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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    For me, it's 'all or nothing at all'. I'll just have to settle for all in pictures. They are 'tops' on my list however. ~o)

    I'm sure these will find a good home.
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    I'll take one of each Nigel.
    It is so nice to see instruments not covered with awful colors and tints.

    Your website is amazing.
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    Re: My latest oud, completed today :)

    The pegs, probably violin pegs from a supplier, seem to have chalk or some white stuff on them. Also the darker wood on the top, does it affect the sound?
  4. Bach's Goldbeg Variations MandoCello and Cello

    Here is a 'great find' from youtube. Mike Marshall's arrangement, with Dave Eggar on cello & Peter Sachon on mandocello.

    The performance makes good background music for reading as (I assume)...
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    Re: 2018 Frank Tate tenor guitar!

    Inspirational Jill. I hope you do another video session with the Tate tenor. Does it really have a hole in the upper bout?

    This tune may be added to my list! A nice one indeed.
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    Re: Interesting CNC violin build

    It is a violin shaped object. Anyone who knows how to make a violin sees a number of problems here. There are however, parts made, rough parts made for luthiers with CNC machines. (mostly rough cut...
  7. Thread: Pig Jicking?

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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    I play most of the Irish stuff on fiddle and playing the same triplets and rolls on a mandolin requires a bit of adjustment. I think this is because mandolin has two strings for each course. I often...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Violin strings respond far better than mandolin strings. I play both instruments, and the difference is so great I hardly ever do ornaments on a mandolin. Picked ornaments are louder than pull offs...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    My wife teaches a New Horizons string orchestra here in Minneapolis. The cello players are the most interested in joining because there are few other opportunities for playing with others. A fiddle...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    With two strings, I'm an advocate of DDU DDU where the 'up' is literally up and over the lower string, to do a 'retake' on the first note.
    Does this make sense? DD = D string then A string, the U =...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    I was wondering when we would 'go from' Irish jigs to good old J.S. Bach. Ha, ha

    The Cello Suite #6 Prelude is a great example of different picking effects. The first two bars are kind of punchy,...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Yes, There is nothing wrong with adhering to a strict method with students.


    For me at least, I think the two downs in a row in DUD-DUD tends to create a 'speed limit'.
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Inauthentic? Someone "demands" DUDDUD ?

    I'm sorry to break the news but music is not that simple. There is no 'one size fits all' for picking jigs. There is a general process that works for a lot...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    For Irish ornaments see Irish Mandolin by Doc Rossi

    I've seen the same with classically trained violinists but they were all beginners. The more advanced people could accent either way. (Their...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    What someone said on Mandolin Cafe?
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    "Sounded" wrong. Yea, that's just the point.

    Also, why do anything the 'hard way'? ;)
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    I've been puzzled by this strict adherence to pick direction in jigs for a while now. I think (DUD DUD) is a bit to 'trendy' or orthodox IMHO. The issue for me is the confusion over down strokes...
  18. Re: the cuban dancer for Mandolin, Mandola and Flute

    A very nice tune that seems traditional. I saw that the original was written for flute and two clarinets. It must have much more bass than the hi pitched mandolins. Not to say that the 'twins' are...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Here is a very good tutorial on bow control that describes balance, * lifting fingers, tilting the bow, string contact points, bow speed, changing direction etc. *See 12:32 in the video for...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Randal, I missed that 'drumstick' comment earlier. Sorry.

    Baroque bows were not of standard sizes and weights compared to modern bows. So the balance was different on different bows.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Many classical players use this technique and they often have variations. Depending on what the player wants, the fourth finger (which balances the bow BTW) leaves the bow about half way in the bow...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Yes indeed Louise. Elizabeth Freeland describes in her article how she asked a few violin shops if they had baroque bows and they said that she was the first to ask. (and they did not have any...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Here is a great article that answers most all of your questions.

    It has advice about the taper which has to allow the hair not to touch the stick when doing double stops. This is something you'd...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    18th Century Bows are longer than 17th C. bows. They still have a pointy tip and a straight or slightly curved stick. The button at the base is the 'telling' aspect. These were either made of wood or...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    They use a bow on a nyckelharpa so I suppose this fits the topic of Mandolin World vs Violin World. I was curious and had to hear Bach on this instrument. I'm glad I did. Thanks Maxr



    I prefer...
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