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  1. Re: Creating a solo video with my own backing track

    I gave up trying to do it on Android and bought myself an iPad recently.
    Now I just need time.

    My accordionist friend has made some collaborative video but he has a home studio with all the gear...
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    Re: Couple of tunes in calico tuning

    Very interesting.

    I know one tune , Ragtime Jane, that has the e strings tuned e/c# .
  3. Re: Definition of a good mandolin playerís spouse

    Heh.

    I work from home in a small office/mancave. Or should I say mandocave.

    There's something about the sound of the mandolin that summons my wife from the farthest depths of the house with...
  4. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    I would need to start removing about the 11th fret!
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Yes.
    About once a week.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Arpeggio Workout

    Maybe something changed, but the link is showing me price as $24.95 .
  7. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    I don't disagree with that DavidKOS.

    My idea, as a picker of mostly, but not only, fiddle tunes and such, was that the bursts of a few seconds that he has currently attained would serve as a...
  8. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    First of all, I think if you can do it for a few seconds, that is a good start.

    Most tremolo is really only in bursts of a few seconds.

    So work from that - play a simple melody with a burst of...
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    Re: Mandolin Mashed Finger Pics

    What Montana Matt said.

    No gigs, no festivals , no pub sessions, no musical house gatherings since March.
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    Re: Steve Earle on the Outlaw Country Cruise

    Like this not-green one?

    https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634925816/steve-earle-the-dukes-on-mountain-stage

    I can't read the logo.

    Did Daniel Gilchrist make him one?...
  11. Re: Possible podcast/youtube weekly series - copyright problems?

    There's at least one excellent video of Slickville (Twin River rag) , from the book, on YouTube by Jordan Ramsey.

    I believe as Simon says, that Jack has shared the sound files.
    (I've had the book...
  12. Thread: Scottish Reels

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    Re: Scottish Reels

    That looks right Aidan.

    The "scottishness" or not would come in the rhythm or accompaniment. Or Shetland-Ness, since it's a Tom Anderson tune.

    And Shetlanders are certainly not averse to a bit...
  13. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    I've just got an Eastman 815, bought remotely since we can't travel far at the moment.
    I'm struggling a bit with the V neck and will have to adapt or it will get painful.
    The narrow nut width isn't...
  14. Thread: Scottish Reels

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    Re: Scottish Reels

    It's very hard to play Robertson's Reel without it coming out a bit bluegrassy.

    I was at a session in Ireland last y..., I mean 2019, and played a Shetland set, finishing with Robertson's and the...
  15. Thread: Bad habits?

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    Re: Bad habits?

    Actually, if I was playing that progression using all two-finger chords, it would depend on which versions of the chords.

    The G and the C could be played on 2nd & 3rd frets (1st 2nd fingers) or...
  16. Thread: Bad habits?

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    Re: Bad habits?

    I just measured my (newly-acquired from COVID non-travel savings and equipment sales) Eastman 815 , (not killer price but definitely not cheapo) nominal 1-3/32" nut, and the distance at the nut from...
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    Re: ? Changing strings

    Capo works for me too.

    My eyesight isn't the best and I struggle with the E string especially.

    Holding the tension on the wraps while trying to poke the string through the hole is a bit...
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    Re: Plans for dark mode?

    They do it on The Session.org and I don't like it.

    At least they fixed it (I checked just now) so the music notation appears in light mode - it had become unreadable.
  19. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    RIP.
    His lovely work on Tone Poems CDs really showed what a musician he was.
    I had heard his name for years but not really listened before then.
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Blonde just doesn't look right to me.
    I prefer dark wood tones.

    Having said that, the sound is the thing and thus I have a blonde topped Coombe mandolin with a gorgeous darker Tasmanian Myrtle...
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    I have played one owned by a friend.
    I also tried some carbon fibre instruments at the late Stan Jay's Mandolin Brothers store.

    They have lovely bright and clear tone. Good depth too.
    ...
  22. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Greetings from snowy Scotland.

    What a great thread this has been to read .

    Belinda, how lovely that your mandolin arrived back today!

    Nick mentioned the Jack Tottle book.
    I still have my...
  23. Thread: Work distraction

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    Re: Work distraction

    Heh. I just swivel my chair and reach.
    Making sure the video and mike are muted if I'm on a Teams call :-)
  24. Thread: Work distraction

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    Re: Work distraction

    I must admit, you made me look around and ... whoa! How did that happen?


    https://i.imgur.com/zeaeSxj.jpg
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    Re: Kentucky 150 Europe?

    I guess we're assuming that costs from UK to Greece will be higher after Brexit, but if not, I just bought an Eastman 815 w/ K&K pickup from Eagle music of Huddersfield, England.

    They have a good...
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