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Getting creative in lockdown

Paul Trenwith send us this from his friend Mike Donaldson who heard it on Bluegrass Today today. We’d stick it up on our social media timeline but it would disappear after a while and this is one to keep.

Mike Marshall – Mandolin Orchestra, with ‘Lonesome Moonlight Waltz’. 

Sad news acknowledged

It is time to acknowledge two life members that have passed away this year.

The most recent was Alan Lewis. We have not seen Alan at the club for some years due to his deteriorating health which culminated in his passing away last weekend. Alan knew how to get a great solid bluegrass rhythm out of his Martin and he could sing pretty good too. It’s sad that he has gone.

Roger Giles passed away a few weeks ago, and if you are even vaguely aware of folk music in New Zealand, you have probably seen that news elsewhere, and have been told what a contribution he made.

Here, we want to simply record that he made a huge difference to the Auckland Bluegrass Club as well. He was, along with Hilary Condon, instrumental in our use of the Bunker which continues to this day. Until he became sick he was always there. He was famous for his hilarious interjections, but how proud we felt when we finished a song and the injection was a compliment.

Pete Parnham
12 May 2020

Bluegrass is good but it's not worth getting sick for

Hey, we love our music but we love life even more. Beating this COVID-19 thing is a community effort, and we should play our part.

So there will be no club night in May, here’s hoping that it won’t be too much longer before we can get going again.

It’s a good opportunity to practice those licks you never got around to learning…

Performing music in Zoom on laptop or mobile phone

Playing music in a Zoom meeting doesn’t always work out because Zoom is optimised for conversation and suppresses what it thinks is background noise, sometimes including your acoustic guitar between each vocal line – or worse. The whole thing breaks up.


To override these settings and play the original unprocessed sound on a desktop go to Audio settings> advanced settings and enable the in meeting option for original sound.

When you are in the meeting look for the Turn on Original Sound option on the top left corner of the screen. Select this option before playing music and switch it back when going back to conversation. (You may need to hover your mouse over that area to make the option visible)

Mobile App

The process for mobile apps is similar. (These screen shots are from an Android app). First log into the app – you don’t need to join a meeting for this step. Go to Settings>meeting

Within meeting settings select Use original sound.

You are almost done. When you next join a meeting on your mobile, before you play music, put your finger on the screen to bring up the menus and options. Select More>enable Original Sound. When you are done playing to optimise for conversation again repeat the process and select disable original sound.