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    Re: Ebay: unusual shape mandolin

    Sorry you didn't get to try a good one.



    It's not a wall hanging per se as there are playable versions available - it is a particular type of 'ukulele that has a wooden soundboard and all the...
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    Re: Tips for repairing bowlback cracks?

    A hurdy gurdy maker I know uses Superglue to close cracks on mandolin backs...but never on the soundboard!
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    Re: Ebay: listed as lute or mandolin

    I'd bet it is a wallhanger, or a prop from some theater - it doesn't seem to be playable.
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    Re: Intonation woes

    Yup..and very likely indeed. I saw way too many instruments (even from factories) set up with not-quite right nut slot heights. It messes up all the other tuning adjustments so no matter what you do...
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    Re: Fender medium-gauge guitar pick

    It's not just the thickness of the pick, it's also the stiffness of the material. I use .73mm picks on mandolin, but they are made of Ultex or Ultem, a very stiff material that wears very well.
  6. Re: Another unmarked bowlback from the "attic"

    Yes, there are special cases for bowlbacks, ranging from leather, canvas, fiberboard, wood, fiberglass, etc.

    It sort of depends on what's available and fits, how much protection you need, and how...
  7. Thread: B7b9

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    Re: B7b9

    Only if you leave out the G!
  8. Thread: B7b9

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    Re: B7b9

    Also known as a half-diminished chord...although a few folks make the argument that they are derived differently and thus are not the "same" chord.
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  9. Thread: B7b9

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    Re: B7b9

    Using the dim 7 chord a half-step above the root is a standard jazz player formula for the 7b9 chord.
  10. Re: Is this a chord? first fret, D AND A, then G&E on 3rd fret?

    Allen's right - it's the shape that matters.

    If one can imagine that one's first finger as the "capo" one can see that certain chord shapes are universal on the mandolin.

    Just a thought about...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    195949
    at a recent jazz jam before the variant...no strap ever sitting or standing!

    I've never used a strap on a mandolin except to sling it around at Renn faires.
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    Re: Italian Mandolin music being forgotten ???

    In a way, Italian music in America can be any folkloric Italian regional style, ballo liscio, Neapolitan songs, pop music by Italian-American singers, Italian and other movie music, and so on!
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    Re: Tabs for Kalinka?

    I don't have TABS for any russian music....I really suggest learning to read staff notation as it would open up a world of written music for you.
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    Re: My First Bowl oud/Lute

    https://www.wcmt.org.uk/sites/default/files/report-documents/Hill%20J%20Report%202016%20Final.pdf

    http://theguitar-blog.com/?p=1551

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/435934438916523932/
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  15. Thread: My latest oud

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    Re: My latest oud

    The first course is often triple...not all of them!
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    Re: My latest oud

    That is one of the alternate tunings; I use that for certain maqamat; also DGADGC.

    Top strings stay at ADGC; another tuning I've used is BEADGC, all 4ths.

    It all depends on the piece of music...
  17. Thread: My latest oud

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    Re: My latest oud

    Oud tunings vary by national style and such. The most common tunings are, low to high :

    Arabic: CFADGC

    Turkish: actual pitch (Turkish music is often written transposed) C# F# B E A D

    The...
  18. Thread: My latest oud

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    Re: My latest oud

    That looks quite lovely and I like the shape.
  19. Re: Drop Box is now available for Italian 'ballo liscio' sheet mu

    Maybe just post the links to all the Dropbox folders on the other thread?
  20. Re: Interesting Sound Hole Decoration- Bowlback

    There's also something about that pickguard that reminds me of a few of the more graphic Greek mandolin pickguard decorations I've seen.
  21. Re: Were Regal Octofones the first mass-produced octave mandolins

    And there was also the 5 course liuto cantabile:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liuto_cantabile

    'tuned CC-GG-dd-aa-e'e'."

    Includes the octave mandolin AND mandocello ranges.
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  22. Re: "banjo-mandolin" and "nice sounding": an oxymoron?

    An interesting option is a cumbus banjo mandolin. They have a strange resonance with their spun aluminum closed back and are full sounding but not so piercing as typical banjo mandolin family...
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    Re: The latest in plectrum technology.....

    Not for me!
  24. More wonderful music from the Israeli mandolin...

    More wonderful music from the Israeli mandolin masters!
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    Re: Milanese / Lombardic mandolin

    It's just another form of Italian mandolin - a sort of miniature lute holdover, related to the smaller size lutes of ages past; thus the guitar connection - six single courses - looks obvious, but...
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