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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Hi Dagger, I completely agree that working with other musicians is really important, not just for the development of musicianship but also for the general social experience and camaraderie. I'm sure...
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    Re: Birmingham tradfest 2019 anyone?

    Thanks Whistler, yep great line up and loads of sessions :) I really like your friend's (Adam's) playing, hopefully I'll get to meet him. I tend to agree that camping in Birmingham at any time of the...
  3. Re: What's the weirdest MUSICAL thing you've ever done?

    Wow, I thought I had a fairly "eclectic" musical diet. Respect to you Devan :)
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    Birmingham tradfest 2019 anyone?

    Hi folks,
    Next weekend I'm going to the Birmingham tradfest (I've got an 18 month old little boy so weekends off are a rarity these days, but more than compensated for by the little man)....
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    I'm very sorry and sad to hear this news.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ivan a handful times a few years back (via this website) and did a bit of jamming with him. I remember a kind, curious and...
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    Re: Improvising

    This doesn't necessarily answer your question Br1ck, but I thought it worth sharing this clip where guru Grisman talks about improv and offers (to my mind at least) some profound insights about the...
  7. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Here is the amazing Tim Edey demonstrating an Ashbury
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn6IuIAkirY
  8. Re: Ale Brider (a Yiddish folk tune) [on Red Valley Mandolin]

    Great to see some klezmer mandolin :mandosmiley:

    I've been loosely involved with both the Irish music and klezmer scenes in Manchester for about the last 20 years. Admittedly, I play more guitar...
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    Re: Music venues in London England

    The session website lists traditional Irish music sessions, I'm not saying that this is complete or all the sessions are definitely running but may be worth a look....
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, I'm so sorry to read this. If you're feeling up to it then I could try and visit sometime soon?
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    Hi Dagger, all good thanks. Got married in 2014 and had a baby boy last May so plenty to keep me busy!

    Still managing to play music though, this was an interesting project - imagining what the...
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    I think that the player is more important than the instrument, e.g. a player who specialises in playing Irish/Scottish music etc would sound more "celtic" on an F5 than a pure bluegrasser would...
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    Re: What's a Chord Melody?

    I found this to be a really informative lesson on the subject, thanks Aaron...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_vdd5bM2sk
  14. Re: John Doyle - Irish Rhythm Guitar: Accompanying Celtic Tunes

    Another great resource for Irish trad backing on the guitar is Frank Kilkelly's website which also includes information about key players, I don't have his books but there is plenty of info about...
  15. Re: Guitar Question: Starting to Play Fingerstyle?

    Like most things in music, "fingerstyle guitar" covers a wide range of things. I think that a good place to start is decide which guitar players you would like to emulate and focus on one of those....
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    sorry, no mando content on this one - I usually play Americana on the mando, where I live there are a lot of great Irish musicians and I usually play rhythm guitar to Irish music. Anyhow, here is a...
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    Re: Stuart Duncan on mandolin

    I really like this recording which has Stuart on mandolin :mandosmiley:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j526fXDhBLc
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    Re: Why use capo?

    I completely agree, but think that it's worth pointing out that open strings do work in keys which are not as "user friendly" (especially using the third of the chord), so in F maj (or Dmin) the...
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    Re: Cross picking in Bb position

    Exploit the open D string (the third of Bb)!
  20. Re: 400-500 to spend on a mandolin for my husband's birthday...

    Great idea :)
    Forsyths in Manchester stock a pretty decent range of mandolins including Eastman, Moon, Seagul and Breedlove including a few in the region of 500. Depending on what type of music he...
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    Re: What Techniques Do You Use In A session?

    One technique which works well on the mando and which Dagger Gordon was pushing at a feis that I went to a few years ago (thanks Dagger :) ) is exploiting open strings when playing tunes. Most...
  22. Re: Paul Shippey and The Best Mandolin in The World (Again)

    Welcome and I hope you have many years pleasure from your new mandolin. Great to see another local (to me) member of the cafe too, whereabouts do you live in Lancashire? I go to some sessions in...
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    Re: Article: Celebrating 21 Years on the Web

    Nice one :), I try and get away for a couple of weeks "off-line" a year, as you say it's very refreshing and I think healthy, although I don't have the responsibility of running this (and my...
  24. Re: Jordan Ramsey wins the mandolin competition at Winfield!

    Congratulations Jordan, it was great to meet you a couple of years ago when you were gigging in Lancaster (UK). I was blown away by your playing and as others have intimated, you're a real gentleman...
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    Re: The capo conundrum

    Interesting question, I use a capo loads on the guitar (especially when playing fingerstyle) but have never used one on the mandolin. I think that a guitar's greater sustain probably lends itself...
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