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    Re: Chords and double stops in Trad

    I play Irish and Scottish trad almost exclusively, on flute, mandolin, and octave mandolin.

    Flute is the most recently learned instrument and I've been moving more of my former mandolin...
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    Re: Sierra playing a Goldtone mandocello

    Yeah, that really works. Note the humbucker pickup, which is one of the best ways to grab those bass tones when you're dealing with low-pitched strings. This is a cool song and masterfully done by...
  3. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Instruments here are mandolin and octave mandolin played for around 15 years now, acoustic steel string and nylon string guitars going back 35 years or so, and "Irish flute" (wooden 19th century...
  4. Re: Alternative to Tone-Gard for a Gold Tone Octave Mandolin

    Have you determined that a Tone-Gard is necessary for your OM? I have one on my mandolin but never thought I needed one on my Weber OM, because the body is so much larger and not as much in contact...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    When I first joined the Cafe 15 years ago, my subjective impression was that Bluegrass was the dominant genre here. Bluegrass still has the highest number of posts in the "Music by Genre" sub-forums,...
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    No.

    I've played different genres on guitar like Rock, Blues, "American Fingerstyle" and some OldTime on mandolin, but for the last decade I've only played Irish and Scottish traditional...
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    Re: Playing chords alongside traditional tunes

    I'm not sure this has been mentioned yet, but I think the reason why mandolin players very seldom play chordal backup in Irish/Scottish sessions is that it's an instrument in the same pitch range as...
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    Re: Fiddle tunes that don't work on mandolin?

    I'm still waiting to hear someone post a clip of a mandolin playing full tremolo on a slow, rubato air like the one I posted above of Port Na Bpucai who can make it work. I'm open to being educated...
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    Re: Fiddle tunes that don't work on mandolin?

    I've gotten into debates here about this opinion, but I don't think tremolo is appropriate to extend a note in a slower Irish or Scottish tune. To my ears it sounds like a borrowed technique from...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Here's the After Action Report on the TI experiment in yesterday's mixed Scottish/Cape Breton/Irish session.

    The mandolin was up against one piper, four fiddles, one whistle, one guitar (actually...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    As I mentioned last year in this thread, I tried TI Starks on my mandolin in the early years I started playing it, but eventually found I needed more "bite" to be heard in bands and Irish trad...
  12. Re: Looking for a tuner that saves my sweetened tunings.

    Some of the concepts in sweetened tunings are instrument-agnostic, they apply universally.

    One example would be the way many guitar players slightly flatten the B string away from 12TET pitch....
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    Re: Octave Mandolin advice

    Well, no wonder you were frustrated! No OMs have a scale as long as an acoustic guitar. Guitars are between 25.5" and 24.75". That's basically mandocello scale where the stretch is definitely a bear...
  14. Thread: Micro Mixer

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    Re: Micro Mixer

    I used the earlier version of the Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX 10 for a few years, it's a great little compact analog mixer for small-scale gigs. Very good preamps. I think one difference with the...
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    Crossrock fiberglass case for Weber OM

    Just bought this on a hunch that it might work based on the dimensions, so I thought I'd post a review. Because it's for an OM it might be more useful here than the hardware forums? The TL,DR read...
  16. Thread: Bag or case

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    Re: Bag or case

    I used a Travelite case for a while, years a go. My Lebeda F-style with tonegard and strap fit inside with no problems. The light weight of the case was nice, but I didn't like the way the stiff foam...
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    Re: Where to play melody on fret board

    The genre of music you play can be a factor. If you play Bluegrass, Jazz, or Classical music you'll want complete familiarity with playing up the neck.

    If you play Irish and Scottish "fiddle...
  18. Re: There has got to be something better than Tabledit, right?

    I'll second Jacob's post above. I used Tab notation exclusively when I played guitar, because especially with fingerstyle playing there is more than one place to play the same note, and it helps...
  19. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Do you place your thumb in the middle of the back of the neck on both mandolin and guitar? That's what I do on guitar, but I shift to a more fiddle-like hold with the thumb on the side with mandolin....
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    Re: The pulse of a tune

    There is a cultural consideration here, where it's neither right nor wrong, but a question of how tune rhythms are adopted and standardized differently depending on genre of music.

    Check out the...
  21. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I think of it the same way in general terms, however the cool thing about a mandolin in the music I mostly play -- Irish and Scottish "fiddle" tunes -- is that it's one of the few instruments in that...
  22. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    What helped me starting on mandolin after 30+ years as a guitar player was just abandoning most things I knew, and thinking of it like a fretted fiddle.

    Different left hand position. Not freaking...
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    Re: Octave tuning/string tension question

    I found the same problem when I briefly tried octave strings my OM when playing melody. The original melody line was fractured too much by jumping back and forth.

    Also, I think you lose some of...
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    Re: Help with EQ/Frequency Issue

    The lowest note on a mandolin is the open G at 196 Hz. Some of the thumping may be below that, so you could try a highpass EQ a little below that frequency instead of trying to target specific...
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    You could do that, but if I understand what you're suggesting, you would need the backing track playing on speakers somewhere and you're playing live along with it, all recorded together into the...
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