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    Re: Porcupine Tree - Trains - chord Dadd4add9

    Jethro recommended growing your pinky fingernail a bit if you wanted to use split-string technique
  2. Re: Recorded mandolin music now in the public domain

    I'm playing some of these from the site but not getting any sound.
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    Re: What style am I hearing in my head?

    Of course "l'Indifference" is in Sheri's book and somebody has already posted a mandolin version, but it would be a shame if anyone missed Carlo Aonzo's version:

    K30_zJfd7ms
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    Re: Single Note Melody - Is mandolin "easier?"

    Me neither.
    A lot of widely-played tunes become cliched and fall into disfavour, but you only need to hear someone playing it well once to suddenly hear it with fresh ears.
  5. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    i use my best one, not just for gigs but for pub sessions where all sorts of mayhem can happen.
    It's not my most expensive, it was only a few hundred quid, but it's irreplaceable, so is most...
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    Re: What style am I hearing in my head?

    Has anybody mentioned Sheri Mignano's fantastic contributions to this site yet?
    Her user handle is Mandophile.

    I can recommend her pdf books , in your case particularly "French Soiree" which is...
  7. Re: Nice group of top shelf instruments in classifieds today

    I got a bottle of whisky and will dream on.

    Many years ago I bumped into Stephen Gilchrist at Melbourne airport and naively asked if he had any spare mandolins for sale.

    I think he said...
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    Re: Single Note Melody - Is mandolin "easier?"

    Irish Washerwoman is a fine tune that has lasted for generations.
    Fits well into dance sets.

    I do remember it being used in Warner Bros cartoons etc of the 1930s-50s to signify "Irish...
  9. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    I agree to the extent that an electronic tuner on a mandolin only gets you in the right neighbourhood.
    Then you have to sweeten it with your ears.
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    No.

    (but have faked it for money)
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    Re: John Lennon - Mandolinist?!?

    He picked up so many different instruments in the Get Back series, once they got into the new Apple studio.
    Various guitars, a new lap steel that arrived in a box, another lap steel or dobro.
    The...
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    Poll: Re: Help me choose my 1st Mandolin!

    A lot of us started with that thought.

    And now here we are.
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    I would say more even across the strings, which gives you a smoother, jazzier sound, and less wear on your fingertips.
    Less callous too, which may not be desirable.
    For a couple of years I would...
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    Re: David Surette has passed.

    RIP.
    I just started exploring his music the last couple of years and i liked everything I heard.
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    Re: Playing chords alongside traditional tunes

    Most trad sessions will give you a respectful listen if you're a visitor and play a tune they don't know.

    You can tell if they liked your playing or not by whether they ask you what the tune is...
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    Re: Playing chords alongside traditional tunes

    As far as I know Pete is still trading - I was talking to a friend about his stock the other day.
    Perhaps I messed up by linking directly to his mandolin page but small traders don't always have...
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    Re: Playing chords alongside traditional tunes

    If you're not happy with what's available in Dundee, then you could make a bus or train trip up to Stonehaven, where Pete at Celtic Chords one of the best selections of mandolins in Scotland with a...
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    Re: Playing chords alongside traditional tunes

    A couple of Dundee musicians occasionally come up to Aberdeen for the Sunday and Monday sessions at the Red lion and Blue Lamp.

    I understand from them that the Fish in Broughtyferry and another...
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    There is a school of thought that says, "The more you pay for a pick, the less likely you are to lose it" but maybe those people don't have guitar-playing sons borrowing their picks at random,...
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    Re: Eastman 305 string preference?

    I've tried several others, including Curt Mangan, Newtone, Thomastik etc but only d'Addarios stand up to the volume of a pub session and still sound good at home .

    In the last two years I've...
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    Re: Red Allen and Frank Wakefield

    I have only just been made aware of this recording by this thread popping up, and have downloaded it from Acoustic Disc website.
  22. Thread: Wegen TF140

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    Re: Wegen TF140

    Hmm - I might have cleaned out their stock on the UK source:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324906970750
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    Re: Wegen TF140

    There's someone in Aberlour sells them on ebay
    I bought some last week - very quick delivery, I'll see if I can find the details.
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    Re: Dunlop Primetone picks

    To me, there's a big tone difference between Primetone 1.4 triangle and the 1.5 smooth.

    I keep 1.5 Primetones handy because they work for me and I like the tone.
    Not as much as I like Wegen...
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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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