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  1. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song A Week Social Group Week #528

    Nice to meet you. Coincidentally, we were in Maidstone today. Boughton Monchelsea is near there.

    That's not me in the video. It's the first and only recording I could find of this tune, and I...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    That's quite the band you have there! Good to see you enjoying the music.
  3. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song A Week Social Group Week #528

    Here's Schwäbisch:
  4. Re: MP3 of the Day - Coleman's March/Bonaparte's Retreat

    It gets better every time you listen. I'm grateful to Robin Bullock for all the hours I've spent listening to his music.
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    Wouldn't it depend on the melody? If a slide from one note to the next one up would sound good, that's the finger that will cover two notes. If there's a "breathing gap" between two notes, that's...
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    Re: new website

    Very nice web site! And the mandolins look and sound great.
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    Re: Two German songs in honour of meadows

    The first couple of bars are similar to Alouette. I'm German, and the closest match to my mind hasn't been mentioned yet: This German children's song about a lanky boy and a plump girl picking fruit....
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    Re: The Rocky Road to Dublin

    Well played! Nice tone and a fun video!
  9. Re: Autumn Leaves - Mandolin Chord Melody [Tab]

    Great playing! Thank you for the video.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    All my best wishes, too.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    This has become a very interesting and helpful discussion. I'm not a good player, and I very rarely need to play a solo in a song. But now I know where to start!

    For the sake of completeness:...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I wouldn't say I've settled on the Hawk picks. They're one of my current favourites, along with many of the others in that video - Gravity, Blue Chip, Dunlop, and several varieties of each!

    I'm...
  13. Re: Ceilidh Band in Lockdown (WARNING: non-mandolin content...)

    Well played and well recorded! More, please.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I'm on the same quest, and the video below is part of it. I've linked it in a couple of other pick threads recently, but it fits in here too.



    The information out there is so confusing that...
  15. Thread: Hawk Picks

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    Re: Hawk Picks

    I like the Hawk picks, too. They glide across the strings pretty well, and the bevel gives a lot of volume and (pleasant) brightness. On the other hand, there may be a little more "pick click" than...
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    I second the comment about the big sound! I was experimenting with drones just yesterday (John knows about this). You show how it's done properly. Great playing!
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    My workaround was to record a "jiggy click track" of me playing along with a jig on headphones (a jig by Marla Fibish, coincidentally), with muted strings. Then you can play the melody in the same...
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    Re: Cantigas de Santa Maria - Cantiga 119

    That's a very nice video! I learnt this cantiga at one point, but never recorded it. Your version has just the spirit I was trying for.
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    Re: one with my band

    Great song, great music, great video! I'd like that on my MP3 player.
  20. Re: Marla Fibish on Peghead Nation's Facebook page

    Thanks for the embedding, Jim. Very informative!
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    Re: Again with the picks

    I'm not usually a pick geek, and I have no illusions about finding a pick of destiny that will make me play better. But a recent conversation made me realise how little I know about how my various...
  22. Re: MP3 of the Day - Tarantella di Sannicandro

    This was one of the first tunes I heard on the Mandolin Cafe MP3 page after buying my first mandolin just over 10 years ago. I downloaded it (among others) and kept listening for weeks, months,...
  23. Re: "Vals från Vargön" ("Walse from Vargön")

    Brilliant playing!
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    Re: Kerman Mandolin copy by Mintu Biswas

    Well, you had 11 people thanking you for the interesting post. So there are readers taking an interest.

    Whether I can find anything useful to say is a different question. A mandolin I'll never be...
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    Re: Fischia il Vento - (Katjuša)

    Well played! I once learnt to sing this song in Russian. Now I can neither sing it nor play it on the mandolin. So you've given me an idea...
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