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  1. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    I'm very curious about why the Peterson says "plucked rather than picked." Once you have tuned it with the plucked thumb, have you checked the tuning with a pick? I find that it's a bit sharper...
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    "Oh Them Britches" is a good and simple tune. "Bile Them Cabbage Down" is another one.
  3. Re: Negative Melodies, automatic transposition in ABC?

    Rachmaninoff's "trick" was part of the "serial" school of composition (Schoenberg/Berg/Webern originally) -- it's an inversion of the original tone-row of a composition. So serial composers would...
  4. Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    The answer to your question requires a few questions before it can be answered, in my opinion:
    1) what type of music do you hope to play on the mandolin? Classical, bluegrass, jazz, old-time, rock?...
  5. Re: Tip: Replacing Book Bindings with Spiral Bindings

    I love that book and make great use of it both on mandolin and fiddle. I printed it double-sided, so it's only about 250 sheets of paper and there are coils which can handle that capacity.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Mike, to Pete's great advice I would add that you need to lose your natural desire to sound good when you start improvising. There are lots of play-along recordings that you can practice with in the...
  7. Thread: Songwriting

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    Re: Songwriting

    Are you asking about how to get musical ideas that will sound good on the mandolin? Or asking about how to write them down so others can play them?
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    Re: Bickford Mandolin Method

    As it stands now in the U.S. copyright for older works which were under copyright in either their first term or their renewal term when the U.S. Copyright law was re-written in 1978 have protection...
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    DavDavDav, I think you were misinformed about the "down on 1, 3 and up on 2, 4." I find it works great to pick down on every beat, which then leaves the up for any/all 8th-notes on the "and" of the...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Maybe I missed it, but I don't recall anybody mentioning Audacity on the PC -- it is totally free, it can do multi-tracking and has a slew of great editing capabilities.

    An inexpensive interface...
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    B M G Magazine

    I saw a post the other day which included a link to the Banjo Mandolin Guitar Magazine from England. I followed the link and have to say that I think it's a very great resource and a lot of fun to...
  12. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Sound in any amplified instrument is as much controlled/altered by the amplification used as by the construction of the instrument. Damning an entire class of instrument because you haven't heard it...
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    Re: Raise an Irish Eyebrow (Original)

    Nice! :)
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    Re: Suffragette March

    I'd love it if you would post the PDFs for us to download! Thanks -- it sounds like a great event!
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    Re: Tascam Portastudio DP-24SD / DP-32SD

    I have the Zoom R24 which is very similar, but is $100 less at sweetwater.com. The Zoom also has the advantage of being able to run on 6 AA batteries for use when not near AC power (it comes with an...
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    Re: free trio and solo music from Evelyn

    Evelyn, I am saddened to learn of your illness. You have given the world some wonderful gifts with your arrangements, both those you have given away for free here at the mandolin cafe as well as...
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    Re: Finger exercises ?

    When I first was learning guitar many years ago I found an exercise that helped me. Fast forward to about 6 years ago when I first picked up the mandolin and I did the same exercise and it helped...
  18. Re: Winter's Tale 5 - free sheet music for mandolin trios

    Thanks, Evelyn! I've been very busy and hadn't had a chance to visit mandolin cafe for a while and was very happy to see your 5th book of Winter's Tale. Another great collection! Your arrangements...
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    Re: USB microphone for recording to PC

    I have Audio-Technica AT2020USBi which works very well. The price is $199.00 at sweetwater.com -- it comes with the mic, a USB cable to plug into the computer, a USB-to-lightning connector for use...
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    Re: John Goodin mandolin duets

    An additional thank you, John, for knowing how to lay the music out properly! I have an Epson WF7620 printer which duplexes automatically and I simply had to use Adobe reader (could have been any...
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    Re: John Goodin mandolin duets

    I just downloaded John's new book and played through a few tunes and immediately made a donation. I want to thank John for making some of his books available for free with a suggested donation --...
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    Re: Mandolin to fiddle redux

    My wife is a Suzuki violin teacher and she works fiddle tunes into the standard Suzuki repertoire and it works great. Especially because Suzuki, if properly taught, is a memorization method which...
  23. Re: New here.....Suddenly really pumped about getting into the ma

    Welcome -- it's a terrific site for advice on playing, on equipment and as a resource for finding music/books to use. Regarding picks, I have tried many different shapes, thicknesses and find that I...
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    Re: Improving without playing

    I'd be careful of "resting fingers above the correct scale and chord positions" -- what did your doctor (and I would presume a physical therapist also) have to say about doing anything with your left...
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    Re: Right Hand Movement/Wrist

    If you want to take lessons with someone, don't try to second-guess what they're saying in print. Have your first lesson and see what he has to say in person and how he demonstrates things. Words...
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