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  1. Thread: Why Mandolin?

    by fatt-dad
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    the dead (aka Grisman).
    NGR. still a big Bush fan.
    Seldom Scene - RIP Duffy
    Hot Rise - Tim O'Brian's so great.

    I personally have an ear for melodies - they just stick with me. The mandolin is...
  2. Thread: Why Mandolin?

    by Woyvel
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Covid hobby turned to obsession. Started getting rid of guitars. No guitar jones for the first time since I was 13 (43 years).
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I've shared this story before, but its been a while. I picked up mandolin completely by accident.

    My neighbor across the street and I had been getting together to pick tunes for a few years. I...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Playing catch & release on guitars for a few years on EBay, bought an old bowl back on whim - looked cool and was cheap and over a hundred years old. Then the mandolin sound began to haunt me.
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    Re: The El Rey's Humbucker shines!

    Add me to the new owner list! I got mine a few weeks ago, and holy cow! Sustain for days, and just a lot of fun to pick up and play.
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    Re: The El Rey's Humbucker shines!

    Randy, I've got one too and I'm also a big fan. Super fun. I would say it does as good a job as I hoped at maintaining its mandolin character, especially when clean. I don't think you'd mistake it...
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    Re: Picking technique on electric mandolin?

    I’ve played the acoustic for decades and have a very heavy (for lack of a better term) approach with both hands. With the electric, I have had much better results with a thinner pick and a looser...
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    Re: Picking technique on electric mandolin?

    On the other hand, it's not always the fault of your technique – sometimes it's the design of the instrument. The trouble with electrics is that too often they're mini copies of guitars, which...
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    Re: the Loar VS Eastman VS Kentucky

    The short answer is yes. The Eastman line typically gets higher marks for build quality on their lower end instruments and are regarded as more modern in playability (with radiused fretboards) and...
  10. More on August Watters’ Exploring Classical Mandolin

    I have commented on this book once or twice in other threads, but as I get increasingly familiar with it I feel the need to restate how informative and useful this book is. If you are just starting...
  11. Re: Eastman El Rey vs acoustic mandolin with pickup

    having the similarities of both having a magnetic pickup, the bridge sitting on a solid piece of wood , solid body,
    vs on a resonant acoustic body , does have an effect on the string vibrating...
  12. Re: Eastman El Rey vs acoustic mandolin with pickup

    I have a Breedlove Legacy OF with K & K pickup and recently got an El Rey. Even when not plugged in they're different animals, not one better than the other, just different. I've played both live...
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    Free PDF's of Technical Exercises

    In the spirit of helping each other get through this period of increasing downtime and decreasing income, the pdf's at Mando Scales are now free.

    (And, if you get a few down enough that you want...
  14. Re: Eastman El Rey vs acoustic mandolin with pickup

    An acoustic mandolin with any type of mic or pickup will run into feedback issues at some combination of stage volume, speaker/monitor placement and room acoustics.

    A solid or semi-hollow body...
  15. Re: Eastman El Rey vs acoustic mandolin with pickup

    If you plan to use effect pedals, the magnetic pickup may play better with them. Those El Reys seem pretty sweet to me, though I'm happy with my Mann (which has both magnetic and piezo).
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    A video is worth a thousand words :)


    https://www.facebook.com/SierraHullMusic/videos/236381777558095/
  17. Re: Any recommendations for online lessons on picking techniques?

    Try Mandolessons. My favorite site for mando instructions.
  18. Thread: The Magic 200

    by Explorer
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    Re: The Magic 200

    For years, I've embraced practicing music at a metronome speed so slow that absolutely no mistakes are made.

    After the motions are learned perfectly, through many repititions, then the metronome...
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    Re: Eastman El Rey?

    You won't need distortion, a bit of overdrive will create as dirty a sound and be a bit more versatile with 8 strings.

    It's fun.

    But I prefer to use an 8 string in place of a 12-string guitar...
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