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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    A few more thoughts. As far as a mandolin playing with horns, I’ve done it a few times, my favorite was a few old time sessions with a tuba player. I recall having great fun with notey tunes without...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Thanks for all the good comments. Actually what I am doing is threefold. First, I'm practicing alone to learn some of the old jazz tunes I have always loved. I am fairly familiar with F from Scottish...
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    Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I've been playing a bit of 1920's era trad Jazz lately. Not being a facile reader, I learn tunes by repetition using the amazing slow downer (ASD).

    So many of these tunes were recorded in keys...
  4. Re: Question about 'hybrid' mandolins in old time

    I have never experienced an old time session where somebody "busted" somebody else. I have once or twice participated in jams where an inexperienced player gets asked nicely to tone it down for...
  5. Re: Question about 'hybrid' mandolins in old time

    I've never heard of that term "hybrid" mandolin. The comments suggest that you simply mean any mandolin that's not a Gibson A. is that correct?

    Mandolin players are not so prevalent at the old...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    That's some pretty nice playing there, Mr Sweeney. Do you also play mandolin? Going to have to take a close look at Dixie Hoedown.

    To Jim Roberts. No I picked up the Blake's March on this thread....
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Blake's March
    Chinquapin Hunting
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    Re: uploading video

    So there is no way to upload an mp3 or mp4 directly onto the Cafe without routing it through some middleman storage source. I do understand why you do it that way. Whether Youtube or Dropbox, these...
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    uploading video

    I'm having no luck uploading to the Cafe recordings I've made on an ipad using an app called Voice Recorder Pro. The app offers several different file formats for my recordings, including mp4, mp3,...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Just returned from The Centralia campout. Who knew my mandolin would sound so much at home playing with a traditional Cajun Band? My head and fingers are now abuzz with so many new tunes to learn. It...
  11. Re: High end Northfields versus other $8-12k mandos

    No brand of mandolin is 100% percent consistent in terms of sound production. And can we agree that mandolin players don't all value the same tone? Or is this just another thread promoting the...
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    Where Sitka spruce grows

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/opinion/alaska-climate-change.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

    I hope every builder reads this article about the destruction of the Tongass old growth spruce forest.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Coleman's March. Such a lovely tune.

    Plus two Cajun tunes in preparation for an upcoming session.

    la Maraine
    Reel de Nonc Will.
  14. Deconstructed Mississippi string band music

    Harry Bolick recently released a unique collection of his own tunes in the tradition of Mississippi string band tunes from the 20s and 30s. It's quite a unique undertaking, and should interest anyone...
  15. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier communiten

    1. Mark Agnes went low in his role as PR rep for the current clueless regime at Gibson. Attacking him here seems a mirror image of that same tactic. Mark is not your problem.

    2. To the guy...
  16. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I have a neighbor who built a gold top Les Paul, even added a faithful Gibson Label. He never played it outside his living room. I once asked if he planned to sell it as a Gibson. He lowered his eyes...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    When I was playing contra dance music more often, our band always found room to play the very lively set of Ross's Reel followed by Bachelder's Reel, both in F. Both Scottish.

    I believe U]High...
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    Re: Kel Kroydon KK20. Early 30s

    177138 I can’t resist adding my own oddity, built by Ben Wilcox for a professional jazz player. It was the color of the top that first caught my eye when it was offered for sale. I bought it instead...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    step around johnny. Has there ever been a funkier tune?
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    Re: Kevin O'Brien mandolin

    Outstanding tone. Thank you Kevin for the post.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Nate Payne’s great big Taters. It’s seems to sound much fuller when I use double stops whenever I can manage it.
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    Re: Grateful Dead tunes

    I for one would love to hear a recording that includes any San Francisco, early Stones, or Motown material and features mandolin and pipes. How cool is that.

    PK, If you ever need a techno beatbox...
  23. Thread: TI strings

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    Re: TI strings

    I used to play an Old Wave mandola. I had a hard time converting all the tunes I know on mandolin so they sounded in the same key on the mandola. Also, my band was not altogether willing to play our...
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    Re: Dirk Powell and Tim O'Brien

    1. Give up the chop as the foundation. Keep it as an occasional snack.

    2. The vast majority of old time tunes favor a fiddle on melody. Secondarily the banjo. So you limit your access to tunes...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Here’s an essay about the various ways to learn fiddle tunes, which much to say about notation versus ear learning. I’m a full time ear learner and also a believer in improvising the nuance.
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