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  1. Thread: Fern?

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    Re: Fern?

    Also, I guess (e.g) a Weber Fern has both the fern inlay and is saying that it's built on the same principles?
  2. Thread: Fern?

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    Re: Fern?

    It means we'll have Fern Fern Fern til her daddy takes her T-bird away!
  3. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    Back when I busked with a friend, he was adamant that you should always stand and look engaged with what you're doing.
    His reasoning was that if you can't be bothered to stand why should anyone even...
  4. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Interesting, Max.
    I played in a couple of sessions in Ireland in 2019 and in each, someone asked if I played in a dance band.
    I didn't realise it was that obvious and I was wondering if they...
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    Re: Blue Chip pick for oval hole mandolin

    I find I prefer different picks on different days , whether it's because of atmospheric conditions or string condition, or what, I don't know.

    Usually between Primetone triangle. 1.5 and Wegen...
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    Re: Best budget mandolin UK

    Sounds like a good start Jillity.

    Do let us know how you get on.
  7. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Many pickers find they can pick jigs DUDUDU and good luck to them.

    It was a struggle at first, but I found that DUD DUD helped me play a more convincing jig rhythm, especially when playing solo...
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    Re: Fingering a G chord walk

    I have dumb fingers but I tend to switch 1st and 3rd fingers in that change/descending run.

    Or just leave the e string open and damp it or let it ring as feels right.
  9. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    Looks like it's for quarter tones common in music from or related to Middle Eastern, North African, Flamenco, Indian subcontinent etc.

    I've worked in India, Bangladesh, Syria, Egypt, Israel, UAE...
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    Re: Martin with extra sound hole!

    Possibly someone who played in pub trad sessions mostly, which can get pretty noisy, and wanted to hear themselves.
  11. Re: total noob but wanted real people's info on what to start wit

    Rory Gallagher played "Going to my Hometown" on one like that, too:
    https://youtu.be/zYYbK2sDaJ4
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    Re: Are travel mandolins worth it?

    I was about to say something like Dagger said.

    My "travel mandolin" is full-size and has also been my main instrument for years.
    For better or worse, at least I'm confident of the sound it makes...
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    There are people in UK and EU that would bite your hand off for those Eastmans if they could get them at a price that would compensate for extra costs of freight, duty, handling and VAT. (typically...
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    Sorry , can't do the Guinness Jill, but here's a couple of lip-lickers from our last trip to Ireland.
    Murphy and Beamish, just like it says on the glasses and tasted every bit as good as they...
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    Re: [off topic?] Fair demo musician cost?

    A fair price is whatever you agree on.

    Or you could pay for a download of iRealPro.
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    Re: NVNVNVNV - reasons?

    I'm accustomed to tapping or stamping my foot on the downbeat so it feels natural to pick down on the first beat of a measure.
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    Maybe in this order:

    Inviting some friends round for a backyard/garden session.

    Getting back to local pub sessions.

    Seeing how my newish Eastman 815pge works in a ceilidh band setting when...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Back in 1979 I busked with a guitarist who used a nylon string guitar tuned down two or three steps.

    He was normally a strat-playing Hendrix fan in bands but reckoned that the slack-tuned acoustic...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    It's really annoying. I asked for a detailed receipt and they simply refused!

    I do know that Post Office also added 8 handling charge to the last ToneGard I bought direct from Tony, on top of VAT...
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    Re: Beginner mandolin U.K - Ozark vs The Loar

    That is also an issue.

    UPS (or any shipping company) could not only charge you the duty (if applicable) and VAT, but also cost + handling fee + VAT on the extra handling and clearance costs. There...
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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    I always asked before approaching any instruments.
    Sometimes the staff would ask you which one you wanted to try, and get it down for you, sometimes they would just wave you on and say, in effect,...
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    Re: What 7th Chords Go with What Major Keys?

    Yes, the 5 chord 7th is the Dominant 7th, and that works for most folk & country songs.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominant_seventh_chord

    Then it just gets (a little) more complicated but...
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    Re: Mandolin In Elvis Songs?

    Scotty Moore plays a mandolin like tremolo on electric guitar on "Surrender" which is also taken from a Neapolitan song, "Torna a Surriento" in this case.

    You'll find some mandolin versions of...
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    Re: Beginner mandolin U.K - Ozark vs The Loar

    I have bought from both Eagle and Thomann.

    Eagle, based in Huddersfield , service is excellent - the staff are players and you can tell they know their stuff.
    They have the best range of budget...
  25. Re: Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    I assume it's adjustable to any microtone known to humankind, and a few unknown to any kind.
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