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    Re: Adapting violin music for mandolin

    Some initial and superficial thoughts: Take advantage of how plucked strings and plectra work wherever possible. Don't be afraid to do things (like take advantage of open strings to facilitate...
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    Re: Mazzaccara Classico A style mandolin

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    Mazzaccara Classico A style mandolin

    Hi everyone, this is my first post on the forum. I’ve been reading and learning so much from this site since I started playing about six years ago, such a wealth of information. I’ve just acquired a...
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    Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    Just received from the British BMG Federation Committee:

    "Saturday 10th October marks the 10th anniversary of the late, great British mandolin maestra Alison Stephens and you are invited to join...
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    Re: Alison Stephens: Con Espressione availability

    I'm still having some conversations with diverse industry players on this. I'll share word as there's more, but for now, note this new word (and emboldened paragraphs) from Astute Music:
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    Ignatius Sancho Minuets

    I found out about Ignatius Sancho recently after watching the BBC documentary "Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History" and discovered that he had composed music for violin, mandolin, German...
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    Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Firstly, Mandolin Cafe, thanks for being patient with a nerd like me who is probably overly excited about his first build and my most humble apologies for "over sharing" my progress as I've gone...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    There are many threads about bowlback cases, I decided to update this one as the Dogal is mentioned. I just bought one, so I can add some info and photos:
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  9. Re: Score for Slavator leonardi: Souvenir de Sicile?

    For those like me who's eagle-eyed orbs are not what they used to be:

    I began practicing this piece with the pdf attached to Jim Garber's message above. This was visually difficult but I became...
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    An article on historic stringing

    For the few nerds who may care about historic mandolins, I'm hoping to digest this one more fully in the near future: Mimmo Peruffo's Aquila Corde blog entry on mandolin strings.
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    Galalith poker chip pick

    Just wondering if any one else has done this. I ran across someone selling vintage galalith (caseinite) poker chips on ebay. No embossing or printing, just plain chips in various shapes and colors....
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    Re: Post a pic of your cat sleeping in your case

    Here’s my two cats in my case tonight, Mozzie and Harriet, they’re about 4 months old.
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  13. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Julien Martineau's position reminds me of some of the ways Eastern European, Balkan, and Central Asian musicians hold bowlback lutes.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/5468/7232366096_336dd9de9c_b.jpg...
  14. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Holding the bowlback mandolin is part of the technique of playing it. It's easy once you learn it, but the technique might not be obvious if you haven't had occasion to be around it.

    Here is Ugo...
  15. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    The Ava Strings bowlback goes for about $3000 at current exchange rate.

    Personally, if I were buying a brand new bowlback right now the Calace Company makes a simple model for a reasonable price....
  16. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    there's a way to hold a bowlback - no strap needed - that uses 3 points of contact: the left hand on the neck, the right arm on the side of the top, and the back of the bowl against one's leg and...
  17. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    By "company" do you mean the requirement is whoever is building it must have multiple employees? There are dozens of individual builders of bowlbacks and we have a list that is up-to-date, but...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Modes Made Easy
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  19. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Generally Classic bowl back mandolin in a mandolin orchestra..you would be sitting in a chair ,
    with the written musical score on the music stand in front of you ..

    then there was Kenny Hall, A...
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    Re: Your Mandolin Your Beer

    Is anyone else a mandolin and wine person?

    Bowlbacks and vino!
  21. Thread: Take Your Pick

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    Re: Take Your Pick

    Very different senses of aesthetic. Flat-wound strings, hard-rubber plectra, warmer timbres, and an aversion to extremely bright timbres and extraneous noise are some features of the German mandolin...
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    Take Your Pick

    https://youtu.be/NwdELWoEHiI
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    Re: New mandolin advice for Italian Music

    OBB. Old Bowl Back. Go from the "back of your mind" to the "front of your mind". Get one....

    You will never regret the pleasure of playing a wonderful old Italian mandolin.
    It is a...
  24. The Ranieri Method: full introduction and tremolo, by Ralf Leenen

    Ralf is coming up with some great videos these days:


    https://youtu.be/AqMcD0T7a8I
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Red Bear makes Neapolitan-type picks on request, started doing so after some consultation with Carlo Aonzo in 2004. They don't advertise the Neapolitans among their standard "models."
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