Ok, I'm working on some tunes from George C. Dobson's "The National Banjo Method" of 1886.

Tonight's tune is "Epsilon Quickstep" from the hand of Edward H. Hulse. Mr. Hulse was born in 1860 and spent most of his life in Buffalo, NY. Died in 1920, buried in Buffalo (Forest Lawn Cemetery). Off the top of my head, I believe Mr. Hulse was a well known minstrel player. Perhaps Joel has a photograph of him he can share.

I've transposed it to C notation (raised bass) and Tab. Neat tune with some interesting bits and some syncopation. As a "quickstep" it should move right along!

Enjoy!

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I think the E in the second chord in measure 25 is intended to be E flat and played at fret 1 on string 1.  It makes musical sense and the chord  is playable though a bit of a stretch. I find that the open second string gets muted when playing that chord with the E natural at fret 2 on string 1. Plus when played as currently notated the chord sounds like what you get when a kid plays piano with his elbows.

Thanks Jody! I agree.

I would not have caught it until I sat down to learn it. At tempo (via MIDI playback), it is such a quick thing that my ears don't hear the elbows. When I slow it down, I can hear the discord.

And, of course, if there is one Eb in the chord any other E really ought to be flat.

I'll post a correction tonight. 

Corrected dots and Tab...

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Ah! Much sweeter. I can't say I miss the elbows at all. :-)

Trapdoor2 said:

Corrected dots and Tab...

OK, here's "Boulanger's March" arr. F.B. Converse...out of the Langey Tutor.

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I need to try out the mp3 export capabilities...here's the mp3 file of "Boulanger's March"

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Last one for tonight, "Siskigon Schottische" from the pen of Mr. Converse, again from the Langey Tutor.

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When I look at any Tutor, I always start from back to front...the 'good stuff' is generally in the back. Also, I tend to look for pieces that take up a lot of space (multiple pages). These tend to be pieces that the author/editor/publisher thought was worth the extra space. Sometimes they're worth working on, sometimes not! Here's "Moonlight Waltz Medley" from the Langey Tutor by M. McLaughlin, who has several pieces attributed to him in this tutor. This thing takes up 4 pages of the book, so I thought, "Hmmm. Must have been somebody's favorite..."

And while I'm at it, here's another piece from the pen of M. Louis.

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The Moonlight Waltz was the other piece from this tutor that caught my eye. Thank you sir

One more...

"Tuscarora Galop" by Converse. I just like galops. This one is typical of the genre and uses voices to get that feel. The B part feels a little weak to me...I want to hear the 2nd and cello pumping along in the background. The A part and Trio have a bass voice laying down that backup but somehow Converse felt it wasn't needed in the B part.

And...I've switched the mp3 to 'Grand Piano'. The 'banjo' synth in Musescore isn't terrible but it ain't great either.

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Marc,  you seem to have worked out how to export sound files from Musescore without utterly changing how they sound.  While the sounds the Play Panel provides vary in quality (the harmonium is pretty durn good),  most are are ok but not disturbing.  But none of the export options I've tried preserve those sounds. Everything becomes compressed, repressed and distressed and also drowning in reverb. Typically all instruments end up sounding like a calliope recorded in a public toilet.   Your grand piano sound has none of these problems. How did you do it?


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One more...

"Tuscarora Galop" by Converse. I just like galops. This one is typical of the genre and uses voices to get that feel. The B part feels a little weak to me...I want to hear the 2nd and cello pumping along in the background. The A part and Trio have a bass voice laying down that backup but somehow Converse felt it wasn't needed in the B part.

And...I've switched the mp3 to 'Grand Piano'. The 'banjo' synth in Musescore isn't terrible but it ain't great either.

I hate to tell you...but I hit "export", choose .mp3 as my filetype and click "save".
IOW, I don't do nuthin'.

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