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Jan 22, 2021 - 5:31:24 AM
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52 posts since 1/8/2011

I recorded three mandolins and a guitar on this old folk song "This Land is Your Land" with my Eastman MD515. I got the mandolin used, and it needed some set up work on the neck action and relief, plus I got new frets too. I'll probably invest in a different tailpiece eventually because I do not like the Eastman tailpiece.


Jan 22, 2021 - 6:30:01 AM
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TSSN

USA

997 posts since 1/3/2011

Looks like the mandolin has a few miles on it, but I like that kind of character. Sounds nice too; clear and cutting.

I like what you did with the tune as well. Was it the same Eastman for all 3 mandolin layers?

Jan 22, 2021 - 7:14:59 AM

168 posts since 9/20/2012

Nice job. I put the Allen AR-2 on a couple of mandolins and really liked it. Easy to string and doesn't rattle.

Jan 23, 2021 - 6:38:01 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

472 posts since 12/22/2010

My wife hear this from the other room and started singing Little Darlin' Pal O' Mine.

Jan 23, 2021 - 7:13:06 PM

7 posts since 1/20/2011

Nice job playing, but"..old folk song..."? How about Woody Guthrie?

Jan 24, 2021 - 8:04:58 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

472 posts since 12/22/2010

quote:
Originally posted by brettzke

Nice job playing, but"..old folk song..."? How about Woody Guthrie?


Well, old is a relative term and people have been trying to define what a folk song is for years and haven't come up with a definition that everyone agrees with yet.

If you know who wrote it, it ain't a folk song - Michael Cooney
All songs are folk songs. I've never heard a horse sing 'em - Big Bill Broonzy (credited to others as well)
If it takes more than 2 trips to get your gear to the stage, it ain't folk - ??
A 4 letter word that starts with F, ends with K and if you use it they won't play your songs on the radio - Catfish Willie
Since I bought my first issue of Sing Out! in 1961 I've been reading attempts to define what is a folk song.
I'll bet Woody wouldn't object to calling his song a folk song.  The tune was obviously borrowed, as many of his tunes were.  When he got a report of another singer stealing a line from his song he is reported to have said, "Hell, he just steals from me.  I steal from everybody."

At the bottom of his music was sometimes written, "This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it and passin' it around without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ours, 'cause that's why I wrote it."

Jan 24, 2021 - 8:02:24 PM
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7 posts since 1/20/2011

Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers, just figured with a song this well known and loved, credit where it's due.

Feb 5, 2021 - 6:54:41 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

472 posts since 12/22/2010

Hope I didn't sound like my feathers were ruffled Brett. Just contributing to the conversation.

Feb 6, 2021 - 8:19:32 AM

639 posts since 10/3/2012

Very nice — upbeat and makes you want to do a gig

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