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    This is not a brag...

    ...but I had to come share. I worked out a Sarah Jarosz break. It's from She Left Me Standing On The Mountain. I'm playing something that Sarah Jarosz played. Of course she recorded it when she was...
  2. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    With a really good PA one can use one middle condenser or multiple microphone's, one for each player, right now our set-up is one big ole condenser in the middle and each member has an instrument...
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    Re: Music Streaming service question...

    It's on the pricey side of streaming services, but I've been using Deezer for about 4 years now. A couple highlights:
    - Excellent catalog. Across most genres I or someone in my family is interested...
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    Wish You Were Here - with mandolin!

    I hope y'all enjoy this Pink Floyd cover we did!
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    Re: Tony Rice Interview April 9/2019

    Everybody over the age of 60 gets a little cranky now and then....(IMHO)
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    Re: Working on my chop

    OK …… Here's my take. Use four tone / string voicings when you are able. When you are unable use three tone / string voicings on the lower ie. G-D-A strings. There is a timing "thing" going on...
  7. Re: Do you bring your expensive mando to the bluegrass festival?

    Generally (not always) the highest caliber of players I find myself surrounded by are at festivals. I take my best mandolin and I never let go of it. That way when the 12 year old kid with a Flatiron...
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    Re: Training the Mind

    One of the best things about playing music is that you can't think while playing. Sometimes after a good jam I have to remind myself what I'm worried about.
    On the other hand, it is hard not to...
  9. Thread: Nut slot fix.

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    Re: Nut slot fix.

    Easiest "fix" is the "traditional" corner of a match book, chewing gum wrapper, or whatever sheet of paper or plastic happens to be handy. Put a little 'shim' under the string, ignore the...
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Made a few more videos for this series. I suggest working through them in numerical order as they build on each other.

    9) https://youtu.be/XDBCigi4dp0


    10) https://youtu.be/Wysl_X9BkP0

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  11. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    Why do you play? Perfection is a harsh mistress.

    I agree, recordings are really how you sound. Do you sound sloppy? You can fix that. Get a metronome and slow it down until you can play cleanly,...
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    Re: Site-wide down time Saturday morning

    It might be a good time to actually play our mandolins. :cool:
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    New to the cafe

    First let me say I am not a musician. I rarely even listen to music but, I love the sound of a mandolin. I enjoy country, folk and Irish. One of my favorite artists is Stan Rodgers.

    I am a 61 year...
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    Re: Carters and Gruhns...visit yesterday

    I went to Carter's for the 1st time a few months ago. I was standing over in the "moderately priced ($2500-$6000)" mandolins fumbling my way through a few tunes (I am not a great picker and I tend to...
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    Re: JazzMando website to sunset soon

    I appreciate everyone's kind words, and I've got good news. A few generous souls contacted me offline and I've consented to work with Baron Collins-Hill to revamp the old site and put a more current...
  16. Re: Article: Weber Mandolins Winter NAMM Yellowstone Celebration

    Woo hoo! Guess I can never say "I never win anything" again!

    Now let's see, F14...that's like 9 better than F5, right?!?

    Many thanks, Scott, and to Mandolin Cafe and Weber Mandolins!

    Totally...
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    Re: One month with new Eastman MD315

    Last time I changed strings, i lubed the nut slots using a thin pencil lead from a mechanical pencil - seemed to work well but it can make the nut look dirty. Some people recommend vaseline but I...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    I have been through a few mandolins over the years, from rock bottom starter grade through Loar-era Gibsons. More than just touching - looking and working inside, doing all the setup and acoustic...
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    The inferior mandolin

    Yesterday I got out my Michael Kelly Festival just to see if the action was how I remembered it. I played it for ten minutes and was reminded how decent the tone and playability is. Put it down on my...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    Looking at the serial number, the last "number" (if it can be called that) is the same as the number after the 3 in the model number.

    This KM-340 sure does look like it:...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    As others have said if you can afford it go for it. But, I’m not sure how much of an upgrade the Eastman will be from a “mid-range Kentucky”. The Eastman is a great instrument and if it sings to you...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    You're asking the wrong crowd here. It's always nice to have two instruments anyway, one as a backup for when the other is in the shop for a setup or you break a string mid-performance and so forth....
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    Well … There is no replacement for practice and good technique. Yet I can say a better instrument encourages you while it helps make you sound better. So save your money and play all the different...
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a better instrument

    Go for it ! You don't have to be worthy to upgrade as long as you can afford it and not taking food off the table for your family !
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    Don't give up on that repair...

    173683 A while ago, a friend came to me with a repair request. It wasn't a mando, but he was desperate for any help. His wife's concert grade violin had been crushed and was told it was...
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