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    Re: How low (temp) would you go?

    I've played fiddle for Morris dancers with snow on the ground, at about 0C, 32F. I wore shooter's or hunter's gloves, with a flip top over the fingers. It was uncomfortably cold then, and I'm...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Agreed. As some sage said: if you hang onto your bad habits long enough, they become your "style."
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    Re: Boil That Cabbage Down

    And I came across "Boiling Cabbage" on YouTube. You know a tune's been spreading aurally when it has half a dozen name variations.
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    Re: Boil That Cabbage Down

    If you look up on "Boil The (That, Them, Dem, 'em) Cabbage Down" on YouTube, you'll find that it's a popular tune. I tend to think of it as a fiddle tune, but I'm not sure that's fair -- it's just my...
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    Re: Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM)

    I should have said that's an online festival.
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    Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM)

    Free. This weekend (Oct. 16-18, 2020). Appalachian old time music, including Alice Gerard and friends, Guy Davis, and other fine musicians, singers, and a storyteller or two. Saw a mandolin on Guy's...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    There's plenty of good advice above, but I didn't find the transition from fiddle to mandolin all that easy. Picking out notes was simple, but what I was doing with both hands was quite different...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    What does it do, Sue? (Make a racket, I gather.)


    On another topic, one trend I'm noticing in this thread is that loud instruments and unskilled players are generally regarded as an annoying...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Gunnar, how did your search for online fiddle lessons work out?
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Sorry, but that's a legend -- see Post 30, above. This legend even has variants. At a fiddle camp, some years ago, an instructor told us that fiddles had been outlawed after Culloden. The sad thing...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    You're right, Bear. As soon as I read your comment, I remembered the harmonica being mistaken for the magazine for a .22 hand gun. Apologies to John. But let's face it, harmonicas are soon forgotten...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Interestingly, the article that I connected to in Post 1 told of a man being arrested for possession of an offensive weapon, a harmonica. In the previous 38 posts, I don't think that anyone other...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Here's Al Capone in Alcatraz. I guess the banjo is not considered an offensive weapon in the US prison system.

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    Re: Random mandolin sightings

    My sweetheart just hung up a poster that she's had since she attended The Pacific Northwest Women's Music Festival at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington in 1977. This lovely Art Nouveau...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I'd be nervous too if I saw you pull something out of that case in the middle of campus.
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    As a matter of fact, a fiddling friend of mine claims that one time when flying, she was told to remove the strings from her violin for precisely that reason. She said that she was eventually able to...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I enjoy it when I introduce a topic that really interests people. ;)

    Regarding John's story: a American buddy told me that one time he was returning to the States and had to put his flute...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    But harmonica was going too far?
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    instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    There's been plenty of discussion here about which musical instrument is the worst -- banjo, accordion, bagpipes being the prime contenders, and banjolin not far behind. (I love 'em all.) Still,...
  20. Thread: In The Mood

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    In The Mood

    In case any jazz buffs miss this fine and enjoyable piece from Mark Stoffel & Co. on today's home page:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=nMFTxNPyApQ&feature=emb_title

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  21. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The little stutters are called "cuts", a series of usually three short notes, dug in, rather than lightly bowed. This tutorial demonstrates more or less what Natalie's doing. However, Cape Breton...
  22. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    I'm terrible at proofreading my own writing, though I'm quite good with others' work. THe previous sentence should say "Baroque" and not "Cape Breton" music. THat statement must have baffled many...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    Yes, it was put together by Kate Dunlay and David Greenberg, a couple at the time. They are both classically-trained musicians with a passion for Cape Breton music. He was the concert master, I...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The Skye Collection (1887) from Scotland is an influential collection for Cape Breton fiddlers. It's now published by Paul Cransford, who's website I provided in Post 7, above. As in most fiddle...
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    Re: Jp cormier

    His uncle, Joe, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, and who dwelt in Boston, is a highly regarded fiddler. I've been listening to him since the early 70's.

    If the links don't work, search YouTube for...
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