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  1. Re: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise for Tres Cubano

    Another different venture for you, Ondrej. Lovely chordal arrangement, but too short by far! Next one must be longer! Please!
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    You could also try playing the F (3rd fret, D string) with your first finger, then A at 7th fret, 3rd finger, C on A string 3rd fret with 1st finger, High F at 8th fret on A string with 4th finger,...
  3. Re: I keep studying mandolin with guitar: Following the clouds)

    Incredible skills shown on both guitar and mandolin.
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    Re: Handcrafted PeeWee tenor resonator

    Great job, Steve. It looks the business! By the way, my avatar has me nursing one of my own-build tenors.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    I just posted this one on the SAW group earlier and thought I would put it here too. It is Blair Douglas's lovely tribute to all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. I...
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    Re: Warm up song

    If that's you just warming up Jill, I want to hear you when you are fully charged! Lovely bit of playing there. ;)
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    Re: King Of The Fairies

    Ranald, thanks for the posting of Five Hand Reel. It brings back so many great memories of the old Cornkister songs of the north-east, epecially the opening one - McGinty's Meal an' Ale - "They were...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Inspiring work, Graham. Beautiful figuring in the timbers too.
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    Re: Name that wood

    I used ash on one of my early instruments, about 15 years ago, John. Back and sides with a spruce top. I played it regularly then sold it to someone who heard it being played and liked the sound. ...
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    Re: King Of The Fairies

    Well played and a fine sound from that mandolin.
  11. Thread: B7b9

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    Re: B7b9

    B7b9 and BMaj7b9 are two different chords, Tony. The 7th has a flattened 7th tone, so in B7 this would be A, whereas in BMaj7 it would be A# (as Journeybear has noted in his posting). In playing...
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    Re: A new baroque mandolin

    Another fine creation, Jo, and it sounds great too in the video clip. Those rosettes you create are always such lovely things. Is is tuned in 5ths, and what are the five courses?
  13. Thread: New OM

    by John Kelly
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    Re: New OM

    Wat a beautiful instrument, Peter. I love that asymmetrical profile adn your choice of timbers; also the very understated decoration and finish.
  14. Re: A colascione and a gittern completed recently

    Tqo more exotic creations, Jo. I am with John Hamlett in wondering where and how you got the relevant skills to produce those rather unusual instruments. As you point out, the research is there if...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I am with Bren on straps. I find that a strap frees my left hand from taking the weight of the mandolin which can happen easily when playing strapless, and this can have an effect on left hand...
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    Re: Dagger Gordon CDs

    I got the CD of you and Colin a long time back, Dagger - at a concert you did - and still enjoy listening to it.
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    Re: My latest oud

    You always set a high standard for you instruments, Jo. The thought of spectral analysis to help determine an instrument's shape is fascinating. I have seen experiments using fine sand on a...
  18. Thread: Books

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    Re: Books

    Bill, you say above "A good rule is to make a 7th (dominant or major) by raising the 5th, not by flatting the root". Would raising the 5th not produce a 6th?
    Take a C major triad with C-E-G as...
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    Re: 10 Estonian folk dances

    That hybrid picking style of yours is so distinctive, Toomas. I love the harmonies you create with your finger-picking technique.
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    Re: Go Bar question?

    It was the system I learned when attending the Stringed Instrument Class back in 2004 at Anniesland College here in Scotland, John. I have used it since and always find it easy to use and pretty...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    John, have a look at the Nashville Number System for chords - loads of good info if you just put "Nashville Numbers System" into your search engine. It will give you an insight into this very useful...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Fine playing and a great sound from that Duff, Amanda. I especially like Kentucky Waltz.
  23. Thread: Schottische

    by John Kelly
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    Re: Schottische

    In Scotland most of us would use the hard K sound, as Dave suggests above. Not sure about UK but certainly for Scotland. But there again we do not pronounce our "lochs" as "loCKs". We use the...
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    You are correct, Allen. The Great Highland Bagpipe does indeed sound in Bb, though pipers always name the nine notes as G, A, B, C# D E, F# G and A - in other words A mixolydian; the three drones,...
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    Re: What timber is this please ?

    A few years a go I was given some timber by a friend who is a very fine woodturner. He put it through his bandsaw and thicknesser to make back and side pieces for me. The timber is very similar to...
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