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  1. Re: I’m afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    I am in agreement with Jill on treating each instrument in its own right. I began away back in the late 1950s on guitar and that was my only instrument for many years though I did also go to piano...
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    Re: Mando vibro?

    I am with KEB on this one. The short scale length, quick decay and higher tension of the strings, plus the double courses all seem to go against vibrato, and tremolo would probably be the choice for...
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    Re: The Banks Hornpipe—Colin Botts

    An amazing arrangement and wonderful playing. A real Baroque feel to it. As Dagger says, a new player to me and certainly someone to follow.
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    Bren, never forget to include the alcohol factor! At a pub jam or session I reckon there is a direct lubrication correlation at work - the more lubricant one consumes over the evening the more the...
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    Re: Australian Guitar Making Workshop

    Excellent video. Great to see the atmosphere you have managed to create among all the folk who attend and the quality of the work being produced.
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    Re: Easiest to learn DAW

    I too am a confirmed REAPER user, and in fact the version I have is now quite old and I run it on a laptop which still uses Windows XP! It does everything I want (and loads more besides if I wanted...
  7. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Since the advent of clip-on tuners a great majority of us has become accustomed to tuning by eye and not by ear. I think this might be akin to painting by ear (Van Gogh being an exception). When I...
  8. Re: Where do you do most of your pick striking?

    Just almost exactly where Steve notes his picking position, and that is also just where Jill mentions too - my mandolin is one of my own builds with a 375mm scale length.
  9. Thread: DolinmanX

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    Re: DolinmanX

    Lovely ensemble work here once again. The singers blend so well together and the backing on guitar and mandolin is strong but unobtrusive.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Lovely mix of tunes here, Jo, and the oud sounds very well balanced across the courses.
  11. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    My two daughters are both pipers, Bren, and like you I have worked a lot from pipe notation which, as you say, generally has no key signature indicated though the F and C notes are sharp while the G...
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    Re: Kylie Kay Anderson

    An amazing player. Thanks for highlighting her here.
  13. Re: My attempt at transcribing an Iranian protest song "Sarud-e Z

    Music has such a long and powerful history in highlighting the wrongs of the world, Jo. It can stir the souls of people, unite them and put fear into the hearts of tyrants. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    A really well explained distinction between the different sorts of gatherings that exist, Jill. Pub sessions played in front of regular or casual customers are generally very different from the...
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    Re: No plectrum but fingerpicking only

    Thanks for the link to Alba, Dagger. Just been having a listen to some of their tracks on YouTube. Great recording quality as well as really fine playing. I really enjoyed the Drummond...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Eric, as far as our session that I was mentioning above, anyone is welcome, whatever the level. Only one of our regulars is a pro-level player, and is in fact a pro! The rest of us are a very mixed...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    In our weekly pub session we have a regular core of around eight, including mandolins, fiddles, guitars, accordion, flutes and whistles and small pipes. Most of us play more than one instrument. ...
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    Re: No plectrum but fingerpicking only

    rcc56 mentions the mandola as a possible for fingerstyle and I often play my octave with my fingers rather than with a pick. Good for chordal and double stop playing. There is more room and an...
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    At our weekly pub sessions I am confined to the dreaded alcohol-free beers as I am driving and bring three other players along with me. How's that for amazing self-sacrifice! Once home again, it...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Interesting set of tunes you have posted here, Jo. I like the mood you have created in the originals, especially the Grey Like The Sky composition.
    That oud has a haunting sound, enhanced by the...
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    Re: No plectrum but fingerpicking only

    Have a look for Toomas Rannu on YouTube and also here in the Cafe. He plays a hybrid style of picking using both pick and fingers. He creates a fine sound.
  22. Re: My videos won't play on my SW Group postings.

    Sudden inspiration has hit me, Simon. :) After posting the message above I thought about why I could drag along the timeline and get video content but no sound, so I went to my Firefox settings and...
  23. Re: My videos won't play on my SW Group postings.

    When I try putting in the whole url Simon I get a black screen and on trying to preview it the error message pops up right away. By inserting only the 11 characters of the url, the video appears...
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    Re: Cleary Lake Fall Colors

    Many thanks, Greg. Kind of you to comment!
  25. Re: Generosity - or "The Giving Hand Never Falters"...

    Such a beautifully memorable incident. That wee lad will tell this story for the rest of his life, as will so many of the folk who were there when it happened.
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