The Waltz Lesson (for mandolin orchestra) is an arrangement for mandolin orchestra of a waltz that I wrote a few years back. It offers a good chance for your orchestra to practice paying attention to accidentals and a nice workout for your guitarists. There is a solo written out for a mandolinist from measures 89-120. This can certainly be played as written but the soloist should feel free to improvise through the chord changes instead if he or she so desires. My friends in the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra have spent some time with the piece and now is the time to offer this music to any other group that might be interested. Please feel free to print as many copies of the score and parts as necessary for the use of your group. Also, don't hesitate to experiment with tempos and dynamics. My hope is that you will enjoy playing this music and that you will convey that enjoyment to your audiences.
As you can see I am presenting this sheet music under a Creative Commons License. My intention is to make it clear that you can use the written music for any non-commercial purpose as long as proper attribution is given. I would, however, very much like to know of any performances of this music for my records.
John Goodin, November, 2008
This music is free for your use as outlined in the Creative Commons License below but I am, with some hesitation, offering the opportunity to make a small donation via PayPal (whether you have a PayPal account or not) to help support this kind of publishing. Print out the music, try it with your group, it really is free. If you want to make a donation any amount is fine. You might consider asking each member of your orchestra or ensemble to donate a dollar, or you could "pass the hat" at a rehearsal or performance. No donation is necessary, my main interest is in sharing the music.
It's also perfectly all right to send a donation via personal check to: John Goodin, 408 Center Ave., Decorah, IA 52101.
Created on ... November 1, 2008, last updated on November 26, 2013