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  1. Re: New guy looking for advice on travel with mandolin

    Yeah, like mandokismet says, I would think that if you treat the mandolin similar to how you would a recently shipped mandolin - letting it acclimate slowly before opening the case up, that you'd be...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Sometimes I look at the fretboard, sometimes I don't. I do find that if I want to remember a tune I need to play it a couple of times with my eyes closed and that really helps embed it.
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    Re: Tenor Guitar Gallery & Sightings

    Gorgeous Fletcher tenor there Jim, I still bitterly regret selling my all mahogany Fletcher tenor a number of years ago. Financially I didn't have a choice but it's definitely "the one that got away"...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    Echoing what has already been mentioned here, the type of mandolin you're playing/how heavy your strings are may influence your preference, in addition to what type of music you play. I play Irish...
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    Re: Nyberg Flattop Mandolin Build Thread

    Those fret markers look awesome - can't wait to hear this when it's ready for action!
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I really like the McClung armrests and found that they put my arm at a good angle for playing. I decided to not put one on my Girouard when it arrived and have adjusted fine to playing without one,...
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    Re: Looking for instruction

    When you say "irish style of songwriting" are you talking about songs with words or are you talking about tunes? - Echoing the recommendation above, Marla Fibish would be able to help you with both...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Depends on what genre of music you play on the mandolin as well - not all of us play Bluegrass, so a "must know" tune in that world wouldn't be the same for folks who play irish trad music (like...
  9. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    What a gorgeous mandolin, Mike is the salt of the earth!
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    Re: Video: The Princess

    The Gypsy Princess is one of my favourite tunes - lovely playing all round! The cello sits so nicely in the tune. We have a wonderful young trad cello player here in Ireland, Sharon Howley, an...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    I only have one mandolin (and one guitar, and one tenor banjo) because the herd needed to be thinned over the years either due to financial need or more recently, a transatlantic move home - the...
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    Re: My new and first electric mandolin!

    Nice one Isaac, lovely playing!
  13. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    When I had my MT-O I really liked Curt Mangan Bluegrass mediums on it.
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    Yeah, I'm lucky that I live rurally and my other half has good ear plugs!

    I'm using a Word Doc "notebook" template - and the tabs for each section are:

    - A list of tunes I'm re-learning (I have...
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    Just wanted to add that I've frequently encountered folks who make remarks like "Huh, I'm too busy actually playing to keep a practice journal...." when they hear I keep one, the implication being...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    My Girouard lives in a Price case, and in the neck pocket you'll find:

    - one of those silk cleaning cloths that Ted used to sell over on the JazzMando site
    - TC Electronics Polytune tuner
    -...
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    Re: D'Addario Chris Thile Signature Pick

    Yes, the Dunlop delrin picks are definitely great bang for the buck. I used to use them before I got my Blue Chip picks - they sound good when you play with the shoulder end of them as well, for...
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    Re: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    You can purchase the Foinn Seisiún recordings for a version:



    or it appears on Chieftains 8 by the Chieftains:



    Aoife Granville does a version on her "Sáimhín Só" album:
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    Re: someone's gotta say it

    Happy New Year to all here - hoping 2021 is an improvement on 2020!
  20. Re: FedEx — wow — can’t follow directions; fakes receipt signatur

    When the pandemic started I got alert emails from both UPS and FedEx stating that in the interests of "contactless delivery" parcels would be left without the requirement for a signature, whether the...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    I don't think there is any finish I dislike on a mandolin except for a poorly done burst (like those black into yellow kind of bursts that show up on some super cheap mandolins for example). I've had...
  22. Re: NMD Collings MT2-0 (Pictures and a Christmas Tune)

    Two beautiful mandolins - what a great pair to have at your disposal!
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Or it could be a new business enterprise! Kinda like the folks who rent out their herd of goats to clear weeds and overgrowth - someone could accumulate and then rent out their posse of geckos to...
  24. Re: New Superior CD1521 Mandolin case Strong Chemical Smell

    I got a Calton for my tenor banjo last year and didn't experience any smell with it thankfully, but did have a case that came with my Collings MT-O back in the day that absolutely reeked of glue - it...
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    Re: Work distraction

    When I was teaching for a living I would reinforce my self with an hour of playing time if I graded X amount of assignments etc., nice way to clear the head and not feel guilty about picking up my...
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