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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Im at my laptop today, so can put up vids..


    https://youtu.be/A9rTBFeqo8g


    https://youtu.be/heluFpbTRGE


    https://youtu.be/lnmKEvN3Kp0
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    The music and Halvard Bjorgum: https://youtu.be/A9rTBFeqo8g
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Ya, that stuff is great. That piece by caoimhin o'rallagheigh (I posted here years ago) has a similar bit of melody.. The instrument can be so subtle..
    https://youtu.be/R48lXNaeT00

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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Yep, that is what I'm working on. :)
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Ya, and vol. II (also available on YT) is chock-full of good tunes.

    I love how much sound these small fiddles produce, and with an economy of motion.. I learned this version of Fanten most...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    That was a "professional fiddler" he had demo it.

    Btw, I asked him why he was selling it. He replied, " To build more.." So, maybe he'll have another ready soon.

    Back to tunes. I came across...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    What's my fiddle doing on someone else's bed!? :)
  8. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    I find that I do this more on occasion playing accordions. I have no idea why?
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Depends what we're playing. All my trad stuff is ear - from jelly roll Morton to Chinese han. But I grew up also in the classical idiom, and I still read when I'm playing horns with my kids. And I...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    So this ratty old lightweight bow does better on guts/worse on metal.. https://youtu.be/UBJuyYIvflg
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Chap by the name of Owen - unfortunately I dont recall his full name. It was a random ebay find.
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    Thanks for the links. Ya, I have an old worn-out lightweight bow that's closer to a baroque style, that'll prbly work better. And the (forefinger) hold, a la Bernt Balchen, works quite well for the...
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    Re: Hardanger Fiddle Tunes

    I haven't yet connected with anyone (about hdfl) on the couple of fiddle forums, so hoping for suggestions here..?

    I still havent acquired a new bow, and the one I have feels entirely too heavy...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Love it! Can you translate to English the lyrics?
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Apollonia'- That recording you posted of Marko Melkon is beautifully compelling. I've been enchanted since you posted it.

    Saw a great doc on link tv or something IIRC - about exiled Jewish Iraqi...
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    Re: Good buy on a lute

    Insist they send both! ;) Send back the least of them.

    Free shipping to boot!.. (caveat emptor - such an instrument must be packed/shipped carefully - prbly costing closer to $100; such a...
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    Good buy on a lute

    Couple of projects for sale. At the least - attractive wall-hanger.. (NFI)
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    Oops, meant - varied (and beautiful) textures and arpeggios..
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    Interesting - voice-leading and varied arpeggios.. Great example of creativity in overcoming the instrument's limitations - wringing out sustain and dynamics from a highly percussive instrument...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    My entree to oud music was from the Spanish-Arabic, flamenco side, through classical/fl guitar. Being a vestige of rock music, I liked the big, resonant sound of the big ouds. (I'm a drummer :) )...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    One of my favorite sources for enjoying old/early forms: Hesperion ensemble https://youtu.be/zsFUln0y1wA

    Many of their recordings - delving into the occident/orient nexus - feature oud in various...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Btw, at the risk of getting further off-topic, this element (of "note" expressiveness) in the music is a potent aspect, for me. I find it in other forms such as the hardingfele music I study. The...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    Ya, there are some maqam that make lesser use of "microtones" and are closer to Western major-minor/12tet tonality. You can play straight maj/min on it if you want..

    Imo, what makes the oud most...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    I suppose one reason why I've never seen "tab" for any fretless instrument is because it would be impractical; how would one know that one's fingers were placed properly?

    Of course, you may try...
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    Re: Armenian mandolin idea, inspired by oud

    As mentioned, the std oud tunings (and feel of playing oud) is much more guitar-like than mandolin-like, or other 5ths-tuned.. Those with guitar experience may find greater affinity - providing one...
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