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  1. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    With ITM and other Celtic musics, the style of mandolin doesn't matter, but I will say that sustain and volume really are something you should be looking for. Some of the newer "celtic" mandolins are...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I have have few points to make about Cape Breton traditional music. I have roots in and spent a great deal of time in Cape Breton, and am the grandson of a Cape Breton fiddler. I play tunes in the...
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    I won't buy a mandolin without a truss rod anymore... and then only if it's a functioning truss rod... which takes some inspecting to ascertain.

    In my mind a well-functioning truss rod is...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    Thile's progressive work is something I want to like more than I do. I tend to blame my ear, though, for not being educated enough to follow where he's trying to take me.

    In a master class he did...
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    A "celtic" mandolin is just a marketing term, so I don't think there is such a thing as a "genuine" celtic mandolin - as an instrument mandolin is a relative newcomer to trad music (20th century) and...
  6. Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile: Tiny Desk

    Aoife O'Donovan joins in at 12:50

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yiQbeB7Bk8


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yiQbeB7Bk8
  7. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on that one. I have heard way too many mandolin and banjo players utterly massacre slow airs by using tremolo. I'm willing to be...
  8. Thread: Pig Jicking?

    by JeffD
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    It depends. I have a resonator mandolin, that has sustain for days. I find it really cool to pick a note hard and do different ornaments through hammer on or pull offs on the ringing string. It is...
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    Re: Just tuning. Will it make things better?

    The frets are laid out to a tempered tuning. The fretboard would have to be built to a just tuning. Then you would face the problem that lead away from just tuning centuries ago. Some keys would...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    The problem, Jeff, with so much stereotyping is that it is ethnocentric.

    The model "complete musician" implies that musical traditions and cultural forms that are oral/aural and eschew notation...
  11. Thread: Mandolin Banjo?

    by JeffD
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Oh my goodness. Banjolins. I have played a few.


    * Are they much louder and/or more cutting than a decent bluegrass mandolin?

    Yes. Very much so. With great power comes great responsibility....
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Depends on what genre of music you play on the mandolin as well - not all of us play Bluegrass, so a "must know" tune in that world wouldn't be the same for folks who play irish trad music (like...
  13. Paddy Keenan. Se Mo Laoch, TG4. Essential viewing!

    The legendary piper from The Bothy Band talks about his life.
    Lots of great music.

    ...
  14. Thread: technique

    by OldSausage
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    Re: technique

    This is a fight with a straw man. The virtuoso said that technique comes before expression, he didn't say technique guarantees expression.
  15. Thread: technique

    by Bill McCall
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    Re: technique

    You can never have too much technique. You can easily be short of good taste.
  16. Thread: Tuning up

    by Zach Wilson
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    Re: Tuning up

    Just use a Capo. It's a tool that is available to you.

    The BG police will get over it.
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    Comments like increase demand, whether intentional or not.
  18. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    We are all divided on this.
    Personally, I like the scroll because it uses misplaced stylistic elements to mock the violin, which I was forced to learn to play in my youth and have hated ever since....
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    Here's a tune I wrote quite recently, played during a break from the lambing.


    https://www.facebook.com/daggergordon/videos/221862302252890/?t=0
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    Re: The virus, the economy, mandolins and you

    To Troy and Em Tee's mom and all the health care workers you're in my prayers. You and all the other essential people out there still working...grocery store, pharmacy, delivery, etc you are the...
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    Re: Compressor?

    For the uninitiated, there are many types of compression, and many outcomes. Some are very useful and musically pleasing. Some, not so much.
  22. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    One opinion is to buy an instrument better than you are and that removes one of the variables from the equation, it's definitely you that needs to improve.
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    Re: Beginner Celtic mandolin

    As a longtime player of Irish Traditional music my advice would be buy the best mandolin you can afford, regardless of shape, regardless as to whether it is oval hole or has f-holes, regardless as to...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    You can always find a reason to not do something if you're so inclined. Just putting that out there.

    I think the idea of talent (as opposed to dogged determination) strikes at our concept of...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The reason is simple: The blues tend to get played in the keys of A and E simply because these are easy keys for the guitar, and they offer many open strings and low-position hand placements. Lots...
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