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  1. Thread: Road trip music

    by Bren
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    Re: Road trip music

    I try not to listen to too much stuff that gets my mandolin fingers twitching.

    So my tracklist is all mixed up with reggae, straight ahead Scottish ceilidh bands, Greek music, obscure soul,...
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    The "other" popular Jay Ungar tune, a wedding waltz whose name escapes me right now, is almost always started in G then shifts up to D.

    The Lovers' Waltz! That's it! Brain functioning after all!
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Hey max, you're 5 miles short of the full Byrds there.


    You mentioned Leo Kottke - he covered it on 12-string.
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    I was going to write something then thought maybe I was repeating myself.

    Sure enough, from 2016:
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    Spootiskerry followed by Willafjord is pretty common I think.
    I'd be wrongfooted for a second or two if it was followed by Barrowburn.

    In Orkney Flett Fae Flotta is so often followed by Gairsay...
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    I would say you are pretty much correct.

    There are some variations - but that approach has stood me in pretty good stead around the world.

    Some examples of outliers I know that are often played...
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    Re: Jethro's Mel Bay mandolin book.

    My 41-year old copy, still going strong.

    https://i.imgur.com/HyyMS7j.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5j8vpv7.jpg
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    Re: Middle of the night practice?

    Middle of the night?
    I'm lucky if I can practise in the middle of the day.

    The sound of the mandolin seems to announce, "Please come and interrupt me , the oftener the better"
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    Choro bandolims are pretty much following the design of Jacob do Bandolim's two that he had made to his own spec, or so I've read somewhere.
    Looking at pre-Jacob images of bandolims, they don't look...
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad?

    I had a similar moment with a dissimilar outcome.

    When I ventured out to sessions in the early 90s , the first person I met was a Shetlander with a Stefan Sobell mandolin that you could actually...
  11. Thread: Amplification

    by Bren
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    Re: Amplification

    I use a GE-7 with most of the highs and lows knocked off. Kind of inverted smile on the sliders.


    It gives a reasonable facsimile of the instrument's acoustic tone, as much as you can discern it...
  12. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    I found these sleeve notes from the Jive at Five volume.

    Jive at Five notes

    Great reading.
    the link is 15 pages of pdf with track listings on pp 13 & 14, and detailed info and commentary on...
  13. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    A series of vinyl records I borrowed from my local UK branch library (and taped) in the 1980s changed my perspective on jazz, a music that had baffled and bored me in turn in previous decades.
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad?

    Early 60s Dubliners and Clancy Brothers I guess.

    My dad sang a lot while working but he was no better than me, and I am terrible.

    Maybe it's significant that both Dubliners and Clancy Brothers...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    Intermediacy is that vast space between where I started and where I want to go.
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    Re: Who likes Ry Cooder?

    Again!
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    Re: Who likes Ry Cooder?

    I was a big fan.
    Billy the Kid and Goin to Brownsville were two of the first mandolin tunes I learned back in the 70s.
    I also got to see Ry live about that time on one of his solo tours.

    Having...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    Yes, quite a bit. It's 1-5/16" at the nut, whereas Eastman is more like 1-3/32".
    But custom-made for me - I don't think Marshall's shop mandolins are that wide.

    Thanks all for the considered...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    Thanks pops1. That makes sense



    I don't know her that well, but I realised know her as Janice Clark.

    Marshall has had a few for sale in Celtic Chords in recent years. (Before that he mostly...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    That's pretty much where I end up and what results in thumb joint pain.

    It's a really nice instrument, so I'm going to persevere for a while yet, and although I bought it remotely, I had tried a...
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    It's made by Marshall Dow in Aberdeen .
    I still get some nerve pain with it but just the same as I do generally, not especially from the mandolin.
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    Re: Struggling with Eastman V-neck

    Thanks for your contributions all.

    I normally would rest my thumb "on the G side flat of the V", as pops1 suggests.

    However, the balance of this instrument makes the neck swing in towards my...
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    Re: Looking for suggestions

    "Thomann UK" is based in Germany and exports to UK from Germany, which can lead to some surprises with VAT and duty on delivery, and handling charges on payment of VAT and duty by couriers .

    As...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    That's how Johnny Gimble taught himself to improvise, I read in an interview.

    I have "faked it" for years just by knowing/guessing the melody and adding bits here and there.
    Feels like I've been...
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    Re: Shipping expenses from Ireland?

    In the UK, importing an instrument from USA usually adds around 50%, by the time all charges (taxes, duty, shipping, clearance handling charges by the people who paid the taxes and the duty etc).
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