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  1. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    A strap snap - L-R:
    Kangaroo on Eastman 815v
    Chicago gold on Peter Coombe F-hole
    Chicago brown on Marshall Dow oval hole.

    You can see that all three are attached comfortably at the head, under...
  2. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    I just posted this on the "Alway use a strap?" thread:



    I should add that the
    Chicago strap I referenced has leather at the pin end and thick nylon "bootlace" at the head/scroll end
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Big guitar straps can be a problem in tight-fitting mandolin cases or bags, so a lot of players go for small thin straps - since most mandolins aren't heavy.

    I have a couple of braided leather...
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    Re: King Of The Fairies

    Well done.
    Mony a mickle maks a muckle.
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    Re: Mando vs. Mandola for swing jazz

    I have a copy of Paul Buskirk's CD "Nacogdoches Walts" in which he plays his mandola with Willie Nelson on guitar.
    Lovely stuff.

    There are some videos of Paul on YouTube, featuring him playing...
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    Re: Mando vs. Mandola for swing jazz

    Paul Buskirk is your man.
  7. Thread: Joseph Joseph

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    Re: Joseph Joseph

    Great stuff , as always, Diptanshu but WHERE IS YOUR MANDOLIN?
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    Re: What is a good beginner song to learn-

    A two-chord song like Take Me Back to Tulsa would be ideal.
    In key of G, can be played with just G and D chords
    Almost every recording of it online is in G.
    Although it's Western Swing, can be...
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    Re: How to play these notes?

    Double stops like this are actually a gift to the learner.

    First:
    You only have to finger one note at a time because the other note is an open string. In part one it's the open A string and in...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    What I mean about tone is that with a strap I can much more easily angle the mandolin so my pick hits the strings at the desired angle.

    This varies for everyone I guess. But I think that is...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    It depends on your physiology, posture , any back issues etc.

    For me a strap is the only way of guaranteeing I have the mandolin at the right height and angle for tone and agility, and also...
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    I have to read my bandmates chords from behind him, judging by capo position.
    Did I mention that he plays GDAD bouzouki?
    Actually I'm not that successful at guessing the key, let alone which chord.
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    It gets easier!

    Then, it gets harder.
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    According to thesession.org, banjo player on A Man Apart is Sean O'Driscoll, who runs Charlie's Bar Sunday session, Cork city.

    I was in there in July 2019 . Sean was playing button box though.
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    I had a somewhat, not exactly, similar issue with my Eastman 815v purchased at the end of 2020.

    Some of the advice I got in this thread was helpful.

    See here:...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My new fiddle tune is an accordion tune by Ian McPhail.
    Grace Renwick Polka
    Three parts , all in flat keys.
    Bb, Eb and F
    A good pinky workout and fun to play too.
    Or it will be when I can get it...
  17. Thread: Bluebell Polka

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    Re: Bluebell Polka

    parts are usually played ABAC or ABABC in Scotland, with A part in key of G, B part in D and C part in C.
    The Jimmy Shand recording was a worldwide hit and his version is the most influential.
    ...
  18. Thread: Bluebell Polka

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    Re: Bluebell Polka

    Even in Scotland, I get foxed sometimes in sessions by players who play the C part in G.
    I wonder if it's something to do with the type of accordion they play.

    And most sessions don't often play...
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    Re: A couple of new mandolins

    I think I'd like a mandolin with a zero fret.
  20. Thread: O Sole Mio

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    Re: O Sole Mio

    The Ugly: That's me in the suit playing mandolin and flubbing notes at a trade show in Ravenna, Italy.

    The Bad: My large Italian colleague, The Man With No Name, is an even worse singer than me....
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    Re: Source for single monel guitar strings?

    You might try Newtone strings in England.

    I don't see more than one or two of your desired gauges there in the linked Monel sets, below, but maybe they can make monel singles.
    ...
  22. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    I only learned this month , via Magnus Zetterlund, that a Swedish polska isn't a polka.

    I mean, I had noticed many 3/4 time Swedish polskas but it still didn't click.
  23. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    You will recognise it, probably under another title. e.g. "Johnny Will Ye Marry Me", "London Bridge" etc
    http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/KA.htm
  24. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    The tune in that Iowa schottische is one we would know as The Keel Row (said to be of Tyneside origin) and often played after Brochan Lom and followed by Katie Bairdie/Kafoozalum.
  25. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    Band I play in has different lyrics, from NE Scotland.
    Very adaptable tune!

    I posted it before, you can see here:
    https://youtu.be/oHvc43mtrpo

    Broon Coo:
    https://youtu.be/ckh4Q1L7gxE
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