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    Re: What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Clarification---I think it is a Gibson, but I am curious about specifics...
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    What F5 is Tim O'Brien Playing at Greyfox 2015

    Hi-
    I am watching the Greyfox virtual festival-- Hot Rize. Tim O'Brien is playing an F5, and I cant tell what make/model. Anyone know what F5 Tim plays? I have always seen him with his black A model...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    i might suggest playing a Pava. You might be able to find a used A5 for near the upper range of your price range.
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    Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    This may sound a bit weird, but my tip would be this: "Whenever you pick up the mandolin, attempt to forget what you know about the guitar". By that I mean, while the basics of fingering and pick...
  5. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    Agreed. But I never think these picked triplets sound as good. I've been messing with this for only a few days, but I'm going to keep trying to get a better facsimile.
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    THANKS! I agree there are a variety of ornaments in the tune, but the one I was referring to does, indeed, seem to be a roll--- but I think that Duncan Chisholm is doing it quite quickly, and is...
  7. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    Thanks-- I have slowed this down via Audacity, and have magnified a video of him performing it-- and I "hear" a grace note above and back, but not below. I put "hear" in quotes because the specific...
  8. Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    When Duncan Chisholm plays Farley Bridge, he employs an embellishment that I haven't heard to this degree. I dont play fiddle, and I'm not sure how to describe it, so I am hoping some here may have...
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    I prefer the Elixir strings. They just have a better sound on my mandolin. BUT, all mandolins are a bit different, so string 'em up and decide for yourself!
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    I think this is about the best description I've ever heard (well, read). I wish I was better at DOING it, though.
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    Have you considered playing slide mandolin? You can pop a loose full finger slide on/off into your mouth (assuming you are not singing). This actually can work pretty well, but it more-or-less...
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    Re: Loud, or Not So Loud?

    You can weave yarn or a scrap of wool loosely thru the strings near the bridge to reduce volume.
  13. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    It may be a long shot----but have you tried replacing your strings? I have found 2 issues regarding weird intonation (ie, not systematic or otherwise related to set-up).

    1.- Older strings just...
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    Re: Abysmal Right Hand

    It's interesting that all any muscle can do is contract or not. Any motion is a result of certain contraction/relaxation sequences. If my arm is tense, the proper contraction/relaxation sequences are...
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    Re: Abysmal Right Hand

    What I find amazing is how tension that begins in ANY portion of the right arm (shoulder to pick-fingers) almost immediately translates into an almost completely rigid and unforgiving arm. And for...
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    Re: Playing notation G/F#

    If you are playing alone, and the descent is melodically important, I've found that it can be placed in the "middle" pretty effectively. In this case maybe 4-5-5-x (G), 4-4-5-x (G/F#in the middle),...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    Jon Z---If you mean an actual physiologically identifiable brain-change, I have no idea. On the other hand, if you define the term more loosely, then I'd say yes, and in a practical sense it seems...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I assume you are asking about how to get past producing music that has been "composed" for you. If so (and it isnt just a question of playing faster like Josh Levine implies above), then my take is...
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    Re: Train from Edinburgh to Inverness

    We loved Inverness. There are a few "nook and cranny" pubs... one of which had the absolutely best haggis served in a pastry crust glazed with whisky. Cant remember the name of the place, but it was...
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    Re: Setting vs. Arrangement

    One opinion- I have, I guess, a pretty rigid definition of "arrangement", having studied Theory and Arranging a bit. In this context, an "arrangement" is a specified score involving specific...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    I'd say, "wonderful". I guess I see less of that than you do.

    But in any case--

    the OP asked--"What do you know now that would have made learning so much easier had you known it from the...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    tell that to the guy who is blazing away at lightning speed doing nothing of interest either rhythmically or tonally , followed by the next... and the next... and the next...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    Bingo.
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    That less is almost always more.
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    Re: What's a Chord Melody?

    I wonder if "chorded melody" might be an easier shorthand to convey the idea.

    Great descriptions above-- so interesting to hear a musical expression conveyed in words.
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