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  1. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Thanks Eoin:

    When I first got interested in fiddle a long time ago in Glasgow (Scotland), the pub sessions were predominantly Irish, because the large Irish community there had kept their music...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks All for your suggestions - that gives me a great deal to listen to! And for the comment - as a Caribbean taxi driver once said to me - "some folks they are wise, and some folks they are...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    J S Bach was reputed to have invited his homies over for musical shootouts, where one would propose a theme and a chosen victim would improvise on it. Given that improvising was expected of many...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    I think there's one great reason for using standard tuning for Celtic music IF you want to play the tunes, and that's that it's the standard fiddle tuning, so a lot of tunes are writ for it. Us...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Seems to me that EC can be as creative as (almost) anyone IF he has someone pushing him hard and challenging him to come up with something as good as they're playing - with Jack Bruce and Ginger...
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    Thanks for that - part of it seemed to be that he reckoned certain grips used less energy, which is useful.
  7. Thread: Cornish Tunes?

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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    I'm interested in Cornish music, as I now spend about half my time in Falmouth. It's interesting that many (but not all) of the Cornish idiom tunes in online sources are relatively recent, and that...
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    Re: Changing strings to help fingertips

    I tried ClimbOn on recommendations above, after years of cracked skin and splits round my thumbnails . Alcohol based hand sanitizer is making that worse for me at the moment, and peeling satsumas...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    I guess that might correspond to the internal volume difference beween a 4 string violin and a viola with a larger body and low C string frequencies to deal with. I have a 5 string C G D A E 16" body...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks Tom, very nice - OT, and a question perhaps for discussion elsewhere, but my experience of extended range instruments like 5 string fiddles, cellos and violas, is that often they're great as...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Without having analysed it to any great extent, journeybear, I'd say that at least some of the electric mandolin tracks above sound like electric guitar because the musicians are playing the same...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks for all those suggestions guys, that's given me a lot to listen to. After a quick scan through some clips, I understand the comments about many excellent mandolin players going into guitar...
  13. Thread: Transposing Notes

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    Re: Transposing Notes

    This may be cheating, but if this happens a lot...take a mandolin to the jam that's tuned down a full step F C G D low to high, then play the same fingerings as you regularly do? Some Scottish...
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    Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    'Scuse my ignorance, but can someone advise who I might listen to for interesting electric mandolin playing? I'm talking about electric as in 'electric guitar', rather than 'amplified'. I had a...
  15. Re: Stiff right elbow after much tremelo - what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for all that, guys. I could feel my right arm aching slightly at the time, but only when I straightened it out between tunes. I'm pretty certain this is just a muscle or two that's not used to...
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    Re: Cumberland bridge on Loar LM500 ?

    Violin repairers appear to be able to find that coal black ebony, Oldblues - but it does cost s, even they are offering alternatives, and who knows, maybe now we have black dye that doesn't wear...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    Provided none of them vary their Celtic music performances with a tin whistle...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    To do Verdi justice, I think it was the Berlioz one everybody called Tedium :)
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    Re: Cumberland bridge on Loar LM500 ?

    In my experience, instruments (bowed or plucked) made to the same design out of similar wood can exhibit a very wide range of quality and style of tone. What appear to be small details like the...
  20. Stiff right elbow after much tremelo - what am I doing wrong?

    A bunch of us had a little alfresco playing session in UK the other day - about 2 hours playing French, English and Irish folk tunes with short breaks. I attempted a lot of tremelo on these tunes,...
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    Re: Cumberland bridge on Loar LM500 ?

    I just had one a Cumberland bridge fitted to my Eastman 305. It made an appreciable improvement to quality and evenness of tone and playability, so it was well worth it. I wouldn't say it upped the...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    Well, that's the story us fiddlers have been putting about for a while, looks like it's still working OK :) It's not really true though. Playing at medium volume is easiest on the average violin,...
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    Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge on Eastman 305

    Mine is standard height, I guess if you measure your OE one, Cumberland would advise which model fits best. The base is standard format, although the arch between the feet is quite small on mine once...
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    Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge on Eastman 305

    A guitar and mandolin builder called Cas Davey who lives in Redruth, Cornwall UK did the work. He said it's not uncommon for OE mandolin bridges to sink into the finish a bit, which can complicate...
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    Re: Help! Drowned out by fiddles!

    Fiddles in unison also sounds great in Scottish / Shetland / Cape Breton style music, particularly with tunes in A and E. Seems like it leads to some kind of whole band resonance going on.
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