Marilynn on Mandolin #1 Nov/Dec 2003


I’ll be appearing, virtually, on a computer near you, as the CoMando Listserve’s “Celebrity Guest of the Week” from November 30 to December 6. You can sign onto the list — it takes about a minute. Then, for one week only, you can ask me any question you like, of a mandolin nature, and I will answer it! Amazing! I did this for a week in July and it was such fun that they’ve asked me back. If you want to read the July questions-and-answers, they’re archived here. Sign up for CoMando and you can join us for this go-round!

A FREE CD FOR YOU Nov.12-Dec.24

I’ve got a solstice present for y’all — a free copy of my holiday CD, “The Sounding Joy,” when you buy any 3 of my CDs online. Is this a great idea for Christmas shopping or what? If you don’t want to put your credit card into PayPal, email me with your order and I’ll give you the same deal. You can do this as many times as you like! Surprise your discerning friends w/ a gift of mandolin music.


I put my Brazilian choro articles online this fall, and I’ve just added new mandolin technique articles and another Brazilian article to the page. There’s sheet music too! Check it out!


For local audiences: Enigmatica is playing December 7, and I’m playing w/ guitarist Sean Winker on December 28. Info is on the website calendar.


Dates for 2004 are June 21-27. We’ll be sending out flyers soon, so if you’d like one and we don’t have your mailing address, email it to email hidden; JavaScript is required. The AMGuSS pages on the website will have all the new information for 2004 by mid-December.


My Mandolin Quarterly “Choro Connection” column for next issue is on Chiquina Gonzaga, 19th-century composer and innovator in the style. The music example is her composition, “Nao Se Impressione” (Don’t Be Impressed). I’ve also compiled a “Choro Top 40” list for 1902-1932. My column for Mandolin Magazine, “A Classical Approach,” is about expressive tremolo, and features the music for “Celeste Aida” by Guiseppe Verdi, in lead-sheet format. You can subscribe to either magazine on the Mandolin Cafe website.


I’d love to hear from you. If you know anyone who would like to get this update, have them send me their email. And thanks for reading!

I’ll email the next issue of “MARILYNN ON MANDOLIN” by year’s end. In the meantime, I hope all of your holidays are bright, and, of course, full of music.


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