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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yes please.
  2. Re: “The Cuckoo” - The Orpy String Band

    That's right, thanks. While you were posting I corrected the original link.
  3. “The Cuckoo” - The Orpy String Band

    This is part of the Orpy String Band. We are based in south-east England. We also have a banjo and ukulele player.

    I do some of the vocals and play mandolin, but honours on this recording go to...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've started on the Steve James DVD and some other bits and pieces.
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Guy Tortora plays mando without a pick but he is a very strong guitar player. https://youtu.be/Xw9lZCimlOA
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    People tell me the mandolin is too thin and/or harsh on its own unless in the hands of a virtuoso. Ken Whitely’s performance is certainly interesting, energetic and very full.

    Although I’ve only...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    I'm looking at the options.

    I play mandolin in an Oldtime/crossover stringband but occasionally have to do something solo. I was looking at Blues guitar but I think it would take too long to...
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    I was after 'historical technique' rather than technique or history per se, but it's all of course of interest.

    Your "Blues, Stomps, & Rags" series is inspirational.
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    Re: Early Blues Mandolin

    Thanks for the responses. The Steve James material looks very helpful and I've ordered the Joe Carr book despite the strangely mixed reviews.

    I'm collecting instructional material, but I'm...
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    Early Blues Mandolin

    Could anyone point me to a technical description (online/books) of how the mandolin was actually used in early Blues?

    Yes, I could just listen to recordings, but I'd appreciate an introductory...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    In the venue where I play regularly we're supposed to go outside and tune up in advance. The rule was obviously not made by a mandolin player!

    I try to do a quick tune while the rest of the group...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    Although I'm happy to have fixed the intonation problem, it was minor in comparison with the way in which strings can go out of tune anyway. It doesn't happen so much at home, but in a crowded...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    I got it from TAMCO so it must have been set up properly! It's had a couple of accidents when the strap button came out. Maybe it got dislodged soon after I bought it, and then partly dislodged the...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    I slackened off the middle strings and the end strings depending on which end I wanted to move. I found it fiddly to move one end about say 1mm without affecting the other end, but I got there...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    I noticed the mark on the surface next to the bridge but I didn't actually notice a sound problem. I mostly play chop chords, I don't play melody up the neck much and my ear probably isn't good...
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    Re: Intonation issue

    Thanks for the response. I'm not with the mando right now but I'll try adjusting the G side when I can. Is there a difference between fretting at the twelfth fret and using harmonics?
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    Intonation issue

    I bought my mandolin new in 2010 and have never adjusted the bridge.

    I noticed recently, however, some marks in the varnish which suggested that the bridge had moved towards the tailpiece at the...
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    Re: Long Journey Home/Two Dollar Bill

    Nice work - an inspiration!
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    Re: Standing and Strapped Up!

    I don’t like playing sitting down. I sing much better standing up, my left hand fingers align better with the fretboard and my right hand moves with better rhythm. All that is stifled by sitting. I...
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    Re: Are you a mandolin picker?

    I was finger-picking a guitar years ago with no plectrum in sight. I thought mandolin players were supposed to be known as lutenists, but I've never described myself as such.
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    Re: Are you a mandolin picker?

    I used the term picking (as opposed to chopping) in a recent thread and someone told me the left hand was important too!
  22. Re: Song snatches in Old Time tune sessions

    That's true of songs too. I believe they are called floating verses.
  23. Song snatches in Old Time tune sessions

    During the late night Old Time instrumental sessions at the Sore Fingers music camp I’ve noticed small song snatches were sometimes sung at the beginning of a tune. Maybe this was just for fun but I...
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    Re: Instantly absorbing tunes

    Music camps are a far bigger experience than just the tuition of course, but that can be counterproductive if you're struggling to keep up. Sore Fingers is packed with activities but if you elect to...
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    Re: Looking for online mandolin lessons

    Mandolessons.com

    Free, but you can donate.
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