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    Re: Hands too big

    One of the greatest Bluegrass mandolin players around today,Adam Steffey,has pretty big hands - as do i. As Vic-victor says above,it's a matter of getting used to it. Learn to position your hands so...
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    Re: Hands too big

    Hands too big never a problem. One can manage play mandolin, just a matter of getting used to it and practice. But this is what happens when hands too small:

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  3. Re: Punch Bros remake of The Cars "Your Just What I Needed"

    Great cover and the PB nailed it.....but, I think I like this one even better:
  4. Punch Bros remake of The Cars "Your Just What I Needed"

    Enjoy this remake on an old The Cars tune by The Punch Bros.......nice job lads!!!!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=watch-vrec&v=Yxgr-Ebpidw
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    Re: Strumming Rhythm Help Needed

    reel - peanut butter peanut butter peanut butter peanut butter (four beats one to a beat)

    jig - apricot apricot apricot apricot apricot apricot apricot apricot (four beats two to a beat)
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    Re: Strumming Rhythm Help Needed

    Here we are.............this time a couple of jigs played at pace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZuFkZvdPao
    I think it's a good example of backing rhythms.
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    Re: Strumming Rhythm Help Needed

    I've been to a fair amount of different sessions. Some had very basic accompanies who simply made sure to hit the down beat and others were more complex and trying to play off the back beat, etc. ...
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    Re: Strumming Rhythm Help Needed

    OK try playing along with some music you know well. Don't worry too much about the chord progression.Try and get the feeling for the rhythm.
    As I said before,rhythms can be simple or complex,so...
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    Re: Positions: a basic issue

    This is extremely useful for speed too, as the fingers going up are there coming down.

    Though, for non classical stuff, it is sometimes usefull to put the other fingers into the appropriate chord...
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    Re: Positions: a basic issue

    "I personally teach folks to lift fingers they aren't using unless coming right back to it."

    An important principle of left hand technique on any fretted instrument, such as the lute, classical...
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    Strongly support Jill and D Mac here. Remember that the tunes are played for dances, whether jigs or reels, and make sure that you play in a way that a dancer can respond to. I was teaching a young...
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    Apologies to any beginners or challenged learners for my,possibly,dogmatic reply to this thread.
    I just felt that it was important,not to get bogged down with theory.
    I learned to play by listening...
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    One of the reasons we end up spending so much time talking about how to pick a jig is that there is a percentage of beginners new to playing irish trad/celtic music who don't know what a jig is...
  14. Thread: Duo Goal

    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Duo Goal

    There are plenty of simple violin duets out there. You can find many for free download on IMSLP.
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    by Jim Garber
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    Re: Duo Goal

    I am not sure where you are located but hopefully you are in a place where there are many teachers. You are paying these people. Interview them as you would any professional (lawyer, doctor) and tell...
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    by Pete Summers
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    Re: Duo Goal

    I'd say dump that teacher post haste. From your description, your wife would probably be better off learning from a book. If you are interested in old time or other folk genres, seek out teachers...
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    The Irish language has an extra word (a sheinm) for playing an instrument, which is completely different from, say, the word for playing games; it is, however, reused for CD players, mp3 players etc.
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    Just for comparison, in Welsh, you SING (canu) an instrument, whilst in Spanish and Portuguese, you TOUCH (tocar) an instrument. Food for thought.
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    Re: celtic jig picking patterns

    I suggest you do both. Practice the pattern on one string until you can do it unconsciously and then try playing that pattern as a rhythmic drone to a recording of a good player playing a jig. When...
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    Re: Blocks and no progress

    Exactly right! I mean EXACTLY right!!
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    Re: Blocks and no progress

    Let me tell you something that is absolutely true, and you will absolutely not believe me. You won't believe me at all.

    You will never, never ever feel ready to play in front of others. If you...
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