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  1. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Of course, I might be comprehensive but wrong :)
  2. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Using YouTube's slowdown facility to 50% of actual speed, (click the gearwheel there for Settings, guys), it looks to me like you're mostly doing alternative picking Dagger, with glide strokes across...
  3. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Looking at a bunch of the above posts, it strikes me that quite a lot of players here seem to go with whatever mechanics are easiest to play and make musical sense. To me, playing DD anywhere other...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin Raffle

    I used to play an English ceilidh every year for an association called something like the South London Confectioner's Association. One year they suggested members bring the raffle prizes. They all...
  5. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    At least mandolinists don't have a trade off between bodily health vs fashion expenditure to deal with. I played fiddle for years in Scottish dance bands, sitting between kilted accordionists playing...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    ....oh, and learning cello rather than bass means you don't have to adopt Jazz facial hair and appropriate headgear. Some would say that being in possession of a double bass renders you Jazz without...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber Mandolin Raffle

    I buy two UK based Euromillions lottery tickets every week. It's true that it doesn't matter what numbers you pick if there's only one prize. But if there are multiple winner levels and you win more...
  8. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    If you find one for sale, do play it first - the sound's kinda cool, but personally, I don't like the feel at all. It's not so much the 'dead' feeling that you also get with some solid electric...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Several other final points, Cornelius :) - Check the price of good cello strings like Helicore, Evah Pirazzi, etc. They're expensive, and they make a big difference, but should last a very long time....
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    Re: Got me an Eastman MD315...

    Keep playing it, mondoslug, these things seem to take a while to open up! I've had a 305 (which is basically the same thing without the curly bits) for maybe 9-10 weeks now and it's still getting...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    One minor point - a cello in a hard case won't go in the trunk of most medium and small cars. If you have a wagon, a truck or a van, you're great.
  12. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    F'rinstance Jacques Loussier (RIP)?
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Not only that - but when you hear a cello playing a fiddle tune well, that cellist is playing at a higher level than an equivalent fiddler. Cello is one ocatve below a viola, rather than one octave...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Eastman MDO 305 UK:

    Richards Guitars 'in stock' £780 -...
  15. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    Standing up can stop the bass player drooling on your head in the hard tunes.
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    I learned cello as a adult. It was fun, but in the end I found it wasn't right for me. The reason is that few people want you to play tunes on cello (even though I played a 5 string with a top E so I...
  17. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Indeed - that's so awkward on fiddle that I can't think why you'd ever do that other than as a bowing exercise, and then you'd want to find a practical use for it. Sometimes, though. a fiddler will...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Thanks for all this guys, this is really interesting. A question - do ornaments in Irish music on mandolin tend to be 'all picked' more than in say triplets in bluegrass? The reason I ask is that if...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    It seems like there's a conflict in mandolin design between having enough frets to play the music you want and and being able to pick the strings in the best sounding place. How many frets do most...
  20. Re: which is better mass produced mando...Loar or Eastman

    I suspect thick finish kills tone. This is OT, but years ago my boy bought a cheapish Epiphone 'Zakk Wylde' Les Paul style guitar. The guitar top was 'painted' a fetching shade of moss green with...
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    Re: Violin gear tuning machines?

    I had a set of Pegheds on a 5 string cello I had made about 10 years ago, and I now have a set of Witttner geared pegs on a plain gut strung Baroque setup fiddle. I don't know if Pegheds still have...
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    I mentioned to a more experienced mando player that fretting it feels harder than guitar and he said "me too, that's because it is". He reckons the combination of shorter distance between the frets...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 Bridge

    That's great. I could fit my Cumberland bridge myself, but I'm not that far away from TAMCo in Brighton UK. Their tech works on the handmade US made mandolins they sell, so my lowly Eastman should be...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    The seller's listed as in Ukraine on Ebay.co.uk, more hand painted mandos and balalaikas, even one (so far) unpainted mandolin, and lots of objects d'art and paintings of Soviet worthies - Marx,...
  25. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    What they said. I'm a mandolin beginner, but I find a strap means you can sit and play and just stand up and keep playing. I find a Tone-Gard means it sounds the sme to me whichever I'm doing, there...
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