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    Re: Free Mandolin Lesson: Gold Rush

    Nice playing, Shawn. I play Gold Rush, but after hearing your version I think I'll revise my version and try to get some of your touches into it!
  2. Thread: Why Mandolin?

    by ampyjoe
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    After learning some guitar and playing here and there but mostly solo, I found that I really wanted to play more with other musicians. I wanted to play Irish tunes (not solo), and play behind other...
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    Re: Article on Chief O誰eil

    It's one of the tunes in O'Neill's 1001 (his collection of tunes) so presumably he did collect it. I doubt if it's O'Carolan - to me it doesn't sound like one of his. There's a bit about this tune on...
  4. Re: The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Irish Reel

    Yep, as Jill says, instrumental pieces played for dancing are usually called tunes as opposed to songs. And the Wind that Shakes the Barley is best-known as a tune. But it's one of the few reels I...
  5. Re: The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Irish Reel

    If you mean is this generally considered a vital part of the tune, I'd say no. There are tunes where triplets are an integral part of the tune and can't be omitted without losing something, but for...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Fun to play around with, well done. As well as being able to play a note by clicking on it or numbered key, I think it'd be nice to have a button that plays the scale.
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    Re: Help with video conferencing

    I've been on a few singing sessions, where only one person (or one connection) performs at a time. So far I've used Zoom with 28(!) participants and Zoom with 5 participants and Facebook messenger...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Suggestions and answers given are very good, but I'd like to mention the issue of trying too hard when playing out. One aspect of this I've found is trying to be heard! Playing in your living room...
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    Re: Economy or alternate picking

    I looked at a book of Frank Gambale's on Amazon and you are quite right, what he calls sweep picking is exactly what I understand as economy picking. I had thought I'd come across the term sweep...
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    Re: Economy or alternate picking

    My understanding of economy picking is that it is a little different than sweep picking. I had thought sweep picking was generally sequences of notes where 3 or more strings are played in one pick...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Possibly another example of innate talent that enabled practice under adverse conditions...

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/22/experience-i-learned-to-play-piano-without-a-piano
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    Re: Favorite Books to Read?

    I second Never Too Late. Wonderful book that I've been giving as a gift or loan for many years now.
    In a somewhat similar vein, that of trying to become better at music later in life, I rather...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Those handy open strings in Bb become flat 3rd and flat 7th in B making B a good key for more bluesy playing. And for tunes that use the flat VII chord, it's a A, which gives lots of open strings. I...
  14. Thread: Blind Blake

    by ampyjoe
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    Re: Blind Blake

    I think that particular Blind Blake song would be hard to do on mandolin while keeping the feel of the original. I've had a go at another Blind Blake song, basically just copying one fill to try to...
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    Re: What makes an Air?

    Seeing as The Star of the County Down has been mentioned a few times in this thread, some of you might be interested in listening to this slow air from Mary Bergin's first record, Feadga St疂n.
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  16. Thread: Sticky Fingers

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    Re: Sticky Fingers

    I found that for me what worked was refretting my mandolin with wider frets, specifically the gold EVO ones. Prior to that the frets were made of much smaller fretwire. The difference in doing slides...
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    Re: pick direction practice advice

    Paradiddle!
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    Re: Bluegrass Music Theory (?)

    Most enjoyable 20mins I've had since I don't know when. Thanks for posting!
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    Re: How to hold the pick

    In Tony Sullivan's Irish Tenor Banjo book he describes a method of playing using what he calls a "thimble", essentially a small piece of plastic piping that slides over the first finger and is held...
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    Re: Cross picking in Bb position

    Yes, it's true that the drone note doesn't have to be in the chord. In the key of D for example it's E note and mostly sounds fine. But my point about the key of Bb is that the drone string is not...
  21. Thread: Crosspicking

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    Re: Crosspicking

    I think keeping the roll going as you describe really helps the effect. But sometimes you have to break the roll with a DU to get a melody note in. Which I guess is what you're saying. Listening the...
  22. Re: Pick direction in Jigs after a Quarter note or a Rest

    I just tried it, and this is what I do... mostly. I don't find that it disturbs the DUD pattern at all for when all three notes are present. Another reason I think it's good to do it this way is that...
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    Re: Cross picking in Bb position

    If by crosspicking you mean some pattern across the strings then I guess it's possible to at least outline chords. But if by crosspicking you mean something like Jesse McReynolds did then I'm not...
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    Re: Finger Picking Tenor Banjo GDAE

    Here's a link to a player that has some interesting stuff on playing a tenor with rolls. He does tune DGDG though.

    http://www.mirekpatek.com

    Also, it's possible to play rolls without retuning,...
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    Re: What is this notation exactly?

    Thanks. Yes, I used hammer-on, pull-off, pull-off, pull-off. The notation you're following would seem to indicate that the last not should be picked not a pull-off, but I find it sounds better to...
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