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    Re: Learning songs by ear

    I think one of the big problems is that if you get a note Ďcorrect Ď then you advance in your studies by one point, if you get it wrong then you go back by maybe up to twenty points. Thatís it....
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    You picked a fine time Kenny

    One of the greatest Country and Western songs from a great man. RIP.

    https://youtu.be/4SDVkdcO8ts
  3. I canít play mandolin -no, Iím telling you.

    More than 100,000,000 people in Europe in lockdown, now looking for something to do. Thatís the good news.
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    Re: If You Are AbleÖ

    I agree, I’d just add that it’s ‘physical’ distancing rather than ‘social’ distancing.
    Because at times like this we need to be socially closer, which we can be, without necessarily be physically...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Sorry David, I had thought leave it for a hundred views and if noone ‘likes’ then I’ll know that jokes are too early. but now, fair game!
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Never sure if I’m going to catch something by posting links to threads but...


    https://youtu.be/o4vW1unD-8E
    Posting at the same time. Ha, ha Ranald you caught it first!
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Thanks for starting the thread, Ranald, here’s a song.
    -and I don’t know the guy, but he does have a LOT of fun, rolling-rhythm mandolin tunes on his YT page...

    https://youtu.be/pdNKT8-ZGv8
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Or Northumbrian too.
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Been trying to get some social distancing myself by going out on my fast mountain hikes.
    I’m exercising the old heart and lungs, nothing better to do.
    Trouble is, the mountain trails are now...
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    Re: Tough times, tough decisions

    Now this is singing!
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    Re: Norman Blake Directions?

    Thanks Marc, his version of ĎThe L and N donít stop here anymoreí is great too!
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    I think an important point to remember is that, at least in Europe, because we have begun to rely on video surveillance for security then the wearing of masks now poses enormous risks. Is it better...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Corona Virus joke.

    https://youtu.be/7yJrsY9elgo
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Really good news Dan, stronger every day.
    And just in time, the Song a Week Social Group’s tune this week is ‘Three little Birds’ by Bob Marley if you’re interested :)
    (Just joking, hope you’re...
  15. Re: Kym Warner's 'The Bell Of Great Falls' transcription

    Thanks Roland, I like some of your atmospheric vids on your site too.
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    Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    Another way to advance quite quickly is to join the Song A Week Social group here on MandolinCafe.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=67
    It even helps if you write a post and...
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    Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

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    Hi Jean I just looked (iphone) and the programís called sight read.
    But I canít find it in the Apple store now, perhaps it was too good?

    Itís an extremely simple app that...
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    Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    Mandolessons.com

    If you have an iPhone then try ĎSight readingí app.

    Use a program, BandCamp or metronome that wont stop for a certain length of time, you have to start it, and you have to...
  19. Principessa and Tralee Gaol, Ashbury Octave Mandolin

    Bought this Octave about nine months ago now.
    Just starting to understand what she likes to do and what she doesnít.
    (Other vids posted on the Song A Week social group)

    Tralee Gaol
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    Re: Happened to you?

    I have a cat that waits till Iím in the middle of a recording to decide that she wants to go out.
    Iím just beginning the B part and she walks to the middle of the room and sits down facing me, and...
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    Re: Strap recommendations?

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    Old camera straps with black 200lb climbing cord and a slide knot is one idea.

    Another is using second hand shop old even damaged leather belts and cord.
    They are...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Thoughts with you Dan.
  23. Re: I need some advice on getting my first big Mandolin:)

    Nice to hear from MandoNina! :)
    Sorry I know nothing of Richwood, but good luck.
    I have an Octave mandolin now, it has a 20 inch scale length and I have to say it’s a lot of hard work once you get...
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    Hmmm, $30 pick with a $10,000 instrument ?
    Well that’s encouraging, my pick price to instrument price ratio is pretty close to that of Sierra Hull.

    Strange though, because when I play I don’t...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Sorry to hear you’re not well, Dan. Will play a tune for you.
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