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    Very ambitious, with all those triplets. Sounding good - solo.
    Session playing has brought me to give up on triplets in favor of doublestops because triplets tended to slow me down when everybody else was playing fast, and because doublestops added the volume I needed to be heard when everybody else was playing loud (bonus advantage: they make use of the sustain the octave is good at).
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    Nice tune, good playing!

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    Nice playing Zack, and thanks for posting such a great tune, well done.
    You play guitar already?

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    Just realised something that you OldTimers will probably think is obvious, but the triplets in The Banshee are 3 or 4 note open string hammer-ons on the same string. There aren’t that many tunes where you can do that. However you can do these triplet hammer-ons further up the neck for other tunes/keys.
    I’m going to have to try to figure out some sort of hammer-on triplet exercise in G major.

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    Good one, what do you play it with to make a set? I tend to put it after 'The Maid Behind the Bar'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon DS View Post
    Nice playing Zack, and thanks for posting such a great tune, well done.
    You play guitar already?

    You can post The Banshee here for more responses: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/g...782&do=discuss
    And join this social group if you want : https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=67

    Just realised something that you OldTimers will probably think is obvious, but the triplets in The Banshee are 3 or 4 note open string hammer-ons on the same string. There arenít that many tunes where you can do that. However you can do these triplet hammer-ons further up the neck for other tunes/keys.
    Iím going to have to try to figure out some sort of hammer-on triplet exercise in G major.
    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 mandolin. May as well embrace nicheness!
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    Thanks! I'm loving the fuller sound that you can get with a good octave mandolin and pedal tones. Just don't ask me how I sound in say...Bb or Ab.

    Yeah! The triplets can get bogged down, and then if everyone's doing them, then everyone's getting bogged down at a different pace.
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    Nicely done, but I agree with what I think Bertram is saying. Specifically, the second set of triplets takes away from the continuity and drive of the tune. I thought it had a rhythm hiccup, but it doesn’t —it just sounds like it does. I think it’s because there is more emphasis on the first note of those triplets than on the next note, which should be what the triplets are leading to. I can’t tell from the vid but you’re picking all the notes there, not hammering on right? (I applaud that). If so, maybe try starting the triplets on an upstroke, then the following note will be on a downstroke.

    Just my 2cents. It sounds fine.
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    Nice playing! I built an octave mandolin long ago but my short fingers couldn't keep up with the reaches at tempo for celtic music. I've since become very enamored with archtop mandolin.

    I'd be curious to hear about the builder of your OM. Is he Christian or is the peghead inlay at your request? At any rate, nice instrument! I also play praise and worship, but on a raging telecaster. Stay well!

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