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  1. Re: Sound difference between a 305 and a higher end Mandolin?

    Depends entirely on your sensitivity to phenomena. Many people don't feel the earth shaking during earthquakes, much less more subtle vibrational effects. Commonly expressed by: mileage varies. ...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    This has opened quite the kettle of worms. I'm no ethnomusicologist, but one of my interests is "Early Irish/Scottish harp" - which is typically the moniker given the field of study. A prime source...
  3. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    If you play jazz and jazzy pop and what not, the longer scale works much better, imo. A lot of the chordal work that's done utilizes the upper range - right up to the top frets, quite often,...
  4. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I do too. Strings (and accordion) players are a polyphonically spoiled lot ;) Fiddle and cello too - I got on hdgfl and it's very hard to live without lush harmonies, and the rest.

    Re the OP: I...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Also, Tony MacMahon passed on Oct 9th.
  6. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    I've had 17s and 19s. Generally prefer the tone of the longer scales. But it sure is fun to whip out a little 17er and chop out some ragtime.

    I found that, with banjos as with all things...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    About 30 years ago, I first heard Tim Obrien do his Workin on a Building live in the KGNU studio, which I summarily copied - it was part of my set bag for a while. I've since given up the singing,...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Don't skimp on the mouthpiece. But, both Hite and Fobes make very good pieces for not a lot of $.

    Also, you might try a synthetic reed - made all the difference on my bass clarinet.

    Have fun!
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    Re: Starting to see the difference

    Classical guitar is very different from most folk guitar styles - we're doing both: Bach has much linearity; romantic/impressionistic is more chordal, etc. But it's all integrated.

    Charlie, good...
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    No I haven't, but that's prbly my best bet. Thx


    Jim, ya I use a modified pro tec case now.
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    Re: Who makes a good Fiddle/Mandolin case?

    I'm needing a double case for two fiddles, one of which being a hardanger fdl - requiring an extra four inches at the headstock. If anyone should know, much appreciated.
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    There are basically two approaches to playing necked stringed instruments. You can play this way (such as the OP pictured): you can play using only, say, two or three fingers on the fingerboard. ...
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    Re: The amazing Jaco Pastorius

    I was a guitarist and a big PM fan. He turned me on to Ornette - presenting his music at his shows. I really enjoy his quartet work. One of his shows in Boulder, trading chops on his synclavier...
  14. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    *Albeit I'm not playing my steel strung fretted gear much; if I were I'd be changing my strings occasionally; and if I were playing out with them etc. I like the sound of fresh'ns as well. I'm...
  15. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    Strings..

    It's frets that cause the wear (and corrosion too I guess if you tend to sweat or not wipe them). On my metal-strung harps, strings are replaced only as breakage occurs, which rarely...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Gaelic harp is an interesting study in this regard; traditional methods (tunings, temperaments, instrument-making) can still be deployed. (There is no definitive etiological record as its...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Many other systems were used prior to the age of 12tet temperament that progressively supplants older traditional forms. Of course this coincides with polyphony, ensemble, etc. (The instruments...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Funnily, this is just such a case with one of the most iconic "mandolin" songs: Page's "Battle of Evermore." (Although, I doubt that the issue was "too hard," but rather - too busy with guitar...at...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Of course, one can strum any stringed instrument - to varying degrees of success. But your observations are sound. The mndln will not replicate a guitar; gtr has much more capacity. Take for...
  20. Thread: Harmo-chord

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    Harmo-chord

    :mandosmiley:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/353554365367?hash=item52517b7bb7:g:xQgAAOSwVGlg263B

    NFI
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    Re: Keith Richards

    Ya I don't know that Keith has worked in standard tuning at all since Let it Bleed. His guitar work isn't exceedingly technical - his essence is rhythm - after all it's only rock 'n roll. I think...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Here's Kevin Russell playing a a little mndln-esque figure on guitar 1:46". Of course, what you don't get with mndln is that crunchy low end electric guitar (reason suggests, this, and other aspects...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Before anyone gets excited - above about EC is complimentary. (And yes I know a ukulele has nylon strings) Consider the U-bass - sure it can rock. I play pinball wizard on my charango, Latin,...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Absolutely. The first time I heard EC acoustic I assumed he'd been going for Robert Johnson clone. He's on record talking about how much he's emulated RJ - which is obvious (well, to some ;) ).
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    Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    Fiona Ritchie is talking again about Alan Stivell - said he learned brian boru from chieftains. Their early stuff I remember turned me on - all new to me. I rather like a strong rhythm! :)
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