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    Re: Valley Forge arrangement?

    This tune is always an explosive treat when played as a trio of mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. With TWO fiddles playing harmonically, plus walking guitar, and mandolin, it is out of this world. Love...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    On frankdolins question:

    Here’s a few possibilities.


    Ora lee
    Sally in the garden
    Winderslide
    Magpie
    Battle cry of freedom
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Spending time learning and relearning a few rags. Once you learn one, it gets easier to learn many others.

    Peacock rag
    Chattanooga
    Banks of the Kaney
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Oh Henry.
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    A few more thoughts. As far as a mandolin playing with horns, I’ve done it a few times, my favorite was a few old time sessions with a tuba player. I recall having great fun with notey tunes without...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Thanks for all the good comments. Actually what I am doing is threefold. First, I'm practicing alone to learn some of the old jazz tunes I have always loved. I am fairly familiar with F from Scottish...
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    Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I've been playing a bit of 1920's era trad Jazz lately. Not being a facile reader, I learn tunes by repetition using the amazing slow downer (ASD).

    So many of these tunes were recorded in keys...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    That's some pretty nice playing there, Mr Sweeney. Do you also play mandolin? Going to have to take a close look at Dixie Hoedown.

    To Jim Roberts. No I picked up the Blake's March on this thread....
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    Where Sitka spruce grows

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/opinion/alaska-climate-change.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

    I hope every builder reads this article about the destruction of the Tongass old growth spruce forest.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Coleman's March. Such a lovely tune.

    Plus two Cajun tunes in preparation for an upcoming session.

    la Maraine
    Reel de Nonc Will.
  11. Deconstructed Mississippi string band music

    Harry Bolick recently released a unique collection of his own tunes in the tradition of Mississippi string band tunes from the 20s and 30s. It's quite a unique undertaking, and should interest anyone...
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I have a neighbor who built a gold top Les Paul, even added a faithful Gibson Label. He never played it outside his living room. I once asked if he planned to sell it as a Gibson. He lowered his eyes...
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    Re: Kel Kroydon KK20. Early 30s

    177138 I can’t resist adding my own oddity, built by Ben Wilcox for a professional jazz player. It was the color of the top that first caught my eye when it was offered for sale. I bought it instead...
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    Re: Grateful Dead tunes

    I for one would love to hear a recording that includes any San Francisco, early Stones, or Motown material and features mandolin and pipes. How cool is that.

    PK, If you ever need a techno beatbox...
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    Re: TI strings

    I used to play an Old Wave mandola. I had a hard time converting all the tunes I know on mandolin so they sounded in the same key on the mandola. Also, my band was not altogether willing to play our...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here’s an essay about the various ways to learn fiddle tunes, which much to say about notation versus ear learning. I’m a full time ear learner and also a believer in improvising the nuance.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Have to mention JP Fraley's Annadean's Waltz. As playful as it gets. And a big favorite whenever we pull it out at a contra dance, turning ever so slightly dissonant as the tune goes through its...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Yes Mike Black. It’s that one. Nice version too.

    I learned it with that extra beat before the B part mentioned by wormpicker. Played either way, it’s impossible to stop hearing it inside my head...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks Jim. Actually, this video reaffirms my own sense that each tune sound best when performed with respect to its own innate tempo. I've never been a big fan of musicians who push the speed of ...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    Why or why not? I always keep a lot of homegrown produce in the refrigerator. I had decide between the strings or the blueberries. Guess which one is now cold. Sorry, just joking.
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    by Jim Nollman
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    Re: Moonlight

    Many thanks, JL. Indeed, it is the Fox/Winegar tune. What got us all so jubilant was the syncopation in the B part.
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    In that situation I highly recommend an ipad or iphone running the app: Voice Record Pro. VRP lets you set levels precisely, allows basic cutting to get rid of such things as overly long beginnings,...
  23. Re: Learning JS Bach Prelude from 1st Cello Suite

    This looks like a grand personal challenge for the month of July. Thanks for the tab.
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    Re: Carbon Fiber?

    I remember, about 6 years ago, meeting a guy in Bellingham WA who had 3 prized mandolins to sell, a Weber F5, a Gibson Sam Bush, and a Mix carbon fiber F5. The Mix had the best sound to my ears. I...
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    Re: Schertler Dyn-M vs L.R. Baggs Radius

    I've owned one for 8 years. I've used it lots on stage. When plugged straight into a board it sounds more like a mandolin should than anything else I've ever used except maybe a good small condenser...
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