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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...
  2. 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....
  3. Thread: Micro Mixer

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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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    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...
  5. 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...
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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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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: 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...
  11. 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....
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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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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Maybe this well help those like me who sometimes need visual aids to understand this stuff. It's a graphic I found somewhere on the web that includes modes in a Circle of 5ths chart. It helped me...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    To add to the good advice above, here's a few more thoughts from someone who has played a 22" scale OM for a while. My hands are on the large side, but I'm getting up in years (68) so I don't have...
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    I've heard very good guitar backers use small bits of melody to connect chords, but it has to match the melody line everyone else is playing or it will be distracting. The main risk in that approach...
  16. Re: What's the big deal about changing strings?

    I have it down to about 20 minutes, taking it nice and easy. Once a month or a little sooner depending on when I might be playing out of the house at a gig or Irish session (no gigs these days).
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    As others mentioned, it would help to know what kind of piper you're dealing with. Some types might work okay in a learning session, others won't, and the skill of the piper is also a factor.

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    Re: LR Baggs Align Session Pedal

    With the disclaimer that I haven't tried this pedal myself, I'm always very cautious about use of compression in a live sound reinforcement system. If you absolutely know what you're doing with...
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    Depends on the context, I think.

    If you're mostly playing alone at home, then your tonal preference for Irish/Scottish trad might lean towards plenty of harmonics and a "sweet" tone (whatever...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    I've never liked the term intermediate because it's so nebulous. To my mind, it also describes being on the path to something better, and personally I am never going to be the next David Grisman.
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    It depends on the audience and the genre of music. Non-players in the genre of music I play -- Irish and Scottish trad -- don't give a fig about what your mandolin looks like.

    More importantly,...
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    Re: Eastman OM - a one-month review

    That's a nice use of sustain and partial chords on that OM. That's what they're made for when playing melody, in my opinion. The slower tunes where you can really work the sustain of the longer scale...
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    Re: Capo for an octave

    I use a D'Addario Planet Waves NS (I think they call it the "Pro Capo" now?) on my octave. I also use it on my acoustic guitars, so there is a little overhang on the OM's narrower neck but it doesn't...
  24. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Practice yes, and also just listening. Hours and hours of listening to get your head wrapped around that kind of musical presentation. People like me raised on Rock and Blues before getting into...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Nah, don't be. As Don mentioned above, finishes vary. One reason I stripped the neck of my mandolin is that I realized it was never going to show any natural wear and less "grabby" feel, due to a...
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