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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I did try to learn the fiddle at one stage but for various reasons stopped. On the good side what happened was that while I was practicing on the fiddle, my finger positioning for mando REALLY...
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    Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    Here’s a dilemma, though it’s about stealing drugs not mandolins,
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_dilemma
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    Sticky: Re: Thread for Social Group MP3 posting

    Really appreciate it Martin, that helps a lot, thanks. Nice vid too.
    I’m trying to figure out how to, in a sense, walk all over someone else's solo -but in the nicest possible way! Probably very...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Many thanks again Apollonia, this music’s great!
    So Marko was like the Doc Watson of the Oud.

    Couldn’t find Wiki on Melkon just this:
    Marko Melkon, whose original name was Melkon Alemsherian,...
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    Re: Starter Tools

    Most people have access to a small good quality steel axe, and can borrow a drill from a friend for 30 minutes.
    The tools are already available. And if you sing and record mp3’s instead of video,...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Thanks David, oh that’s actually quite cool, a bit like a guitar with an alternating 1,5 bass, sixth string to the fourth string. And then four top strings in regular fourths.
    They have them here...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    The new management team of an extremely big guitar manufacturing company are all sitting around a table on a yacht in the Bahamas, laughing. This friendly sort of guy arrives on a boat and an...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Banjo player and a fiddler are having an argument.
    The fiddler says he can’t stand it because the banjo player plays all the time.
    Banjo player says, No! It’s you who plays all the time!
    I only...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I thought I’d write some of the rules that I’ve just recently learned (from the Cafe, thanks again guys) and given myself to keep focused.

    One tune and setting at a time, the other different...
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    Re: Raymond Mandolin Passed Down

    Wow, now THAT is a serious musical instrument!
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    A bass player and a banjo player have been friends for a long time and want to start a band. They put out an ad but only get one reply. This guy walks in for the audition and says he’s a pianist. A...
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    Re: Bill Collings Signature

    Funny though, I was borrowing a $100 Stagg for a long time and I couldn’t afford an Ashbury Octave mandolin until I suddenly thought, wait a minute I’m a mandolinist. This is what mandolinists have....
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    Re: Bill Collings Signature

    I’m not sure I want to talk about Collings if they’re not threatening anyone. Though they do make really nice mandolins! :)
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    Re: Campfire travel Mandolin

    Another option, a classical guitar has a scale span of 2 octaves whereas the mandolin is less, so it should be possible to just use an old set (or even new set) of nylon guitar strings, and use four...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    In the summer of 1977 I was sitting with some friends on the grass outside a pub. It was called the Ferry boat in Cambridgeshire but that’s not a joke. And Tom arrived and he looked serious. I said...
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    Re: Chord Melody Songbooks?

    Not sure if you’re looking for songs or tunes, here’s both as .abc files which can be transformed into tab to using mandolintab.net
    http://www.norbeck.nu/abc/
    If you do a search using an .abc...
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    Re: Johnny, Tiny & Jethro

    Thanks Marc, and great to see those guys having so much fun with harmonising.
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    Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    That is good news, well done.

    (In response to another poster, I feel for the thief too, I can’t imagine what they’re going through, hope they can work it through)
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Jill McAuley: “...but I only played it once through because I wasn't quite confident of getting through all four parts again without making a mistake!”

    -no problem, you play it through once, I...
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    Re: Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    Double harmonic major scale from Misirlou -which means ‘Egyptian woman’ by the way- can be found by flattening the second and sixth of the major scale. Nice to see on the fretboard, because it’s...
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    Re: Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    Nice one, Apollonia, thanks.
    And.
    Aaeeeeeh! Now there’s a song, thanks Doug.
    If anyone’s interested the tab is here:...
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    Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    Hope you get it back.
    It might also show up as a search on google for the specific mandolin type from someone in your neighbourhood in the specific time frame. (a friend of the thief may just do a...
  23. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    And not asserting their Trademark rights earlier on in the game was maybe a way to corner the market. They wanted, and encouraged people to copy them so that the word ‘guitar’ could be defined as...
  24. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Nice one Steve, thanks!
    -and there, I was just about to write, ‘Gibson, Gibson, Gibson, Gibson, Gibson Gibson’!
    This Trade Mark thing got stuck in my head :)

    (it is an interesting debate)
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    Re: 1960s Portuguese shape domed back

    Really nice Appolonia, I really like the back of it. It’s really flower-power too. :)
    I was wondering, do you know if the front, dark wood around the sound hole, has an acoustic purpose?
    If it had...
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