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    Re: Please critique my playing

    What do we get for 1,00 points?
  2. Thread: Warm up song

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    Re: Warm up song

    Yeah, but I start my practice session with a bit of play, a couple of tunes I know and like, to get me in a musical mood before I start to practice. I then work on tunes or techniques, I break every...
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    Re: Please critique my playing

    I won't be the only one to get "Tennessee Waltz", but perhaps the first. I enjoyed your playing, but I'll let the masters give advice.

    Added: Oops, I spoke too soon. I didn't realize this was a...
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    Re: Contemporary Pumpkin Tops?

    Punkinhead might not have made it onto a mandolin, but Wilf made it onto a guitar:

    https://flatwatertoys.com/shop/wilf-carter-black-blue-cream-scene-sold/
  5. Thread: Yank and Sleepy

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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

    I associate "I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll" with Fred McDowell. I liked his performance, but I'm referring to Nathan Beauregard (at 10 min.), who was possibly 106 years old. I was surprised to see...
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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

    I watched the whole show and enjoyed it very much. -- legends, little known greats, and newcomers. I especially liked the fact that "the world's oldest bluesman" played electric guitar.
  7. Thread: Warm up song

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    Re: Warm up song

    Muddy Waters's "I Can't Be Satisfied" or "Alabama Jubilee." I've just played them a lot and they come fairly easily, though I can always use the practice. They loosen up my fingers without too much...
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    Re: Contemporary Pumpkin Tops?

    Thanks. I understand the attraction -- to the mandolins that is. (The country singer, Wilf Carter, sang a song about the bear.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzOcrcO-e0k&ab_channel=dvdman49. )
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    Re: Contemporary Pumpkin Tops?

    Could someone please post a picture of a pumpkin top?
    I keep thinking of this guy from my childhood, but I don't think they put his face on mandolins.

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  10. Thread: Yank and Sleepy

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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

    Thanks for that. I've been busy and it's taken me a while to get to it. I hadn't seen footage of Yank and Sleepy John together before, so that was a treat. It's a shame that the sound quality was so...
  11. Re: 'Good Vibrations' for 7 mandolins and 3 mandocellos

    Impressive, creative, and a lot of work!
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    Re: King Of The Fairies

    First heard "Hey Ca' Through" in this medley by Five Hand Reel (1976). They were a great but short-lived Scottish folk-rock band.
    If the links don't work, search YouTube for "Both Sides of The...
  13. Re: Suggestions for Crooked and/or Polytonal Tunes?

    I'd suggest that crooked tunes are not necessarily individual tunes, but often have to do with the style of a musician or a musical culture. French-Canadians, and even more, Metis and indigenous...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Thanks for that, JH, There's a real French-Canadian accent on the tune. I first saw and heard April when she was about 14, fiddling and dancing in the aisles between periods at a 67s game. She was...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    And, in my parents' and grandparents' generations, Boston, New York, Montreal, Hamilton, Detroit and Windsor (the two cities both having auto plants), where my father moved with the family. These...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I've been told that Jerry lived in Cape Breton and not Halifax, and that some dance fiddlers and pianists make a living or a substantial part of a living in Cape Breton.

    Different Cape Breton...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Jerry was part of the Boston Cape Breton scene. His parents were from New Brunswick, but his father loved Cape Breton fiddling and passed on his passion to Jerry. Jerry's style was influenced greatly...
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    Ottawa Valley fiiddle with mandolin

    Here's a piece from Roma MacMillan, a fine fiddler who played into her 90's, playing Lou Sullivan's Horpipe with Daniel Ladouceur on mandolin. Roma was a fiddler from my current region, and the...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Many years ago, I told that story to my folklore professor, the bluegrass historian and banjo player, Neil Rosenberg. His response was, "Be wary of stories of origin." Neil pointed out, rightly, that...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    A fine article, Dagger. I agree with John Kelly's comments (post #13). My only caveat would be that folk arts, as the folklorist Barre Toelken put it, involve a combination of conservatism and...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I suspect you're right. The piano has changed in role since the 1920's, from an instrument to accompany fiddle to a second instrument in its own right. As I mentioned above, the influential pianist...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    Far less isolated than you might think. The oceans were the world's highways, and many Cape Bretoners were seafaring people. Others went back and forth to urban centres for work. Boston and...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    One more point: Some researchers say that immigrants from the Highlands and Islands, arriving in Cape Breton from the late 18th to mid-19th century, were more likely to bring bagpipes than fiddles....
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    I have have few points to make about Cape Breton traditional music. I have roots in and spent a great deal of time in Cape Breton, and am the grandson of a Cape Breton fiddler. I play tunes in the...
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    Re: Cape Breton mandolin (1976)

    My brother tells me that "Paddy's Resource" is known in Cape Breton (but apparently not to Alex MacNeil) as "The Road to Skye."
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