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  1. Thread: The Joy of an OM

    by DougC
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    I'd like peoples opinions on OM body types. Actually the neck of the instrument.

    I have a Pono short scale OM and it really feels like a small guitar. It is set up with flatwound strings and it...
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    Re: Video: The Princess

    A little more fiddle in the mix please. (Maybe raise the mic higher...). Wonderful music. Everyone is right. You are blessed with talented daughters!
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I hated chords and probably still do, ha, ha. However the problem was my attitude. And I learned that I am learning, though not as quickly as I'd like.

    As a violin player, chords are not the...
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    Re: J.S. Bach Siciliano

    Very nice. Kuno tell us who made your instruments. And how did you get the trees outside the window to have green leaves in January?:) Jennifer was wonderful. BTW
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    Re: Advantages of Guitar Bodied Bouzoukis?

    I have a real nice Pono short scale, with beautiful rosewood back and sides. It is set up with flatwound strings with very low action. I'd say that it is really a small guitar with 8 strings set up...
  6. Re: Backing Irish music with guitar after playing mandolin melody

    MJ McMahon is spot on in teaching DADGAD chords. Dagger thanks for a very good link.



    Most all struggle with the basic questions like 'where to put your fingers' 'what is the appropriate...
  7. Thread: A Fig for a Kiss

    by DougC
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    Re: A Fig for a Kiss

    My favorite version of this tune is from a 1991 recording called Dance Across the Sea by Mark Roberts (flute) and Sandol Astrausky (fiddle). Mark and some others on the recording were in a band...
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    Re: Mandolin Sleigh Ride

    This tune has some tricky modulations.
    I'd love to hear the tune with a whole mandolin quartet! Does anyone have a recording of a mandolin band playing Sleigh Ride?
  9. Thread: Reading music

    by DougC
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    Re: Reading music

    I suggest a interactive sight reading software that you can use at your own pace and schedule. One can use keys on the keyboard or a pickup on your mandolin.

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  10. Re: Article: New Music from Avi Avital - Art of the Mandolin

    David Bruce has a great sense of humor as well as good insights into the process.
  11. Thread: Hornpipe rhythm

    by DougC
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    Eric is right about the Scandinavian accent being odd. Ha, ha. So let's 'pick on' classical players now. (I am one ya know...).

    When I started classical violin after playing Irish music for 20...
  12. Thread: Hornpipe rhythm

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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    For years I've said that the subtle lilt, or swing, or dotted feeling, takes a lot of careful listening. It is much like learning a language and getting it 'right' so that native speakers say that...
  13. Thread: Hornpipe rhythm

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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    There are a million hornpipes out there. And many are not from Ireland. By the name of this one, it is from England. But to me, it sounds very much like a French (Brittany) tune. Here is another...
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    Re: Stupid string question

    Where do you buy your strings? Sometimes strings sit on a shelf for y e a r s, before they are sold. Phosphor Bronze seems to be most effected by oxidation.
  15. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    Here's my usual 'path' to my 'next tune' and I must say it is a delight to revisit the old impression.

    I'm finally getting around to a fling called 'Love, Won't you marry me' and a hornpipe...
  16. Re: The sheer inexpressible delight of stumbling across a new tun

    I see two aspects here regarding new tunes. The first is to be impressed when hearing a tune. The second is the desire to learn what your friends know.
    Very often I had a list of tunes that the...
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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    You might find yourself "taking a sip from a fire hose". Back in the 1990's in St. Paul I compiled a (growing) list of common tunes for our group that met every Sunday at O'Gara's pub. I ended up...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    Yes more context would be helpful. But it looks like it is trying to do an F chord by starting with the third (the A note) and then playing the rest of the chord (the power chord of 5ths, F and C). ...
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    Re: Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    She was not only a fine musician but an outstanding teacher and composer and publisher of mandolin instruction books. I see now why folks have such respect for her. I'm gonna check out more of her...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

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    This is a page I got somewhere that I use as a reference. I have had private lessons & attended workshops & used method books.
    Joe B[/QUOTE]

    Observe that one type...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Sherry, my first thought about this question was 'it depends who you ask'. A glib answer and not helpful I suppose. So a more responsible answer is that certain types of music on mandolin do use...
  22. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Maybe you should be. Monopoly is just a board game. Right?
  23. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Yea, there is that 'take it or leave it' comment again. Makes you feel powerful doesn't it? Actually you're being screwed like the rest of us. 'The way things are' are that way because we did not...
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    Re: Like they don't know me

    I could listen to this piece every day. Also there is a special awareness when you are in a certain 'mood' that helps the choices in phrasing, technique and melodic line. Sometimes I think that to...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    As a different point of view, (I often have one here, ha, ha), consider the instrument as a 'tool for making music'. Does it do a good job or not?

    Also everyone is 'coming from' a different level...
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