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    My friend Jim once asked me if I play any Estonian music. I reviewed what I have done in recent years and really, there was very little Estonian music there. So I took a thick book with Estonian folk dances from the shelf and arranged 10 dances. Here they are:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiTv...oUFdHt&index=1

    Thank you, Jim for asking!

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    That hybrid picking style of yours is so distinctive, Toomas. I love the harmonies you create with your finger-picking technique.
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Nice music and mandolin playing, Toomas! Your flatback sounds very fine in your hands.
    I miss one Estonian folk tune, though, the waltz Tősine eesti labajalavalss.
    Here's a recording by Anna Maria Bagger:

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    I am very impressed with your finger picking technique. One question about it -- do you ever use the back of your finger nail to strike down on the string? It looked to me like you might occasionally.

    Thank you for posting. I enjoyed listening (and watching).
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    Thank you! I used different techniques to set these dances. In general, if two notes at once, I play with a pick and a finger, and if there is a single or more notes between two notes at once, I play mostly with a pick. Finger strokes are all upstrokes and pick strokes according to different situations. I never using the back of fingernail. I guess it was a difficult story, so ask if anything was unclear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian DP View Post
    Nice music and mandolin playing, Toomas! Your flatback sounds very fine in your hands.
    I miss one Estonian folk tune, though, the waltz Tősine eesti labajalavalss.
    Here's a recording by Anna Maria Bagger:
    Thank you! "Labajalavalss" is a very well-known dance in Estonia, with many slightly different variants and different settings and this video is a nice one. Am I trying to make my own version of it next time ...
    Toomas

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