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Evan Marshall – Mandolin Virtuoso – Master of Duo-Style…

Evan Marshall is one of the few mandolin players who has a preference for solo performances and solo arrangements. His repertoir is composed of some of the most famous classical masterpieces arranged for the solo-mandolin. Up to now I have not presented Evan Marshall in this blog – it’s time to do so!

Evan is a virtuoso player who can play everything on the mandolin. He masters the so called duo-style technique perfectly and uses this for his solo arrangements. It’s incredible what Evan can play on his Gilchrist mandolin – I just can say my favorite quote “little mandolin – big sound”.

In the interview on the Mandozine website Evan tells that the first piece that he tried to play as a solo was the famous guitar piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega. He thought that it should be possible to transfer the guitar tremolo technique to the mandolin too. Later he discovered the classical mandolin methods by Pettine and mandolin solo pieces by Francia that were using the same technique earlier.

But not only duo-style, also other incredible techniques are used by Evan. Check the following Caprice No. 3 and see what he can do with the tear-off (or pull-off) technique to play an incredible number of notes in the shortest time:

Evan is also playing in other ensembles. With Scott Gates and Brian Oberlin he played as a mandolin duo. Last year Brian Oberlin and Evan have recored a duo CD “Twin Mandolin Slingers”. This is a short video of one of their duo performances:

Evan has also played for many years in a Disneyland show in Anaheim, California as a member of the Band Billy Hill & the Hillbillies. Especially the solo arrangement of the William Tell Ouverture was his signature piece and a great success in those shows. There are some videos from a show in 1997. In the following example Evan plays the violin – which was his first instrument before he made the mandolin his favorite instrument:

Playlist Evan Marshall Solo-Mandolin / Mandolin Duets and more

Including more than 60 videos: William Tell Ouvertüre von G. Rossini, Pastorale von Händel, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ode to Joy by Beethoven, some Xmas-songs from his Christmas-CD, Caprices by Evan Marshall, Mozart violin concert, Bluegrass Duets with Scott Gates, Vivaldi concer in a duo arrangement and much more. Enjoy Evan Marshall!

Additional Informationen

Classical music, bluegrass, and pop are fused through the mandolin playing of Evan Marshall. Inspired equally by late classical violinist Jascha Heifitz and the dean of country guitar, Chet Atkins, Marshall has crafted a highly experimental approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, and tremolo melodies without overdubs.

CD recommendations (Amazon partnerlink)

The Lone Arranger
A Mandolin for Christmas
Twin Mandolin Slingers
favorite tunes

Sugar in the Gourd – A great fiddle tune

Today I have played some tunes from Butch Baldassari’s book 30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari – including a tune named “Sugar in the Gourd” which was fun to play.

I have looked for some youtube videos and found some great performances of this tune as well as some very old recordings like the following recorded in 1930:

SUGAR IN THE GOURD by Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen. Recorded in 1930. Good, old timey foot stompin’ hillbilly music. Enjoy!

 

Sugar in the Gourd is an oldtime tune, but it is also a tune that can be played in a bluegrass style. It is mostly played by the fiddle, the other instruments are mostly playing the acompaniment.

I recommend that you listen to my playlist and select your favorite version of the tune. The tune is a fast tune, a good tune to practice speed.

Sugar in the gourd was the song of the week in the Mandolin Cafe in May 2012 – in the thread about this tune you can find more information and other videos with mandolins.

Playlist “Sugar in the Gourd”

Sheet music

I can recommend the Butch Baldassari book – the tunes are all great to play and the CD that comes with the book helps to play the tunes properly.

You can find some free sheet music links for Sugar in the Gourd in my link collection sugar in the gourd

“30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari” (amazon partnerlink)

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Heikki Lahti – Folk Music with Mandolin from Finland

I have recently discovered the videos with Heikki Lahti. Heikki Lahti is a mandolin player from Finland who plays polkas, waltzes, marches and other folk tunes from Finland. He plays mostly in a group together with guitar, double bass and accordion. But he does also play with a bigger group with fiddle players – or even with a mandolin orchestra.

Heikki Lahti with Mandolin Orchestra

One of the tunes played by Heikki Lahti are compositions by Master Fiddler Otto Hotakainen – it is said that he has learned all the compositions by this famous fiddler and composer.

The most famous tune by Otto Hotakainen – who is also known as Pokka-Otto -ist the October Polkka – or Lokakuun polkka. You can find the sheet music for this polkka – see my link collection below.

Lokakuun Polkka

Playlist Heikki Lahti

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Olga Egorova – Mandolinpower from Russia – With Electric…

Olga Egorova is a mandolin player from Russia. As most mandolin players in Russia she has studied the domra first and has got a degree in classical music from the music academy in Moscow. After this she began to play the mandolin too and has studied bluegrass, folk and other music for the mandolin. Finally she has discovered the looper as an effectiv device to make her very special music.

With the looper she can develop pieces track by track to produce the sound of a complete ensemble just with a single mandolin. Every now and then she tips onto one of the pedals arranged on the floor (she obviously likes to do this barefoot…) – that looks fascinating and it’s alot of fun to watch her.

But Olga Egorova can also play great music without a looper, like her version of the famous Asturias, the first piece in my playlist below.

Olga Egorova has also composed the music for several children stories that are also available as youtube videos:

In the German version of this article I have added a set of screenshots from youtube videos that shows different facets of Olga Egorova.

Playlist Olga Egorova

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