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  1. Thread: O Sole Mio

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    Re: O Sole Mio

    The Ugly: That's me in the suit playing mandolin and flubbing notes at a trade show in Ravenna, Italy.

    The Bad: My large Italian colleague, The Man With No Name, is an even worse singer than me....
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    Re: Source for single monel guitar strings?

    You might try Newtone strings in England.

    I don't see more than one or two of your desired gauges there in the linked Monel sets, below, but maybe they can make monel singles.
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  3. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    I only learned this month , via Magnus Zetterlund, that a Swedish polska isn't a polka.

    I mean, I had noticed many 3/4 time Swedish polskas but it still didn't click.
  4. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    You will recognise it, probably under another title. e.g. "Johnny Will Ye Marry Me", "London Bridge" etc
    http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/KA.htm
  5. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    The tune in that Iowa schottische is one we would know as The Keel Row (said to be of Tyneside origin) and often played after Brochan Lom and followed by Katie Bairdie/Kafoozalum.
  6. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    Band I play in has different lyrics, from NE Scotland.
    Very adaptable tune!

    I posted it before, you can see here:
    https://youtu.be/oHvc43mtrpo

    Broon Coo:
    https://youtu.be/ckh4Q1L7gxE
  7. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    Schottisches (as "schottish" and various other spellings) also exist in late 19th C Brazilian music and are now played by choro musicians and others.

    "Yara" by Anacleto de Medeiros is a famous...
  8. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    It seems Schottische is different in several cultures.

    It's not necessarily Scottish music as such but perhaps an impression of it from afar.


    the Mudgee Schottische brings back good...
  9. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    The thing is, I know Flett Fae Flotta as a straight march, which I have played many times, especially in Orkney, but not at ceilidhs.

    So many tunes can be adapted to many rhythms when it comes to...
  10. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    The Jimmy Shand version has a very distinctive lilt to it, not just due to Jimmy's button accordion style but also the drumming, admired by Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones among others....
  11. Thread: Schottische

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    Re: Schottische

    This discussion and demonstration may provide some enlightenment about the Scottish Schottische.

    I'm not sure you'll be any wiser after watching but it's enjoyable.


    http://youtu.be/9OKOLNbwHoE
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    There was the Corries' "combolin", built by Roy Williamson himself.

    I didn't notice a lot of takeup by other players though.
    https://youtu.be/MLFfNTjPMuk
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Can we just say "pipe scale"?

    (I don't mean the type that can block up your drains)
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    That is pretty much how (Scottish) pipe tunes look when played on fiddle or mandolin.

    Although sometimes the fiddle/mandolin version will put a G# in to make it more fiddle-friendly sounding.

    I...
  15. Thread: Beatles tunes

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    Re: Beatles tunes

    Steve Earle has done a few Beatles covers, especially "I'm Looking Through You" on "Train a-Comin"

    Here's a live festival version with (looks like to me) Tim O'Brien on mando.


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    Re: Purchase a good entry mandolin in EU in 2021

    Thanks Paul.
    I think I had misread a directive about the limit for paying vat at source.
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    Re: Purchase a good entry mandolin in EU in 2021

    The important part was "EU" which means there'd be added duty and VAT, plus VAT on the costs of the importer paying the duty and VAT - unless you buy from within the EU.

    The threshold for these...
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    Re: Purchase a good entry mandolin in EU in 2021

    Dealers in EU:
    Look at Thomann and New Acoustic Gallery in Germany for the widest selection.

    Makers:
    There are many in the EU, especially Czech Republic and Slovakia, but will probably be above...
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    Re: My Gibson F4 and Eastman MD515v

    True, but you have Davy Stuart, although I believe he's not making any more.
    Also, I first saw Andy Irvine live solo in New Plymouth in late 90s early 00s, and again in Auckland when he was with...
  20. Re: Schottis från Idre - Swedish folk (dance) tune

    Tempo and all sounded very Swedish to me, not that I'm an expert, more of a casual enthusiast.
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    Re: My Gibson F4 and Eastman MD515v

    You are in NZ, right?

    Did you get your Gibson F4 there?
  22. Re: Article: Jethro Burns's Tea For One Rereleased by Acoustic Di

    Thanks Dawg and Mandolin Cafe!
    Downloading now!

    Rip-off was one of the many tunes I didn't understand when I bought Jethro's book in 1980.

    I hadn't even heard any Jethro recordings at the...
  23. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Another thing:
    Hammer-on is a technique specific to string instruments, maybe even specific to fretted ones.
    Trill is a type of sound often used to describe whistling or birdsong and can be played...
  24. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    As far as I know, a trill is a type of sound, involving rapid alternating between two neighbouring tones. Do they even have to be neighbouring?

    Hammer-on is a technique mainly on fretted...
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    Speaking of keys, some of the flat keys like F can be mandolin friendly.

    Here is a version of Golden Eagle Hornpipe, normally in G, played by accordionist Paddy O'Brien in F.

    Which I find falls...
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