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Herbert Forrest Odell – Method for the Mandolin –…

I have just prepared a scan of the first book of the Odell Method for the Mandolin by Herbert Forrest Odell (1872 – 1926) and added it to my homepage mandoisland.de for free download.

Herbert Forrest Odell is mainly known as the publisher of the famous magazine The Crescendo which was published in Boston between 1908 and 1933.  Odell had studied the mandolin in Paris with Pietrapertosa in 1895.

The only video that I have found is an arrangement of a Jota by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados, arranged for mandolin ensemble by Herbert Forrest Odell.

Jota – Enrique Granados

The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, under the direction of Bob Elkins, performs Jota, Danza #6, from Twelve Dances for Piano by Enrique Granados and arranged for mandolin ensemble by H.F. Odell. Broadcasted and recorded by public radio station WUOL in 2006 for the “Lunchtime Classics” program.

Additional Information

Free Download of my scan of the Odell Method for the Mandolin is also possible from www.imslp.org:

youtube channel Louisville Mandolin Orchestra:

Interesting page about the history of the guitar with some pictures of  The Crescendo:

More mandolin methods from my collection:

Timeline of mandolin methods:

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Giovanni Gioviale – A Great Italian Mandolinist of the…

Giovanni Gioviale was a famous Italian mandolin player during the beginning of the 20th century. A detailed biography of Giovanni Gioviale can be found on the site of the Federazione Mandolinistica Italiana.

Between 1926 and 1929 Gioviale stayed in New York, and during this stay he recorded many of his pieces. David Grisman has compiled a CD with recordings by Giovani Gioviale, mostly his own compositions, played on the mandolin and also on the banjo.

Gioviales compositions are popular until today, especially in Italy.

In the next video another trio plays the nice waltz “Ritorno da Vienna” by Giovanni Gioviale:

“Ritornando da Vienna”-Trio 18 Corde-Live

Another great waltz – L’ultimo Amore – played by the Trio Gioviale:

L’ultimo Amore- trio Gioviale

There are also some arrangements of pieces by Giovanni Gioviale for guitar, here is a great example played by Giuseppe Torisi who offers some free sheet music by Giovanni Giovali on his homepage (see below).

Biancuccia-Mazurka ( G. Gioviale )-Giuseppe Torrisi, guitarist

I have compiled many more videos with pieces by Giovanni Gioviale played with mandolin and guitar in my playlist:

Playlist Giovanni Gioviale

Additional Information

Information about Giovanni Gioviale: http://www.federmandolino.it/gioviale.htm

Free sheet music for mandolin by Giovanni Gioviale (homepage of Giuseppe Torrisi): http://www.guitarfreescores.com/

Free examples from the Giovanni Gioviale CD: http://acousticoasis.com/rooms/library/gioviale/gioviale.html

(there is a free download from Acoustic Oasis every day – and from time to time you can download a complete piece by Giovanni Gioviale!)

Homepage for the novel “A Mandolin of Gold” about an Italian mandolin player in the USA – with informations about G. Gioviale (watch the two movies!): http://www.themtstudio.com/AMOG/A_Mandolin_of_Gold/Home.html

Italian Old Time Trio: http://www.italianoldtime.com

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Music and Sheet Music for Christmas

In three weeks we will have Christnmas, everywhere the special Christmas fairs have opened, people are drinking “Glühwein”, and the snow has brought a nice Winter feeling. So I thought it’s time to present some videos with Christmas music.

This is an mandolin orchestra from Japan who plays the famous Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson:

そりすべり Mandolin Ensemble Sonatine

A nice bluegrass tune, from a Christmas CD:

While Shepherds Watched

Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, with Martha Groves Perry, Tim Cupps, Steve Kritzer and Marty Atkinson at the TrueWind Music Christmas House concert, Dec. 13, 2008.

This is our own “Yee Haw Hymnal” arrangement of While Shepherds Watched, from our 2004 Christmas CD, CD Starry, Starry Night.

Another great Christmas Bluegrass tune, played by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. At the beginning of the video Bill Monroe gives us some information about the history of this song:

“Christmas Time’s A’Coming” by Bill Monroe

The next video might be very interesting for guitar players who are looking for sheet music for a Christmas program. Kevin Gallagher has produced a Christmas CD with classical guitar, and he has made three of the pieces available for free download – including videos of the tunes. You can get Silent Niht, The First Noel and Deck the Halls with Variations:

Free Music / Tab – “Deck the Halls with Variations” for classical guitar

from “A Classical Guitar Christmas” album – http://www.guitar69.com/christmasalbu…
The free music / tab for this piece is available at http://www.guitar69.com/noel.htm
I was asked for this arrangement from a few people last year, so I’ve finally gotten around to notating it. It’s from my “Classical Guitar at Christmas” album which I recorded in the great year of 1993.
This solo arrangement was originally conceived as a duet, so some of the parts are difficult to master. Feel free to adjust it, add to it, subtract from it, and make it your own. I’ll try to post a video lesson on this as well as “The First Noel” in the next few days.
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year to all.
Sincerely, Kevin Gallagher http://www.guitar69.com

For everyone who thinks already about the time after Christmas – Roland Dyens has composed a piece with the title After Christmas Feelings – and he has made a video of this interesting piece as well:

Roland Dyens plays After Christmas Feeling by R. Dyens

More Information

Guitar Tabs for Christmas tunes: http://freetabs.org/folklore.htm#Christmas

Many commented links for free Christmas sheet music, for guitar, mandolin, ensembles, recorders, …: http://pinboard.in/u:mandoisland/t:weihnachten/t:noten

related article: ♬ ★ The Best Music for Christmas 2012