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    Re: Help: How To Improve Picking Accuracy

    Practice.

    Especially, string crossing and string skipping. I find it helps to mute the strings with my palm then play whilst watching TV and just practice string crossing and skipping. Being able...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    If you can get a hold of one a Dean Gypsy is an amazing sounding guitar with a great bass and mid-range and a shorter scale, excellent high fret access, and a great price if you can get one. They...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    If you NEED to be heard over a banjo you could alays install an internal mic system. Or get a clip on mic.
    It is the downside to playing mandolin. Not only is it quiet. But it’s quieter to the...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    Just to clarify my earlier comment I am a professional gigging musician and that’s been my main job for three years.

    I haven’t broken a string in years. However I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. I...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    In almost 20 years of playing guitar and less time playing mandolin; I have broken one guitar E string through playing when I was very young.
    If I were breaking strings regularly I’d reevaluate my...
  6. Re: Negative Melodies, automatic transposition in ABC?

    Hi

    I can’t help you with the negative melody especially the .ABC files.
    However with exotic keys, what do you mean? If it’s ‘transposing’ from a regular modal key into a less common key like...
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    Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    Thanks for the reply.

    To fill in some background information I have a degree in guitar playing and have played professionally in the past. I can also read sheet music well enough.

    I am...
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    Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    After moving from guitar to mandolin I think I have a decent grasp of technique.
    But are there any prices I should study or technical excersices I should do to get used to playing the instrument....
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    Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    Hi all,
    I’m looking for a case for my mandolin(s) when travelling. I mainly travel via public transport and not airplanes. I need something versatile preferably something I can wear backpack style....
  10. Thread: Straps

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    Re: Straps

    I use a guitar strap with a small loop of leather through the scroll. The leather is done up either a button I use to attach the strap.
  11. Thread: Jams in the UK

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    Re: Jams in the UK

    Thanks for the great information. I might see if I can get to one of those jams.

    -Ross
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    Re: What does a mando set-up cost in your area?

    Depends what I want done.
    Basic setup is £50 ($60-$80 depending on exchange rates at the time I’m not familiar with the dollar so my exchange rate could be waaay out.)
    If I want more done like a...
  13. Thread: Jams in the UK

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    Jams in the UK

    Hi all.
    I’m based in surrey in the uk. Unfortuantely I can’t travel too far due to an inability to drive. Mostly due to the fact I never learned.
    But I was wondering if there are any jams in the...
  14. Re: Good non standard string buying advice in UK?

    Stringjoy might be a good bet, they don’t specifically make mandolin strings, However their customer service is absolutely amazing, give them a message on Facebook and they’ll be able to tell you...
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    Also, I’m already shopping for mandolin number two. I think I’ve caught the bug.
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    Thank you all for the great replies.
    In the end I found an ozark (Chinese made) F style mandolin for £400. The nut needed some filing and the bridge needed adjusting but it now plays well all over...
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    Re: Looking for beginner mandolin.

    Wow.
    This is all great advice. I’m currently looking at either a Kentucky or an Eastman. I really apprieciate pointing me towards some good trustworthy brands.
    If only I could afford the ...
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    Looking for beginner mandolin.

    After spending all my life playing guitar, actually have a Bachelors in guitar performance, I’ve decided that mandolin is a far superior instrument however I don’t currently own a mandolin and don’t...
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