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    Re: cretan mandolin

    https://www.facebook.com/800295416659621/videos/512572102838125/?t=0

    Michael Kontaxakis again
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    Yes I went there in March, to a Group Workshop led by Spanish musician Efren Lopez, of whom I am a huge fan. There were only 5 of us along with Efren.
    Efren has just done another one last week as...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    If you think it was your fault, then yes. It was an accident, and in a session these things can unfortunately happen, but if you think it was your fault ....
  4. 2 10-string Sobell mandolins for sale

    No financial interest, but unusually there are two 10 string mandolins for sale at the moment on Stefan's 'Available now' page.

    I have a cedar/rosewood one from 1984. Best buy I ever did.
    ...
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    Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    I think it is significant in the case of this tune that it is the key of Dm, and therefore you will be playing notes on the first fret.

    In the majority of Irish tunes in D and G etc you don't...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    https://youtu.be/1tMrpQfb5Js

    We had a visit from Indian mandolinist Diptanshu Roy and his lovely wife Karishma recently. We had met at Mandopolis mandolin festival in 2013.

    Here we are having...
  7. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    The first album by the Irish band Planxty - with its innovative use of mandolin type instruments by Andy Irvine and bouzouki by Donal Lunny - changed EVERYTHING in Irish music, and subsequently had...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    You could study with Yurdal Tokcan for about a week this August if you want to at Labyrinth Music Workshop in Crete. I did a seminar there this March with Efren Lopez. Can't recommend it enough,...
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    I feel we should take note of this extremely beautiful Irish air as played by Simon Mayor.
    He uses a variety of techniques,including a wee burst of tremolo at around 1.15. Exemplary playing, in my...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Not tab, but an interesting video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKdlT5EK9-8
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    The biggest problem which I've encountered with trying to play oud music is that the mandolin is a fretted instrument and the oud isn't.

    I once started a thread wondering if there were any...
  12. Nice article about Dublin maker Frank Tate

    This is good.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/craft-and-graft-of-a-dublin-guitar-maker-1.3864724?fbclid=IwAR3Pzxo2QvGkzmlXUZxGtCo5JlNmCyqHVgbsDm0V2Btwo_r0pM9lankaIfQ
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    Re: a bad practice session

    If you're practising on your own, particularly if you are trying to learn a new piece, it may well be that you have other things on your mind and you are not fully engaging. Either go and deal with...
  14. Re: check this out, Rahim AlHaj NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

    A great musician.

    He is also mentioned in a recent thread on oud players:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/143192-7-Oud-Players-to-Listen-To/page2
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    Re: Under Seat on Plane?

    I often travel with a Seagull mandolin which is small and ideal for travelling with.
    It is small enough to fit in my hand luggage along with my clothes etc, so I don't have any check in stuff.

    I...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    [QUOTE=Michael Wolf;1707606]The oud seems to be not that important in Iran, but it`s there.

    I was unable to watch your videos for some reason, Michael.

    However, when I was in Crete, Negar...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    Well I had really great trip. The workshops were quite intense but good fun. There was a lot of emphasis on different rhythms, playing music from Turkey and further afield. I learnt a lot about the...
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    I've always liked the sound of harp with mandolin and actually feel it's not a sound we hear enough.
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    Round-backed mandolins and round-bellied mandolin players don't go well together.
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    Re: Funny names for Celtic bands

    This really only works very locally, but you might get it Bren.

    There is a mountain in Ross-shire called Ben Wyvis, and at one time there was talk of a ski development there, but it never got off...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    Haven't mentioned Munir Bashir yet. Essential listening.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munir_Bashir

    Some more modern stuff:
    Dhafer Youssef (seen here with Zakir Hussein on tabla!). This is...
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    Re: 7 Oud Players to Listen To

    Anouar Brahem

    https://www.anouarbrahem.com/en
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    Re: An Evening with The Andy Statman Trio

    Andy Statman Trio at the Jalopy Theatre playing Flatbush Waltz.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83-OZKDtOH4
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    Re: picking a jig- dud-udu, or dud-dud ?

    It's been a while since I've seen much on this hoary old question.

    I enjoyed the feature on Ashley Broder today, and some comments she made reminded me of it.
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    Re: Vanden mandolins/Mike Vanden

    I use his magnetic pickups on my Sobell 10 string and octave mandolins which have served me well since he personally installed them in about 1991.
    Here's a fairly recent video from the man himself....
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