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  1. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    I admire the steps you're subjecting yourself to in order to learn. I've felt nervous in group lessons too. The stage between beginner and intermediate is a difficult one. You either take a class...
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    Re: Country and Blues

    Thanks for the tip. I've been practicing this afternoon, and found that following Chuck's technique gives me a better sound -- which isn't surprising. I saw "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" many moons...
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    Re: Country and Blues

    For electric-mandolin blues, check out Yank Rachell, Johnny Young, Rich Del Grosso, and Lino Muio (for a start) on YouTube.
  4. Thread: Greek strings

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    Re: Greek strings

    Thanks, Greg. I always like getting more musical and cultural education, and I enjoyed the music, especially all those cousins-of-mandolins played by masterful musicians. I grew up partly in...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    I don't have great manual dexterity (some might put it less politely). This summer, I bought an Espana, a wide-necked Finnish mandolin built in the 1960's, in part because of it's wide neck (1 1/4"...
  6. Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    Roy Clark's version is nothing to sneer at either (about two-thirds of the way through, but who'd want to skip "Alabama Jubilee"):
    If links don't work, search YouTube for "Roy Clark - Alabama...
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    Greek strings

    I don't know much about this video except that it was recommended for me on You Tube. I'm not sure why, but they were right. There's some great string music and singing. Perhaps someone who speaks...
  8. Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    Thanks, Hank. That's news to me.
    There are quite a few tunes with a similar history, moving from one style of music and another. In the 1990's, I asked my Folklore students in Newfoundland what tune...
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    Re: The Obvious 12/26 Question

    I got two mandolins
    (on a bag designed by my daughter).

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  10. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    That's a regional thing. I've often read about low bridges, but Canadian fiddlers who play Canadian old-time, Cape Breton, and, I believe, French-Canadian and Metis styles (as opposed to Appalachian...
  11. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    I'm with Gary and Catmandu (above). There are thousands of fine old violins available at reasonable price. If you have either a fiddling friend to help you or a reputable store, that's helpful. If...
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    Re: Mama Spin Me Round

    Thanks, Scot. I really enjoyed the music and the video. Perhaps I'm a little too Canadian though -- I kept wondering, "Why doesn't that kid have a seatbelt on?" (not that I had a seatbelt on when I...
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    Very cool, Joey. Good video too. Makes me want to drink straight whisky at some late-night dive on the side of an old highway.*

    *with a designated driver to take me home, of course.
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    These books all are good, and include tabs tabs. All come with either a CD or a link for MP3's.

    Carr, Joe. School of Mandolin: Blues. Mel Bay.

    James, Steve. Roots and Blues Mandolin. Acoustic...
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    Vol Steven was an impressive mandolin player who played with the Memphis Jug band.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/141481-Blues-Stomps-amp-Rags-20
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    Re: NMC rare relic (re-purposed autoharp body)

    Just thought I'd post the ad, as it will disappear from EBAy eventually -- not because I bid on it though, Unfortunately, I can't transfer the photos, but here's the wording:


    *RARE* Authentic...
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    Re: NMC rare relic (re-purposed autoharp body)

    My vibes improved just by reading the ad. ;)

    The price isn't bad though. Jack of "Beanstalk" fame had to work very hard and take considerable risks to get a magic harp!
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I've been trying out the exercises on the video that Pete Martin generously made and shared on YouTube, and find them to be quite helpful. I wouldn't recommend them while driving though!

    That...
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    Re: Kris Kristofferson: the Austin Sessions...

    The "original Celtic nation"? Western Asia? Galatia? The area north of Greece?
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    Have a look at the posts entitled "Blues, Stomps & Rags," #1-50 down the Forum Page under the heading, "Jazz, Swing, Blues, Bossa, Choro, Klezmer, Ragtime."
    More blues than you can shake a stick (or...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I have similar problems. Besides not being very co-ordinated in my pinky, I nearly lost complete use of it when I broke my wrist a few years ago, then had to relearn how to use it. However, here are...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I'm a fiddler, and, like others above, I'd recommend that you take a few lessons with an instructor present, just to get a sense of how to hold the fiddle and how to bow. I wouldn't worry to much...
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    Re: Thor's Hammer, many thanks

    Thanks. I have a great deal of interest in mythology, so am familiar with "Mjolnir", Thor's hammer. I also have Norse ancestors from way back, so I was curious.

    I enjoyed your bluesy tune.
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    Re: Hello, new member here.

    Welcome aboard.
    There are definitely Australians here. The good news is you even have a social group. The bad news is: it has two members, and no one leaves messages. Still, you'll have fun and find...
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    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Personally, I'll defer to "tree" on all matters dealing with wood.
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