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October 28, 2005 | Bach to Bach

Check out the Icking Archives for some of the best music written in the last three centuries, the "Bach Cello Suites." Why is the JazzMando staff so keen on this literature?

  • Though completely "longitudinal" (melody only) it is harmonically "complete," and a terrific study in linear "implied" chord progressions.
  • It was written for a "Tuned in Fifths" stringed instrument, so it fits the fingers fabulously.
  • It's pleasing and adaptable music for many occasions, receptions, preludes, offertories, Scrabble Tournaments, really anything that could use artistic background music.
  • You can play it straight, you can "swing."
  • It's Bach...

Now here's the best part, the Icking Archives has this translated on the web for violin (up a 12th and in the treble clef). If you can read standard notation and are moderately proficient on the mandolin, this stuff is for you. Guaranteed hours of entertainment (or your money back...), and believe it or not, great for the jazz chops.

And if your computer reads PDF, and you're hooked up to a printer, the price is right, too!

Free (6) Bach Cello Suite transcriptions for Violin/Mandolin
(60 pages)

Posted by Ted at October 28, 2005 4:35 PM

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