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What was the last thing you learned? Musical

Cappuccino 30 Oct 18 - 09:36 AM
leeneia 30 Oct 18 - 11:37 AM
GUEST,Jack Campin 30 Oct 18 - 11:54 AM
Andy7 30 Oct 18 - 01:35 PM
David W 30 Oct 18 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 30 Oct 18 - 05:34 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 30 Oct 18 - 05:54 PM
leeneia 30 Oct 18 - 08:19 PM
Joe Offer 31 Oct 18 - 12:42 AM
BobL 31 Oct 18 - 02:59 AM
Rusty Dobro 31 Oct 18 - 03:40 AM
Steve Shaw 31 Oct 18 - 07:47 AM
Cappuccino 31 Oct 18 - 10:36 AM
Andy7 31 Oct 18 - 04:41 PM
Mooh 31 Oct 18 - 08:46 PM
leeneia 01 Nov 18 - 11:46 AM
Amos 01 Nov 18 - 11:29 AM
John P 01 Nov 18 - 05:29 PM
Tattie Bogle 01 Nov 18 - 06:13 PM
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Charley Noble 01 Nov 18 - 07:36 PM
BobL 02 Nov 18 - 03:24 AM
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Subject: What was the last thing you learned?
From: Cappuccino
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 09:36 AM

Inspired by Andy 7’s thread, ‘where are you, beginners and learners?’, might I develop that thought a bit and ask – what was the last thing you learned? I don’t mean what was the last tune or song you learned, I mean what was the last trick or technicality on your instrument that you discovered? I have only this week realised how to play blues scales on the mandolin, and am trying to develop this into up-the-neck blues solos on my bouzouki.
And I’ll happily admit that after playing bass for decades, it was quite recently, actually in the middle of a number during a gig, that I clicked to something about a ‘run down the sevenths’ : I had always been playing a sequence like C-A7-D7-G7-C with my left hand racing up and down the fretboard… and then in the middle of a blues, it suddenly occurred to me that the last four notes are all on the same fret, and my left hand could take a rest!
I wonder why it took me so long to work that out – have you recently discovered any such little tricks?


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: leeneia
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 11:37 AM

My latest piece is "Hell on the Wabash."

My latest trick is playing "Ragtime Annie" and stressing the right notes so it's actually ragtime.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 11:54 AM

Learning to play the oud and cümbüş without looking at all. Which means I can stand or sit up straighter in a much healthier posture.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Andy7
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 01:35 PM

Just a couple of weeks ago, I learned to yodel, from videos on the internet.

It's great fun! ... although maybe not for the neighbours.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: David W
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 04:25 PM

The Inverse skank blast and Mirie it is go well together.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 05:34 PM

The newest thing I have learned is from Leeneia in this thread.

I have little patience for listening or viewing.

stressing the right notes so it's actually ragtime....

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

and also boogie


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 05:54 PM

I learned that creating an original instrumental piece is not easy, but giving that piece a name that doesn't sound pretentious, derivative, or just plain stupid is damned near impossible.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: leeneia
Date: 30 Oct 18 - 08:19 PM

I had no idea.

Can you share your composition BWL? YouTube, maybe?


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 12:42 AM

Fluorocarbon fishing line makes great strings for a fretless banjo, with a nice, bright sound.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: BobL
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 02:59 AM

The more I learn, the more I learn how much more there is still to learn!
For example, I've learned that Jump At The Sun and Whistling Rufus are both possible on my "new" box (bought second-hand a couple of years ago) with its accidentals and extra bass keys. Actually playing them will mean a stiff climb up the learning curve.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 03:40 AM

Huge personal breakthrough - after years enjoying my car-boot-sale Mugen 12-string, I've just started playing finger-style. Now I'm channelling George Papavgeris. All those unexpected harmonics ringing through....


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 07:47 AM

I hadn't just learned it exactly, but I honed the tune Amazing Grace so that I could play it on the harmonica at my dad's funeral last week. He always enjoyed it when I played a few tunes. I played it at the end of my little speech, to give him a good send-off. I've played in front of people hundreds of times and I never get nervous, but this time I was shaking like a leaf.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Cappuccino
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 10:36 AM

BobL, our ceilidh band was playing at a show last year where John Kirkpatrick was coming along as a guest... we play his Jump At The Sun a lot, but we decided to make a really good job of it for him.

But his car was late, and he missed it!

Well done, Steve - sympathies.

- Cappuccino


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Andy7
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 04:41 PM

Yes, well done, Steve.

Early this year, my brother and I each sang a song - at our mother's request - during the wake for our father.

I'm so glad we were able to do so. But after singing, I was shaking so much I needed two hands to hold my glass of drink!


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Mooh
Date: 31 Oct 18 - 08:46 PM

Ongoing trial and error EQing of my recorded tracks. Luckily my playing seems pretty consistent, so the process is streamlined somewhat, but getting the mud out of bass tracks, preserving the shimmer of treble tracks without them sounding strident or shrill, etc. In a perverse way I enjoy all this.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 11:46 AM

BobL, what's a box?

Andy and Steve, those are touching stories about services for your fathers.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Amos
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 11:29 AM

I'm embarrassed trying to answer the damn question, for some reason. I guess it was some frippery using a formations on the 7th fret.

I've learned several new tunes lately, noteworthy among which (so to speak) was "Ten Men in Black Hats" (Dave Mallett), "Sam Stone" (John Prine), and "All the Soft Places to Fall" (Willy and Merle).

Amos


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: John P
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 05:29 PM

Like Jack, learning to play the oud. It's a bit scary, but I just keep telling myself not to fret . . .

Also learning to play the electric guitar. I know the notes and chords, of course, but it's fun learning to be in control of sounds that come out of the instrument.

The last songs I learned are a set power pop songs written by my new roommate. I generally don't care much for pop music, but her songs have great melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and damnably catchy hooks. Lots of fun.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 06:13 PM

Sunday's ceilidh band practice; it was suggested we should have a Christmas dance set, but nobody had thought to provide a score: Jingle bells in G not too tricky, Good King Wenceslas in - God help us - A. Completely busked! It happened for better or worse!


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 06:41 PM

Oh - AND - we are playing a ceilidh for the Scottish/Finnish society in December for the Finnish Independence day, so learning their national anthem! Might also do the latter part of Sibelius' Finlandia for them.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Nov 18 - 07:36 PM

"The last thing I learned?"

I don't know. I'm still alive.

Charlie Ipcar


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: BobL
Date: 02 Nov 18 - 03:24 AM

Leeneia, in a folk music context "box" generally means a squeeze-box of some sort. In my case, melodeon.
Incidentally the melodeon is a transposing instrument. Whatever key it's written in, on the melodeon it comes out in (usually) G.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 02 Nov 18 - 06:47 PM

Not on mine, BobL! It is indeed a transposing instrument though: play in any key (at least right-hand) as it's a B/C.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Cappuccino
Date: 05 Nov 18 - 10:54 AM

Mooh, I empathise with what you say about recording and EQing. I'm mixing fifteen tracks for our ceilidh band at the moment, and the balancing is a nightmare. Apart from the fact that my ears are finally going, I don't really understand EQ, I just go with what sounds right to me... but every so often the whistle plays one note with a tone that goes right off the meter, and I think 'where the hell did that come from... and what do I do with it?'
But the great thing about home recording is that you think up your own new tricks. Typically, I'm working with a Zoom R16, and I can't get a decent sound from the fiddle pick-up; but if I record the fiddle both DI and through a mike at the same time, using two channels, then I can work them together into a decent sound.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Mooh
Date: 06 Nov 18 - 07:01 AM

Cappuccino...Using Garageband I can't really use two sources simultaneously, so instead I've taken to using a Blue Yeti microphone set on stereo mode which at least gives me what amounts to a stereo pair of mics into a single channel. Great for almost every instrument except voice (so far). The odd time I have to record two players at the same time I set it to the figure of 8 pattern and do a number of scratch tracks to determine the approximate balance (and if there ultimately proves to be an imbalance either re-do it or double one or both separately). Interestingly, some judicial use of EQ can give the impression of volume balance on the same track as long as it's in a register that isn't entirely shared like violin and guitar...but one has to really narrow the frequency.

Peace.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: Cappuccino
Date: 08 Nov 18 - 04:03 PM

I had never heard of Garageband,so had to go and look it up. Hmmm...


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 08 Nov 18 - 08:46 PM

I will second Garage Band for mixing.

If you have used "Band in a Box" you can ovrtylay and/or select trscks and mix.

sincerely,
Gargoyle

"N
mix master DJ'S...from what I have experienced Bar Mitsvahs and wedding, seem to prefer "Band-in-a-box".


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: vectis
Date: 08 Nov 18 - 11:01 PM

A new song, Sonnys Dream on a new instrument, the ukulele.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: GUEST,johnmc
Date: 09 Nov 18 - 06:19 AM

I came across a youtube clip in which he explains how composers employ octave
displacement. It made me realise why so much classical music baffled me.


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Subject: RE: What was the last thing you learned? Musical
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 09 Nov 18 - 09:20 AM

At the FSGW getaway, I was fortunate to be in an autoharp workshop that was given by Dan Schatz. (S'pose to have been Bryan Bowers. But he was sick.) I had had this harp for a while. But I was kinda shy and a little intimidated about approaching. Well, Dan showed us some basic strumming/picking patterns. And low and behold, I was "given permission" to proceed, which I have. Sometimes it is less about the ability to perform a given action than it is about being given permission and encouragement by a humanoid. For me, anyway.

Thanks, Dan!

Saul


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