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Your other favorite music forums?

GUEST 08 Jan 07 - 02:06 PM
Alice 08 Jan 07 - 02:41 PM
Nick 08 Jan 07 - 02:53 PM
Alice 08 Jan 07 - 03:01 PM
dermod in salisbury 08 Jan 07 - 03:27 PM
Jack Campin 08 Jan 07 - 03:34 PM
Effsee 08 Jan 07 - 03:34 PM
Maryrrf 08 Jan 07 - 03:58 PM
Tootler 08 Jan 07 - 06:23 PM
Bill D 08 Jan 07 - 07:17 PM
Mooh 08 Jan 07 - 08:14 PM
Maryrrf 08 Jan 07 - 08:48 PM
GUEST 08 Jan 07 - 10:01 PM
GUEST,Chris 09 Jan 07 - 05:15 AM
Mooh 09 Jan 07 - 07:04 AM
Captain Ginger 09 Jan 07 - 07:17 AM
Nick 09 Jan 07 - 07:17 AM
Captain Ginger 09 Jan 07 - 07:19 AM
GUEST 09 Jan 07 - 07:23 AM
Mr Red 09 Jan 07 - 07:23 AM
GUEST,Jon 09 Jan 07 - 07:31 AM
GUEST, Topsie 09 Jan 07 - 08:29 AM
Mooh 09 Jan 07 - 08:45 AM
GUEST,SimonT 09 Jan 07 - 01:40 PM
Alan Day 09 Jan 07 - 05:39 PM
GUEST,fidjit 09 Jan 07 - 05:46 PM
Rabbi-Sol 09 Jan 07 - 10:50 PM
Jack Campin 10 Jan 07 - 07:37 AM
The Sandman 10 Jan 07 - 10:23 AM
number 6 11 Jan 07 - 10:54 PM
Elaine Green 02 Feb 07 - 06:20 PM
Armen Tanzerian 02 Feb 07 - 06:42 PM
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Jim Lad 02 Feb 07 - 10:38 PM
GUEST,harpgirl 03 Feb 07 - 10:39 PM
Jim Lad 04 Feb 07 - 02:41 AM
Ron Davies 04 Feb 07 - 09:26 AM
GLoux 05 Feb 07 - 12:16 PM
GUEST,Nick 05 Feb 07 - 06:03 PM
redsnapper 06 Feb 07 - 05:32 AM
Grab 06 Feb 07 - 06:40 AM
Ian Burdon 08 Feb 07 - 02:29 AM
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Subject: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 02:06 PM

For ease of use, moderation, being able to choose by section topics, etc. I really like Capercaillie's web forum

It is a fan site forum. But it is so simple and easy to use and well moderated!

However, I think their overall website sucks.

Arlo's forums I like too, and they are a lot of fun. They've had a lot of troublemakers there over the years, but still keep chugging along merrily. Features here are similar to the Capercaille forums (I'm purty sure it's the same software, but haven't checked), but I think Arlo's has them beat for ease of use (like a button at the top of the screen for contacting a forum admin).

People can post as guests. Those who wish to remain anon easily can, while still registering as a user, by selecting the option of hiding your online status. That means only you and the board administrators can see your identity.

Traffic is too heavy at the Beeb forums for me.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Alice
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 02:41 PM

www.thesession.org, but it is tightly controlled to ITM tunes - NO SONGS. The owner gets mad if you talk about lyrics. I had my hand slapped for answering about a song, so I don't go there much anymore. If you are most interested in ITM instrumentals, it is fine.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Nick
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 02:53 PM

Alice

I'm sure they would take the same view if I went along to talk about football or baseball or breadmaking or basketweaving.

It's very specific about what it does.

By chance, I met the guy who runs it last year when he came to do a seminar to the web developers in our company and I happened to flip through the first couple of pages of his book and see that he set up thesession. Interesting to chat to but he set it up for a very specific reason and polices it accordingly. Unlike Mudcat it is highly moderated because those are the rules. Fine site though.

He's a very keen musical player when he's not developing websites and writing about dynamic sites and stuff and he said he'd drop in for a tune next time he's over in Yorkshire.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Alice
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 03:01 PM

whenever I see a question about a song or lyrics to a tune on thesession.org, I now just give a link to Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: dermod in salisbury
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 03:27 PM

The most valuable over a period of time for links, discussion, and advice are Fiddleforum, Garritan, and Composeforums...all .coms. But not much for folk lovers in the latter two if you don't take the view all music for/by folk is folk music.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 03:34 PM

I subscribe to Footstompin, which works because it has a lot of people on it knowledgeable about Scottish music. But it has a lot of problems:

- a culture of anonymity even worse than this place (what the fuck are you all afraid of, not signing your posts with your real names?);

- a somewhat prissy policy of censorship which goes far beyond the commercial requirements of the site;

- a few posters whose self-indulgence screams "censor me" loudly enough to make the average reader want to hand the whole shebang over to the Taleban;

- a plague of Celtic-wannabe American dickheads wanting translations of Engliush mottoes into Gaelic, which leads to deadly spiral as more and more of those requests are indexed by Google thereby sending more and more of the morons to Footstompin;

- technical support people who neither fix problems nor respond to bug reports and don't even acknowledge who they are.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Effsee
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 03:34 PM

http://www.footstompin.com


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 03:58 PM

Dick Gaughan runs a forum which you can sign up for on his website. There is a lot of good discussion and Dick is tolerant of everything except personal attacks and advertising. Everyone must register using their real name (and display that name, unless they have a good reason not to - in which case Dick will make an exception). Dick himself pops in quite frequently and it's fun to hear his views on everything from music to politics - and he is very outspoken. He makes no bones about the fact that his forum is not a democracy, it's a benign dictatorship, and it seems to function well.

There's also a forum on www.tradmusic.com that is useful sometimes for information.

There is nothing quite like Mudcat, though, despite its problems! I can't seem to stay away even if I don't post very much!


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Tootler
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 06:23 PM

I like concertina.net

I have seen adverse criticism of the forum from time to time, but I have found it a helpful and friendly site with members being willing to give valuable advice to newcomers to the concertina like me.

My other favourite is the Noteworthy Composer users forum which is one of the most courteous forums I have come across. At one time it was a good place to post original compositions, but it has tended over time to become a place where people post transcriptions of symphonies and other classical pieces - true these tend to stretch the capabilities of the program, but the variety of musical tastes that used to be represented has declined somewhat which is a pity. OTOH, the members are always very helpful if you have a problem even if it is only vaguely related to the software.

One I do not like is uk.music.folk which I found cliquey and unfriendly. I'm afraid I upset them by telling them so. I am not saying all members were like that but too many were.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 07:17 PM

Having read the 'rules' at Dick Gaughan's forum, I see some ideas which might be useful here...*grin*...He does spell it out!

I may just join and see what's happening.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Mooh
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 08:14 PM

www.mandolincafe.net is one of my favourites, but it's all mandolin and related stuff, extremely well moderated by a great guy, visited all the time by wonderful players and builders, updated with news all the time, lots of music downloads and tabs, pictures, and fast loading. Love the place.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 08:48 PM

I like Dick Gaughan's forum, but I have to impose some limits on my internet time and I chose Mudcat. I must be warped !


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 10:01 PM

Way back I don't know when, I used to lurk in Gaughan's forum. But now it seems just as cliqueish as uk.music.folk, which is almost as cliquesh as Mudcat, but not quite as cliqueish as the Beeb forums.

I hope that clears it up for everyone.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 05:15 AM

It's got to be TheSession.org

Unbeatable as a resource of (mainly) ITM tunes, with a very learned membership who are willing to share their knowledge of the genre, advice concerning the instruments themselves, and playing techniques.

Nick - it comes as no surprise that the guy that runs TheSession is both a decent and keen player, and a website developer. The way in which the site is 'policed' shows understanding of the music and clarity of purpose, and the site's stability, robustness and ease of use does credit to the owner's abilities in his "day-job" !
Chris


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Mooh
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:04 AM

www.13thfret.com, and "The Official Luthier's Forum" but I only lurk there. Both are superbly moderated and the members know their stuff.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Captain Ginger
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:17 AM

I've looked at a few, but The Session.org is the only one that I've found to be consistently worthwhile, with some really sound advice and lively discussion couple with excellent accessibility.
For me, the worst has to be the BBC board - inhabited by warring tribes of imbeciles and trainspotters and moderated by dolts. Those who want more moderation here, think on't and ponder!
Thanks to all for the other suggested links, though - I shall look foward to exploring them.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Nick
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:17 AM

Chris - if you look at his site http://adactio.com/ - it has a portfolio including thesession and it is a very well put together site.

I think he is a bouzouki or mandola player if I remember


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Captain Ginger
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:19 AM

He's a bouzouki boy, IIRC, and knows his stuff.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:23 AM

"[Dick Gaughan's] forum is not a democracy, it's a benign dictatorship"

I guess most dictators would like to be thought of as 'benign'. My experience of his forum led me to a different view. Enough said.

For lovers of Celtic guitar (though not exclusively so):

www.celticguitartalk.com


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Mr Red
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:23 AM

none, currently


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 07:31 AM

BBC has suffered a lot over the years, mostly from recurring rows started by one person who has now departed. I think if they keep it after the review it's due, it stands a good chance.

Unlike Captain Ginger, I think it has some very good contributers. I've certainly enjoyed the last few days there more than any other forum.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 08:29 AM

Mudcat takes up far too much of my time as it is. I haven't got TIME for any more sites.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Mooh
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 08:45 AM

I lurk at the session too, but find it a little um..remote.

Posted this morning at celtic guitar talk for the first time in over 3 years. It is much better now than it once was.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,SimonT
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 01:40 PM

A quick note from SimonT at footstompin'. Jack Campin - I see you are as rude here as you are on our site. Nothing wrong with people looking for translations. It seems to me - using your terminology -that you are the D.H. If you think that being rude and insulting to people who want information is fine then I wish mudcat all the best because they can have you.

On a pleasanter note I really like the concertina.net forum (being a concertina player). Although I don't get time to post I enjoy reading it. The Session.org is good in many ways as well. I like the profiles with favourite tunes etc although I'm more interested in Scottish music rather than its Irish slant.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Alan Day
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 05:39 PM

I too enjoy Concertina .net I have undertaken a couple of Concertina projects and I could not have done them without the help of the site members.It is well run, it encourages friendly discussion and I have gained a number of friends Worldwide because of it.
This site too offers the same friendship,there does seem however a stronger desire here for a few contributors to play devils advocate and try and score points if they upset the people trying to have a serious discussion.I can cope with that up to a point and then just lift my hat and retire.I enjoy listening to the opinions of others and sometimes a good point that is raised can change my point of view.That is what discussion is about.
Al


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,fidjit
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 05:46 PM

Concertina .net is a must for concertina players and others. Very helpfull gang of guys and dolls. With tunes, discussions and helpfull teaching. Keeps you upto date of the sales of instruments on E-Bay too.

chas


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 09 Jan 07 - 10:50 PM

Next to Mudcat my favorite forum is on Newsgroups. It is Alt.Binaries.Karaoke

This is strictly a Midi forum with lyrics added. MP3s are not allowed. All copyrights are respected and strictly adhered to.

There are some very knowledgable folks on there such as Alan Sharkis, Ron Tilden, Bunty Pritchard Jones, Dr. James Pitt-Payne, & Johan Komrij.

They will all go out of their way to help you find a song and even sequence a midi-karaoke file at your request free of charge.

                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 07:37 AM

I've looked at Chiff and Fipple but the problem with forums that specialized is, once the discussion has led to the creation of a technique FAQ, a list of makers and a recordings database, what is there left to talk about except for newbies re-asking old questions? They tend to have a fairly short period of real vitality. Brawling chaos works better.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: The Sandman
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 10:23 AM

it would be easy to say, that other forums are as good as the people that participate on them ,but this is not quite true.
design of the forum is important,one very well designed forum is Jon Gindicks harmonica forum,there are video lessons for improvisation, video lessons on how to work with a metronome,[important for dance musicians].a beginners glossary,hamonica classroom with backing tapes,Tab convertor and theory room,and a repairing harmonicas section,this is in my opinion a well designed forum.
concertina net,has a very good repair and very good history section,a very good links section[information to other sites]a useful whats on section,but I think the teaching section,is inferior to Gindicks harmonica forum.[just a personal opinion],.
FOOTSTOMPING seems like a good forum,and it has one advantage,for people who wish to improve their playing technique[traditional style]in that Simon Thoumire is an excellent player and well qualified to advise people.
www.dickmiles.com


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: number 6
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 10:54 PM

The Acoustic Guitar forum ... very well managed, assembled and monitored.

accoustic guitar forum

biLL


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Elaine Green
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 06:20 PM

I don't guess that viagra would really do me much good, but for my rock n roll itch, I hang out a lot at Deja Vu.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 06:42 PM

Flatpick-l (VERY strict about trimming your quotes, which I like)
Bgrass-l


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 07:15 PM

Well, yeah, those too. But they're all really boring.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 07:16 PM

And the listers are such pills!


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 02 Feb 07 - 10:38 PM

This "BBC" forum? what do I search for?


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,harpgirl
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:39 PM

It's not a forum but Ed has wonderful old MP3's of tunes up almost every day for listening and lots of interesting folk music information. I check it out often and listen when I have a DSL connection in front of me.

Old Blue Bus


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:41 AM

Thanx Harpgirl: I've added The Old Blue Bus to my favourites and will check it out some more, later.
Now, what's a DSL connection? Could use some help with the BTW thing too but you probably don't believe me.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 09:26 AM

DSL is a fast connection--the fastest, I think, aside from broadband-- (but I'm no expert). BTW is usually "by the way".


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GLoux
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 12:16 PM

Sugar in the Gourd (streaming old-time music) has a forum.

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: GUEST,Nick
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 06:03 PM

While it is band specific, Great Big Sea has a nice site, the Online Kitchen Party is the Message board and has many sections of things not directly related to the band. Info on New Foundland & Labrador, book disussion and general BS as well. Members can be well veresed in Celtic and Maritime Candaian song and band areas. Not quite the bredth and depth of knowlege as displayed here but woth a peek at
greatbigsea.ca   or greatbigsea.com


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: redsnapper
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 05:32 AM

Mandolin Cafe here!

RS


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Grab
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 06:40 AM

Musical Instrument Makers' Forum (http://www.mimf.com). Not that I am one, but it's still nice to browse and pick up info about how these things go together, in the hope that one day I have enough free time to give it a go myself.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Ian Burdon
Date: 08 Feb 07 - 02:29 AM

I post from time to time on Dick Gaughan's forum and keep my eye on Footstompin'. I'm also to be found at www.jakethackray.com and more often than not at Yesfans. Two or three mailing lists too.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Ian Burdon
Date: 08 Feb 07 - 02:31 AM

ok, that should have read http://www.jakethackray.com and http://yesfans.com if anyone is interested - which I doubt :-) Ian
    We're interested, Ian - you're among kindred spirits here. I fixed your links.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: Hey friends..
From: GUEST,vipsticks
Date: 12 Feb 07 - 11:04 PM

Hey guys, there's another English person about, :)
I'm a new on www.contemplator.com
looking forward to speaking to you guys soon


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: Scrump
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:23 AM

Isn't it a bit disloyal to Mudcat, recommending other forums here?


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Subject: RE: Your other favorite music forums?
From: MMario
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 09:28 AM

I don't see it as such, Scrump. It's like being at a Seamus Kennedy concert and telling someone they should give Jed Marum, or Mike Campbell, or Mick Lane a listen.
    Thread closed temporarily because it's been a target for a heavy barrage of Spam. If you have something to add to the discussion, contact me and I'll reopen it.
    -Joe Offer-


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