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I added some additional variations. I couldn't help the quote or copying Tim's style of ending. Immitation is definitely sincere flattery.

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Comment by John Masciale on June 8, 2009 at 11:59pm
Spanish Gallopade.pdf

I did not exactly play what I wrote down, but here is my arrangement as I originally wrote it.
Comment by Steven Hedgpeth on June 9, 2009 at 8:58am
I'm not sure what the quote was, but there is a hilarious bit around 1:55 that made me think of Zorro. What is it from?

BTW, that banjo has a great tone, to my ear.
Comment by John Masciale on June 9, 2009 at 12:52pm
The "Quote" at 1:55 (and a little before) is from Espania Cani, (Spanish Gypsy dance). It actually post dates our period a little, but it was too tempting to throw in.
Comment by Carl Anderton on June 9, 2009 at 4:50pm
Excellent, John. I like the dotted ideas, and the minor bit was inspired. I would not have thought of that. I've got some ideas cookin', but I'll wait 'till Friday to spring them.
Comment by Greg Adams on June 10, 2009 at 10:31am

What a delight to review your arrangement. I have always been left wanting more beyond the 1st variation in the Briggs book. You have quenched my desire to experience something more. Thank you! This is a great attempt at creating something new that adds to the original material found in the early repertoire. It truly varies what exists and, for me, alludes to the increasing challenges that Yankee Doodle w/ Variations, but you take things even further. I actually tried playing through it BEFORE listening to your performance. It's fascinating to hear the difference.

I'm so happy that you guys are maintaining these types of exchanges. I truly believe they are valuable as part of an ongoing dialog in exploring the multi-faceted and variegated history of the banjo. Keep it up!

With appreciation,
Comment by Tim Twiss on June 11, 2009 at 10:00pm
Hey John, did you post your written music somewhere? I would like to see it if you did. This was a pretty neat project, wasn't it? I wonder if there is an unfinished manuscript somewhere. Either that, or they realized it was just a pretty lame theme to build on and quit.
Comment by John Masciale on June 11, 2009 at 10:44pm
Tim, my score is attached to the first comment below.
Comment by Tim Twiss on June 12, 2009 at 5:57am
Really good John. I'll try playing your stuff.


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