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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    A local man took his instruments out of his car and placed them at the back of this car for whatever reason . For another unknown reason he decided to back his car up instead of pulling forward and...
  2. Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    Swinging Irish music. Never underestimate the importance of playing for dancing.



    https://www.facebook.com/ITMADublin/videos/246666706452106
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    Re: Discovering the fun of GDGD tuning

    I got obsessed with crosstuning for awhile. I liked GDGD better than AEAE. Sounds like you have a good tune list going. Check out Mike Compton playing Jenny Lynn to hear how much fun crosstuning can...
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    Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    "Swing" is a tricky thing. Even in "swing" music, the ratio between the long note and the short note is variable. Faster tempos tend to have less swing (lower ratio) than slower tempos, but not...
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    Simon, I just listened to your version of LITD on YT. (That is you, right?) Great swinging rhythm right there, if you ask me! Enough to make me want to learn that tune!
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    Discovering the fun of GDGD tuning

    After replying to a thread in the Bluegrass section about a tune called "Basset Creek", I tuned one of my mandolins to GDGD and was really taken with the sound. I talked to a friend in NC who plays a...
  7. Thread: Flora MacDonald

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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The little stutters are called "cuts", a series of usually three short notes, dug in, rather than lightly bowed. This tutorial demonstrates more or less what Natalie's doing. However, Cape Breton...
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    Re: Charity Shop Donation Help

    It's a neopolitan (Naples, Italy) mandolin from 1906. Maker is Giovanni de Meglio.

    My google skills are showing that these, in good condition, have sold recently for around $300 (and then down...
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    Saraband by William Lawes

    I came across this nice Saraband for Lyra-Viol while slowly reading my way through The Consort Music of William Lawes by John Cunningham, Boydell Press, 2010. I adapted the transcription in the book...
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    Re: The Banshee on Octave Mandolin

    Well, with open strings, I only need to worry about what one hand is doing ;)

    And thanks! I actually don't play guitar. I'm a classically trained violinist, but I've fallen in love with the octave...
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    Re: Need Help Identifying Strange Mandolin

    For posterity:
  12. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    R. F. Charle was a well-respected music store in Paris. It looks like it was taken over by these folks but they do have some older mandolins, not necessarily budget ones.

    I have heard that APC, a...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    Here's Natalie MacMaster's rendition:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF90m2C853k

    Multiple transcriptions in general of the tune are here on The Session.
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    I have music to a Cape Breton/Scottish reel, not jig, called "Flora MacDonald." I'm not set up to send it electronically right now, but if you send me a PM, I could copy and mail it to you. I don't...
  15. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I never cared much about reading notation, until I started learning things that tabs were not readily available for.
    For example, I got into some Brazillian Choro thanks to Mike Marshall. He tabbed...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    If anyone needs to escape to North Carolina let me know, we are closing on a new house soon and will have some extra space.
    Wish that we could send you some of our rain!
  17. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I read a biography of Joni Mitchell. In it, the author said Joan was a speaker at a conference for music and art teachers, with a title along the lines of "Producing the Next Mozart and Van Gogh."...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    I use MuseScore and like it a lot. I upgraded to v3 last week and noticed that it doesn't overwrite v2 if you install in a separate folder in Windows so you can run both versions. I upgraded because...
  19. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Perhaps that's because the guy who plays jazz piano probably begins by relating all the notes--by sound, and not by spelling--to the key. Not by thinking about note names, and memorizing all names of...
  20. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I’ve been writing a series of lessons on music theory where I attempt to teach the concepts using the piano keyboard, the guitar fretboard, and the mandolin fretboard. I don’t know how successful the...
  21. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I agree with your sentiments in this post, but this one merits further comment. I don’t find the ability to recognize interval patterns on various instrument fretboards to be limiting at all. Could...
  22. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    What you say re: graphical layout is a valid point, but it merely reveals differences in the graphical layout. Goes to pros & cons, strengths & weaknesses rather than the general triumph of one over...
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    Notation tells you which pitch is to be played, with time value. It does not tell you where the pitch can be found on a fretted instrument. This is often quite a problem for beginners with no prior...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin - capo question

    Here we are. John Grieve's Strathspey and The New Brig O' Ayr.

    https://linksharing.samsungcloud.com/1600257957518C225CyI
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    Re: Octave Mandolin - capo question

    Why you would buy an octave mandolin, then want to make it sound like a mandolin? I do love playing mine capoed at the fifth fret. As Mike says, CGDA.
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