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May 25th, 2011
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Hi
I've been very quiet lately. Being happy will do that to you I suppose.

Lizzie and I are doing wonderfully. There is much laughter and music in our house.

On that, I have a new toy. I bought a bouzouki! Most of the new songs have been written on it, most I could play on guitar, but they wouldn't sound the same. Add the Cuatro and it will be Eric's Odd Instruments onstage at Duckon.

So, how is life with you? Does anyone read this anymore?

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From:blackpaladin
Date:May 25th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, some of us are still here and refuse to forsake the LiveJournal. :-)
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From:tigertoy
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I do still read this. Life's as it has been -- generally good day to day but completely unsustainable in the long term.

So, those recently posted songs, that I thought sounded like bouzouki, but decided was probably an odd tuning and maybe miking on an acoustic guitar, because you're known for playing acoustic guitars in odd tunings, really are a zook?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
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It is indeed a bouzouki. World Walker is on the cuatro, which is essentially a 10 string guitar. The other three are all on the bouzouki. I'll bring it to Duck, since it's a bit part of the set now.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the link sends you to the Elderly page. I have that model, only it's got a black finish, not the natural.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I will at some point, just because that is the sort of thing I do.
From:libra_dragon
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I still read...
don't seem to posting as much as life is getting in the way and whatnot but still hanging around
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From:awfulhorrid
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Do you see yourself working in a cheese shop anytime soon?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
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I would like to remind you that YOU are the one who lives in WI, not I.
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From:lemmozine
Date:May 25th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
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If it's tuned like a mandolin, but an octave low, I would argue it's an octave mandolin and not a bouzouki. So, GDAE is octave mandolin tuning. Bouzouki tuning varies (google bouzouki tuning) depending on whether you're Greek or Irish and what mood you're in. Same instrument, different tunings. I tune my cuatro the same as my cittern (doubled GDGDG) and I call it my baby cittern.

In my collection I have an octave mandolin, a 10-string cittern, and a cuatro. Other 10 stringed instruments: charango, tiple. If you get a chance, get your hands on a Martin tiple. They're cool.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I own two cuatros, one is generally tuned ADGAD, the other BEADG.

The bouzouki is a Trinity College Irish Bouzouki. I will swap tunings around as needed. So far I am playing it in Mando tuning, but I want to use others as well. If I end up with several tunings, I may end up with two Bouzoukis. I want a Tiple, it may be next on my list of instruments I buy. I played one when I bought my 2nd cuatro and liked it a lot.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 25th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
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And, in one sentence you say the tuning defines the instrument, and the next you say Same instrument, different tunings.

Confused ...
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From:tigertoy
Date:May 25th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
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As far as I've been able to figure out the difference between an "Irish bouzouki" and an "octave mandolin" is what the person holding the instrument wants to call it, which usually has more to do with the musical tradition they're following than the physical instrument.
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From:lemmozine
Date:May 25th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Here is some more information. Apparently what defines the instruments, according to this, is the scale length. I'm not 100% sure I agree with that.

http://www.ceolas.org/instruments/cittern.html

It's sort of like, a banjo is a banjo, right? Except that there are 3 different types of 4 string banjo that are common (banjo-uke, tenor and plectrum) all with different tunings and scales, there are 2 different types of 5-string banjo (the standard and the Pete Seeger style long-neck), the 6 string guitar banjo, the 8-string banjo-mandolin which can also be strung with 2 sets of ukulele strings and played as a taropach, and a 12-string fretless banjo common in Turkey called a cumbus.

When I got my cittern, it was tuned G D G D G, and so far I've found no reason to change that.

If you want to hear some great Irish bouzouki playing, you should check out Beth Patterson. She plays instruments of 8 and 10 strings, both in Irish bouzouki tuning. Once when I offered to let her try my new guitar she said, "Thanks anyway, but I'm guitarded."
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From:billroper
Date:May 25th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Still here. :)

And life is -- chaotic...
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From:sexybass
Date:May 25th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear you are both doing well and look forward to seeing you both at MuseCon. Oh and I love Bazouki's. I have two citterns which are kind of like a bazouki on steroids or as the Irish call them "Blarge" for bazouki large. I always read your blogs by the way!

Edited at 2011-05-25 07:59 pm (UTC)
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From:tlunquist
Date:May 25th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Ack.
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From:peteralway
Date:May 25th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
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I never read livejournal anymore, except, maybe once or twice a day, just to catch up on my friends' page, leave comments and sometimes post.
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From:lemmozine
Date:May 25th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
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The problem with LJ as opposed to Facebook is it's missing the "Like" button, which at least gives a clue that there are people paying attention.

I wanted to hit the "like" button on this comment. Can't. Too bad.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 26th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
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Simple
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From:petdance
Date:May 26th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
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I read it.
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From:janeg
Date:May 26th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm still here too, but mostly lurking because work has been crazy. See you in August!
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From:valydiarosada
Date:May 26th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I shouldn't be reading this. I should be having an early night, as I have to get up tomorrow at extra specially stupid o'clock to catch a train to Brussels, and from there catch another train to Germany for DFDF.

My good friend and fellow Trifler the_magician has a bouzouki. It's nice.

G'night!
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From:happyfunpaul
Date:May 27th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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Still here. :-)
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