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    Re: Live Jazz -- Tom Wright Quartet

    Nice work Tom. I love latin. I've dedicated most of the past few years to accordions - not least for brazilian, colombian... it gets me out jamming and looking for percussionists. It's about my...
  2. Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    Sure, depends on what you're after. I could never play just one (or two) instrument(s) - so I miss out on "mastery." There are a whole bunch of things I like to experience. And without these...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Nevermind...I stuck it over on the fiddle forum.
  4. Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    Actually, (reflecting on what I'd written) I realize now that this may not be particularly helpful to a beginner - although playing in public is always a learning experience.

    *Otherwise, I'm...
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    One thing I do is commit to play publicly on a regular basis. I do this weekly, so it affords me the opportunity to break out an instrument that gets neglected. A scary thing, though, happens when...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Im at my laptop today, so can put up vids..


    https://youtu.be/A9rTBFeqo8g


    https://youtu.be/heluFpbTRGE


    https://youtu.be/lnmKEvN3Kp0
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    The music and Halvard Bjorgum: https://youtu.be/A9rTBFeqo8g
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Ya, that stuff is great. That piece by caoimhin o'rallagheigh (I posted here years ago) has a similar bit of melody.. The instrument can be so subtle..
    https://youtu.be/R48lXNaeT00

    ......
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Yep, that is what I'm working on. :)
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Ya, and vol. II (also available on YT) is chock-full of good tunes.

    I love how much sound these small fiddles produce, and with an economy of motion.. I learned this version of Fanten most...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    That was a "professional fiddler" he had demo it.

    Btw, I asked him why he was selling it. He replied, " To build more.." So, maybe he'll have another ready soon.

    Back to tunes. I came across...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    What's my fiddle doing on someone else's bed!? :)
  13. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    I find that I do this more on occasion playing accordions. I have no idea why?
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Depends what we're playing. All my trad stuff is ear - from jelly roll Morton to Chinese han. But I grew up also in the classical idiom, and I still read when I'm playing horns with my kids. And I...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    So this ratty old lightweight bow does better on guts/worse on metal.. https://youtu.be/UBJuyYIvflg
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Chap by the name of Owen - unfortunately I dont recall his full name. It was a random ebay find.
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Thanks for the links. Ya, I have an old worn-out lightweight bow that's closer to a baroque style, that'll prbly work better. And the (forefinger) hold, a la Bernt Balchen, works quite well for the...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    I haven't yet connected with anyone (about hdfl) on the couple of fiddle forums, so hoping for suggestions here..?

    I still havent acquired a new bow, and the one I have feels entirely too heavy...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Love it! Can you translate to English the lyrics?
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Apollonia'- That recording you posted of Marko Melkon is beautifully compelling. I've been enchanted since you posted it.

    Saw a great doc on link tv or something IIRC - about exiled Jewish Iraqi...
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    Re: Good buy on a lute

    Insist they send both! ;) Send back the least of them.

    Free shipping to boot!.. (caveat emptor - such an instrument must be packed/shipped carefully - prbly costing closer to $100; such a...
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    Good buy on a lute

    Couple of projects for sale. At the least - attractive wall-hanger.. (NFI)
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    Oops, meant - varied (and beautiful) textures and arpeggios..
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    Interesting - voice-leading and varied arpeggios.. Great example of creativity in overcoming the instrument's limitations - wringing out sustain and dynamics from a highly percussive instrument...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    My entree to oud music was from the Spanish-Arabic, flamenco side, through classical/fl guitar. Being a vestige of rock music, I liked the big, resonant sound of the big ouds. (I'm a drummer :) )...
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