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  1. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    I was wondering when we would 'go from' Irish jigs to good old J.S. Bach. Ha, ha

    The Cello Suite #6 Prelude is a great example of different picking effects. The first two bars are kind of punchy,...
  2. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Yes, There is nothing wrong with adhering to a strict method with students.


    For me at least, I think the two downs in a row in DUD-DUD tends to create a 'speed limit'.
  3. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Inauthentic? Someone "demands" DUDDUD ?

    I'm sorry to break the news but music is not that simple. There is no 'one size fits all' for picking jigs. There is a general process that works for a lot...
  4. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    For Irish ornaments see Irish Mandolin by Doc Rossi

    I've seen the same with classically trained violinists but they were all beginners. The more advanced people could accent either way. (Their...
  5. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    What someone said on Mandolin Cafe?
  6. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    "Sounded" wrong. Yea, that's just the point.

    Also, why do anything the 'hard way'? ;)
  7. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    I've been puzzled by this strict adherence to pick direction in jigs for a while now. I think (DUD DUD) is a bit to 'trendy' or orthodox IMHO. The issue for me is the confusion over down strokes...
  8. Re: the cuban dancer for Mandolin, Mandola and Flute

    A very nice tune that seems traditional. I saw that the original was written for flute and two clarinets. It must have much more bass than the hi pitched mandolins. Not to say that the 'twins' are...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Here is a very good tutorial on bow control that describes balance, * lifting fingers, tilting the bow, string contact points, bow speed, changing direction etc. *See 12:32 in the video for...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Randal, I missed that 'drumstick' comment earlier. Sorry.

    Baroque bows were not of standard sizes and weights compared to modern bows. So the balance was different on different bows.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Many classical players use this technique and they often have variations. Depending on what the player wants, the fourth finger (which balances the bow BTW) leaves the bow about half way in the bow...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Yes indeed Louise. Elizabeth Freeland describes in her article how she asked a few violin shops if they had baroque bows and they said that she was the first to ask. (and they did not have any...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Here is a great article that answers most all of your questions.

    It has advice about the taper which has to allow the hair not to touch the stick when doing double stops. This is something you'd...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    18th Century Bows are longer than 17th C. bows. They still have a pointy tip and a straight or slightly curved stick. The button at the base is the 'telling' aspect. These were either made of wood or...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    They use a bow on a nyckelharpa so I suppose this fits the topic of Mandolin World vs Violin World. I was curious and had to hear Bach on this instrument. I'm glad I did. Thanks Maxr



    I prefer...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    More fiddlers should discover the advantages of older style bows. If you go back and watch Lisa Grodin's bow tutorial you will see what kind of bow Tashina is using. I think that there are...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I sincerely hope you all have not had enough of Baroque instruments and J.S. Bach music, because I have one more video that explains clearly the differences among old and new violins and bows.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Catmandu2 Don't worry there is sill time to consider a Violincello Da Spalla.

    We will have to invent a new acquisition syndrome title for you. MAS, GAS, VAS (I give up...).

    I'm sticking to my...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    It is interesting that Guillermo Carmignola uses a 'transitional bow' in the fast passages in Vivaldi. It is the bow used before the modern 'Tourte' bow that we know today.

    Lisa Grodin has a...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    One thing about steel strings and gut strings. (or synthetic strings vs gut) Gut strings respond 'slower' to bowing. It is not actually slower but they respond in a different way than modern strings....
  21. Re: better practice sessions for a motivated begineer

    This is from another topic, currently on the Cafe. I think it may be useful here.

    In these 'modern' times, folk musicians now are, or should be aware of aspects of music that can help them to...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    The fiddlers / violinists with poor instruments, meaning the pegs have some problems with holding steady with friction. They resort to 'fine tuners' because they work!
    The people with 'nice violins'...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Yes, that slight angle that changes when the violin bridge is flattened is makes it hard to adapt for bowing. I understand the situation well as I flattened my bridges myself. That work probably...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Arrgh! Don't talk about flattening bridges. My blood pressure rises very quickly. I do 'custom' violin bridges for professional musicians and some shops here. There was a time when I tried that kind...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    The good news is that it is much harder to replace strings on a mandolin.

    Can I nudge the topic a bit?
    Classical players are fussier than folk players. Until the folk fiddlers/mandolin players...
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