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  1. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    I'm not sure I understand, can you describe what the signal chain would look like?
    Right now my setup for recording is piezo pickup --> preamp --> M-Audio.
    Putting the preamp anywhere else defeats...
  2. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    I actually sort of love the Mint Box Buffer. I might eventually make some of those, separately. I tried a couple of transistor circuits but I had problems with noise, so I decided I wanted to make a...
  3. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    A little further down the page it shows the instrument input impedance as 1 MΩ. That's what I used for the raw piezo recording. I don't know about electronically adept - I don't have the tools to...
  4. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    Yes I agree about yours, and that's good. But your pickup is yours, and good pickups are very expensive in my country so most people use whatever they can afford, which too often are the cheap piezo...
  5. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    To each their own, of course.
    My piezo and preamp is meant sort of as a one-size-fits-all, which means it needs to have full response especially in the lows. After all, if there's too much low...
  6. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    I did experiment a little with placement, but most of the instruments aren't mine so time was limited. I went with the simplest guaranteed outcome - on the body close to the bridge. Except for the...
  7. Re: My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    All recorded using a M-Audio Fast Track Ultra. "Raw" audio is the piezo directly connected to the line input, while the "preamp" audio uses the mic connection for phantom power.



    Pretty much....
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    Re: Better tone with light strings?

    My $0.02 - it depends on the player for sure, but I think the construction of the instrument is an important part of which strings will work best.

    I have a rather shitty mandolin with a veneer,...
  9. My DIY piezoelectric pickup and preamp sound

    Here's a link to sound clips of a few instruments recorded using my piezoelectric contact microphone and preamp that I built. I have a good ear, and I think it sounds good, but I'm curious how it...
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    Adele - Skyfall on mandolin

    I am able to play Skyfall accurately in the original key (Cm) because my mandolin is tuned to F C G D (whole step lower), so I'm playing all my chords in the shape of Dm.
    Notice the correct chords...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    I think the web-app is pretty much finished! Or I hope it is, anyway ... I've spent altogether too much time on it the past week or so in fine-tuning, and writing up the text descriptions.

    Here's...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    I'd never even heard of tetrachords. That was extremely interesting, thank you.
    A bit late for me to learn, but it'll be cool to link to in my app.
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    mandocrucian, there's no need to be condescending. My post was a self-burn, I think you missed that. Talk about cheap shots ... read what I wrote. I said "people have been learning modes like this...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    lol I get what you're saying, but it wasn't aimed at Mr Niles, it was aimed at the textual format itself.

    Modes tend to be an advanced topic - as well as Mr Niles' page is written it is not an...
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Lol looking at a bunch of boring text isn't particularly intuitive or interesting for me, I made my app specifically for the visual aspect of seeing the pattern and understanding intuitively. My app...
  16. Tutorial - "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles

    My instrumental version.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnog405WbAY
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    Re: Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue in D

    lol yep, it was never written so slow as it is commonly played. You can hear the difference in violin sustain in the Academy of Ancient Music recording that I linked, that's as close as you'll get to...
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    The Beatles - Blackbird on mandolin

    I did this arrangement a few years ago. This is a more recent recording and significantly better quality.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZwJQr5oxi8
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    Re: Why use capo?

    As with most tools in any trade, the use of a capo is a needlessly controversial question. Those who don't care to use it sometimes think nobody ever should, and those who do use it sometimes think...
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    My take on Scarborough Fair

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1rLkgpH0Vo
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    Re: Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    It's meant to be a representation of piano keys, one octave rolled up in a circle. The bars aren't really a necessary detail, but I liked the visual - you can hide them by clicking the center of the...
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    Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Here's a little webapp I've been working on for some time (version 3 now, rebuilt from scratch.)

    If you've ever struggled to understand what modes "look like" and how they are constructed, this is...
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    Re: Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue in D

    Cool, xD
    My main gripe is how slow the Canon is usually played in most situations hahaha. After I heard the Academy of Ancient Music recording, literally any slow performance grates on my ears, like...
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    Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue in D

    Bet you didn't know Canon in D had more to it, did you?

    Point 1) the Canon isn't meant to be played as slow as it's represented in popular media. I literally can't listen to popular versions of...
  25. Tutorial - How to play the riff from "Snow" (RHCP)

    Gotta do something to keep occupied during the lockdown. Here's another tutorial.


    https://youtu.be/s0NiUabtzM4
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