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  1. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    No mandolin, but here's music by percussionist Geoff Smith on hammered dulcimer to loosen up those fixed intervals of consonance:
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    I really like choro and all kinds of Brazilian and other Latin American and Caribbean forms (the reason I play accordion - this and professor longhair's rumba boogie - the "Spanish tinge")
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    International Jazz Day

    Hope you all are playing or listening to some kind of jazz today.


    https://youtu.be/NIglhxN7Kk0
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Nice sounding instrument - and your playing.
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    Re: Dull and Lifeless

    Sorry a little unclear - do you mean that it was satisfactory previously at some point? Or has it always been unsatisfactory? But, ya take it to a luthier and have them play it, have someone else...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    Well I could be all wrong. I suppose it's predicated on the beginner's grasp of chords/intervals - perhaps students get right to it after all.. I suppose it varies among learners. I think your...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    Ya, I'm just answering the question, "Why (teach) something like that early on?"

    Seems to me I occasionally see beginning folks here expressing, "Why do mandolin chords sound weird?" or something...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    Good points. However, as far as beginners are concerned, it may be a somewhat advanced approach. I think it may be easiest (simplest) - and perhaps why the common practice - to teach the complete...
  9. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    Sounds Mongolian + Southeast Asia with a Turkish edge. Cool :)
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    That's exactly right! You got to be the one putting it out - whether it be 'my dog has fleas' or whatever you happen to be playing. That's music.
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    Everyone struggles learning to play two or three notes with one finger. It's part of learning. There are many good reasons why it's considered an essential technique, but suffice to say that it's...
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    This is where playing along to tunes at home will help - familiarizing your ear to hearing chord changes (and when the chord changes).

    Listening for and hearing when chords change is fundamental. ...
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    I believe the most efficient way will vary among people. For many, I think it will be in a musical context (i.e., playing along with music).

    I recommend learning 12 chord shapes: 3 maj, 3 min, 4...
  14. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Additionally, I'd like to point out that there are really two different instruments commonly referred to as the Irish/Scottish harp (clarsach/clairseach). What is most often seen is the modern nylon...
  15. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    I'm prbly a little different - I was called for slow music since when I first heard it .. although it took much longer to get into playing it - acquiring the instruments, finding recordings, etc. ...
  16. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Oh, and I wanted to add my own opinion though! :mandosmiley: I follow my ears wherever they go, and musically speaking I like it all. But I grew up in that rock milieu - malicorne and all that...
  17. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    I think that well spells out the interplay of 'expediency vs tradition.' I think what McMahon means, for example, is that - without tradition, things give over to expediency, and once lost it is...
  18. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Vibrato seems to be a "modern" device - likely from Italian baroque sources I suppose. Old forms - such as Sean-nůs singing, clarsach/wire harps, pipes, hardanger fiddle - use none, or perhaps quite...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    Pardon me, I just have to say that I love the neck of an instrument - from the heel to the head stock joint.

    I guess holding one in the hand for a lifetime - not a surprise. A fine wood against...
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    Re: Want to take up the cello

    Certainly the OP doesn't need rationalization from me, but fwiw...

    No doubt the mandolin is a most convenient instrument, but there are good reasons to pursue others -

    Yes, you may get the same...
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    Re: Early Medieval Lute GGAAddgg

    Ya, I mentioned it as an alternative to the poorly fitted pegs often occurring on entry-level instruments; mech tuners solve that issue.
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    Re: Early Medieval Lute GGAAddgg

    I doubt anyone would think it's a 'necessity' - only a convenience (as with flamenco guitar, for example). But since we're debating it, I guess I'll mention that I wouldn't opt for it unless it's an...
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    Re: Early Medieval Lute GGAAddgg

    I don't know precisely what you have in mind, but drones on oud are typically on the lower courses (both 'open' as well as 'fingered'/stopped).

    Also, you can play 'fingerstyle' with a more...
  24. Re: Intermediate Mando - Good Mando to Step up to?

    How do you know? Perhaps it is true that they didn't "do it" in that moment. I wonder how you might feel if you played "more expensive mandolins" for a year, two, or five..?

    While it's generally...
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    Re: stand or sit?

    As with most everything in music, it's a skill that can be improved upon. It definitely requires effort to become an effective performer, for those of us who aren't particularly inclined. But like...
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