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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Agreed, if you can ever study with Yurdal, take the chance. Anyone at Labyrinth is going to be a fantastic teacher.



    I listened to him so much when I was younger, enchanted is the right word!...
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    Re: Rembetiko on the mandolin

    Thanks I hope to share a lot of it on the Mando Cafe. I know that we have many members here interested in related instruments and history!

    Speaking of rembetiko on the mandolin. There was a very...
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    Re: Rembetiko on the mandolin

    Eight string players only stick to CFAd. Six string players play DAd almost all of the time, even the hardcore rembetiko players. It's not nearly as common as a guitarist playing a song or two in an...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I devoured the Jordi Savall concert series some time ago. Efrén Lopez from Valencia is also responsible for bridging the East and West together in his music and just a very nice person, overall....
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    Re: Rembetiko on the mandolin

    Continued...

    A poverty version of Misirlou, pieced together from at least five versions that I remembered. Sorry. This is an Anatolian folk song that was also played in rembetiko and later became...
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    Rembetiko on the mandolin

    This is a medley inspired by four songs: O Katadikos by Yiovan Tsaous (Yiannis Eintziridis) from 1936. Skyla M’ekanes kai liono by Markos Vamvakaris from 1935. Paraponiariko Mou by Apostolos...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Good discussion going on. I don't think the microtones are really the deciding factor, if you don't know how to play the scales at all. After all, if you play Turkish or Greek music equally tempered...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Here is what I listened to in my younger years, a more modern period oud playing.

    Haig Yazdjian, who went from Syria to live in Greece and is a very esteemed artist there who brings Armenian folk...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Yes, that's the story. And Agapios played with Roza Eskenazy, one of the earliest and most famous rembetiko singers. They wrote many songs with the violinist Dimitris Semsis. And Agapios was also...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    No David, a Perlgold eastern German from the 1970s. Converted to lefthanded. Sakis (Matsikas) mandolins have a longer scale length, I believe. That is very nice for Greek style playing, actually.
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Thank you, Simon!

    For oud tunings, there are many. From bass to treble: EABead might be considered standard by many on Turkish and Greek oud. I also know C#F#BEAd, BF#BEAd. DABEAd is also popular...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I am sorry for the confusion, I embedded a video in my post yestreday when I was on the go. But it did not post! Here is my piece:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7guKRpz96I
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    Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I am a seriously lousy oud player, but so inspired by others. Some very important oud players came from Constantinople and Smyrna. Marko Melkon (Alemsherian) and Agapios Tomboulis (Hagop Stambulyan)...
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    Re: Conway wooden plectrum

    It feels very solid. Might be because it's so thick, that it doesn't slip off the strings? Like I said, I never tried a thinner wooden plectrum before. The pick is quite smooth, too. Not a coarse...
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    Re: Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    And for what it's worth, here is this "other" modal music, as it is natively played in northern Greece and ex-Yugoslavia. Macedonian and Thracian folk from the regions, without fighting about who...
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    Re: Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    The modes are actually different and the tonality is too, but there really are similarities to klezmer. I know a guy who plays klezmer clarinet, we used to compare songs often. Misirlou is in a scale...
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    Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    Traditionally, this music is played on gajda bagpipes and kaval flutes. The ensembles of the ex-Yugoslavian nations are accompanied by a stringed instrument with double courses called the tambura, or...
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    Re: Show off your back side

    1960s Portuguese shape domeback mandolin, most likely from an East German maker. Missing labels. The light wood is definitely flamed maple. The darker one might be plum or pear. A luthier said it's...
  19. Epirote music on mandolin, in standard and modal tuning

    This music is usually played on laouto (lute), clarinet and violin. At times an accordion accompanies it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4yuts04qpc

    I would call this an open or a modal...
  20. The new (old) mandolins of long time reader.

    The vintage subforum says to post about instruments from before 1945, so I figured this would fit better here. My name is Niki and I have been a long time mando cafe reader, easily since 2009. And...
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