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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I may need to learn this Canadian tune Grey Owl.
    I did because of this video! I may post video later. My recommendation is to utilize the YouTube half-speed feature

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL277z View Post
    Experimenting with picking double-strings on mandolin, & backing harmony on faux-'tenor' GDAEB guitar.
    Nice playing but I am not sure what you mean by "picking double-strings on mandolin." Don't those of us who play standard 8 strings always pick double strings? Or are you talking about double-stops, meaning picking chords/four strings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip View Post
    I did because of this video! I may post video later. My recommendation is to utilize the YouTube half-speed feature
    The half-speed feature on that video, at least on my computer, sounds like gargling. I try to capture the video (if possible) then run it thru Amazing Slowdowner to a mortal-like speed. Less distortion, tho the youtube method might work OK.
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    Leviathan Hornpipe. There is a version on p222 of Ryan's. A grand, simple tune in G that plays well on the mandolin.

    There is a fiddle version on youtube.

    I'm going to try to put it into a medley with a tune in D with the same name, but a different tune, played on pipes on the youtube.
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    Found this old-time tune and really like it ... Abe's Retreat... made a quick recording of it ... Cool tune
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    Thanks Jim. The banjo I am playing is a 6 string(low bass)from Greg Galbreath of Buckeye banjos. When I play banjo uke, it is tuned in standard uke tuning GCEA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I may need to learn this Canadian tune Grey Owl.
    BTW this tune was written by Metis fiddler John Arcand. The Berklee version I posted before is very nice but I love that Canadian fiddle lift that is prevalent in both Metis and Quebecois fiddling. it is very good to listent to multiple versions and I always like to find the source for tunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Nice playing but I am not sure what you mean by "picking double-strings on mandolin." Don't those of us who play standard 8 strings always pick double strings? Or are you talking about double-stops, meaning picking chords/four strings?
    Alternating back and forth between two different strings as a sort of fill effect. Or, I suppose to be more technically accurate, 2 different pairs of strings - say, for instance, if you're going back and forth between the D and A strings. Anyway, my admittedly abnormal family has always called it double string picking. Maybe that's what the rest of y'all call cross-picking or something, not sure (never heard of the word "cross-picking" until seeing it on MandolinCafe a while back, still not quite sure what it refers to, but then there are many other words I hadn't heard of even though I was using the techniques but calling them something else. Lol). I don't know what the most commonly accepted terminology would be.

    (Just saw your post today, otherwise I would've replied sooner.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    BTW this tune was written by Metis fiddler John Arcand. The Berklee version I posted before is very nice but I love that Canadian fiddle lift that is prevalent in both Metis and Quebecois fiddling. it is very good to listent to multiple versions and I always like to find the source for tunes.

    Thanks Jim, for the Metis version!

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    Salt Creek. I'm learning the mandolin after 50 years of guitar, so just about all the fiddle tunes are new to me on the mandolin.

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    I've been working on Old Dangerfield, I've got the A and B sections down, I'm still trying to memorize the C part. Once I'm done with OD it'll be on to Forked Deer but there are plenty left on my list of fiddle tunes to memorize

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    "Gladiator Reel" by George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921) P. 73 of Ryan's Mammoth.

    George Lowell Tracy was a child prodigy and violin virtuoso who had a number of musical achievements, including arranging piano scores for Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. Sullivan and Tracy worked together to assign the American copyrights to Tracy in order to protect unauthorized versions of the operettas being performed in the US. The scheme didn't work in all cases.

    He toured the country with the Hanlon Brothers, an act perhaps somewhat like "Cirque du Soleil" of today, but with more pantomime and slapstick comedy, where he composed and directed the music for their act.

    Tracy also pioneered musical therapy for institutionalized children with intellectual impairments.

    I don't know where in the extensive corpus of Tracy's works "Gladiator" might have come from, but I would look first to the Hanlon Brother's acts. If anybody has a better idea where it came from, please let me know.
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    A little mix of me playing my new Gibson J45 Standard and my o6 goldrush
    "Possum Up a Gum Stump"
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodwizard View Post
    A little mix of me playing my new Gibson J45 Standard and my o6 goldrush
    "Possum Up a Gum Stump"
    Fun! Nicely played.

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    "Banish Misfortune", with very strange chords and extra slow! Played on my favorite instrument, my GDAEB guitar (playing melody on this tune), along with mandolin (simple double stops or actually mostly just open strings). Bass line & light chords by ChordPulse. MuseScore standard notation shown so you can see the oddball chords I chose, in case anyone's curious.


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    My usual technique lately for learning tunes, is to first write the tune in MuseScore and have that playback on the computer, then simultaneously run Chordpulse to figure out which chords to use for a backing. Below is what that sounded like, just MuseScore + Chordpulse running simultaneously:



    (There's some debate as to which plays better music, my computer or me.)

    More info at MandolinCafe Song-A-Week Banish Misfortune page 2.

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    JL277z: very haunting rendition that tune. I think you may have banished some misfortune already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    JL277z: very haunting rendition that tune. I think you may have banished some misfortune already.
    Thanks Jim! The sus chords give the eerie feeling at the beginning and middle of each part of the tune, but I tried to make sure to 'resolve' those chords in the last bar of each part, for a 'happy ending' type of thing.

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    Although this one's not exactly "new" for me, i keep working on the Buddy Thomas tunes, trying to get better on them. I actually recorded this one just to show off my new mandolin, an Eastman 504 CS I received yesterday.
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    Billy in the "Lowland" - not Lowground
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    Telephone Reel. Ryan's p. 74.
    Attributed to C.W. Knowlton. All I know about Knowlton is he was a violin teacher in Calais, Maine around 1900. Calais is right on the border with New Brunswick, and there are a number of Knowltons living on both sides of the border. I may make a few pone calls to see if any of them know anything about C.W.
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    The new fiddle tune I would like to learn is the crooked version of Flowers of Edinburgh as played by Bruce Molsky. Does anyone know where I can find the notation?

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    Black Jack Grove, from Walter McNew
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