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  1. Thread: In The Mood

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    In The Mood

    In case any jazz buffs miss this fine and enjoyable piece from Mark Stoffel & Co. on today's home page:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=nMFTxNPyApQ&feature=emb_title

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  2. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The little stutters are called "cuts", a series of usually three short notes, dug in, rather than lightly bowed. This tutorial demonstrates more or less what Natalie's doing. However, Cape Breton...
  3. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    I'm terrible at proofreading my own writing, though I'm quite good with others' work. THe previous sentence should say "Baroque" and not "Cape Breton" music. THat statement must have baffled many...
  4. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    Yes, it was put together by Kate Dunlay and David Greenberg, a couple at the time. They are both classically-trained musicians with a passion for Cape Breton music. He was the concert master, I...
  5. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The Skye Collection (1887) from Scotland is an influential collection for Cape Breton fiddlers. It's now published by Paul Cransford, who's website I provided in Post 7, above. As in most fiddle...
  6. Thread: Jp cormier

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    Re: Jp cormier

    His uncle, Joe, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, and who dwelt in Boston, is a highly regarded fiddler. I've been listening to him since the early 70's.

    If the links don't work, search YouTube for...
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    Re: Article on Chief O誰eil

    I'm with the Chief -- who'd want to solve a crime when there's a rare tune to be chased down? However, folklore or ethnomusicology would have provided a more appropriate profession.
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    Re: Name That Tune...

    That's David Benedict playing. If no one answers your query, log in, go to Mandolin Mondays on the home page, click on the Mandolin Mondays image, then on the new page, David's name will appear to...
  9. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The version I have looks to be the same tune as the Session ones, but a different arrangement than any of these. Natalie seems to be playing this reel as a "slow air."
    Here's another good source...
  10. Re: Ukulele Chords Played on Mandolin: Something is Wrong

    If I understand this properly, you're choosing U for ukelele on your tuner, and applying it to tuning your mandolin. The mandolin is normally tuned differently than a uke (standard mandolin tuning...
  11. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    I have music to a Cape Breton/Scottish reel, not jig, called "Flora MacDonald." I'm not set up to send it electronically right now, but if you send me a PM, I could copy and mail it to you. I don't...
  12. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I read a biography of Joni Mitchell. In it, the author said Joan was a speaker at a conference for music and art teachers, with a title along the lines of "Producing the Next Mozart and Van Gogh."...
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    Re: Bardic inspiration for role playing games.

    "Bard" is a Gaelic word for a poet or singer. A Gaelic-speaking cousin of my grandmother in Cape Breton was known as Dan Alex "the Bard" MacDonald. He made folk songs about his home and neighbours...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    Sherry, I enjoyed the Danilo Brito video very much, and did absorb the point you were making about his playing. I certainly can't play like him, but after years of fiddling, my problems tend to be...
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    Re: Slide mandolin in Quebec City

    Yeah. I now know why so many people feel the need of a beater mandolin. :mandosmiley:
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    Slide mandolin in Quebec City

    We had a recent discussion of slide mandolin on the Forum. I just came across this footage of an unexpected slide at a Quebecois session (23:25 to 27:00).

    If the links don't work, search YouTube...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    I've studied under and observed a few music teachers in my day, and find that many aren't as sophisticated as they think. Although people learn in many different ways, a considerable number of...
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    Re: First song to learn on mandolin

    If you're an absolute beginner and want something really simple, a standard first tune for violin and fiddle (tuned the same as a mandolin) students is "Twinkle, Twinkle." Undoubtedly, you know the...
  19. Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    A hornpipe was originally an instrument, then became a dance, first done to a hornpipe. This Wikipedia article explains fairly well what a hornpipe is, or rather what hornpipes are. As Dave says, in...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    Oops, make that "Private Message."
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    I'm with Em. I wouldn't appreciate a discussion of my personality or behaviour on the Forum. If anyone's unhappy with things I say, I'd hope they'd either address me personally, perhaps through a PM...
  22. Thread: Papa Smurf

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    Re: Papa Smurf

    It's definitely smurfy!


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    And here's Papa on keyboards.

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    Sorry, I had a daughter who was quite a Smurfs fan in her pre-school days.
  23. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Clearly, YOU can slide in standard tuning.
    Phil will be excited to know!
  24. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Sorry, Steve. I don't know if I'm going blind or senile. I see that I did call you "Steve" on your last thread.
    I'm puzzled though as I've always heard that you need open tuning to play slide...
  25. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Thanks, Phil. That's great. What tuning do you use?

    Steve James has a slide mandolin tune in Roots and Blues Mandolin, p.42-3.
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