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Mike Wilkins
  • never. Fiddle player for 1.5 years
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Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Twiss Jul 22, 2015. 4 Replies

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Buckey's Violin Tunes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Wilkins Oct 7, 2012. 4 Replies

Hello everyone,Does anyone have a PDF of the Buckley Violin book they would be willing to share with me? Thanks, MikeContinue

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Mike Wilkins replied to Strumelia's discussion Where to find these 2 songs?
"I believe "United States it Am de Place" is in Rice's 1858 Method for the Banjo.  I google it the other day (looking to play this tune on the fiddle) and had no luck.  Guess one needs the book!"
Sep 9, 2015
Tim Twiss replied to Mike Wilkins's discussion Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did
"This is largely what I did. I had ZERO banjo experience and learned it all from the written page. While of course, My vantage point was having none. I still believe that applying the carefully described techniques, combined with a…"
Jul 22, 2015
Paul Ely Smith replied to Mike Wilkins's discussion Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did
"Historically-informed performance practice has been a big deal in the classical music world for decades.  I first encountered the movement in the 70s when I was an undergraduate music student, learning harpsichord.  There are numerous…"
Jul 22, 2015
Leonidas (Lee) Jones replied to Mike Wilkins's discussion Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did
"Hm.... Interesting concept, studying period specific pedagogical works in order to recreate a style amd technique of playing of an isntrument that was, itdelf, rather different in construction. I wonder how we might apply this? ;)"
Jul 22, 2015
Tim Twiss replied to Mike Wilkins's discussion Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did
"That is a great find, and so pertinent to our banjo situation. I would love to engage in a conversation about this here if we can keep an even keel to the passion of our opinions and observations. This is such a great topic, and one I spend a lot of…"
Jul 22, 2015
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Playing Mozart's Piano Pieces As Mozart Did

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/science/playing-mozart-piano-pieces-as-mozart-did.html?_r=0Interesting article about a pianist's study of early 19th century piano tutors and how using these techiniques changes the sound of the songs compared to modern playing technique.See More
Jul 22, 2015
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Independence Day Sep Winner

"Very nice Wes. Good tune and good playing."
Jul 4, 2015
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Winner's Perfect Guide Clairionet 1861

"I have the 1861 Violin version of this book.  Exact same picture."
Jun 29, 2015
Mike Wilkins replied to Wes Merchant's discussion An interesting violin recording from 1912
"love it. Thanks for sharing."
Jun 29, 2015
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Mar 17, 2015
Mike Wilkins replied to Mark Weems's discussion Now out & Re-released on Cd! Joe Ayers' - Old Dan Tucker, Melodies of Dan Emmett 1843~1860
"Hi mark, I just got an email saying my order has shipped.  But the email says delivery is by Royal Mail (England) and I am in Maryland!  Hopefully my cd doesnt end up in Wales."
Mar 17, 2015
Mike Wilkins and Al Smitley are now friends
Mar 2, 2015
Mike Wilkins commented on Mark Weems's video
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Speed the Plough

"Hello Al. Yes, we met at the Banjo, Bones, and Fiddle workshop. Whiskey Before Breakfast is certainly a 20th century tune that I always felt sounded much older. Now I know why!"
Mar 2, 2015

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never. Fiddle player for 1.5 years
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At 7:08am on June 30, 2012, Bob Kilham said…

Hi Mike It's really been a long time! It's nice to hear from you. I still have that photo you and the boys at Harpers Ferry hanging on the wall

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