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  1. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    So...

    Having redesigned the nucleus of "The Irish Mandolin", i.e. the "learn some tunes" page, I'm now slowly trawling through the site to make upgrades to some of the earlier tablature and -...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    I play a set "The Harp And Shamrock/The Tailor's Twist".
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Whistler's post is, as ever, very helpful. I'd echo what others have said in that there's no universally accepted "right" way to play hornpipes as the videos which he's posted show. It's all about...
  4. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I've spent the last few days reorganising and redesigning the "learn some tunes" section of the website. You may remember that I had set out the tune title, type and key, links to further info and...
  5. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    So... for what it's worth, here's a link to an mp3 of a sketchy recording of me playing The Barrow Banks one time through. Normally I wouldn't attempt to record a tune until it felt a little bit...
  6. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    I would probably take the polar opposite approach myself, Jeff.

    To me the notated tune is like a map. And the playing of a tune is a journey. The map is just an aid to a journey, the journey...
  7. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    That, Jeff, is a wonderful tale, well told. I think many of us will recognise a little of ourselves in there!

    Aidan
  8. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    And - a bit controversial this! - a good tune can completely change your mind about a player! :-)
  9. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    That is, indeed, a grand tune, Jill. I know it from The Smoky Chimney album (Gerry Harrington, Eoghain O Sullivan and Paul de Grae) which is one of my favourite albums of all time. If ever, from...
  10. The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tune...

    We all have our own "paths" into new tunes to add to our repertoire. For me the most common route to a new tune is through hearing it in a session. Some tunes simply stand out from the crowd and...
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    Hehe, Bren. There's still time!
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    Hi there. A few people have published lists of standards and I'll add a few links to the end of this post. The only issue with these lists is that once people start to get into the tunes properly,...
  13. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Thanks to a very helpful suggestion from Michael Gregory, I've tweaked the "mandolin players' favourite sets" section so that as well as listing the tunes in the set, I include a link to the relevant...
  14. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi Louise... lovely to hear my tune described in such glowing terms. When it first came to me -almost a case of the tune writing itself! - I wasnít sure if it would move others in the way it spoke...
  15. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Eric. Iím genuinely touched by the sentiment. Aidan

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    Thank you so much for the kind words, Eric. Iím genuinely touched by the...
  16. Re: Couple of tunes on the mandolin from Ye Vagabonds!

    Lovely... There are no other words... just lovely.
  17. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    So...

    I've just renewed my wordpress subscription to keep "The Irish Mandolin" up and running for another year. Many thanks to the very kind and generous souls out there who have made the...
  18. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    A few updates.

    I have made a few tweaks to the homepage which, hopefully, provide a better explanation to visitors how the various parts of the site link up and enable better navigation!

    I've...
  19. Strange mandolin on eBay... seen one of these before?

    First time Iíve ever seen a twin-tuned or dual-tuned mandolin. Never even heard of one before. But I know this eBay seller and he mentioned In an email a few weeks ago that he was about to restore...
  20. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Hi Kevin

    Many thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.

    Regarding the website. I'm genuinely puzzled by the paypal link issue which you mention. I've had a look at the source widget in...
  21. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Absolutely delighted to say that Jill has taken enormous time and trouble - despite having a lot on her plate! - to record four tracks which I've now posted to The Irish Mandolin. All are stunning. ...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Donít try this at home !!

    https://youtu.be/khy7uPergbg
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Sheís a not-bad heavy metal shredder, as well.

    https://m.facebook.com/sharonshannonmusic/videos/219136332745002/

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    Sheís a not-bad heavy metal shredder, as well.
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    As well as John Carty's solo recordings, check out his and Brian McGrath's dual banjos in recordings by At The Racket. See https://www.allcelticmusic.com/artists/John%20Carty.html and...
  25. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Thanks, Jill. Good to hear that you're making progress. Onwards and upwards hopefully. No rush on "our earlier conversation" ... just thought I'd mention it, given that we are in contact again. ...
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