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  1. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Interesting topic, I've spent a lot of time playing with musicians informally in pubs over the years, and inevitably there is a range of skills at these "gatherings".

    My dad always said that the...
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    Re: Birmingham tradfest 2019 anyone?

    what about this (apart from the knitting) ;) http://www.alfolkschool.com/celtic-week

    PS I love a bit of Lynyrd Skynyrd :)
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    Re: Oakwood Mandolins?

    There is a very good luthier who lives near me called David Lim who used to work for Oakwood. The info on his website suggests that he worked for them from 1989 to 1996, making mandolins, guitars and...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    I tend to agree with other people here that it is good for musicianship and mando skills to just use your ears, figure the key out and play closed positions.

    That said, if you want to use open...
  5. sad news, Arty McGlynn passed today...

    Just seen this sad news. Arty was an excellent and pioneering guitarist for Irish trad although he played other genres....
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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...
  8. 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...
  12. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    Here is the amazing Tim Edey demonstrating an Ashbury
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn6IuIAkirY
  13. 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
  19. 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...
  20. 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)!
  25. 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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