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bluegrass

Bluegrass Special – Bill Monroe – A great Bluegrass…

When I heard Bluegrass Special for the first time, I was immediately fascinated by this tune. This tune is contained on the CD 16 Gems with 16 early recordings by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.

I have learned this tune from the CD and wrote it down for me, and soon we started playing this tune in our bluegrass band, and we still like to play it today. This tune is very good to improvise, because its based on a simple blues harmony scheme in A.

Bill Monroes recording – mainly the guitar accompanyment – remembers me very much to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt, I wonder if Bill Monroe listened to this kind of music when he composed Bluegrass Special. Anyway – this tune has much power, and when you play it a little bit harder it almost sounds like a rock and roll tune.

One special thing in Bill Monroes version is the use of an accordion at the end of the tune.

I have found a great live version played by Bill Monroe in the following youtube video:

Bill Monroe Blue Grass Special

A biography of Bill Monroe in German can be found in the German wikipedia: Bill Monroe

A biography in English can be found at ask.com: http://www.ask.com/music/artist/Monroe/663

I have found another video of this tune that is interesting. Frank Wakefield and some friends play this tune spontaneously and with much energy and interesting improvisations. This was recorded at a mandolin camp, where Frank Wakefield was teaching.

Bluegrass Special

Frank Wakefield ran into some old friends who were playing at Bill Monroe’s childhood home in Rosine, Kentucky and decided to join them. Frank, Campbell Mercer and Skip Gorman on mandolin, Wayne Lewis and Joe Isaacs on guitar. Josh Jonston on guitar, Mike Fulkerson on banjo and Mark Hargis on bass. This was part of the weekend activities for the Monroe style mandolin camp put on by The International Bluegrass Music museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Frank was a teacher at the mandolin camp.

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Ricardo Sandoval and Alexis Cardenas – Recoveco – Great…

Ricardo Sandoval was born in Venezela, but he lives in France now. He plays the mandolin and the typical Venezuelan instruments cuatro and bandola llanera. In 2007 he played together with his band Recoveco on the french television. They played a piece composed by Ricardo Sandoval name Ibagué me quieras. In this video Ricard Sandoval played the mandolin:

RECOVECO sur France Musique

“Ibagué me quieras” de Ricardo Sandoval / Recoveco en el programa de Arièle Butaux “Sur tous les tons” / France Musique – Radio France

Another member of Recoveco is the fantastic violin player Alexis Cardenas. Alexis Cardenas is known as a classical violin player, but he also plays the music of his homeland Venezuela very well.

In this video Recoveco plays their version of a Pajarillo, a very popular tune in Venezuela, which goes back to the Spanish fandango nad is usually played on the Venezuelan cuatro. Alexis Cardenas combines this tune with barock music by J. S. Bach – a very interesting combination of styles. Later a long solo part played on the maracas follows, and then the plucked instruments take over the lead. Ricardo Sandoval plays the venezuelan cuatro in this video. This is really good music, I have watched the video several times – enjoy this!

YouTube – Alexis Cardenas y RECOVECO

See also: Pajarillo – The Cuatro Venezolano – Venezuela

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Los Pajaros Perdidos; CHRISTINA/ JAROUSSKY,PHILIPPE / L’arpeggiata PLUHAR

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Mike Marshall and Chris Thile – The Woodsongs Radio…

Mike Marshall

Mike Marshall is one of the best mandolin players in the USA today. For more than 30 years Mike has played everything possible on the mandolin, and also on the mandocello – bluegrass, dawg, jazz, classical and brazilian choro.

In the early 80s he played together with the David Grisman Quintet. For the leading mandolin journal of that time – the Mandolin World News – he wrote the beginners page.

With the Modern Mandolin Quartet he played classical music from the nutcracker suite to Gershwin’s West Side Story.

During the last years he has learned everything about the brazilian choro and has invited the leading choro players like Hamilton de Holanda and Dudu Maia to the United States.

With this broad background it is no surprisde to find Mike Marshall now regularly together in duo concerts with German mandolin professor Caterina Lichtenberg teaching at the music university Köln/Wuppertal

Mike was a teacher at the first European Mandolin Acadamy held in Trossingen this year, together with Don Stiernberg, Caterina Lichtenberg and Mirko Schrader.

Interview with Mike Marshall with some interesting informations: digitalinterviews

Chris Thile

Chris Thile was very successful with the Nickel Creek. He plays is a fantastic mandolin player and is – like Mike Marshall – very versatile. He is certainly an idol for many young mandolin players in the USA and around the world. He plays the mandolin very creatively and has developed his own style and sound.

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Every week in an old theater in Lexington, Kentucky, there is a one hour concert organized by Michael Jonathan – the Woodsong’s Radio Hour. Those concerts are available for download as audio or video files – a huge archive of excellent music.

Mike Marshall and Chris Thile played concert No. 287 – a concert that you should have seen and heard. Both are playing excellent. The program includes classical pieces like the Goldberg variations by J. S. Bach, standards like the Fishermans Hornpipe and many compositions by Mike Marshall and Chris Thile. The Radio Hours is just one hour, but after a short break it was continued with an after hour, a long program with many interesting pieces.

In the beginning of the concert Mike and Chris each played one solo piece. Mike began with Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth, the first piece in the playlist below.

To download the complete video or audio go to: Woodsongs Archive

If you do not want to download the complete video you can also find most of the pieces as youtube videos. However – the complete video contains also the interviews and the talk between the pieces which is also very interesting, and you learn a lot about Mike and Chris if you watch it.

I have collected the youtube videos in my following playlist:

Additional information

Website Mike Marshall: http://www.mikemarshall.net/

Website Chris Thile: http://www.punchbrothers.com/

Blog about Mike Marshall (German) / Interview: http://www.gitarrengurte.de/blog/?p=399


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Live Duets – Chris Thile and Mike Marshall

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Sedi Donka ❀ 7 + 7 + 11 =…

Mike Marshall and Chris Thile played one piece during their woodsongs duo concert named Sedi Donka. This is a Bulgarian folk dance tune in 25/8, divided in 7 + 7 + 11 eights.

Before they played the tune Chris and Mike demonstrated this rhythm to the public.

The rhythm goes like this:

ti – ke – ti, tam, tam
ti – ke – ti, tam, tam
ti – ke, ti – ke
ti – ke – ti, tam, tam

Today I have searched again for this tune and I found the sheet music as an ABC file, but also as a pdf. The best place I found this is the following (you can use see and hear to see the music and hear it):

http://www.goess.org/mason/other-abc/

Much more interesting is it to view the dance with the music, and the steps made by the dancers:

Sedi Donka Bulgarian Folk Dance Dansuri Populare Bulgaria

A great version of Sedi Donka with Clarinet:

Sedi Donka Bulgarian Music Woytek Mrozek – clarinet, conductor, composer

Now the version by Mike Marshall and Chris Thile:

Sedi Donka – Mandolin Duet – Mike Marshall & Chris Thile

It is not so difficult to play – go and try it!


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Live Duets Mike Marshall and Chris Thile