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  1. Re: I知 afraid woodshedding has made me worse

    I always had some silent instrument for quiet practising of tunes I normally play on OM and RTG:
    - electric tenor uke with nylon strings (now out of service)
    - electric TG (today)

    This helps for...
  2. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This thing is really pissing me off.
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    Re: When a mandolin tunes itself

    What time exactly is "beforehand"? Before driving to the gig/jam/session? Consider the humidity changes on the way - it may be drier in between, making the tuning, e.g. go flat. Then you play, making...
  4. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Absolutely. Humidity changes, if not by the weather then certainly by the player, and thus the instrument moves.
  5. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    ...diplomatically put. Someone should tell the seller where to stuff it.
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    Re: Tenor ukulele tuned GDAE?

    I had one of these 12 years ago, tuned to OM GDAE with nylon guitar strings (these instruments can't survive the pull of steel strings):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1o6stG2CnE
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    Re: Waxing the mandolin

    If the tone of the mandolin is less than desirable, muting it is a step in the right direction, but then the wax should fill the whole body. Everything else is just another myth.

    Has me...
  8. Re: You have never seen a mandolin like this

    Is there a mandolin in that video? All I saw was elderly people talking about other elderly people - at least until 3/4 into the video when they finally started playing something (and then I liked...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Time to contribute one of mine here again, featuring the Fylde OM and the Royall RTG...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze1jVF0h6-A
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Welcome here, Colin. I remember I learned the Joe Banes set from the video you did with Alan Colfer. The synced foot stomp was awesome, and I have tried to copy that with whatever shoes available ;)
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Haunting sound and harmony.
    I've noticed a certain asymmetry of fingernail colors, which seems to suggest that luthiery is another trade where you hit your thumb with a hammer, occasionally :grin:
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    Re: Changing pick hold

    That's what stands in the way of faster/easier. Patience is the way to go. A somewhat heavy-handed Hulk approach (beating the crap) is normal under the circumstances and will right itself, given due...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    parentamorphosis :)):)) I think musicians are exempt from that.
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    Actually, I had repeated positive feedback on my OM/playing from an uileann piper (female, talk about chick magnets) ~:>
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    There are people who do GDAD (Andy Irvine would), and I suspect there are drone addicts who do GDGD or ADAD (late fiddler Ian Hardie had his fiddle tuned that way) and even ex-guitarists with a...
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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    Depends on location. In a pub session, it's a pint of Guinness for starters, Coke for the remainder (I've trained myself to say "Coke" while playing, normally being totally unable to utter anything...
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    Re: What is that little instrument?

    When I expanded my zoo of instruments by a resonator tenor guitar, I expected a tsunami of questions like that (that a banjo? why are strings missing on your guitar?), but no, total silence. They...
  18. Re: Andy Irvine's Sobell instruments missing amid airport chaos

    That is indeed a probable outcome for this story as well. When I had my OM checked in once from DUS to KOI, it was immediately classified as oversize to avoid the bumpy ride normal luggage undergoes...
  19. Re: Andy Irvine's Sobell instruments missing amid airport chaos

    :disbelief:Man, such a terrible thing to happen to such a kind man and outstanding musician...
    I do hope the instruments will turn up yet, and may whoever screwed this up see his teeth fall out.
  20. Re: Mandolin is always a good way to end a video.

    I understand it to be meant more like the famous "paddle faster ..." sticker.
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    Re: Double-sided, double-necked violin

    yes, but how do you play both as a duet?
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Actually, it's fourteen to the power of eight, because all holes open is the seventh note in the octave, and there's two octaves to the whistle. Seamus Tansey may have a different opinion on the...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    I can:
    - good players make it look effortless and easy
    - the absence of conspicuous control mechanisms like conductors, drum sets, front superstars, fixed chord progressions creates the false...
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    Re: "Noodling" at Sessions

    Well, Jethro Tull took care of this :grin:
    Some say, ITM is the disco dance version of Baroque, and people like O'Carolan built the bridge from one to the other. When I last heard the full Christmas...
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    Re: Got A Problem: Too Many Cucarachas!

    Yes, Rob Paravonian had a lot to say to that.
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