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    Re: Shell Chords on mandolin

    I like this autocorrect in your OP David:

    Seeing you're in Sydney, we can call them "she'll be right, mate" chords.

    Here are a couple more of my simple "she'll be right" chord favourites:
    ...
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    Re: Shell Chords on mandolin

    For the moveable 7th, I find this shape (for example) , which also works as a diminished chord, more adaptable:

    G7
    x
    5
    3
    4

    Then you can use the 3-2-3 , or in this case, 5-4-5, shape to...
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    Re: Oval Hole Picking Technique

    I'm pretty clumsy and mostly play archtop oval/round hole mandolins, picking over the hole..

    I don't have this issue though.
    I do tend to anchor a finger on the top, which is generally not...
  4. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    Not just an Englishman but a proper Geordie!
    Australia is all the richer for it.
  5. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    Allen, I reckon you might as well stop swimming and go with the flow.

    Judging by the players I talk to in Scotland, the battle is lost.
    They call it:
    bouzouki
    mandola
    octave mandola
    cittern...
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    Re: Beginner song list?

    John,
    If you click on that cog-wheel icon , bottom right of the screen on the first video, just left of the YouTube logo, you'll see options for "playback speed".

    197630

    You can use that as a...
  7. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    I seem to remember Martin and Dennis were in a punk band in Chicago.
  8. Re: There has got to be something better than Tabledit, right?

    Perhaps I'm undemanding, but I think Tabledit is as good as it gets for that kind of software.

    I use the midi function. Better than practising with a metronome.
  9. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    Caleb, I understand the attraction to "old world" music.
    I think that's kind of universal.

    Where I live, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire fiddlers such as Jonny Hardie and Paul Anderson can trace their...
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    Re: Total noob wanting to get a mandolin

    You could also:
    (1) find a teacher
    (2) buy a mandolin

    having discussed local affordable options with the teacher.
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    Re: Retirement....Time to take it easy!

    You are retiring with a good track record Pete.

    Enjoyed your eMando Zoom call video back in August with Hayes Griffin and Jonathan Raphael and your colleague Chris Lawes.

    yUR75B-ELZU
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    I like to think I hit one for every two I miss.
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Yes, I remember videos of the them with Frank Zappa at the time, with Paddy telling Frank what to do!


    Well, The Chieftains were different in that they carefully arranged their trad sets like...
  14. Re: The ol’ tenor banjo with an Archie Fisher classic “Mount and

    Hi Bill, I've taken the liberty of fixing your link.

    Mount & Go
  15. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    A strap snap - L-R:
    Kangaroo on Eastman 815v
    Chicago gold on Peter Coombe F-hole
    Chicago brown on Marshall Dow oval hole.

    You can see that all three are attached comfortably at the head, under...
  16. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    I just posted this on the "Alway use a strap?" thread:



    I should add that the
    Chicago strap I referenced has leather at the pin end and thick nylon "bootlace" at the head/scroll end
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    Big guitar straps can be a problem in tight-fitting mandolin cases or bags, so a lot of players go for small thin straps - since most mandolins aren't heavy.

    I have a couple of braided leather...
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    Re: King Of The Fairies

    Well done.
    Mony a mickle maks a muckle.
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    Re: Mando vs. Mandola for swing jazz

    I have a copy of Paul Buskirk's CD "Nacogdoches Walts" in which he plays his mandola with Willie Nelson on guitar.
    Lovely stuff.

    There are some videos of Paul on YouTube, featuring him playing...
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    Re: Mando vs. Mandola for swing jazz

    Paul Buskirk is your man.
  21. Thread: Joseph Joseph

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    Re: Joseph Joseph

    Great stuff , as always, Diptanshu but WHERE IS YOUR MANDOLIN?
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    Re: What is a good beginner song to learn-

    A two-chord song like Take Me Back to Tulsa would be ideal.
    In key of G, can be played with just G and D chords
    Almost every recording of it online is in G.
    Although it's Western Swing, can be...
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    Re: How to play these notes?

    Double stops like this are actually a gift to the learner.

    First:
    You only have to finger one note at a time because the other note is an open string. In part one it's the open A string and in...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    What I mean about tone is that with a strap I can much more easily angle the mandolin so my pick hits the strings at the desired angle.

    This varies for everyone I guess. But I think that is...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    It depends on your physiology, posture , any back issues etc.

    For me a strap is the only way of guaranteeing I have the mandolin at the right height and angle for tone and agility, and also...
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