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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    That works really well for some folks....but the embouchure is the difference. A basic keyless "Irish" flute would work better for many Boehm flute player. Additionally, the finger stretches for low...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    good point

    If you can't play a good tremolo, you cannot play a fast moving line.
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    "What instrument is the hardest?"

    The one you don't practice.
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    As an Italian and somewhat classically trained mandolinist that has seen and heard many fine Bluegrass players, the best thing you can do is begin listening to lots of Bluegrass and learn to play it...
  5. Thread: Bowlback 101

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    Re: Bowlback 101

    Thank you for the info on Musikalia; I met Dr. Leone years ago at the NAMM show and he was a kind gentleman.

    I'd glad to hear that Musikalia is upping their quality.
  6. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    I honestly do not know the radius, but when I commissioned my Italian flatback from Ernie Fischbach, I had played his other instruments with a flat fingerboard, and wanted a slight radius.

    The...
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    Re: How do you progress on tenor?

    Are you at all interested in jazz tenor banjo?
  8. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I own my jazz arrogance happily, and admit to being a "card carrying musical elitist".

    Thanks for being civil.
  9. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Resentment noted.

    I make no apology for my opinion either.

    Besides, I'm from New Orleans, learned to play jazz there, and let's say jazz is my folk music.

    Miles, Diz, et al wouldn't have...
  10. Thread: Bowlback 101

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    Re: Bowlback 101

    Take your time, search carefully, try to play a lot of old and new bowlbacks. You can find a lot of good instruments in that price range.
  11. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Oh, sorry, I get.

    But I grew up in New Orleans, went to school with Branford and Winton, ...took jazz lessons from Ellis.

    so with all respect

    "It deified Louis Armstrong. Making him the...
  12. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I really liked his playing in episode 3 about 30 minutes in!
  13. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I though the jazz documentary was quite good! Particularly the focus on Louis Armstrong.

    You guys that couldn't get into it - do you even like to listen to jazz? or was it the show itself that...
  14. Re: Bocolo Bouzouki. Has anyone heard of this brand of bouzouki?

    That looks quite like a Greek-style bouzouki I owned in the 1980's that was made in Italy. The break on the top is not typical for Greek made bouzoukis. If the action is good it should be worth at...
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    Re: Greek Baglama with "KF" on Headstock

    Yours looks like a typical decent baglama. It's tuned DAD and plays chords and melody lines in traditional rebetiko and laika music. (more of an Athens/Pireas instrument than a Cypriot one).

    You...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    I di post this in your other thread:

    From what I understand the Bluegrass chop is a chord on beats 2 and 4, usually a closed fingering one.

    Country could have chords on 2 and 4, the...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    From what I understand the Bluegrass chop is a chord on beats 2 and 4, usually a closed fingering one.

    Country could have chords on 2 and 4, the "backbeats", but could have other strums depending...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    True - but if you cannot easily play the instrument, it's hard to get any tone at all.

    Plus, the music itself is more important than a specific tone - really timbre, since a tone is also a pitch...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    Harmonized scales are just making 3 or more note chords in 3rds on each scale degree. Thus, the "part of the chord - various combinations of 1 3 and 5 tones" idea is part and parcel of harmonizing...
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    Re: Notation to Tablature

    I suggest ignoring TAB completely and just buckling down and learn to read staff notation.

    It's not hard, children learn to do so in grade school, at least where there are still band programs.
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  21. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Well said.

    Tuning and temperament are not the same thing.

    You can have 12 T ET at any pitch for A.

    You can use A440 as standard but use any temperament system, from mean tone to Werkmeister...
  22. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    There's no reason to sweeten DADGAD or any other major chord tuning in 12 T ET.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/members/15143-sblock 's post explains it well.
  23. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    Ah, you've noticed! That old stuff can be pretty unstable.
  24. Re: How to fix a bowed neck on classical guitar or ukulele ?

    I've done that more than a few times using an old guitar repair tool, essentially a heating element inside a straight aluminum block. No incantations needed.

    However, some instruments react better...
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    Thanks for your well thought out post.

    It reminds me of why I never liked so-called "sweetened" tunings on guitar or steel - because the instruments are designed for 12T ET tuning!
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