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    Re: Revisiting: The Mandolin: A History

    It is an excellent book. All mandolinist should have it.
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    It's not a little guitar - its strum is different, and its sound and role is different. Concentrate on the right hand.

    Try and learn the intervals. And chords. And scales.

    Don't set...
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    Re: favourite strings

    Two of my mandos have Sam bush monels. But my Gretsch New Yorker has flatowunds, mostly as an atta to to put off changing the strings as much as possible and my epiphone mm50 has Daddarios. It just...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    As, I think one of the two guys who have an opinion, I am a musicologist and historian who has taught 19, 20 and 21st century vernacular music at universities. My opinion might not be worth much, but...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    Seems so. :)
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    Also, to learn jazz, you’ve got to know the blues.
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    I have been working through Jazzology , from Hal Leonard. It's not any instrument specific - maybe piano. But it has some very nice ideas. Also, Ted's Getting into Jazz mandolin will get those...
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    Re: Does anyone have a case like this?

    It’s probably solved now but you could take the case to a chain locksmith - mister minute in Australis I don’t know what in your country - but the type of place that has a kiosk in a mall. There’ll...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Would you do an electric mandolin set? (Or do you?) could it be in sets of four rather than eight as an option?

    Thanks again
  10. Re: No mando content: Remembering Ginger Baker

    As complicated a person as th polyrhythms he so effortlessly played. A great drummer.
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    If it gives piece of mind, yes
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    Re: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    I’ve looked very closely. I don’t think there’s a mandolin. But I’m happy to look again
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    Nearly all the early photos in the Burns' documentary have a mandolin - mostly oval holes.

    The rule is, I think - if it's not bluegrass, no chop. I understand there were occasional choppers in...
  14. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    That mi or third in the melody clashing against the major third in the chord - that space between those two is African tonality. The 7 in the 1 chord. The flatted fifth (downtown) or sharpened fourth...
  15. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    It has parts that are brilliant. It glosses over difficult concept. The history of race in jazz is not as clear cut as he suggested.

    Wynton Marsalis was the wrong focus. Unlike Shelby Foote in...
  16. Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    Tuned in fourths like a bass? Just wondering. Looked like it
    'Kangaroo gut'? Really? Or showbiz?
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    That is , yes, DANG!
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    What do you want to check? Do you want a review, or just to hear one?
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    My goodness there are some beautiful instruments here.

    I mentioned mine, but here it is. Ignore the ugly thing holding it.
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    Itís a beautiful thing. The tone knob gives it a mellow sound with just a bit of 'chill' - a trebly overtone if you will. Both pickups make it A humbucker. But it was a good tonal range. The neck...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    Great player! And yes, to my shame forgot her.
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    JBovier ELS. I like the fenders and the epiphone too. Slowly writing a book on them. You?
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    In praise of solid body mandolins.

    Just because I play mine every day.

    5 reasons theyíre awesome

    1) tiny Moore, Sam bush. Need I say more? Actually, no, but I will.
    2) lighter than a Stratocaster.
    3) those lovely phrases...
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    Re: Acoustic pedal

    I use one. There’s a couple of tricks to it.

    One you need to put it out of the PA jack even if you’re going into an alp.

    Two You need to tweak the knobs.

    Three. Neck pickups are best...
  25. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Ideally each member of an ensemble shouldnuse the same tuner. They can be up to 5 c out which is just audible enough to make a difference but you risk one being 5c sharp and one 5c flat and thatís...
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