Romance

By Ludwig Von Beethoven

If you play the mandolin, then you share something in common with Ludwig von Beethoven.  He liked his mandolin so much that he composed several works for the instrument!

There are some things that you need to be aware of before you try this one.  First, the time signature is 3/8.  This simply means that there are three eighth notes to every measure - it should feel quite similar to other songs you have played that are in 3/4.   Second, while it doesn't look very complicated - and it isn't - that can sometimes make a piece more challenging because the musician is more exposed.  You have to concentrate on playing every note beautifully, because the piece is so slow and languid.   Third, in a classical piece like this, you really shouldn't play open strings - you should make an effort to close the notes by playing the 7th fret on the adjoining string.  Fourth, the second mandolin part may be more challenging than the first part, because you have to play most of the piece out of first position.

Romance Mandolin 1 - 50 bpm
Romance Mandolin 1 - 70 bpm
Romance Mandolin 1 - 85 bpm
Romance Mandolin 1 - 100 bpm

Romance Mandolin 2 - 50 bpm
Romance Mandolin 2 - 70 bpm
Romance Mandolin 2 - 85 bpm
Romance Mandolin 2 - 100 bpm

Romance Duet - 50 bpm
Romance Duet - 70 bpm
Romance Duet - 85 bpm
Romance Duet - 100 bpm