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Edu Miranda Trio – Tico Tico no Fubá –…

During the last days I have practiced Tico Tico no Fubá – I really want to be able to play this fantastic composition on my mandolin. So I searched for interesting videos of Tico Tico. My favorite video ist the following fantastic performance by the Edu Miranda Trio:

TICO TICO NO FUBÁ – Edu Miranda Trio DVD

Edu Miranda , Tuniko Goulart e Giovani Goulart ao vivo

Edu Miranda has his roots in Brazil, but moved to Portugal in 1989. There he mixed his Brazilian origins with the local music from Portugal to create his own sound.

Thats what he writes about this on his myspace page:

When it arrived at Portugal in 1989, Edu Miranda’s musical identification with the Portuguese culture was immediate. His mandolin, genuinely Brazilian, was enchanted with the music that he found at Portugal, doing that the “choro” and the samba that formed him in Brazil, acquired a new accent.

Te Edu Miranda Trio is composed of Edu Miranda on the Bandolim, the Brazilian mandolin,  Giovanni Goulart (drums) and Tuniko Goulart (synth-guitar). Edu Miranda has a fantastic technique on his bandolin, Tuniko is able to produce very interesting sound on hius synth-guitar, and Giovani Goulart plays the rhythmic base on his drumset. All three show a lot of fun with the music they play and much humor – as you can see in the middle of the Tico Tico video when Tuniko starts his solo on the synth-guitar.

Although this trio does not resemble a typical choro ensemble and reminds me more to a jazz trio, the sound that it produces is mostly typical choro with some jazz influences.

There are videos from a complete concert with many tunes.

Playlist with videos of the  Edu Miranda Trio


Playlist with different Tico Tico no Fubá videos

Additional information

Homepage Edu Miranda: http://www.edumiranda.com/

Myspace page Edu Miranda: http://www.myspace.com/edumirandabandolim

youtube channel Edu Miranda: http://www.youtube.com/user/bandulaim

A new CD with Edu Miranda and his trio (Amazon partnerlink)

Outros Choros Do Brazil by Aquarela, Oboman Fillon, Edu Miranda, Tuniko Goulart

favorite tunes

Cattle in the Cane – Great Tune For Mandolin,…

This morning I have learned Cattle in the Cane on my mandolin.

This tune has a first part in A major and a second part in A-Minor which makes it an interesting tune. I prefer a slower tempo for this tune, I think it should not be played too fast.

Sam Bush played a very interesting version of Cattle in the Cane on the Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza CD.

Several version can also be found on the ABC homepage: http://abcnotation.com/searchTunes?q=cattle+in+the+cane&f=c&o=a

Another version in texas fiddle style can be found on Pete Martin’s homepage: http://www.petimarpress.com/

Pete offers several very interesting books for the mandolin as kind of shareware – you can try it, and if you want to keep it you have to pay for it. Cattle in the Cane is included in the Texas Style Fiddle Transcriptions part 1.

I have collected some videos of Cattle in the Cane to hear more versions and use this for jamming and practicing.

David Mold – Cattle in the Cane

An improvisation based on the tune Cattle In The Cane

Playlist – Cattle in the Cane

Versions for mandolin, fiddle and banjo, bluegrass band, fiddle + mandolin + cello, guitar – enjoy Cattle in the Cane!

Additional information

Mandolin sheet music:

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe:

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Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah is one of the most famous songs by Leonard Cohen, and very many cover versions of this songs do exist. This song has also been used in the Shrek movie. I have listened to some versions of Leonard Cohens Hallelujah and want to present some interesting versions of this song in my blog.

Leonard Cohen has died aged 82 in Nov. 2016.

Leonard Cohen

Allison Crowe

A beautiful cover version by Allison Crowe with piano – maybe this is the most viewed version of this song at youtube with more the 4 million views:

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) – Allison Crowe live performance

The following version by Nynke Laverman in the Frisian language of the Netherlands is also very interesting, I liked this version very much, although I do not understand the language:

Hallelujah – Cohen in Het Fries – Nynke Laverman

Nynke Laverman singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. From “De Partisanen – Leonard Cohen in Het Fries”, a Netherlands tribute project presenting a collection of Cohen classics in the Frisian language.

Jeff Buckley’s version of this song is also very famous, here is a video with one of his versions:

More information:

Site about Leonard Cohen and his works: http://leonardcohenfiles.com/

Wikipedia about Hallelujah:  Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

German: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Songtext German / Englisch: http://www.boelters.de/LC/Hallelujah.html

The Essential Leonard Cohen Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Carol of the Bells

I have heard Carol of the Bells first on the Christmas CD “Blue Grass & White Snow” by Patty Loveless. According to the the reviews it was played by members of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble – with mandolins, mandocellos, guitars, flute and tubular bells – a very beautiful (and I think still my favorite) version of this song. You can find a review of this CD at: http://countrymusic.about.com/od/cdreviewsal/fr/BlugrassWhtSnow.htm

Unfortunately this version is not available at youtube.

But there are many, many videos at youtube, and I have selected my favorite versions with plucked instruments for this post.

Carol of the Bells: John King ukulele

Classical guitarist Phillip Lester demonstrates his solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of Carol of the Bells.

Carol of the Bells – Tom & Krystin perform this traditional carol from their Christmas Guitars CD.

“Carol of the Bells” by Eric Loy (Harp Guitar)

A very special instrument – the harp guitar – is used in the following video:

And finally a beautiful version with a mandolin and two guitars:

Many more versions with Tubas, Cellos, Percussion ensemble, One Man/Woman Choirs, Jazz Choirs, School Choirs, Church Choirs, Pop-Stars like Destinys Child or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, instructions for guitar can be found in my playlist Carol of the Bells.

Sheet Music

I have found several sources for free sheet music of Carol of the Bells

The first is a version of for a recorder ensemble with finger cymbals and triangle – this might also be played with mandolins and guitars – just try it:

Amy L. Heavilin: Carol of the Bells (recorder)

A version for four cellos ca be fond in the Folk Cello Blog: Carol of the Bells (Cello)

TABs for the ukulele version by John King can be found at: http://www.nalu-music.com/ukulele-tablature/carol-of-the-bells-ukulele/

Two versions for piano can be found at: http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/ukrainian-bell-carol.html

On the following page you can also find a version of Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Bells) wuth a playlog file to practice and some other christmas carols: http://www.musicstudents.com/archive/christmas.html

More free sheet music sites for christmas carols from Germany and other countries can be found on my homepage, direct link to the page (only German – I will translate this and add it as a post in this blog): http://www.mandoisland.de/noten2009/weihnachten.html

Additional information

Many information about Carol of the Bells, including a list of notable performances of this piece can be found at wikipedia: Carol of the Bells

Nashville Mandolin Ensemble at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/nashvillemandolinensemble

Homepage Patty Loveless: http://www.pattyloveless.com/

Harp guitars: http://www.harpguitars.net/

Playlist: Carol of the Bells

Link collection – free sheetmusic for christmas: http://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:weihnachten/t:noten

Mandozine Tabs for Christmas: http://www.mandozine.com/music/

Related article: ★ The Best Music for Christmas 2016

Recommendation for guitar players (Amazon partnerlink)

Fingerpicking Christmas: 20 Carols Arranged for Solo Guitar in Notes & Tablature