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  1. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    Correct. Breakage rarely occurs.

    Wire harps are particularly idiosyncratic and difficult to maintain - much moreso than nylon or orchestral guts. Some even use gold and silver wire for...
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    Re: (NMC) Jay Witcher

    Ran across that vid, under a different title:



    https://youtu.be/-1ccyo5l1_c
  3. Thread: A nice vid

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    A nice vid

    A nice vid. https://youtu.be/SbZ_2Y6WMqM


    https://youtu.be/SbZ_2Y6WMqM
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Well I went a little crazy and def bought the wrong instrument (banjo). Well at least it wasn't the synth.

    I figure - it's such a crazy time, why not go with it. After all, now that I think,...
  5. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    "Belief" is overrated. Just look at the mess it creates ~o)
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    Science has not proven the "efficacies" of music (in this context)? Why am I not surprised.. ;)
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Ya gigs/venues typically determine what gets brung/brought/bringed. Back when I was drumming, I'd challenge your Honda for "near-ideal musician's car" with my minivan...often thought unstylish by...
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    Maybe it goes without saying, but.. As all the examples show, lots of folks employ all manner of styles in solo mndln. As you build a solo repertoire and performing experience, it may aide to...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    I've posted some things I play. Albeit just recordings from my phone. I'm not set up for much more.

    What are you all playing/how do you get round to gigs? Do you manage to get all those...
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    Well I wouldn't exactly call BG, country, blues/jazz mucus! ;)

    I've done a bit of it, but I soon went to banjo instead (tenor and eventually plectrum) for more dynamic range. Also, I liked bnj...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    No Jim, that's all just master stuff I find highly inspiring.

    For myself, about all I can manage these days with any regularity is twiddling my fingers on a box, harp, or hardingfele. Although I...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    Ya makes much more sense to play a moothie/blues harp. It's a lot of fun to pick a banjer and blow on a moothie in a rack..

    I enjoy performing with HD, and it always goes over well, but ya if...
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    I hit "old age" in my 50s - and decided years ago to quit schlepping gear. I didn't mind doing it when I was working - out for the evening (til 2 am) - but child-rearing put the kibosh on that. Now...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Lap steel. Sometimes the cats get a little crazy - I find it best to just put my ears to the wheel and go with the flow. Steel lets me get those notes between B# and Cb.
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    Re: Banjo evil (nmc)

    My poor wife. Over the holidays I was on an oud kick - playing trance/EDM on my son's synth. I was about to go off the deep end again and start collecting synth gear again...
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    Ive been...
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    Banjo evil (nmc)

    So ya these are desperate times.. AND it's not a full moon yet, but it illuminates the ground and sky here tonight, and Ive found the last container of holiday spinach dip and beer, they're playing...
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Well, if you did, at least you're quite close to your target.

    I'm afraid I feel on the verge of doing something crazy and buying a banjo. Either that or a synth. These are desperate times. I...
  17. Re: Looking for Schottis Fran Mulang sheet music

    Here's the fran mulang from the Vicki swan folio. https://youtu.be/I078N8eNTgE
  18. Re: Looking for Schottis Fran Mulang sheet music

    That's so different than the version I know. I'll post a clip of it in a day or two - I'm stuck in a hotel room for the next 3 days, but at least I've got my fiddle with me!
  19. Re: Looking for Schottis Fran Mulang sheet music

    There's a schottis fran mulang in the Vicki Swan folio. It must be a different piece.? Is that a version you're speaking of, Eric?
  20. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Paco inspired everyone in flamenco. I got to see him a few times, and still my favorite, and JM.
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    Re: Harp...anyone?

    I picked a little tune for the new year...didn't get very far though before my kids came home... https://youtu.be/5MNz4NEel8s

    Thank you for inspiring me to get the harp out :) It's been a while..
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    Re: Harp...anyone?

    Here's what got me into harps and zithers initially, before I ever learned a lick of gaelic trad.



    https://youtu.be/MVQl_61PTfI



    https://youtu.be/RJdrTEHx_Zw
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    Re: Harp...anyone?

    Yes. I spent several years, from 2012 I guess, fairly immersed in the old Gaelic forms (airs, pibroch..). I play some tunes too, but having started late, my chops aren't what they are on...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    As with everything, it can help in some respects, as well as hinder in others..
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    Re: Harp...anyone?

    While the cardboard (and other economic harps) are viable entree to harping, I wouldn't agree they "sound as good as..." They sound like what they are, no surprise (as would any other instrument...
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