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  1. Re: Are there any good vintage noname mandolins ?

    My friend has restored a couple of Levins that he bought off eBay but he says the sellers are getting canny and asking more now.

    They are good instruments, especially after he has set them up.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Pretty much everyone I play with is younger than me.

    I was already in my late 40s when I emerged into the sunlight 20-odd years ago and started playing with other people again.

    It was a...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    I've Just Seen a Face was almost written and performed as a bluegrass song, and not surprisingly has been covered often by BGers.
    But I get where he's coming from with that comment.
    It's not like...
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    Re: A-style and F-style.

    You rarely see an F-style in pub sessions over here in Scotland.

    You don't even see that many mandolins.

    So they seem cool-looking to me and I've always hankered after an F-style.
    I'm sure the...
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    From experience of many sessions around the world, I'd say women are more prevalent in fiddling, fluting and whistling and there are fewer female mandolinists, guitarists, pipers and accordionists....
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    Re: Microphone for recording at home?

    I bought a Samson Go-Mic - a mini USB mic - for 43.88 a couple of years ago, intending to "do something" with it.

    It lay in a drawer until the current crisis, when I gave it a try.

    You can...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    I bought strings when everybody else was buying toilet paper.
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    Re: Looking For Several Genres Of Mandolin

    Yebbut, apart from that ... :) (channeling Monty Python)

    Actually, Thile's lovely solo on that track isn't - technically - beyond the capabilities of an average player with a decent instrument who...
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    Re: Another in a long line of stupid questions

    There is that ambiguity, John - but putting on a capo to play a closed chord like F makes no sense, so I just concluded they meant play a G shape with capo on 2nd fret, therefore sounding like A.
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  10. Thread: Tremolo technique

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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Thanks Ruth.

    As a self-taught amateur with many bad habits, I always find it useful to learn from the pros.

    Your lessons are clear and well-paced
  11. Thread: Celtic lockdown!

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    Re: Celtic lockdown!

    https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2020/04/04/worldwide-ceilidh-community-sign-up-for-tunes-in-the-hoose/

    A description of the process from your Argyll press. That article is so West coast. "Have came"...
  12. Thread: Celtic lockdown!

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    Re: Celtic lockdown!

    John, as I learned on the "Tunes in the Hoose" Facebook page, these videos can be made by stitching together separate recordings. Starts with one person recording something then the others record...
  13. Thread: Mandolins outside

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    Re: Mandolins outside

    The only nice places to sit out here (northeast Scotland) at the moment are in sheltered areas in direct sunlight.

    I'm not keen on too much direct sunlight on my mandos.
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    And then - not Irish, but - then there's Gary Peterson of Shetland ...


    https://youtu.be/CL3OfYTyrMU

    I had the pleasure of playing this set with Gary in a pub session once or twice.

    Maybe...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Great players but most I can only admire and hope to learn from.

    To play along with on record, I like:

    Kevin Griffin on Ceili Bandits "Hangin at the Crossroads", check out the Belles of...
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    Re: How Do I Start and Run A Session?

    A home group is a good way to get comfortable with tunes and other musicians before venturing out into the wild world of sessions at pubs and festivals etc.

    Nigel Gatherer is based in Scotland and...
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    Poll: Re: Poll for Song A Week Social Group Week #520

    They seem to be in Em and Bm.
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    A fiddler will almost always assume a "correct" position before starting to play.

    We mandolinists will lounge all over the place, although I do try to assume a better position when I remember.
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    Fiddlers are psychopaths.

    Trust me, I know many.

    But seriously, or more seriously, the quotient of self-taught among mandolinists is enormous compared to fiddlers. Around here, pretty much all...
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    Re: When to Play the E on the A String?

    This video by fiddler Jenna Reid breaking down her playing of "Colgrave Soond" phrase by phrase at different speeds show the effectiveness of sliding up to the 7th fret E alongside the open E in the...
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    Poll: Re: Poll for Song A Week Social Group Week #519

    I voted Tiny's Rag because I had spent some time learning it in 1980 from tab printed in Frets or some such magazine.

    I tore the pages out and carried them with me across hemispheres and...
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    Re: Faraway Grandchild

    Thanks John and Mike.

    The tune is on Dagger's excellent CD "The Frozen River" and the dots are in Ceol na Fidhle vol 4 and probably on The Session
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    Faraway Grandchild

    Apologies to Dagger, this is to welcome our new grandchild, a happy event amid the general gloom.

    She's just across town, but given current isolation requirements it will be a long time before we...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I have a Donmo, which sounds sweet, but I don't play it much these days.

    reasons in random order:
    It's heavy and I have back issues - for the same reason, I don't like sitting and hunching over...
  25. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    You are learning mandolin, not how to be Irish!
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