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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Like Jill's post above, I play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad, and I like a thinner pick that facilitates "treble" ornaments.

    I also like being able to use the same pick for mandolin,...
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    I've never used a lubricant. Both the original Schaller and replacement Waverly tuners on my mandolin and OM work fine without it.
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    I'm still scratching my head and wondering why you'd want to make a case that's already fairly heavy, even heavier. On the other hand, that might just be my age talking. When I was younger (much...
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    Looks way cool, but that's gonna add weight to an already heavy case. And where will you put the stickers? :)

    Anyway, I agree with the above post that any good local leather worker could make it...
  5. Re: Practice Schedules for Multi-Instrumentalists

    I don't have any advice other than don't give up! It takes a while, actually a long while to get your embouchure together and feeling like you finally know what you're doing. Every flute player I've...
  6. Re: Practice Schedules for Multi-Instrumentalists

    My currently "active" instruments:

    "Irish" wooden 8-keyed flute in D
    Mandolin
    Octave mandolin
    Steel string acoustic guitar
    Nylon string acoustic guitar

    I try to practice every day, usually...
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    Re: How Do I Start and Run A Session?

    It sounds like you may have already decided on a format, but what stands out to me as someone who regularly attends Irish and mixed Irish/Scottish sessions is the mention of sheet music and music...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Not necessarily. :)

    There are genres like Irish and Scottish traditional music, where the primary role of the mandolin is to play the melody, not chords. Harmonic backup is considered less...
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    There may not be many "hard rules" when it comes to mandolin fingering, but if you're talking about Irish/Scottish trad, then I think it makes sense to look at what the fiddlers do. It's almost the...
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    Re: paddy on the turnpike

    Reels in Irish trad are usually written in 4/4 but counted as 2/2 for tempo/metronome beats (too long a discussion to get into), which means she's playing at around 107 bpm, pretty standard tempo for...
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    Re: Help with video conferencing

    Latency is the problem, as others have mentioned. You can't play in sync with others if the latency is too bad, and that's inevitable with the way packets move across the Internet. Your best bet is...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    A friend loaned me Butch Baldassari's mandolin tutor book when I first started on mandolin 13 years ago, so I searched out his music.

    That wasn't exactly the first inspiration though, because I...
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    I started on flute as a rank beginner in my early 60's, now 67. You'll do fine, just keep at it.
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    Even if you can't find a teacher specifically for Irish style flute, they should be a big help in embouchure development and breathing.

    My own self-taught progress went something like this: Six...
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    Yes, I signed up for a few months just for the flute lessons. I already had the basics down, so I skipped to the more advanced lessons from Kevin Crawford and Niall Keegan. Those were still a bit...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    You would have to contact Sam and find out what the current schedule is. When I ordered mine, it depended on whether you were on the front or tail-end of the current batch of orders to the fiberglass...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    The Pegasus cases are as cool as they look, yes. They're all custom order for your preference of outside color and interior, either solid color or Tartan plaid. What I like the most about them is how...
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    Re: Compressor?

    Just a few observations from experience:

    Compressors are one of my favorite tools for bringing "forward" an instrument during the mixdown phase of a recording. It's also essential to mastering,...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I played guitar for 30-odd years before picking up a mandolin. From my perspective, there are many more possible variants and applications for guitar compared to mandolin, so a variety made sense to...
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    Re: Help me understand

    DocT's clips above (nice playing!) are a pretty good demonstration of the difference in timbre between flat top and carved archtop OMs. You can hear the distinctive midrange punch of the archtop,...
  21. Re: O.M. neck length - short or long , pros and cons ?

    I think the conventional wisdom here is that longer scale = slightly better sustain, but not necessarily more volume. So much depends on the individual build, so there are no absolutes.

    FWIW, the...
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    Re: Wedding music

    Are you playing background music for the reception, or for the ceremony itself? I was in a wedding-focused duo for a while with a guitar player, and we did both.

    Background music was a selection...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    If you need an XLR input from a mic or other balanced line, one option would be to use a small battery-powered preamp with a 1/4" output on the floor next to the looper pedal. That's what I did in...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    True! Especially in live performance. You need a very steady tempo in your playing, and you have to nail the foot press right on time, or disaster ensues.

    I fooled around with loopers years ago;...
  25. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    Ditto what Whistler said above. Don't listen to just mandolin or tenor banjo players. You can pick up some ideas about technique that way, but there is really no established technique for playing...
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