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  1. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    I have music to a Cape Breton/Scottish reel, not jig, called "Flora MacDonald." I'm not set up to send it electronically right now, but if you send me a PM, I could copy and mail it to you. I don't...
  2. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I read a biography of Joni Mitchell. In it, the author said Joan was a speaker at a conference for music and art teachers, with a title along the lines of "Producing the Next Mozart and Van Gogh."...
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    Re: Bardic inspiration for role playing games.

    "Bard" is a Gaelic word for a poet or singer. A Gaelic-speaking cousin of my grandmother in Cape Breton was known as Dan Alex "the Bard" MacDonald. He made folk songs about his home and neighbours...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    Sherry, I enjoyed the Danilo Brito video very much, and did absorb the point you were making about his playing. I certainly can't play like him, but after years of fiddling, my problems tend to be...
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    Re: Slide mandolin in Quebec City

    Yeah. I now know why so many people feel the need of a beater mandolin. :mandosmiley:
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    Slide mandolin in Quebec City

    We had a recent discussion of slide mandolin on the Forum. I just came across this footage of an unexpected slide at a Quebecois session (23:25 to 27:00).

    If the links don't work, search YouTube...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    I've studied under and observed a few music teachers in my day, and find that many aren't as sophisticated as they think. Although people learn in many different ways, a considerable number of...
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    Re: First song to learn on mandolin

    If you're an absolute beginner and want something really simple, a standard first tune for violin and fiddle (tuned the same as a mandolin) students is "Twinkle, Twinkle." Undoubtedly, you know the...
  9. Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    A hornpipe was originally an instrument, then became a dance, first done to a hornpipe. This Wikipedia article explains fairly well what a hornpipe is, or rather what hornpipes are. As Dave says, in...
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    Oops, make that "Private Message."
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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

    I'm with Em. I wouldn't appreciate a discussion of my personality or behaviour on the Forum. If anyone's unhappy with things I say, I'd hope they'd either address me personally, perhaps through a PM...
  12. Thread: Papa Smurf

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    Re: Papa Smurf

    It's definitely smurfy!


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    And here's Papa on keyboards.

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    Sorry, I had a daughter who was quite a Smurfs fan in her pre-school days.
  13. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Clearly, YOU can slide in standard tuning.
    Phil will be excited to know!
  14. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Sorry, Steve. I don't know if I'm going blind or senile. I see that I did call you "Steve" on your last thread.
    I'm puzzled though as I've always heard that you need open tuning to play slide...
  15. Thread: Blues w/slide

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    Re: Blues w/slide

    Thanks, Phil. That's great. What tuning do you use?

    Steve James has a slide mandolin tune in Roots and Blues Mandolin, p.42-3.
  16. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Thanks, Sherry. My sweetheart gave me a D'Addario Varigrip Hand exerciser a few days ago, with finger buttons that can be pushed all together or one at a time. My pinky is weak as the result of a...
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    Re: "The fiddle is laughing" (no mando)

    Thanks, Doug. Maxime was playing during the program, although it had Ti-Jean recordings too. ("Ti" is "little' [petit] for anyone without French.)
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    "The fiddle is laughing" (no mando)

    A good CBC Radio show with the popular Acadian multi-instumentalist, Gilles Losier, and young Montreal fiddler, Maxim Bergeron, with much focus on the music of Jean Carignan. I'd be surprised if...
  19. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Pete Matin's pinky exercises (they're very helpful):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wyXPyRPE-U&feature=youtu.be


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wyXPyRPE-U&feature=youtu.be
  20. Thread: Pick Quick

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    Re: Pick Quick

    Tremelo.
    There's lots about it on the Forum.
    Welcome aboard the Cafe.
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    Re: Funk Mandolin - "Kiss" by Prince

    That was fun, Steve.
    It's funny how funky the mandolin can be. I play some New Orleans funk: Cissy Strut (The Meters) and Get Out of My Life Woman (Allen Toussaint).
  22. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    We do get carried away here. Sometimes a response is also a comment on other issues that have come up on the thread. As I said, I'm enjoying the discussion.
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    Re: Mandolin "Slurs"

    Wikipedia defines "slur" for violin:

    "Slurring means that you change notes with your left hand but your right hand (bow hand) doesn't change direction. Once learned it becomes second nature, but...
  24. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    I agree, Tom. I do like to play with others, and don't claim the competence to follow unusually constructed tunes in a jam session. Life is full of compromise.
  25. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    This is an interesting discussion. I'm enjoying the thoughtful comments. Sorry for going on at length, but this is an important topic.

    To put timing issues into perspective, music and singing have...
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