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  1. Re: Mandolin is always a good way to end a video.

    Ah the magic of the internet. Leland has only 'been on my radar' lately and I've probably listened to his recordings since the beginning in 1971. He is a wonderful guy and I'm so glad folks are...
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    Re: Dennis Cahill has passed away - R.I.P.

    Dennis had such a calm and sensitive approach to music. It brought a whole new way of hearing rhythm and harmony, so different from the showy 'outward' approach.
    I'd love to find a recording of his...
  3. I think what he's calling an arched lute, is an...

    I think what he's calling an arched lute, is an oud of some kind. It's a pretty cool sound for shaping thoes notes!

    (I could do without the fake water sounds however.)

    Alon is indeed a great...
  4. Thread: Strap it up!

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    Re: Strap it up!

    The leather tab at one end attaches to the end pin but it can slip out of the slit in the leather.
    For a more secure set up, please attach another sturdy string at the leather end which can tie...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Noodling! Matt is noodling on the guitar at 9:43 :disbelief:
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    That piper is just an example at this point. No 'hard feelings' intended by me. At that time however was at a mandolin builders workshop and I'm sure someone here at Mandolin Cafe was the guy I had...
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    Re: Question on "tiers" of instruments

    This Mandolin Cafe is all about buying a mandolin. Most everyone here has purchased a mandolin because of the topic. So the classifieds are a very active market. (Just look at the response from your...
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    Re: Building a violin... easier?

    Does anyone make a 'good quality' instrument on their first or second try?

    What exactly what is missing is how a violin bridge works and how a bow works.

    Plectrum folks have no idea how...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    O.K. back to Irish Music.

    You can 'play along' in the privacy of your own home with these videos made by and Shannon and Matt Heaton. They play slowly and they really understand the process of...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    I remember a session in Madison Wisconsin where we had to suffer thru a whole evening of watching this piper dominating the sessiun, (he was the supposed leader of that sessiun). He played only...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    This topic I hope, has brought a lot of valuable information and clarification about Sessiuns and other gatherings of musicians in different fields. So if you have read this thread, you really are no...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Every genre has it's own challenges and Bluegrass is no exception.

    In Irish music the challenge is in memorizing a lot of tunes.

    How many Irish tunes can you hum the first phrase? Or the first...
  13. Enthusasiam for a very high end Octave Mandolin

    Ben Wilborn makes some very cool and creative guitars. The main feature is the sound hole is part of the upper bout. Now he's made an octave mandolin.

    It is similar to Brian Dean's Grand Concert...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    You might try D'Addario EFW74's. They have a brighter sound that carries a little better and you have the feel of flat wounds. I'm not sure they will 'cut it' in big sessiuns enough. But it is worth...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    ITM stands for Irish Traditional Music

    And the term Jamming is as Olaf said, but many think that it is a 'low skill level' contribution to group playing. One could call it 'noodling in the...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    It seems that there are a lot of easy and approachable acoustic folk musics. And that's the experience of most who make assumptions about ITM. The particular problem is that the sessiun is open,...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Jamming as I understand it, is different than attending a ITM sessiun.

    Jamming is the "low hanging fruit" or playing anything and calling it improv.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Olaf, is there anything else you'd like to say?

    BTW in (Irish Trad music), it is not called a JAM session. That's for rock and jazz groups.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    The 'noodlers' were sent to the lions as I remember.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Considering the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of people I've introduced the concept of politeness and rules at a pub, a bit of discouragement is the standard response. Most people afterwards have more...
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    Re: Changes to the Original Brekke Bridge

    All of these changes make sense. The new ones should function much like the old ones.
    I have one on my Collings mandola strung with Thomastik strings and there is not a hint of 'twang' in the...
  22. Re: Article: New Music - Telemann: Sonatas for Two Flutes, Op. 2

    Nice sounding mandolins! I wonder what they are using. Another great discovery of mandolin music.
    Thanks
  23. Re: Article: New Music - Giovanni Battista Gervasio - 6 Duets for

    Very nice music here and very good players!
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    To take this issue of cultural background a little further. My wife teaches violin and conducts a student orchestra for adults in a fancy music school. (As a folk musician, I'd look at the fees...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    I understood the term céilí as a social gathering too. And indeed the context of the local sessiun, the background musical and commercial culture has a large effect on social behavior.

    Let's not...
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