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  1. Kansas Nutcracker Reviewed

    So, apparently the "prarie" effect of the mandolins and mandola take some getting used to.

    So get used to it!

  2. Onward

    More practice on that transition is helping. Taking things very slowly to analyze the hand and finger movement to make it happen have really started to pay off. Holding the last G with my ring finger while starting to move my index finger up is the trick here. It brings back old "shifting" memories when I played cello many years ago.

    Speaking of 'cello, I got to play around on a wonderful baritone guitar this morning. Got me chomping at the bit for the 4 string 'cello still ...
  3. Mando Received

    I am astounded at how fast (and cheap) Greyhound Express can ship.

    A quick note from my luthier:
    "I picked up your mandolin today. I'm so used to people shipping in Calton cases and because it was so light I thought you forgot to pack the mandolin in the box!

    I've briefly looked it over.... I will make it play soooo much better."

    And the anticipation begins to rise!
  4. The signal Chain

    Good Morning.
    Lots to do today. Need to set up the Christmas tree and holiday decorations, do a little shopping, and host my weekly practice session before cleaning up the house, packing, and leaving for an overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

    But I wanted to get my thoughts about my signal chain down down before embarking on the above errands.

    All of my electric instruments go through the same chain. It's short and the purpose is just to add a little sonic diversity ...
  5. Post Hoc Customization

    Well, I did it and there is no going back now.

    For the past few years I have been working on technique to the point of ignoring most of the rest of my musical palate--like tunes. So, I can only play a few tunes, and I have played them to death (which, I suspect, is what my partner wishes upon me each time she hears me work on difficult phrasings in Dusty Miller). Meanwhile, however, I think I hear my tone improving each and every day, and I am playing more relaxed, faster, and cleaner. ...

    Updated Dec-12-2008 at 10:01pm by jasona

  6. Happy Birthday, Butch

    Probably a lot of mandolin players never had the chance to see Butch in his old bluegrass days. Now you can. Happy Birthday, Butch. You rock!

    Updated Dec-13-2008 at 6:15pm by Scott Tichenor

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  7. CGDAEG on guitar body

    by , Dec-11-2008 at 6:43am (Johnny McGann's Random Musical Allsorts)
    CGDAEG has been used by Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) and his disciples via Guitar Craft for over 20 years. I decided to put it on one of my electric guitars to check it out.

    As you can see, it is very mando-friendly, since:

    the bottom 4 strings= Mandocello
    Middle 4= Octave Mando

    The G string on top lets you play melody between the E and G without as many stretches; allows for a closer interval on top of chord voicings.

    My ...
  8. Upward

    Got to play both melody and harmony many times over the weekend. The tune is finally starting to sink in and fall under my fingers. The transition is slowly getting easier. Got to play it once briefly with Les at our church retreat. That helped tremendously. Now to actually get together with Jeff and practice the thing. Only 10 days to go.
  9. Donated Mandolins Heading Out Soon

    Yea! Today we started making arrangements to have six of the donated mandolins shipped to the lending libraries of the two programs involved in our Mandolins For Kids promotion. Truth be told, we met our goal already, but have decided to extend this another week or possibly more. If no other donations are received, at least the programs will receive some promotion for this site's big mouth .

    However, there's no reason for those of you still on the fence with an instrument to donate ...

    Updated Dec-13-2008 at 6:15pm by Scott Tichenor

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  10. The Weight

    You know what? A Telecaster weighs a heck of a lot more than either an F5 or a Mandobird. Three hours of playing while standing gave me a burning sensation between the shoulder blades. I'm very glad I didn't alter a Les Paul.

    I'm thinking about the signal chain now. I love the amp, need to have it serviced though.

    More on that later.


    Updated Dec-31-2008 at 12:10am by Daniel Nestlerode

    Electric Explorations