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    Re: Early medieval lute and kwitra

    Sorry, itís the backs I should have said, are they flat?
    From the paintings, if you look at the instrument from the front then normally you cant see the sides, especially if the sides are curved....
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    Re: Back in action

    Welcome back Aidan.
    There is of course the Song a Week group with a friendly bunch for sharing tunes.
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    Re: Early medieval lute and kwitra

    Really nice, I like the second one especially.

    I was wondering, looking at the paintings, do those ones have flat bottoms, or is that shadowing that the artist put in?
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    Re: Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

    Looks like it’ll be a great celebration, really wish I could be there.
    Here’s a classic.
    Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lakes_of_Pontchartrain

    Lyrics n versions on thesession: ...
  5. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

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  6. Thread: Songwriting

    by atsunrise
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    Re: Songwriting

    Song writers ??? Thread: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/145826-Song-Writers
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    Re: Anyone taking online lessons?

    I can see the value in one on one live lessons definitely.
    Actually watching a lot of recorded lessons between two people may be even more valuable, see certain patterns, or even vids with a second...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Here’s another one that comes with safety instructions.

    ‘Hold on to the table or something heavy... your feet WILL dance away without warning!’



    This is why sometimes, in a pub, you’ll hear...
  9. Re: Where can I find a tutorial for new camptown races?

    Really nice, thanks MATT FLINNER!
  10. Thread: Songwriting

    by atsunrise
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    Re: Songwriting

    Good resource? Yes, MandolinCafe! :)
    I was going to say switch the radio on, but well there is internet radio. Anyway I’d start by listening to popular songs and not necessarily ones you even like....
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    Re: How To File A Fret

    All good ideas thanks.
    Thread for Rob’s book: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/98399-Mandolin-Set-up-E-Book-by-Rob-Meldrum?highlight=ebook
  12. Re: Mandolins and Beer Episode #10 Matt Flinner

    Hereís another link to his website for lessons, looks pretty cool. ...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    With 150 million views, you guys have almost certainly seen this vid.
    THAT is how you hold a cello. With a waist strap too.
  14. Re: Kongthong village babies are named with a melody

    Your welcome!
    Hereís another link on a similar theme: https://what3words.com/outline.grid.casually

    Itís an app that you can use to define very small areas on the planet. You use just three words...
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    Re: The Bob Dylan Mandolin Chord Songbook

    Nice to have the words n chords in the same place, and I like a lot of the guy’s songs.

    But, Oh no this is one of my pet peeves. (I’m thinking not for myself, but for the millions of kids who...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Mandolin a piece of cake? No way... well, what sort of cake?
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

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  18. Kongthong village babies are named with a melody

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-india-49937085/kongthong-the-indian-village-where-babies-get-a-song-for-a-name
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I can just see my friendsí reactions when I tell them I Ďm taking Sandata ng lolo ni tatay classes.

    I donít think Iíd ever feel comfortable playing an instrument whose name I canít pronounce....
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    This guy’s great:

    https://youtu.be/LLRlFKqsrTI

    He has a brilliant pdf ebook for free too, just asks for thanks.

    Also
    http://jazzmando.com/tips/archives/002490.shtml
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    Re: Mandolin or Octave Mandolin

    If your band uses electricity you can give the instrument whatever sound pleases you. No problem. :)
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    Re: What makes a song traditional?

    Been trying to learn this one (right) for twenty years... almost got it this morning on the Octave. Yeeehaaar!
    What makes this traditional?
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Sounds like someone drumming on a sheet of ice on a lake in winter, or if they happened to have a bow and arrows, they’d put an arrow into the ice and play it with the bow?
  24. Re: Good source for beginning Celtic and Quebecois music

    Lots of great sources guys, here’s one with mainly old French tunes, dances etc.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4mhtbh61mgppx00/TOURNE%20%C3%80%20L%27AUBE%20REPERTOIRE%20MANDOTAB.pdf?dl=0

    It’s a PDF...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Yes the diatonic accordion is pretty hard. The worst thing about it is that whereas with a guitar if you forget some part in a song, you can improvise and fake it by ear till the next part, with the...
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