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  1. Bill Bailey has taught himself Mandola

    Here he is on the Graham Norton show.
  2. Re: Home Recording Setup for Total Beginner?

    All you need to get good audio results is a USB condenser microphone. They are not cheap but are easy to use; just plug it into your laptop, adjust the sound settings so the USB mike is being used...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Singing a tune is the best way to memorise it. Kenny Hall, who was blind and could not rely on any written material, used to make up simple lyrics to instrumental tunes to help him remember them. A...
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    Re: My Amazing Russian Mandolin

    I have one of these Russian models which I like to think of as the Kalashnikov of the mandolin world - cheap and unsophisticated but robust and hardwearing. With regard to string gauge, I have used...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #9

    Matthew Prater appears in the Godrich and Dixon discography under T C Johnson Groups. They think Johnson played guitar on The Blue Boys sides. Here is one definitely by Prater and Hayes though:...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Blind Willie Johnson.
    This one is definitely about the Spanish Flu.
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Elder Curry with Elder Charles Beck on piano. Commentators are divided as to whether this song relates to an influenza outbreak in Memphis in 1929 or is harking back to the Spanish Flu pandemic of...
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    Re: Heading to London and Cork

    The Mandolin Self Help Group will be meeting on Sunday 9th February at Westbourne Park and then again on 8th March. There are generally a couple of spare instruments and you would be very welcome....
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Best of luck to you for the operation - get better soon.
  10. Re: Music for duets for me (mandolin) with my brother (mandola)

    Ondrej Sarek, who is a member here on the café, has written several books of cgda tuned mandola/mandolin duets (both arrangements and original compositions). I have not seen them all but think the...
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    Re: Eurovision song contest worst song?

    Israel is part of Eurovision because it, with Jordan Lebanon Syria and the northern part of Saudi Arabia, are in the European Broadcasting Area which also incudes parts of North Africa hence...
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    Re: Microjazz for Mandolin

    Very nice playing! Must look out my copy of this book again.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #44

    These two sides were recorded on 25th October 1928, not in the 1940s. The accompaniment is described as "unknown mandolin" and I think from listening to the vocals and accompaniment it is highly...
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    Re: Sir Paul on Mandolin Mondays

    For those who were disappointed by Scott's cruel joke here is a great live version of Dance Tonight
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTJz2j8UBA
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #43

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRl-cm8SwD4&list=PLgXNoqV_WC-FN_JpOdK7opAj3aQw3Du9q&index=1

    Here is Soldiers Joy - an old chestnut played as you have never heard it before.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #40

    I love that Clara smith track - she was a great blues singer. In addition to the mandolin and guitar there is supposed to be a kazoo backing her but it sounds more like a swanee whistle to me.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #40

    Thanks for posting this - I had never heard of Clarence Conaway before.
    According to Godrich & Dixon the accompanists on the Ida Cox track were the Pruitt twins and I think this is correct as it was...
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    Strings for 19" mandola

    I read the thread on 17" mandola strings with interest. I have a mandola with a 19" scale length tuned cgda. What strings would folk recommend for this instrument? (It still has the original strings...
  19. Re: What are you looking for out of a music camp?

    Is there a bar and, if so. opening and closing times.
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    Re: What's a Chord Melody?

    If anyone wants to just play some chord melodies without struggling through complicated theory I recommend "Just for Fun - Swing Jazz Mandolin" published by Alfred. These are great arrangements of...
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    Re: Fiddle Tunes with History?

    If we are talking tunes rather than songs "The Eight Men of Moidart" commemorates the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in Scotland.
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #36

    Sorry you can't see them Ranald. They have all been auto-generated by YouTube here in England (how that happens I have no idea). Crawdad fades out after just a minute which maybe implies it is...
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #36

    And here is "Crawdad"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfKXGRs-1zM
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #36

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL_O6nPG0Vg
    Here is "Garbage Man Blues"
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    Re: Blues, Stomps, & Rags #36

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db8VFXf6jmA

    Here is "Waiting just for you"
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