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  1. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    I have seen and tried the one and only mandolin produced by Troublesome Creek.
    What do I think? Well, I built the thing so of course I like it a lot!
    The mandolin is a prototype, made by me....
  2. NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    Great Sunday feature story in the 1/5/2020 New York Times about how luthiers in this nonprofit rural Kentucky shop have been running a successful apprenticeship program to help people find solace and...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    My favored approach involves placing the string loop over the peg in the tailpiece, then stretching it under light hand tension, straight over the bridge and nut, and winding it several times (2-4)...
  4. Sunday picking sessions at my house are keeping me alive...

    ... and I am so grateful for them! Every Sunday, I have a different couple of people drop by. I cook lunch for them, we eat together, then we eventually pick on tunes. Every Sunday is different, and...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    I was able to differentiate the difference between practice and natural talent when our youngest began to play. With very little time on the strings he could tune perfectly without a tuner, listen to...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    I’m looking all over my mandolins for a switch....:crying:
  7. Thread: Improvising

    by Br1ck
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    Improvising

    I'm at the point where I can play most any fiddle tune off a site like mandolessons.com in a couple of days, and I have quite a few licks I can throw in here and there at the end of the vocal line of...
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    Benedict jumped “the wall” long ago.
  9. Thread: Speed

    by Kevin Briggs
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    Re: Speed

    I appreciate your comments, and agree she is making a sweeping generalization. It's also her video, so if what she's saying is her experience and she feels it's helpful, it's really her prerogative....
  10. Thread: Speed

    by Simon DS
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    Re: Speed

    Clean, steady tremolo first, think in fours -it’ll smooth out string changes, good luck.
  11. Beautiful chalk art at Seattle Art Museum

    My wife and I were in Seattle on Friday and Saturday. It was our first visit to this beautiful city. While walking near the Pike Place Market (highly recommended!) we passed the Seattle Art Museum...
  12. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    Old time for dances is played around 120 bpm unless they are cloggers then the sky is the limit. Warp speed is what they like.
  13. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    While ITM and bluegrass are stylistically different, they are both "folk music". if your friend is experienced musically, sitting and listening through a couple of tunes then jumping into the fray is...
  14. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    Sounds like an eclectic group and not strictly Irish in flavor. If these folks asked your friend I would assume they are familiar with her style of playing. I assume there is no time to get together...
  15. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    I think some of the assumptions behind some of this thread are deeply flawed.

    When bluegrassers play Irish-derived tunes that have 'crossed over' directly into the bluegrass repertoire (e.g.,...
  16. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    Especially listen to tunes you know as bluegrass pieces because ITM is different. Star of the county Down is not a waltz. Fisher's hornpipe has a distinct bounce in ITM that doesn't happen in...
  17. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    There are different styles of Irish playing, especially in fiddle circles. Pete has given you great advice. Watch and listen for a bit. Then join in where you think you can.
  18. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    I would tell her to listen to a couple of sets before joining in. Get a feel for how the Trad people are playing, listen to how and where they emphasize notes, and then join in.

    Pete
  19. Re: Moving between Irish and bluegrass fiddle tunes

    If they are super traditionalists, you may make them cringe. But if your up for it, learn the Monaghan Jig and O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick. ��
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    I just went to Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s website, and ordered a pdf and printed version of Ashokan Farewell. Feel good about supporting such a wonderful tune. They have a lot of great tunes for...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    I would like to point out a few things in response to what has been said about my previous post.

    To Jeff- Money is not the issue. Intellectual property is the issue. I am a member of ASCAP, but I...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    Are you all aware that by posting the tab here on the Cafe’, you are breaking the law? Many people make the mistake of thinking that “Ashokan Farewell” is a Civil War song because it was featured so...
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    Cabin in Caroline - Mama Danger

    Enjoy!
  24. Re: A few neat exercises from Sierra Hull and Reverb

    Here's a pdf of the 2nd exercise.
  25. Re: A few neat exercises from Sierra Hull and Reverb

    For the second part of the exercise bigskygirl nailed it. Sierra doesn't name the chords but by playing the notes in the exercise she is playing the chords that bigskygirl named for each set. Like...
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