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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...
  2. Thread: new website

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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!
  5. 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...
  9. 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...
  11. 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.
  16. 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...
  18. 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,...
  19. 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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    Re: Celtic lockdown!

    Absolutely brilliant music!
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    Re: New to the forum

    Welcome! I'm sure you'll find this a friendly, interesting and supportive place. Your journey with the mandolin will be well accompanied by your journey here.
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    Re: Ibanez M510E Question

    I think I have the same model, and I'm happy with it. Of course, if the neck is warped, that's serious and shouldn't have been sold to you in that state.

    It's normal for mandolin strings to...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Sounding good! I like the tone and ornamentation.
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