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    Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    This is something I hope to point out, that we really strive to diminish the 'boundary' between: 'scale exercise' and 'music': The whole time we practice 'scales' we are thinking 'music;' devising...
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    Re: Good Tone - How long does it actually take?

    I came up through classical pedagogy - wherein working on tone production is primary and foremost pursuit in everything we do with the instrument. In classical pedagogy, learning to play begins with...
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    Re: Mandolin to Violin

    I've left the mandolin entirely for fiddle. The determining factors (why I play anything) are musical: I no longer play mandolin-'type' music. I used to play with some bluegrass friends, but no...
  4. Re: Dio Dinos Electric Greek Bouzouki looking for information

    Dinos is a reputable maker of good quality instruments. I'm sure if you dig around (google?) you'll find lots of mention on the Greek bouzouki forums. I had one years ago - it was very good...
  5. Re: Could a 12-string be repurposed as an octave mandolin?

    If you want more of a small-body sound, rather than a big guitar sound, get an Ovation 12-str for the conversion - which lacks the big bottom end of a full-bodied guitar and provides the thinner...
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    This is that "second mandolin" level that many advocate to skip, and go for the next level ~$1500 and up.
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    I was dusting around my music room last PM and picked up a mndln I have laying around. I noticed that fretting two courses on the mndln with the fingertip felt very much the same as executing the...
  8. Re: Sad, Melancholic, Forlorn Mandolin Tunes/Songs

    Much of sevdah, klezmer, gypsy, etc is feeling melancholy or 'sad.' This constitutes half of my (accordion) repertoire. I generally dislike 'happy' music on accordion (or for that matter, mandolin).
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    Of course it (the 'mirror imaging' of [bass] gtr and mndln 'chords') is precisely consistent throughout the entire fingerboard. Intervallic series are just that - no matter the instrument

    There...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    Ya, many tunings for oud - kinda lke OT banjo or hardanger fiddle. Tha one is just one of the most common (Arabic)
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    The finger tip is used when adjacent strings must ring free. Otherwise, a bent tip can be used.

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    De rigeuer technique for classical playing. But I also use it on steel-string...
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    Probably, many people will not find the cost of a high-grade instrument "justifiable" in terms of their playing. However...a high-grade instrument does what an inferior instrument will not; the...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    Not so; it's a very common practice in guitar playing. And on 2"+ width classical/flamenco fingerboards to boot (this is why classical/flamenco fingerboards are so wide - to facilitate these types...
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    Re: The joys of autocorrect

    D'oh!

    https://reverb.com/item/59561693-big-wooden-hard-47-x-27-x-30

    *Btw, that was posted 3 hrs ago - not by me. (not like I have that in my bag for just such occasions as this)
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    I think "picking/pickin" is a slang term commonly deployed among "old-time" and bluegrass "pickers." Fiddle tunes just happen to be a highly prevalent form in the idiom.

    See:...
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    Re: Music from Central France

    Fwiw, there's a style (set-up) of accordion, associated with Viseur known as "accordeon mixte" - diatonic EGB with stradella bass, IIRC - that preceded the proliferation of chromatic button...
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    Re: Music from Central France

    Ran across this, from the South. Albeit, jazzier



    https://youtu.be/OOoa18V8KJg
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    Re: Music from Central France

    I dig it. I had a gurdy for a while. I play winds and stuff also good for tunes. I fell into the accordeon diatonique which makes me lazy. I like to hear oud on the tunes too. Medieval!
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    I should say instead of sounding smug - of course there are pros and folks who play genre, I'm just going by craigslist outreach. There's just not much Latin influence in MT
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    Since covid I've made no attempt to collect with others. I'd take an "All-In-One Portable 40 Watt PA System with Bluetooth Connectivity, Battery Operation and Transport Handle..." for backing...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    I had a nascent MAS when I first hit ebay and acquired some Flatiron, Mid Missouri and Peterson instruments. But I quickly acquired a mndln/violin double case, which spawned more fiddle playing -...
  22. Re: Anyone tried this mandolin-friendly guitar tuning?

    I got hooked on nonstandard tunings with LZIII. I've slipped in and out of a bunch of them with infatuations with Jansch, Fahey, Hedges... I'm using about 5 different ones so far on Hardanger...
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    Re: Help with my MAS!

    Since you asked for help -
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    Re: I Just Bought A Violin

    FYI, hardanger fiddle fingerboards typically have very little radius, or none at all, as well as corresponding flattened bridges - as multi-string playing is a standard technique in the idiom. The...
  25. Re: Music Therapy - Sharing Music In An Assisted Living Facility

    For anyone looking for more information, or perhaps to enhance understanding of cognitive effects and processes in dementia, this article presents a good overview.
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