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    Here is a youtube I posted where I recorded Ashoken Farewell. The first mando break is on my $280 chinese mando, after a good setup, with all the abalone inlay. The guitar break is on a 67 Martin D18 and the second mando break is on my Morgan Monroe distressed wideneck. The recording was done using Multitrack Studio http://www.multitrackstudio.com/.

    Please let me know what I need to improve on the mandolin techniques, right hand tremolo, any criticisms will be taken constructively! I need all the help I can get...thanks!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D0E_MHRrDo
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    I think it's perfectly lovely and I wouldn't change a thing.

    Wonderful story about your dogs; thank you for sharing both your story and your music.
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    You don't need my help. That was great. I don't know how you could improve your tremolo -- it sounds perfect to me as it is. Fine playing and a very touching story about the dogs. I love it.

    Btw, where did you find that poem at the end? Very poignant.

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    Wonderfully touching.
    Rescue dogs make such great pets/friends.
    Thank you for sharing.
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    I thought it was nice. I like your tremolo. Very nice.

    I think your treatment can benefit from a little more drama and dynamics. A little weepiness would not hurt. Ashoken Farewell is a tune that can benefit from some showey drama. Not excessive, let the tune dictate what and where. Don't impose drama on the tune; convey the sadness and wistfullness in the tune itself. Think of it perhaps this way: "don't play it for me, sell it to me."

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    ok by me - playing at a slow tempo is hard and you can do it. nice, woody sounding mandolin - any chance of a photo? mutts are great and black lab mutts are the absolute greatest.

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    I thought it sounded good and I have to say the video touched me. We just lost one of our dogs 4 weeks ago. She would have been 13 in June. She was a mixed breed of black lab, blue heeler and one or two other breeds thrown in for good measure.Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks folks for the feedback...they were a sorrowful loss for us, but they have been replaced about 4 years ago with some as close a breed as I could find.
    Pete...I found the photo online...
    jeffd...more dynamics I can do, drama confounds me!
    Bill...I'm very sorry for your loss...it sounds like she was about the same type of dog mix and personality...intelligence like a two year old kid, smart, playful. She looks similar too, got that old gray beard...

    billkilpatrick...here are some photos of the mando on the first break...
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160754852618...84.m1439.l2649
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    Being a dog lover, the video and story really touches home. I thought it sounded great and so clean. nice job

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    Here are some photos of the chinese one used on the first break..







    And here are photos of the Morgan Monroe used on second break (also asian from someplace over thar)







    The mic I used is a condensor lapel mic from radioshack, the kind you pin on your tie speaking to group.
    Last edited by Timmando; Apr-27-2012 at 8:32am. Reason: More photos.

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    That was absolutely beautiful. As a dog lover you brought a tear to my eye as i laughed at some of the poses. There is nothing better than coming home to friends after a hard day at the office. I love them and thank you for sharing them with us. Love the mando's too, that Chinese one is very classy.
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    Very nice!

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