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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    I'm not sure as until lockdown we tended to have everything 'on the ground' and I never looked much at stuff on-line.
    Bless her Hannah took over the orchestra from Becki in January 2020 just the...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Our fiddle orchestra leader Hannah Cumming teaches this in her workshops https://hannahc-fiddlesing.weebly.com/teaching-etc.html
    You'll see it done a lot around the Sidmouth festival week in the...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    David Shepherd does a good workshop on English regional fiddling styles if anyone ever gets a chance I'd highly recommend going along to one.
    He does a lot of French regional examples too, really...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Their playing out as a group has more of the colouring you get for modern folk festivals and gigs, with lots of stuff like the Postman Poet project.
    It's the reality of modern folk scenes that you...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    There's a strong link between English fiddle and our Mandolin Orchestra of Devon (MOoD) which was set up by Devon fiddler and clog champion Matt Norman in 2010
    He handed over the reins to his...
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    Re: Digital Mixer Advice!

    For the money I can't really say there's anything I'd call a downside.
    There are a few things I'd like to add to it if I were designing the next generation version;
    Record all 18 tracks straight...
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    Re: Right arm placement

    You make a really good point for all players, no matter what approach they adopt as their preferred hold.
    The interplay of all of our decisions really has a huge cumulative effect.
    I tend to...
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    Re: Right arm placement

    Ditto, I feel the central alignment works best for me.
    My pick travel distance is reduced to 2 courses either way & the arm comes in at an angle where the mandolin rests on the crook of my elbow...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I have seen some who turn this to a virtue allowing a nice perky higher position with added support shelf below :)
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I'm another one who never uses a strap on mandolin or Mandoloncello standing or seated.
    The mandolin design allows this, for either the bowlback or carved top, without having to make any contact...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Don't know if it'll help you, but I did this attached chart for people who like information visually.
    It shows you how the intervals relate to each step of the modes.
    I did them in resistor number...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    maxr your post made me think of this...
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    Re: Your favorite Patreons?

    Reina Del Cid are my favourite Patreon project. Well worth an explore
    https://www.youtube.com/c/ReinaDelCid/videos

    excellent covers and original material too. Good sense of humour too.
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    Re: Modern writing?

    Here are a few more to throw into the mix;

    Chris Acquavella
    & https://www.youtube.com/user/AcquavellaMusic/videos
    Florian Klaus Rumpf
    &...
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    Fo those wanting a proper rummage online there is now the Cornish National Music Archive to add to the possible sources; https://cornishnationalmusicarchive.co.uk/
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    Re: Cornish Tunes?

    In case anyone is interested in things Cornish, Neil Davey is launching a second book (&CDs) of his favourite tunes from local sessions called " Flooch2 "
    I only found out because of his video of...
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    Re: One versus two-piece backs

    I like the one piece back I have on the Davidson two point mandolin, but thatís because it gives a larger canvas for all the wonderful woody patterns to play out. Emotionally thereís a completeness...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    Similar to David I play standing and sitting and donít use a strap for either carved top or bowl back instruments. Same hold standing or sitting & the instrument just stays put without any need to...
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    Re: Absolute Silence

    You can make a mute from a freezer bag clip and some dense foam. It isn't perfect but you do get a thunk from the pick on strings. It's a bit like applying a firm palm mute without having to keep...
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    Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    A (fishing) technique for avoiding bulky knots in nylon loops is to crimp the nylon at the tip in a ridged vice jaw or pliers and do the same at the point where the loop doubles back to meet the...
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    Re: Random mandolin sightings

    I stumbled across some album launch blurb for a London band I hadn't heard of before yesterday, called "Forty Elephant Gang" . They have some good songs and a good mandolin player, which is the main...
  22. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    I do that with my mandoloncellos, bowlback & A bodied, but have both feet planted on the floor when seated.
    If standing I put one foot on the stand it sits in when not in use.
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    Re: Winding string loop ends for 1890 Vinaccia

    I put a dab of solder on the wound string a few cm from the end, then clamp it with a vise grip just in front of that. I then unwind the outer and lay it back around the core in a longer twist, bend...
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    You could try "The Mandolin Lesson" by Frances Taylor http://themandolinlesson.com/the_book.htm

    an autobiographical story of self discovery centred around a passion for the mandolin.
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    You may find Chris Smith's book useful to give you an insight into the whole subject of backing.
    Celtic Backup For All Instruments
    I bought it to help with my Tenor guitar and Mandoloncello backing...
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