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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I have a Donmo, which sounds sweet, but I don't play it much these days.

    reasons in random order:
    It's heavy and I have back issues - for the same reason, I don't like sitting and hunching over...
  2. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    You are learning mandolin, not how to be Irish!
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    Re: Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    It's been quite an entertaining and useful podcast , especially if you've had any exposure to the session and general Irish/trad music scene in Australia
    One of the authors plays mandolin I believe...
  4. Thread: Back in action

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    Re: Back in action

    Sure am Aidan, for better or for worse . I was at a workshop run by Dagger in Aberdeen just last weekend.

    Learning all the time.
    I hope.

    Are you still getting out to sessions?

    I managed...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    Some of my friends named their guitars back in the day when all the geeks knew about BB King's Lucille or Eric Clapton's Blondie or Brownie or whatever it was.
    I tried it but it felt contrived and...
  6. Thread: Back in action

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    Re: Back in action

    I only just noticed this thread.
    Welcome back Aidan!
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    My two favourite comments (apologies since I posted them before):

    "Can you play Duelling Banjos on that ukulele?"

    And on an offshore rig when a female worker, presumably a guitarist, came to...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Playing a friend's Levin F-hole on Stonehaven harbour, near Aberdeen.


    https://youtu.be/us78h4HD1pg

    Half-remembering The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord in response to a request by passers-by for...
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    Re: Funny names for Celtic bands

    I worked offshore briefly with a guy from Deaf Shepherd when they were as yet unknown.

    We tried to have a session in the laundry but the background noise (which you're not really aware of when...
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    Re: Volume of oval vs f-hole for Irish session music

    My experience in sessions , playing tunes rather than chords, is that the F-hole projects further forward but the oval-hole blends better, and you can hear yourself better.

    A Tone-Gard also helps...
  11. Re: So I tried to improvise for the first time, live in a jam ses

    I was listening to an old tape of Johnny Gimble and he explained that when he was a young player and he saw people improvising, he didn't know how they could do it.

    The advice he was given was to...
  12. Re: If you could ask Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers one quest

    "If I went back in time and started learning a year before you did, would I be better than you now?"
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    Re: Closed Chords come Last?

    Thanks. Seeing RG play this song in Melbourne in 1975 was one of the things that crystallised my desire to play mandolin.
    By them his mandolin technique had evolved a bit since your 1972 clip (can...
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    Re: People who have bad rhythm and don't admit it

    I have a friend with (I must admit) very good rhythmic pulse.
    if she thinks I'm straying she taps her foot a bit harder or stares pointedly at her foot.
    I don't mind. I spend too much time playing...
  15. Thread: Programmable EQ?

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    Re: Programmable EQ?

    (Thread resurrection)
    Hmm. That's exactly what I do with my BossG7 EQ pedal, through trial and error .
    Resulting sound is good but lately others have been complaining that my output signal is too...
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    Re: "Dave Swarbrick Fiddle Tunes" Book

    Well, that's often cycled through keys anyway, starting in D, then up to G, then up to A, then up to D in the higher octave, then tied back with a descending run resting on a C natural.

    Thanks...
  17. Re: What genres of music do you play on mando (besides bluegrass)

    Music is for playing with others, in my preference. So I play what I'm immersed in and there are always people to play it with, rather than picking genres off the shelf.

    Living in Scotland for so...
  18. Thread: European dealers?

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    Re: European dealers?

    A bit off-topic, but at the weekend I had a shot of a very good 1940s Levin mandolin that a friend bought over the internet and tidied up a bit.

    He said there weren't that many Levin mandolins...
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    Re: Anyone stop playing guitar for Mandolin?

    Pretty much.

    I occasionally pick up a guitar to accompany someone else, or sing a song, and I keep it sparse with plenty of air-space, the way I like it when I'm playing mandolin.
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    Re: Mando teachers melbourne

    I'm not Melbourne* based, but from there and usually visit at least once a year and poke my head into a session or two.

    You could try Tony O'Rourke,...
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    Re: Your first mandolin method book?

    It must have been the Jack Tottle "Bluegrass Mandolin" book for me, about 1975 or 1976.

    I've still got it but have lost the front cover which would have had the shop and price on it. Somewhere in...
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    Re: slower celtic tunes

    Faraway Grandchild by mandolin cafe poster Dagger Gordon is a lovely slower tune with a minor theme.

    The Dark Island is one of the best known "slow minor key" Scottish tunes.

    I've heard some...
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    Re: What on earth are you doing?

    Moving mouth (more like clenching teeth and grinding ) is usually a symptom of body tensing up with me, so I try to breathe naturally and not clench my teeth, relax the muscles and hopefully play a...
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    Re: Should I buy a new mandolin?

    Maybe if you went to visit, they'd let you play one so you could see if it would be what you're after.

    Of course, then you might get hooked on MAS.
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    Re: Should I buy a new mandolin?

    Oh.

    But what makes you happy will make her happy ... right?
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