1 :16 0/1 :h 7/1 | :q 0-7-12/1 |:8d 8/1 :16 7/1 :8d 8/1 :16 7/1 :q 8/1 | :16 4s5-4-2/1 :q 3-0/1 |

And now we are getting ready for the finale!

options width=600 space=40 font-size=12 stave-distance=30
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :8d 8/1 :16 7/1 :8d 3/2 :16 7/1 :q 8/1 | :8 1s0/1 5/2 ^3^ :q 0/1 3/2 | :8d 5/1 :16 3/1 :8d 5/1 :16 3/1 :q 5/1 |
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :8 0/1 5-3/2 ^3^ :q 0/1 3/2 | :hd (0/1.5/2) | :q 6/3 :h 12/1 =:|
text :hd ,|, ,|, ,|, :q , , , :8 , , 1st Volta
tabstave notation=true tuning=E/5,A/4,D/4,G/3,C/3 strings=5 key=C
notes :q 6/3 :h 12/1 $.top.$ $DC Al Segno$ =|| :hd (2/4.2/3.0/2) :h 0/1 =|=
text :hd ,|, 2nd Volta ,|, FIN

And that’s the end!

I hope you will enjoy playing this great music as much as I did!

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