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    Just for Fun (Sierra Hull)

    I couldn't resist posting this. I enjoyed the playing, and they all seem to be having such a good time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuW7sNyz-hU&ab_channel=HarborHobo

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    Re: Mandolin scene in Japan

    Neil Rosenberg told me some years ago that he'd been to Japan to address a bluegrass conference, and said that there was a thriving bluegrass scene. Enter "Bluegrass Japan" in YouTube and you'll find...
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    Anything new on mandolin banjo!
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    Yeah. We're always happy when it gets up to 20 below. It means Spring is coming!
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    Re: New Project - Guy Clark Cover

    I enjoyed that, Evan. The singing was really fine, as well as the playing. Excellent arrangements and playing on the tunes following as well.
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    Re: Found my Loar at a Yard Sale!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ-a4Y2GI&ab_channel=BuzzFeedMultiplayer


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ-a4Y2GI&ab_channel=BuzzFeedMultiplayer
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    Re: Backwards Guitar Solo?

    .daed si luaP. ;)

    Hope I don't revive that rumour.
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    There are charities that redistribute instruments. There's a recent thread about one for vets, if you're in the USA. Check out your local scene. Who knows, they might even give you that dollar if you...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    This is also true of many folk subcultures within the West. Many outsiders have such ingrained ideas of how music should sound that if they go to a community in which everyone plays the "A" a bit...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    If we haven't totally confused you by now, you're doing well.
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    Spring -- it's still dadburned cold in Ottawa.
    And, of course, playing in a room with musical friends.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I'm enjoying the conversations on this thread, with lots of interesting observations and analyses. It's fun seeing where some of these threads meander after the original post.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    However, there are a great many duds out there. If you're not well educated about violins, evaluating a thrift shop violin with three ancient strings and no bow is nearly impossible. I once got quite...
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    Re: Learning to Jam – A Primer?

    For beginners, keeping the beat is a great starting place, then getting the right chords (three chords will get you through many tunes without annoying others -- and I'd include double stops with the...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I pondered that quote many years ago, then decided to do what I can.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Actually, my grandfather's fiddle holds its own in any session, unlike my mandolins. However, I get your point.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I'm not sure that Skinner was a "folk fiddler." He was formally trained -- his ability to transcribe complex timing and ornamentation makes that clear. Still, he had quite a background in the...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I agree. I'm all thumbs with a recorder on. Along with the factors you mentioned, older fiddlers had different aesthetics from what a great many fiddlers today have. Many old timers who lived through...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Interesting points, Doug. Clearly the sky's the limit with violins. Some are literally priceless.

    There's an argument to be made for not having a great violin for traditional fiddling. Am I after...
  20. Re: Keeping an A Mandolin in place with rug underlayment

    Those "things" are available in larger sizes, about the size of a placemat (at Dollarama, in my neck of the woods). I cut one down to about half-size to use with my banjolin. It works better than the...
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    Re: Crambone

    My youngest daughter was just a bit too old for Sponge Bob, so I don't know those cartoons well. The old cartoons, 20's to early 50's -- Walt Disney, Fleisher Brothers (Betty Boop, Popeye), Looney...
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    Re: Music Store Etiquette

    Ear learning is the first thing taught in Suzuki violin instruction. I grew up among fiddlers who played by ear, perhaps with occasional help from sheet music, but only till they "had the tune." I've...
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    Re: Are Music Store Prices Firm?

    Maybe you're the only serious Cafe member!
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    Re: Crambone

    As a fan of old animation, I wouldn't go near a remake of the oldies. Tom and Jerry were the end of an era. Hanna and Barbera, the creators, went on to make formulaic TV cartoons which were fun, but...
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    Re: Are Music Store Prices Firm?

    I don't like haggling, as I come from a culture that didn't haggle much. However, there were a few exceptions in my background, e.g.,"horse trading", buying cars, houses, and often used goods,...
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