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  1. You Dont Need to Do a Set Up

    Not being one for great drama in writing, let me explain right away. Everyone may need to have their mandolin set up. Not everyone needs to do it themselves.

    Robert Meldrum has done the mandolin community a gigantic service. His ebook on set ups is really fantastic. Lots of folks have taken advantage of the book and proceeded to set up their instruments, in some cases first time mandolinners took up the challenge.

    I have read through (not the same as thoroughly and ...

    Updated Apr-24-2015 at 8:53am by JeffD

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  2. Playing Mandolin at Last

    At last in my retirement years I am getting satisfaction from playing music. I know my efforts are very amateur in the grand scheme of playing, but I have been playing ukulele with a couple of others on guitar in church, and now I am happy with my beginner efforts on the mandolin.

    I attempted to take up guitar over thirty years ago, but the teacher I went to for individual lessons (big $s) just gave me 4 songs this week and 4 songs next week, with no interest in my individual performance, ...
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  3. On Playing the Mandolin as Therapy

    I have been a member in the Mandolin Cafe for most of 2014 and I have truly appreciated the ideas, education, support and friendship that has been fostered in this forum. Thanks to all!

    I have a brain disease that is a rarer form of Parkinson's, is faster progressing than typical P.D. and tends to cause more disability. I am not able to drive or work in my chosen profession any longer, and I deal with a variety of problems such as tremors and mobility issues, among other things. ...
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  4. appraising "great mandolin sound" ...when builder is unknown?

    Hello... My father repaired violins and mandolins for over 25 years before he passed away. In 1987 he built his first mandolin. According to other players, it has great sound... but "No Name" recognition. Now my Mother's estate wants to sell the mandolin. One professional guitar shop appraised it at $300 to $400. Another shop said they'd hang it on a wall for decoration and ask $35.00. I'm No mandolin player, rather I play a 1957 Epiphone 12-string. A couple other shops want $150 ...
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  5. Mandolin in Celtic Music

    In the forum there is some discussion of the idea of a Celtic Mandolin with reference to a good article http://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/celtic-mandolin/ to which it would be impossible for me to add.

    In the past, not being able to add to a discussion has rarely stopped me from contributing. But more and more I am of the mind of a quote from a Burning Man poster: “having something to say is highly overrated”. So I will move my thoughts from the forum to the blogs.
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    Updated Sep-13-2014 at 2:04pm by JeffD

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  6. Yes we can all get along

    I was at an OT jam a couple of weeks ago. The jam was southern Appalachian at its core.

    And a second mandolin showed up, and he was much more of a bluegrasser.

    So as the jam progressed we traded breaks. I would play the melody, which is what I do, and then do a chorded OT back up while he took these flights of fancy entirely out of character of old time. Then he would hand it back to me and I would play the melody, which is what I do, while he did a chord backup a ...
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  7. Hi, check out my new mandolin and guitar piece, spanish feel.

  8. Mandolin Reprise

    A couple of years ago I just had to buy a mandolin. I had been driving past the store for some time - The Gladesville Guitar Factory - and then one day I looked up the internet and saw this beautiful mandolin, so sleek and elegant.

    I raced in to buy it, got $50 off (although I never bargain) and then thought....well I don't know how to play. I used to play piano and flute with a few dabbles on an autoharp and love singing.

    Found a teacher and started weekly for about ...
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  9. Musician. How to find job?

    Guitar players are not very unique people on Earth. Some teach, others play in the amateur band or on the restaurant scene, others work part-time giving private lessons or playing in the subways. How to find a job in Milwaukee? http://mke414.com/jobs

    Many, having received specialized classical musical education, leaving the world of music, not to find ways how to make money on the guitar and start to earn a living in the business. How many musicians are so many vital ways. Only a ...
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  10. Summer NAMM

    As a rule I don't like to eat my own words, so excuse me while I grab fork and spoon. The Nashville NAMM Show which I'd boasted on the home page was quite the networking opportunity for mandolinists is not what it used to be. Still, there are valuable contacts made, experiences you're glad you were a part of and information that might not have been discovered otherwise. Allow me to share some of those.

    I was invited down a day before the show by Tim Nelson of Eastman. Tim's lengthy ...

    Updated Jul-23-2014 at 7:17pm by Scott Tichenor

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