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  1. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    Tell me about it, especially when coming at it from different musical directions.

    My fiddler Significant Other always objects when I call the note on my mandolin or flute an Eb in Irish trad...
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    It's certainly an option, but from my perspective as someone who has played guitar for almost 50 years, and currently play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad on a mix of guitar, mandolin, and...
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    Re: Should I buy a Charango?

    You won't want an armadillo shell charango anyway, at least not in most climates far from where they're made. Over time, the wood soundboard will move around a little with changes in temperature and...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    No kidding. Try joining a fiddle forum and start a discussion about whether that scroll at the end of the peg head is ridiculous and non-functional. :grin:

    The only thing that matters is if an...
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    Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    Maybe this will help illustrate what I was talking about, audio being more relevant than written text. Here's how OldTime players play the Merry Blacksmith reel with swing -- advance to 2:07 in the...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    I'll slightly disagree about whether it's "wrong" or not, because unless you're supernaturally endowed with hand/wrist speed, it will always be faster to flick your 4th finger out to hit that high B...
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    Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    If you're planning on playing with other Irish trad musicians, beware of putting any "swing" in your reels. That's more of an OldTime thing, the John Hartford clip above is a prime example.

    A...
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    Re: String change frequency

    When I was in a duo playing gigs I'd change them "when they needed it," which could be anything from every two weeks to once a month depending on the gig schedule.

    After the duo was retired and...
  9. Re: Favorite clip-on microphone for Irish bouzoukis

    I use a DPA 4099 clip-on mic on my octave mandolin, clipping it on when needed. It's wonderful, has very good feedback rejection. I have it mounted at the lower body facing the F-hole:

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    Re: Octave in the Mix

    You've discovered the same problem of overlap that happens in Irish sessions, where there is inevitably a guitar player already present. Sometimes more than one. Octave mandolin accompaniment tends...
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    Re: Banish Misfortune

    That sounded good to me, Paul. Nice job! It's faster than I play it, but not by much. All due respect to slower interpretations, but for me "Banish" is a tune that comes alive when it's played at a...
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    Re: Alternate tunings?

    Not necessarily. You get the "mean" sound an octave below a mandolin with a long enough scale length and a large enough resonant air mass in the body to support the pitch. There's a reason these...
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    Re: Help with case color

    I picked a "cream" color for my Pegasus case order. I wanted something lighter in color not just for sun protection, which isn't much of an issue because I'm not likely to leave the case out in the...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I was in a local Irish trad band for a few years with a friend who is a very good violinist and teacher. Classically trained, he was the musical director of the Mantovani Orchestra in its last years...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I believe the TI "Stark" (Hard) strings at .011 - .034 gauge are considered more or less equivalent to D'Addario or GHS medium strings which run .011 - .040 gauge.

    I ran TI flatwound Starks on my...
  16. Re: Opinions about trading out a Weber Sage OM #1

    If part of what's driving your decision is a desire for a pickup, something you might consider as an alternative is a clip-on microphone for your current Weber.

    In my experience, that provides a...
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    Re: Pickguard for a Weber Octave?

    I have that same Weber integrated tailpiece and armrest on my Yellowstone F OM, which I think was a stock feature at the time. You might be able to order one from Weber. It works fine.

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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    I had a mandola for a couple of years, and since I play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad, I capo'd it at the second fret for DAEB. It finally occurred to me that I could just tune it in...
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    For fiddle tunes (all I play are Irish and Scottish trad tunes), I never damp with my right hand. I never damp with my left hand on the fast tunes like jigs and reels.

    On the slower tunes like...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    I've experienced the "pressure effect" a few times over the years. I thought I was over that, until I picked up a new instrument (Irish flute) a few years ago and was back to square one on the...
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    I'm probably breaking some unwritten MAS rule here, but I'm still playing the first mandolin I bought, uh (counting on fingers and toes)... 13 years ago. A Lebeda Premium Plus F-style with a redwood...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Like Jill's post above, I play almost exclusively Irish and Scottish trad, and I like a thinner pick that facilitates "treble" ornaments.

    I also like being able to use the same pick for mandolin,...
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    Re: What do you use to lube your tuners?

    I've never used a lubricant. Both the original Schaller and replacement Waverly tuners on my mandolin and OM work fine without it.
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    I'm still scratching my head and wondering why you'd want to make a case that's already fairly heavy, even heavier. On the other hand, that might just be my age talking. When I was younger (much...
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    Re: Leather Calton Case Cover

    Looks way cool, but that's gonna add weight to an already heavy case. And where will you put the stickers? :)

    Anyway, I agree with the above post that any good local leather worker could make it...
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