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    Re: old timey challenge

    Jazzy version of a fiddle tune. Is this sort of what you had in mind?

    D.H.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-875085466/jaybird
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    Re: Where to play melody on fret board

    I'm working on a fiddle tune where the B part is in a higher register. A high b (1st string, 7th fret) is a key melody note. I often get my little finger in the wrong place playing out of 1st...
  3. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Oh, I didn't mean to say that I play only melody on one and only chords on the other, just that if I sit down with an instrument and play without thinking much, this is what comes out.

    D.H.
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    Re: The pulse of a tune

    I like to play melodies with swing, as in a hornpipe, which I find hard to do at a faster tempo. But I think I usually hit beat 1 too hard (just trying to make the metronome proud of me, I guess).
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  5. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Melody (mando) vs. chords (guitar).

    D.H.
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks for the link - I've listened to early Steeleye a lot, but haven't kept up with them or their exes lately. This was very interesting in the instrumentation and arrangements. Although I do...
  7. Re: URGENT: Found stolen Pegasus case - Goshen, IN

    Goshen College has a nice concert hall, which often features acoustic music - we saw Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch there. I don't think there were any concerts of that type in the past few...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    A nice old mando that will get more respect than it's seen for a while, I'd guess. That case is one of the least sanitary bits of music equipment I've ever seen.

    D.H.
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Interesting thread! I'll have to go through and read it all.

    Tommy Jarrell, of Toast, NC, playing and singing (no video on this - singing starts about 1:15, hiccups near the end):

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  10. Re: Two hornpipes: Pat Galvin's and Cuckoo's Nest

    Jill-

    Thanks for the Frank McCollum attribution - I found "Galvin's" in Padraig Carroll's book with no description. I would have used the term "Irish" but, as I understand it, Cuckoo's Nest is...
  11. Re: Two hornpipes: Pat Galvin's and Cuckoo's Nest

    Thanks to all for listening, and for bringing this old thread back from the depths. We just got back from Merlefest or I would have responded sooner. (There were lots of great mando pickers on...
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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    Sounds familiar - I worked on lap steel for a few months.

    D.H.
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    Re: Trigger Finger (s)

    I have the reverse of trigger finger. My left index won't bend all the way to the palm unless I play for a few minutes. (The ring finger on that hand never goes all the way to the palm since I...
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    Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    My interest was very casual - just appreciating the endorphin release from looking at a nice old mandolin, increased by noticing a discrepancy.

    I'm #3 for not undertaking the task, but thanks to...
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    Re: When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    Thanks, I thought that was a peculiar combination. My interest was casual, didn't get close enough to read any #s. (The same guy, Vernon McIntyre, also had some nice Martin 12-fret guitars that...
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    When did Gibson stop using Handel tuners?

    I saw an F4 for sale the other day, which was described as a 1925. Did Gibson use Handel tuners that late? Did they use other tuners with inlaid buttons?

    It also had the truss rod cover that...
  17. Thread: Gospel Plow

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    Gospel Plow

    Traditional gospel tune with vocal, mandolin, guitar.

    This started with inspiration from the Nashville Bluegrass Band version, but veered off in a different direction.
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    Re: Needle of Death

    There is a book of Bert Jansch guitar transcriptions, including this song. It has melodies (standard notation) and chords.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bert-Transcribed-Jansch-Songbook/dp/178558555X
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  19. Re: Looking at your hands while playing -- opinions?

    If I'm singing, or playing backup in an "easy" key (e.g. G, C, D) I don't look, but playing a solo or jumping several frets, I have to keep an eye on the frets. (Sometimes they move around on you if...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    A Dylan tune - backed by my wife on guitar, her first time on the other side of the mic.

    D.H.


    https://www.facebook.com/thefirehousenm/videos/1379043349241432/
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    Re: I went and did it!

    Congratulations. My wife jumped from a concert uke to guitar (Taylor Baby in her case), and I don't think she's going back. It did take her a while before she could mash down all those great big,...
  22. Re: Two hornpipes: Pat Galvin's and Cuckoo's Nest

    Thanks for listening. These tunes seemed easier to play on guitar than mandolin, which is not usually the case.

    D.H.
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I generally keep them in the cases, and try to keep them in good shape, but my internal oaf often undermines that intention.

    D.H.
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    Re: NMD Gibson A-1 from 1912!

    Looks great!

    1916 A owner here:

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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Always - there are too many constraints on your hand/arm movement, both L and R, without a strap. The strap stays on even in the case. (One strap has strips of leather sewn on as pick holders,...
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