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    Re: Finnish music ideas

    Metsäkukkia is a nice waltz and song.

    videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Mets%C3%A4kukkia

    sheet music:
    https://musescore.com/sheetmusic?text=Mets%C3%A4kukkia
    and...
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    Re: Pick direction in Tarantellas

    It's probably obvious anyway, but I would say that it's better to have a systematic approach than not to, and that it matters less what the method actually is (as long as it makes some sense, of...
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    Re: Pick direction in Tarantellas

    DUD DUD for me too, but I try to avoid turning tarantella into a jig. John La Barbera in his book Italian Folk Music for Mandolin and Fiddle notates them mostly as DUD DUD, but occasionally as DDU...
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    Re: Headed to Ireland - Bring the mando?

    There's a discussion of the same sort of thing going on at thesession right now, with some helpful pointers:
    https://thesession.org/discussions/39020.

    I would definitely second the suggestion...
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    Re: Playing with accuracy

    I found Marilyn Mair's exercises helpful for this, especially this one: http://mandolinsessions.com/?p=991
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    Re: Islay Ranters reel set, name of first tune ?

    In case it's interesting, here's a video of Martin Howley of We Banjo 3, but playing mandolin here, demonstrating variations on Dinny O' Briens.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD-61uAuYRo
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    Re: Using verbal phrases to form solos

    In Irish and Scottish music there is lilting (called puirt ā beul in Scottish Gaelic), which is a kind of mouth music based on either wordless sounds made by the mouth or on nonsense words.
    ...
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    Re: DR 11 strings stockists Europe

    I got mine from stringsdirect, which is in the UK, so will most likely ship to Ireland.
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    Re: Fretboard Gazing?

    Just realized I hadn't followed through with this point, so:

    That's where it's different from touch-typing: a closer analogy is not looking at both the keys you're typing and the text you're...
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    Re: Fretboard Gazing?

    Just to clarify: I don't think anyone's being prescriptive about this. In my view, where one looks is just part of one's own approach to playing; looking away from the left hand/fretboard is not a...
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    Re: Fretboard Gazing?

    I hardly ever look at the fretboard except to find an out-of-the-way note somewhere high up the fretboard. I once saw a video of myself playing in a pub session and realized I was looking all over...
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    Re: Irish mandolin jigs for new player?

    I hadn't heard that, but I'm not surprised.

    I'm very fond of it myself because I had my how-to-play-a-jig epiphany with it.

    It's also very open to variations which makes it good for further...
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    Re: Irish mandolin jigs for new player?

    The Kerfunken Jig is quite simple and really very nice: https://thesession.org/tunes/139
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    Re: Bluegrass Mandola

    Shady Grove, as played by David Grisman on the mandola.
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    Re: Tremolo Paradox

    Indeed. In this video, at around 3:12, Roland White says "you don't what to do tremolo like this <plays italian-classical tremolo>, that's not the type of music we're playing", and Marilynn Mair in...
  16. Thread: Tremolo Paradox

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    Re: Tremolo Paradox

    I've been working on tremolo for the last six months or so too, but from a slightly different recipe supplied by Marilynn Mair. This involves a more pointed plectrum, which helps give greater volume....
  17. Re: Not expensive Mandola/mandolin with long neck, any suggestion

    I have an APC Carvahlo mandola with a 47cm (18.5") scale length that I tune DAEB like that to good effect.

    It's a really nice instrument with a great big sound. My only complaint about it is that...
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