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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    I use this chord a lot, but I finger it with my 2nd and 1st fingers usually (second finger covering the G and D strings at the 5th fret and first finger on the A and E strings at the 3rd fret). I...
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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    She's plugged in so she's playing. Looks like a C5 (low to high notes are C G C G).

    Overlaying the thumb for the G string isn't all that weird by itself - it's a technique many have used and...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I'm gonna share this thread with my lady haha - glad to hear I'm not alone in the no-name camp!!
  4. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    I agree with Dillion on the Amazing Slower Downer - it has been by far one of the best investments I've made in music. With it you can slow down any MP3 recording, change keys into an easier key for...
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    Naming your Mandolin

    So I've never named my instruments - no real reason behind it, just never really did. I just call them by what they are - the Gibson, the Newson, the 5 string Mann, the 8 string Mann etc. My...
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    I left a mandolin at the Airtrain station heading from JFK airport to Queens. I had to run back - it was still there thankfully :)
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    Re: Orange County, California

    There's the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra (https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Performance---Event-Venue/San-Diego-Mandolin-Orchestra-San-Diego-California-1798728603741064/) and the Classical...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    Great to hear!! Glad to hear things are progressing for you!
  9. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I have a couple electric mandolins from John Mann - one 8 string octave and one 5 string octave. I also have a few acoustic mandolins that are my primaries really. I totally agree with the OP - an...
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    Viva Las VeGrass 10/12 - 10/13

    Anyone heading up to Vegrass? https://vivalasvegrass.org/

    It's at a new site this year but should be a lot of fun.
  11. Thread: Gryphon is 50

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    Re: Gryphon is 50

    I love those guys but I have yet to visit the store. Great people in general - especially Steve. He's been a great source of knowledge whenever I've talked with him.

    They've been long time...
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    Re: Huck Finn Music Festival (Ontario CA)

    They just released the line up for Huck Finn this year - https://huckfinn.com/lineup

    My band Shakedown String Band is in the battle of the bands playing from 12:30 to 1p (real short set haha). If...
  13. Re: David Grisman & Sierra Hull tomorrow in Albany, NY (for free)

    Aw man I'm super jealous. I used to live up in Albany for a while (down on Hamilton st).

    I just saw a great video from backstage at Pickin in the Pines (AZ) with Sierra, Frank Solven, David...
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    Re: 8 string solid body playability

    I'm a huge fan of John Mann instruments. I have a 5 and 8 string Mann - honestly, I like the 5 way better than the 8 - but they are both great. I have a ThunderBird IV as well - mainly that's wall...
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    Huck Finn Music Festival (Ontario CA)

    Anyone going to Huck Finn Music Fest in California? I just found out that one of my bands is heading up so curious who else might be :)
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    Re: Skype Instruction on West Coast?

    I'd add Peghead has Aaron Weinstein too - great courses from him.


    OP:
    Where are you on the West Coast?
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    Re: East Tennessee Blues

    I've always been a fan of Steffey's version


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0pGeBindSo
  18. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I would second the singing the melody in your head. If you do it with tapping your foot, that's even better. Also, I would definitely second counting all music you hear in your head and tapping...
  19. Thread: Go To Jams Now!

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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    Most bluegrass festivals have some sort of Slow Jam event led by an instructor which can be helpful. Some places have a regular slow jam meetup as well. I'm not sure where exactly you are - but try...
  20. Thread: Go To Jams Now!

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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    While I agree that the massive jam is not a fun jam - only sitting on your couch practicing alone all the time isn't good either IMO. Growing as a musician is difficult to do if you never play with...
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    Re: Need some advice.

    I find that when a band wants a new member, they'll ask. A lot of times there's more reasons then your skill level or personality that keep you out of a band. In many cases, it has nothing to do...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Thanks. I probably wouldn't use them though. Mainly because if I'm going to install a pickup, I would want to hide it as much as possible - partly for looks, partly for feedback control. I think...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    I have another mandolin (Newson) but it doesn't have a pickup installed right now. I'm debating about switching the order of things and sending the Newson to get a pickup installed (probably Twin K)...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Thanks yall. I really appreciate the feedback. It's about 5 years of regular playing/ gigging with it. Probably about time for the fix up Haha.
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    This is what the frets look like. Everything before the ~8th fret seems alright to me.

    1st - 5th fret
    179050

    4th - 7th fret
    179047

    8th - 15th fret
    179048
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