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  1. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I play guitar for the ladies. I play mandolin for the nerds.
  2. Re: Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    The mandolin is a Lyon & Healy style B with stairstep or art-deco peghead, 13 3/4" scale, and a low 3 digit serial number.
    The bridge has an ivory saddle inlaid into it, which appears to be factory...
  3. Norman Blake & Saint Elmo Slim - T.A.G. Railroad Rag

    If I could play like this just once I would call my musical career accomplished.
    I believe that's a Lyon and Healy style C maybe?
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    Yes another Dear one has gone.
    He had as much enthusiasm as anyone you ever met about the music. He was honest in his critiques too ; ) But always endearing.
    My first days with the Dawg and...
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    The Stern Studios family is deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Arthur Issac Stern who passed peacefully on September 22, 2021. His impressive 45-year career as an architectural glass and...
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    Some of Art's stained glass that graced a Grisman/Statman recording, below.

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  7. Thread: RIP Arthur Stern

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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    I was deeply saddened and shocked to receive this news. Arthur was a brilliant artist and a true friend for over 40 years. His studio/home in Oakland was our playroom and hangout in the early days of...
  8. David Surette offering new online mandolin class, lessons too!

    Hi folks,

    The Mandolin Almanac is a new, online, participatory class being offered this fall at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH. The Mandolin Almanac is based on last year's...
  9. Re: New Bela Fleck Album out - My Bluegrass Heart

    I was curious who the “Unknown” mandolinist was on those tracks (I don’t have the cd), he plays some tasty stuff.

    This album has me thinking of the first Quintet album: barriers knocked down and...
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    Thanks so much for sharing, Marcus!! Love that link. There's just something about Brazilian music that strikes a real chord with me.
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    Re: Frank Wakefield

    Trischka, Wernick and Barenberg were at the time affiliated with Country Cooking, a somewhat amorphous bluegrass band out of Ithaca NY. All have gone on to fame and fortune (insofar as these are...
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    Re: Luthier Tune-up Frequency

    It's a old concept, related to brain science.

    Yes, it's subjective, but there's nothing mysterious about setting a bridge for intonation, and checking and adjusting action. Neither of those are...
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    Re: Luthier Tune-up Frequency

    Some of the answer depends upon how well an instrument is cared for, and what kind of environment that it lives in. The age of an instrument should also be taken into account.

    A modern instrument...
  14. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    Can sound very good. Not certain if this an OM or bouzouki, but you get the idea.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHYHXMOdSfU
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    Love at the Five and Dime
  16. Another great interview on the Cafe. Tristan...

    Another great interview on the Cafe. Tristan Scroggins did a really good job, and John covered a lot about his mandolin playing and approach to music.
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    The Brilliance of Dawg

    I was sitting in my apartment here in Bellingham this morning when I heard some music being played in a park right behind the building where I live. It sounded like a mandolin and a bass (sounded...
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    Re: best use of GIJM and Jethro books

    hello again Bhiyao,
    Yes go for the chords. Here's a couple tips that may help:
    The challenge in chordal rhythmic accompaniment is not the formation of a new chord--we look at a...
  19. Re: New John Reischman Album - New Time & Old Acoustic

    John's new recording is officially out today. Get your copy on his Bandcamp page. Tomorrow we'll publish our feature interview with John with everything about the new album including the musicians he...
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    Re: Nomd

    Iíve been reading in the local news about Brian Oberlinís River of the West Mandolin Camp for a couple years. He holds it at a place less than an hour from home. I would, at least, like to have some...
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    Re: 4 string or 8 string that's the question....

    For me double strung strings is part of the sound and the technique that makes a mandolin a mandolin.
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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    Apologies for my comment to the post about Grisman and tone.

    I had total knee replacement two weeks ago, have had some unexpected complications and am on numerous crazy prescription drugs and...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    That album is one of the most perfect expressions of a person's unique musical backgrounds and voices out there. It could have been created by nobody other than Andy Statman and is one of those rare...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Great to hear this. Now he needs one of those MacArthur genius grants because he is one.
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    When a world class musician hooks up with a world class instrument, the balance in the universe is somehow restored. Fate. Its like the instrument met its rightful owner and the owner met the...
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