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Nov 25, 2020 - 4:01:38 AM
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Rob MacKillop

Scotland

3181 posts since 9/2/2008

I have some cello method books in my library from the 18th and 19th centuries, and in a capricious moment thought it would be fun to read through a few pieces, as both instruments share the same tuning.

I did an edition of the first three cello suites by Bach for Mel Bay, and naturally they are quite advanced pieces. It struck me that anyone wishing to get to the level to take on Bach would really benefit from studying the cello methods of these earlier times as a prep towards Bach's music.

Even if you have no interest in that, these tunes are nice to listen to. Unfortunately the first one is out of sync a little - sound and visuals - but all is well for the remaining seven pieces.

PS Zoom lessons also available.


Edited by - Rob MacKillop on 11/25/2020 04:03:13

Nov 25, 2020 - 4:21:53 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9694 posts since 1/22/2003

Pretty pieces…

Nov 25, 2020 - 6:01:05 AM
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Rob MacKillop

Scotland

3181 posts since 9/2/2008

Cheers, Emiel. Nice to hear from you again.

Nov 25, 2020 - 11:09:04 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9694 posts since 1/22/2003

Hi Rob. You're getting a beautiful sound from this tenor banjo…

Edited by - Emiel on 11/25/2020 11:09:36

Nov 25, 2020 - 12:47:12 PM
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863 posts since 1/30/2019

Lovely sound from that banjo, I agree with @emiel. If you are still doing those lessons in 2025 I may just sign up. Early bird discount perhaps?

Nov 25, 2020 - 1:12:07 PM
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Rob MacKillop

Scotland

3181 posts since 9/2/2008

Glad you like the sound, guys. It's an open-back, short scale AA Farland Favilla. Someone has refretted it badly, so I need to get that fixed sometime. The frets are in the right place, but are very high and rough, and they also overreach the fretboard. The pegs are a nightmare, needing a wrench to move them. So, once we are all free to move safely, I'll take it to a luthier for fixing. The head is real skin, but I don't know what from.

Andy - nice one! 2025? I should still be teaching, though due to retire a year later. Discount? What does that mean? Never heard the word before! :-)

Nov 26, 2020 - 11:13:44 AM
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863 posts since 1/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Rob MacKillop

Glad you like the sound, guys. It's an open-back, short scale AA Farland Favilla. Someone has refretted it badly, so I need to get that fixed sometime. The frets are in the right place, but are very high and rough, and they also overreach the fretboard. The pegs are a nightmare, needing a wrench to move them. So, once we are all free to move safely, I'll take it to a luthier for fixing. The head is real skin, but I don't know what from.

Andy - nice one! 2025? I should still be teaching, though due to retire a year later. Discount? What does that mean? Never heard the word before! :-)


I might just be retired by then, and have some time!

Nov 26, 2020 - 1:44:20 PM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1278 posts since 11/6/2008

Hi Rob! long time no see...
I've been away from the hangout for a while but in this nasty days of lock down I find very warm company here... nice to hear your playing always so clean and musical: in your hands banjo sound like a noble instrument with your lute-like touch...
By the way in this last year I'm practicing a bit of Cello so Patti and Co are my cup of tea in this period...
maybe you enjoy this video a posted some days ago


Nov 26, 2020 - 2:34:24 PM

Rob MacKillop

Scotland

3181 posts since 9/2/2008

Hi Paolo! Nice to hear from you. Very nice waltz - one of your own compositions? Less jazzy than I remember you're playing, but always enjoyable.

I have a cello too, but my bow technique is the worst in the universe! Much easier to play cello music on a tenor banjo :-)

See you around, Paolo!

Nov 27, 2020 - 12:48:29 AM

banjopaolo

Italy

1278 posts since 11/6/2008

Yes it’s a little waltz I wrote myself, in this times I’ m playing more 5 string than tenor, so less jazzy stuff...,
I posted about 10 videos of my own composition all played by myself in overdubbing, you can check my media archive if you like...

Always nice to hear from you!

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