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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Yes - but I suspect 'twas ever thus'? There's a recording out there called 'Stephen Baldwin - English Village Fiddler' which may however display the opposite. The disk has English dance and other...
  2. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Yeah, but what we need is a metal version of Quay Fair, with Mongolian throat singing - think late Saturday night at the Front bar (Falmouth) :)
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    Re: Really good tremelo exercises?

    Yeah, well, I guess I found out why :)
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    I'd suggest everyone tuning at the start as if it's an automatic part of every session (if only...), and of course, tune to whoever can't tune their intrument, which will often be a squeezebox of...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks All for your suggestions - that gives me a great deal to listen to! And for the comment - as a Caribbean taxi driver once said to me - "some folks they are wise, and some folks they are...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    J S Bach was reputed to have invited his homies over for musical shootouts, where one would propose a theme and a chosen victim would improvise on it. Given that improvising was expected of many...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Seems to me that EC can be as creative as (almost) anyone IF he has someone pushing him hard and challenging him to come up with something as good as they're playing - with Jack Bruce and Ginger...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Without having analysed it to any great extent, journeybear, I'd say that at least some of the electric mandolin tracks above sound like electric guitar because the musicians are playing the same...
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    Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    'Scuse my ignorance, but can someone advise who I might listen to for interesting electric mandolin playing? I'm talking about electric as in 'electric guitar', rather than 'amplified'. I had a...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    To do Verdi justice, I think it was the Berlioz one everybody called Tedium :)
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    Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge on Eastman 305

    A guitar and mandolin builder called Cas Davey who lives in Redruth, Cornwall UK did the work. He said it's not uncommon for OE mandolin bridges to sink into the finish a bit, which can complicate...
  12. Thread: Losing Your Place

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    Re: Losing Your Place

    Once you've learned the tune, Sherry, and played it a bunch with other people, you'll sometime get to the stage where you're so relaxed with it that you start thinking about other things while you...
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    Dave Swarbrick, fiddler. In 60's and early 70s Glasgow (Scotland), the best known fiddlers overall (not just among musicians) were probably Aly Bain (Boys of the Lough), a Shetlander who played in a...
  14. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    'Kick Out The Jams' by MC5 - just what you need at 17, if you don't drive off the road. Music might indeed change things to some extent.

    'Directly from my Heart to You' - Sugar Cane Harris,...
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    Really good tremelo exercises?

    OK, tremelo practice-

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    Pick Noise, pointy vs rounded, etc.

    There's lots of discussion about pick noise here, most seem to dislike it. However is there only one aspect to 'pick noise'? I find some picks give a flat papery click, and I don't like that much....
  17. Thread: Losing Your Place

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    Re: Losing Your Place

    I'd suggest that, despite the many advantages that come from reading the dots, trying the imagine the score of a tune in your head is probably a more difficult and longer process than learning music...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Not generally, but a long time ago I had a cheap Russian mandolin called Ivan - and yes, it was indeed terrible. Few instruments out-terrible a terrible mandolin from the player's point of view
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    IMO, it's very hard to put a formal definition on this. As a onetime music booking agent, I'd say a professional musician is one who has the skills required to make a living from music, not...
  20. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    Sound like what I need - bought. I'll let you know how I get on in a while, Jesper!
  21. Thread: Tremolo shoulder

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    Re: Tremolo shoulder

    I found I was unconsciously clamping the neck with my left hand whenever my right hand got busy, and it really didn't help.
  22. Re: 1903 postacard showing how to not play a mandolin

    "Just tell me once again that I say 'aboot'!"
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    Re: How high do you go

    Maybe he was in Spinal Tap, playing his electric guitar with a mandolin?
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Some credit for the quality of Mr Walsh's recording may also go to the quality of his recording setup and the long experience of the ears 'producing' it. Having said that, Joe may now post that he...
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    Yes indeed, Jerry was just your average downhome cosmic bluegrass playing bib overall cosmic hippie, and a fine musician - now THERE'S a man to dance with racoons like he means it. Hang on, we have...
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