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William Foden was one of America\'s best guitar composers from the early 20th Century. His compositions can be heard on several modern CDs. He was an active teacher and wrote a number of methods for stringed instruments, including this tenor banjo method. Most modern methods begin with insipid common melodies (Twinkle, twinkle...) and/or duets with a part to be played by the teacher. This method features bona fide original compositions and progresses fairly rapidly. The student may have to spend more time in one place, but will be rewarded with music that is fun to play and to hear. By page 14 you are playing pieces your family won\'t mind hearing. What\'s more, this book takes you back to a style of music that was popular following WWI, including ragtime. Plus, it\'s written in Universal Notation, meaning an octave above actual pitch on the treble clef. It should be noted that this features a \"tremolo style\" similar to the mandolin, whose tuning was adapted to the tenor precisely because so many contemporaries played mandolin. This is a method for solo playing, not for rhythm chording in a dance band. I own almost all pre-WWII tenor banjo methods, and I chose this for learning tenor precisely for the above reasons. Many methods are written in actual pitch (like an octave below the treble clef--with a zillion ledger lines!) or with the lame melodies you don\'t want to play or hear. A few are so complex, you\'ll be at it forever unless you already play some tenor banjo. A novice willl need a teacher with Foden, but if you are experienced in reading music, as I am, you\'ll have a pleasant little repertoire in no time!
Apr 14, 2012
themoon's review about Structures of the Mating-Type Loci of Cordyceps takaomontana:
Mar 24, 2012
“True Story of Secret India” written by Shreepal Singh can be justly described as a mini encyclopaedia enshrining the immensity of the most relevant facts celebrating the glories, attainments and wonders achieved by the ancient Indians in realms of science, morality, religion, abstract philosophy, architecture, social organization, political philosophy, law, jurisprudence, logic, medicine, surgery letters, literature and many others, in an astonishingly admirable brevity. He has virtually captured and imprisoned the vastness of the world in brevity (immensitas gentium in brevitate). The book is a most desirable desideratum for every lover of ancient India and her civilization, especially in modern times, since no one seems to be possessed of sufficient time for carrying on penetrating investigation by rummaging a huge number of volumes and tracts written by Indian and foreign authors. The book, I sincerely believe, is most likely to serve as an intellectual companion to every admirer of India’s great ancient civilization. Shreepal Singh has amazingly succeeded in presenting the immeasurably vast panorama of India’s unsurpassed greatness, unexcelled magnificence, cultural brilliance, immortal philosophical truths and the dizzy heights of her glorious civilization, as it were, in a capsule – a task and a feat requiring immense patience, inexhaustible perseverance, prodigious amount of indefatigable labor, unflagging enthusiasm, passionate devotion and unswerving dedication, apart from an extensive research which is quite evident from the bibliography given at the end of the book. I am sure that he must have been divinely possessed, while writing the book. Nemo aliquid umquam facere potest, sine adflatu divino. He has paid respectful homage to the ancient Sages, and Rishis of India whose divine utterances of eternal spiritual truths and values formed the firmest foundations on which was built the noblest structure of her spiritual greatness and magnificence. Specially, some pretty little intimate vignettes about very personal incidents in the lives of these prodigious spiritual giants of ancient India, such as the conversation between Lord Buddha and his disciple Anand during the last hours of his life, is highly touching. I am reminded of a similar discourse Lord Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper. His comprehensive vision would not be satisfied unless he included in the the biography of India her journey across her middle ages down to the present times, and that is what he has accomplished with a thoroughness expected of him, a man of admirable insights, a passionate love of truth and uncompromising integrity of thought and deed. He is a citizen of the world, intellectually, spiritually and philosophically as evident from his dispassionate treatment in his book of the political, economic, philosophical, cultural ideas and thoughts, institutions and movements which flourished and thrived among the European nations ab initio usque ad nunc.
Mar 22, 2012