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    Re: Back in action

    Welcome back!

    BTW, I'd echo what Bertram Henze said about how the difference between WAV and MP3 is more on the user side, if you want more people to be able to access these recordings.

    It's...
  2. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Probably true if your first instrument is learned later in life. If your first instrument was learned as a child, it may not seem that hard. I started piano lessons at age 6 and don't remember it...
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    I can't remember exactly how the fingering differs (I once had a Gemeinhardt silver flute a long, long time ago and it didn't "stick"). Look online for fingering charts and that well tell you. There...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    If "most users ever online" counts "guests" as well as members who are actually logged in, then it's possible many of those "guests" are not human, and instead might be search engines and other bots...
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    If your goal is to end up playing a wooden (or Delrin) "Irish" flute, then I'd suggest starting on your Mom's silver flute instead of whistle.

    You won't have to make many adjustments if you get...
  6. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Classical ("silver") flutes in the Boehm design are played almost the same, I think there is one fingering difference.

    The technique with an "Irish" flute (i.e. a 19th Century conical bore...
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    Ah, okay so you're already playing within the genre, good. One alternative to pipes you might consider while saving up for a set, is "Irish" flute. It gets you into a similar range of expression with...
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    The place to ask about that is in the Chiff & Fipple forum, in the sub-section on Uilleann Pipes. They'll be able to help you find a source. Also, be sure to read the sticky post in that sub-forum...
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    Go for it! You can make it more affordable by starting with a chanter, then adding drones later, and finally the regulators.

    As for the time needed... well, you can probably play scales on the...
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    Just my $0,02 opinion here, but that TALISK clip above sounds like phenomenal technique on concertina in search of a good melody to use it on. Very impressive, I just wasn't moved by the melody.
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    The Uilleann pipes are a little more complex with the partial harmony regulators in a full set, and a technique of stopping the note. But both types of pipes involve a huge range of ornamentation...
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    The guitar player in a local mixed Scottish/Cape Breton/Irish session can occasionally be coaxed to bring out his concertina. He's very good at it, knows a ton of mostly Irish tunes. He doesn't...
  13. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I almost bought a Chapman Stick at one point in my electric guitar phase. I backed off when I realized that it's basically a string version of an electric keyboard without dynamic range, like a...
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    Re: Mandolin or Octave Mandolin

    I'll third what Steve says -- it won't matter whether it's a flat top or archtop OM, it's not going to mix well with guitar. It's not just the pitch but the typically darker timbre of most OMs....
  15. Re: No mando content: Remembering Ginger Baker

    He was my hero as a teenage Rock drummer in local garage bands. Compared to everyone else -- and Bonham, Keith Moon etc. were no slouches -- he was like someone transported from another dimension. I...
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    There are so many different angles to this question. Even if it's limited to just one person's experience, some of the issues are more about the style of music than the instrument itself.

    For...
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    Re: Notation Software?

    Does ABCExplorer show a sheet music format when playing back as Midi output? That's one of the things I like about MuseScore; when transcribing from an audio source or looking at a new piece I'm not...
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    Re: Notation Software?

    MuseScore has a wealth of keyboard shortcuts, check this out:

    https://musescore.org/en/handbook/keyboard-shortcuts

    As for other advantages compared to ABC specifically, I like hearing the Midi...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin History

    I'm no expert on this, but until one comes along... I think the Gibson archtop-style octave mandolins with F-holes might have first showed up in the Weber catalog, as a way to fill out the line of...
  20. Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    I may have told this story before here. A guy once came to our Scottish/Irish trad session at a local restaurant, with a banjo double bass. I think he made it himself. The shell was a bass drum a...
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    Re: nylon strung 4 string OM

    Yeah, you'd have to think of the nylon string guitar as more of a cittern and make use of the extra strings. It would be way too wide with just four strings. It would also require a capo to shorten...
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    Re: nylon strung 4 string OM

    If you want a larger body than an OM-tuned baritone uke, you might consider a nylon string guitar in 5ths tuning.

    You'd need custom string gauges, but a tuning like CGDAEB could be interesting....
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    Re: Cords on the ground

    That isn't necessary. XLR cables are "balanced," which means the mic signal is duplicated and then one of the two signals is inverted. Any external noise that enters the cable run is identical on...
  24. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    More OMs are being made now in 20" scale lengths as an option, instead of what used to be considered 22" as a standard (more or less). Personally, I wouldn't go shorter scale than 20", because one of...
  25. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I tried a mandola a few years ago, but for the music I play -- Irish/Scottish trad and related styles -- it just didn't work out. Or rather, there were better options. Here's the story:

    I bought a...
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