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    R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Sorry to pass along this sad news.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58881862
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Here is an article in the Guardian from 6 years ago about English folk music and modern bands https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/13/spiro-leveret-english-folk-music-reviving-old-tunes

    I...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I think Sam Sweeney's fiddle playing is really beautiful. Sometimes it seems to have a Nordic influence, maybe?

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    English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I'm posting this for anyone interested in English traditional music, which is commonly played but little talked about when compared to so-called "Celtic" music. I play some English tunes from my time...
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    This has no mandolin content but Pat does talk about Jaco and he is known for playing an instrument with string "courses". I hope that's justification enough...



    https://youtu.be/QEgalcH_-b4
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

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    Some have noted that many fiddle tunes from the british isles are entirely modal, and were likely first played on simple flutes or pipes which are diatonic instruments. That music actually...
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    Re: Keith Richards

    https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/bob-dylan-favourite-rock-band-rolling-stones/[/url]

    This appraisal of the Stones bugs me a bit. I am sure Mr. Dylan knows that the Stones re-invented themselves as...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Come on, you know that was Byrds-influenced, at the least. Clapton made his bones imitating, and building on, other people's guitar styles.

    But I agree on our comparative tastes. Perhaps I can...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks for listening.

    The key is body size, in my experience. Tom Buchanan's acoustic 10-string is 14.25" scale but substantially larger than his 8-string mandolins. A smaller body does have more...
  10. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Can't write.
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    I agree, the Joni Mitchell sessions and concerts really highlighted Jaco.

    You forgot one Joni album, the best for my taste. Mingus.

    This track drives me crazy! Jaco did this fully sick horn...
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    I was first exposed to it through The Chieftains 9 Boil the Breakfast Early album in 1980. Then I started listening to a local radio show called "Ballads, Bards & Bagpipes" on KCUR-FM in Kansas City,...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    It's possible to understand the harmony for a song intuitively without having much of a clue what the chord names & colors are (that is, how it's written.) As someone who's self-taught and plays by...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    A while back, I was studying Micky Baker's method for jazz guitar ... he uses 33 chord forms ... and I asked a fellow musician who had written a lot of extraneous material on it, 'Why do you consider...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here's a video of me playing this nice Iranian/Persian piece on an oud I built. If you wish to follow along, here's the sheet music: https://i.imgur.com/YI0DGcm.png
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    If you use those shapes as moveable chords, that's not a problem.

    You need to think of your first finger as a capo, barre all 4 strings, then use fingers 2 and 3 (rather than 1 and 2 ) to make the...
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    Moving away from tremolo, I want to note that Macdara's performance is not on mandolin but rather the bouzouki, and that involves a different approach. Indeed, his use of chords takes his style...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    I'm almost the exact opposite. My favorite part of playing music is playing at a gig with a rehearsed band and a good crowd. I generally like rehearsing in that I like getting better and like...
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    Not sure how easy it is to tell in this video as the quality leaves a little to be desired, but I heard Theresa O'Grady asked recently (maybe during an interview segment with Enda Scahill for an...
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    Re: Jazzy tunes with good melodies

    I think Dexter's Cheese Cake would play well as a samba.


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hkyJQcmVtZQ
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Here's a pretty extensive article from HFAA which says that the earliest instrument found dates to 1651. I assume prior to that there is some evidence of ancestors of hardingfele in art or in...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Lightness at the tip is the whole point! Modern bows allow you to maintain an even sound from frog to tip, and they are indeed more powerful This video is a perfect example of what baroque bows are...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

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    Top: best of the bunch, purchased from LaMotte Violins, 28" total, 24.75" hair length
    Middle: VioMusic, 28.375" total, hair length 25"
    Bottom: another Chinese company, came with my...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I don't know how they would work on steel strings. I have used mine on gut, wrapped gut, and synthetic and it has been fine on all. Whoever said it weighs 58 oz is nuts—that's a little over two...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    While you're awaiting Louise's reply - I tried my David Van Edwards baroque 'snakehead' bows on a Baroque setup plain gut strung violin and modern setup fiddles. My impression is that the later the...
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