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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Spending time learning and relearning a few rags. Once you learn one, it gets easier to learn many others.

    Peacock rag
    Chattanooga
    Banks of the Kaney
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Oh Henry.
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    A few more thoughts. As far as a mandolin playing with horns, I’ve done it a few times, my favorite was a few old time sessions with a tuba player. I recall having great fun with notey tunes without...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Thanks for all the good comments. Actually what I am doing is threefold. First, I'm practicing alone to learn some of the old jazz tunes I have always loved. I am fairly familiar with F from Scottish...
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    Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I've been playing a bit of 1920's era trad Jazz lately. Not being a facile reader, I learn tunes by repetition using the amazing slow downer (ASD).

    So many of these tunes were recorded in keys...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    That's some pretty nice playing there, Mr Sweeney. Do you also play mandolin? Going to have to take a close look at Dixie Hoedown.

    To Jim Roberts. No I picked up the Blake's March on this thread....
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    Where Sitka spruce grows

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/opinion/alaska-climate-change.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

    I hope every builder reads this article about the destruction of the Tongass old growth spruce forest.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Coleman's March. Such a lovely tune.

    Plus two Cajun tunes in preparation for an upcoming session.

    la Maraine
    Reel de Nonc Will.
  9. Deconstructed Mississippi string band music

    Harry Bolick recently released a unique collection of his own tunes in the tradition of Mississippi string band tunes from the 20s and 30s. It's quite a unique undertaking, and should interest anyone...
  10. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I have a neighbor who built a gold top Les Paul, even added a faithful Gibson Label. He never played it outside his living room. I once asked if he planned to sell it as a Gibson. He lowered his eyes...
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    Re: Kel Kroydon KK20. Early 30s

    177138 I can’t resist adding my own oddity, built by Ben Wilcox for a professional jazz player. It was the color of the top that first caught my eye when it was offered for sale. I bought it instead...
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    Re: Grateful Dead tunes

    I for one would love to hear a recording that includes any San Francisco, early Stones, or Motown material and features mandolin and pipes. How cool is that.

    PK, If you ever need a techno beatbox...
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    Re: TI strings

    I used to play an Old Wave mandola. I had a hard time converting all the tunes I know on mandolin so they sounded in the same key on the mandola. Also, my band was not altogether willing to play our...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here’s an essay about the various ways to learn fiddle tunes, which much to say about notation versus ear learning. I’m a full time ear learner and also a believer in improvising the nuance.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Have to mention JP Fraley's Annadean's Waltz. As playful as it gets. And a big favorite whenever we pull it out at a contra dance, turning ever so slightly dissonant as the tune goes through its...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Yes Mike Black. It’s that one. Nice version too.

    I learned it with that extra beat before the B part mentioned by wormpicker. Played either way, it’s impossible to stop hearing it inside my head...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks Jim. Actually, this video reaffirms my own sense that each tune sound best when performed with respect to its own innate tempo. I've never been a big fan of musicians who push the speed of ...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    Why or why not? I always keep a lot of homegrown produce in the refrigerator. I had decide between the strings or the blueberries. Guess which one is now cold. Sorry, just joking.
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    Re: Moonlight

    Many thanks, JL. Indeed, it is the Fox/Winegar tune. What got us all so jubilant was the syncopation in the B part.
  20. Re: Looking for Recording Equipment Suggestion

    In that situation I highly recommend an ipad or iphone running the app: Voice Record Pro. VRP lets you set levels precisely, allows basic cutting to get rid of such things as overly long beginnings,...
  21. Re: Learning JS Bach Prelude from 1st Cello Suite

    This looks like a grand personal challenge for the month of July. Thanks for the tab.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber?

    I remember, about 6 years ago, meeting a guy in Bellingham WA who had 3 prized mandolins to sell, a Weber F5, a Gibson Sam Bush, and a Mix carbon fiber F5. The Mix had the best sound to my ears. I...
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    Re: Schertler Dyn-M vs L.R. Baggs Radius

    I've owned one for 8 years. I've used it lots on stage. When plugged straight into a board it sounds more like a mandolin should than anything else I've ever used except maybe a good small condenser...
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    video of Oregon mandolin Orchestra

    a video from a news show someone just sent me. I thought some Cafe members would like to see it.
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    Re: Why old time and bluegrass are not the same.

    I've always felt that the way music is continually changing is one of the very best things about it. Just look at all the ways that Appalachian musicians deconstructed their own Irish and Scottish...
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