Musical Notations . . .

This is going to be a new page on my website! I should have thought about it earlier because I know it would have been a blessing in your lives! I just know it! Because it has been in mine and I’ve been quite selfish to keep it all to myself. So, now I am sharing. I don’t care if you think my voice is not good enough, or my abilities are lame, that does not matter. What does matter is the message! Because it is of the utmost importance!

Let me give you a bit of history…

I have been doing musical arrangements for a long time. Back in the 1980s I received a cassette tape from my grandfather and arranged his hymns handwritten on manuscript paper and then sent them to a lady in Saginaw, MI, I think. She had a typewriter that did musical notes and placed them on what was called a paste-up. I still have those!

However, today I use a computer program and prepare my own sheet music in much the same way. I have been preparing arrangements for my cousin George Holsinger for a few years now. I received a new song in the mail from him just the other day and was so taken with the tune and lyrics that I took it to the studio. I played his CD on one computer (behind me) and set up a recording session on another computer on the other side of the room. While playing his song I then recorded myself singing harmony with him. Then I recorded myself accompanying his guitar playing with my own mandolin playing. My talent on the mandolin is pretty basic and switching from chord to chord was just too slow for my taste. So I decided to just record a bunch of C-Chords, then D-Chords, then G-Chords.

I opened an adobe program called Audition and inserted all of my chords into one project and voilà I actually sounded like I knew what I was doing!

So, here’s George on guitar and melody and me on the mandolin and singing harmony. With miles and states between us technology is working it out that we can sound, at least, like we are in our studio recording. So fun!

Here’s the Sound Cloud Link for your listening enjoyment 🙂 OOOHHH when I pasted that I did not expect that big picture of myself to pop up! HAHA