Posted by trawickjtt on Sunday, July 26, 2009
I recently obtained a Tiny Moore mandolin book. As it is out of print, I was fortunate to find it via interlibrary loan. My local public library was able to obtain it from a library thousands of miles away! I love our library!
Tiny Moore was a long standing fiddle and mandolin player for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. I haven't done much research, but I have heard that he is very important to the development of the electric mandolin.
As I've delved into the book, it is quite a wonderful source for learning swing style mandolin. Even the examples used to explain simple things such as different ways to do triplets and pick direction when strings are "hopped" are neat licks. I am very enthused about getting into the tune section. Hot fiddle tunes such as Cotton Patch Rag and Don't Let Your Deal Go Down are covered in great detail. I am currently working on the scales and arpeggio sections, but it would probably benefit me to grasp some ideas from the tunes section to integrate into my scale practice time. It would also make practicing much more fun! So far, I'm learning tons from this book. It won't make me a kick-butt Arkansas fiddler, but it will keep me hangin out with the Fiddlin' Arkansas crew! So long for now...
Monday, July 27, 2009 @11:41:48 AM
Tiny Moore was interviewed in Mandolin World News (David Grisman's mando mag from the mid-70s to 80s) somewhere around 1980, and Grisman produced an LP of Tiny Moore & Jethro Burns that also featured Bob Wills alum Eldon Shamblin on guitar. I'm not sure if the record ever made it on to CD, but both are excellent resources. Seems to me that Tiny also played his electric mando on Darol Anger's first solo album.......a Charlie Parker tune called Moose the Mootch.
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