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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...
  3. 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...
  5. Thread: Micro Mixer

    by foldedpath
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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...
  7. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    I don't know how the Windows 10 Photo app works, but a standard video editor like Adobe Premier Elements will show the camera-recorded audio as a waveform below the video rendering area. You can then...
  18. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    For most of us, whether or not to use a closed system like FFCP will depend on the genre of music you're playing, and whether you're playing melodies or backup for other instruments or singing.

    I...
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    If you plan to do enough video to justify a paid editor, I can recommend Adobe Premier Elements 2021. I think it's around $60-$80 depending on where you buy it. Unlike the main Adobe programs it's a...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    The original design had the cord molded into the mic body. The current design has a detachable cord, so you could carry a spare if you were worried about it. I think the reason the cords are so thin...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I've used the DPA 4099 system clip-on mics for years and it's worked very well. I have several for use on my mandolin, my OM, a guitar partner's acoustic guitar and another partner's fiddle. Great...
  22. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    That's my philosophy also, but then I'm a strictly instrumental player on OM and not accompanying vocals where capos are sometimes needed for a singer's preferred key.

    Some of the OM's growl and...
  23. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    Back when I had a performing duo playing mandolin backed by a very good guitar player, we tried to incorporate my OM for a few tunes just for variety. It didn't work; there was just too much overlap....
  24. Thread: O.M.'s

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    Re: O.M.'s

    The only penance you must do now is learn the proper term for the unique sound of an OM as used here on the Cafe, and that's "chorrnng."

    Actually I'm not sure I spelled that right, is it one or...
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    Re: reverse music identification

    There is an online web site and phone app called TunePal designed to identify "traditional Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton, American marching band and Canadian tunes."

    It won't work with full...
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