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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    Good points all round.

    I also mainly play Scottish and Irish.

    In regard to using the pinky to reach the high B, Foldedpath is absolutely correct.
    Most of the sessions I go to tend to stick...
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    I use a Dunlop 88 for mandolin and tenor banjo, and a White Sharkfin on guitar and octave mandolin.
    I'm afraid I can't really get along with thick picks - in fact I find anything more than .88 too...
  3. Re: New Steve Cooney guitar album of harp music

    Yes thanks for putting that up Sean.
    I watched it yesterday - really enjoyed it.
  4. New Steve Cooney guitar album of harp music

    No mandolin content, but I'm sure many of you will be interested to hear that the Australian/Irish guitarist Steve Cooney has just released a guitar album of Irish harp music. Good news!
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  5. Re: Ebay Ratliff Mandolin Ads - Why is there little interest?

    For lots of people an inexpensive Eastman would be plenty good enough, if you are mainly going to use it for simple chords in a sing-song situation or something like that.

    If you get good enough...
  6. Re: Nordic/Finnish/Swedish folk music recommendation

    Vasen from Sweden


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrAILI4-25M
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    Re: Irish Music Tours -- suggestions

    Mick Moloney does tours. Legendary Irish mandolin player himself.
    http://mickmoloney.com/
  8. Re: mandolin same tuning as a tenor banjo?

    I have had a Windsor tenor banjo since the early seventies - the only one I've ever owned and I play it at most of my gigs.

    It has quite a short neck which makes it ideal for Celtic music. I buy...
  9. Re: Sunday picking sessions at my house are keeping me alive...

    John, I'm so sorry to hear about your wife. I'm afraid I hadn't heard.
    Kindest regards and deepest sympathy,

    Dagger
  10. Re: Sunday picking sessions at my house are keeping me alive...

    Sounds great. The eating together aspect is quite important I think.
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    Re: Titi Robin playing bouzouki Youtube

    Here is a video of the great collaboration between Titi Robin and Faiz Ali Faiz which I hadn't seen before. I was lucky enough to see this line-up in Glasgow in 2012, but I have to say this...
  12. Re: Swedish Christmas Youtubes. Moller, Tallroth etc.

    Annual plug for my favourite Christmas music. Delightful.
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    Here is a short film of Zacharias Spyridakis talking about the influence of Ross Daly, with some more good music clips.
    https://vimeo.com/293912713

    It looks like the interview and performances...
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    Giorgis Xylouris on lauto and Zacharias Spyridakis on lyra. They seem to be in the workshop of Stelios Petrakis (who briefly appears). These guys are actually pretty big names in Cretan music.
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    This is what Cretan music sounds like. Lyra and lauto. Magic.


    https://www.facebook.com/petrakisinstruments/videos/395018714621537/?t=152
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    In my experience being with or around other people who are motivated can be very productive.

    I know that when I was young I had a couple of friends who were very keen guitarists and we played a...
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    Re: Birmingham tradfest 2019 anyone?

    That's a really great line-up Paul. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If I didn't have other things on I might even go to it myself.

    Good to hear that you seem to be doing well.

    I seem to vaguely...
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    Re: Hector the Hero

    Here is Jenna Reid playing Hector The Hero, accompanied by myself on octave mandolin. Key of A.


    https://youtu.be/Woqsh3WqtJ0?t=15
  19. Re: Asturias - Solo Mandolin (Performed by Tiziano Palladino)

    Great,

    I wonder if you saw Alon Sariel's version of this recently.


    https://youtu.be/AAwYccc9Rn4?t=5
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    Re: Instrument swap?

    Having said all that, we once swapped houses with a family in France for three weeks.
    It's not for everybody of course, but it can work to both parties' advantage.

    Personally I would only...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    I am very sorry to hear about Ivan. I always enjoyed his contributions here, over many years.

    RIP,

    Dagger
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    Re: Magnus Zetterlund

    Yes I think he's very good.
    I always enjoyed this 2009 video of Nordic Trio at Urkult.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5p2lQAjZc&list=PLCTlfAlA6IuGRUG7Tme6Gvm1OZ_P9zs9y&index=7&t=0s
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    https://www.facebook.com/800295416659621/videos/512572102838125/?t=0

    Michael Kontaxakis again
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    Re: cretan mandolin

    Yes I went there in March, to a Group Workshop led by Spanish musician Efren Lopez, of whom I am a huge fan. There were only 5 of us along with Efren.
    Efren has just done another one last week as...
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    Re: Should I pay for damage caused?

    If you think it was your fault, then yes. It was an accident, and in a session these things can unfortunately happen, but if you think it was your fault ....
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