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    Jack Charlton RIP.

    Jack Charlton helped England win the (soccer) World Cup in 1966. I remember my Dad telling me how important that was when I was seven years old.
    He had a great sense of humour too.
    Really sad day.
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Lots of people couldn’t sing “Happy Birthday” at seven. What about Russian opera singers? Chinese, Indian... :))



    I once knew a Salsa dance teacher who laughed (with me), saying, “I know you...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Back to the visual arts, if half the actors you see tell sad stories while smiling and happy stories while crying then you might learn to have some problems!
    Watching the facial expressions of...
  4. Thread: Why use capo?

    by Simon DS
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    Re: Why use capo?

    Probably been said already but another cool thing you can do with a capo is put it on the third fret of an octave mandolin.
    Now you can read bass notation! (At least until you’ve learned how to read...
  5. Poll: Re: Poll for the Song a Week Social Group Week #526

    Here’s a happy tune.
  6. Thread: Humidity

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    Re: Humidity

    My octave mandolin goes up to a 1/4 tone flat when it’s dry outside and sharp 1/4 tone when rain’s forecast. Wondering that’s bad over time.
    My bodhran is a great weather forecaster.
  7. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    This is the bird actually singing. :))
    187061
  8. Re: Olde English Tunebooks, The Village Music Project.

    Wow, it’s been a long weekend! :))
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    Re: Need help finding the music I crave...

    It’s all here at the Café!
    If you’re madly in love with some song and can’t figure it out then just step back a bit and learn how to figure out a couple of OldTime tunes. The rest will follow....
  10. Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tune

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2247763-canadian-sparrows-are-ditching-traditional-songs-for-a-new-tune/

    Is this the same for humans and the mandolin? No more triplets?
    Does anyone know if...
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    Re: New mandolin player

    Welcome to the Cafe!
    Here’s a songbook for ukulele (!)

    https://ozbcoz.com/songbooks/

    My advice? Learn the key of C then D and G major off by heart, forwards, backwards, up in thirds and back...
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    Re: Sheet Music w/Lyrics and Chords

    Do a search for ‘song collection’ and ‘ukulele’. You’ll get a whole load of great, optimistic, happy songs that sound good when played simply/acoustically.
    There are tens of thousands of songs on...
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    Re: New mandolin player

    Make sure that each morning as you open the car door to go to work you check both hands.
    -don’t ever take your mandolin with you.
  14. Re: Using Tabledit to transpose from Manadolin GDAE to Mandola CG

    You can also transpose tunes using mandolintab.net that’s if you write the notes out as an .abc file. You can get harmonised voicings too by transcribing for example, up four frets and then change...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Here’s a scale reference page, there’s an audio file for each one.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_scales_and_modes
    It can be good to get a teacher though, at least to show you how...
  16. Re: cistre provenant des états unis vers la France

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  17. Re: Couple of tunes on the mandolin from Ye Vagabonds!

    Wonderful, fine playing and thanks Jill.
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    Just as an experiment I did the sanding (a small piece of slate) and exacto knife trick on 6 originally smooth Dunlop picks (1.5 mm).
    I didn’t touch the tip part.

    I found that the ones with just...
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    Re: Why do people do this?

    Yes I agree, why do people do this?

    Here’s the compete listing, https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/155764#155764

    I think what she means (and I could be wrong) is that this is a beautiful old...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    When I was about eight I was in class and our mathematics teacher told us that the headmaster of the school was going to retire. She said everyone works in their life and then retires, it’s like a...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    I found that it’s much easier to use tab for this, I did a vid on what I knew about the Harmonic Minor scale a while ago.
    It helps a lot too, if you have fretboard vids of people playing the tunes...
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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Another advantage is that if you do play it a course lower then someone watching you who plays a mandolin can learn the tune from you by using the same fingering.
    (It’s equivalent to playing an...
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    Re: Ebay - American flag mandolin

    I don’t care much for flags generally, but I do think this Gibson is beautiful!
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    Re: Question about customising a mandolin

    My 2 cents would be to lock yourself up in a cabin in the woods. You have food, water, a couple of good OldTime tune books with TAB too, and a METRONOME.
    Three months should do it.
    When you emerge...
  25. Re: DGBE (Chicago) Tuning: A and Bb/A# chords are weird

    Could be a similar issue to ‘normal’ guitars, tune all strings exactly on pitch but flatten the B string by about 1/8 tone, sometimes more.
    See how that works. Check harmonics too.
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