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    Re: Banjo solos /mandolin

    The advice I have gotten is to keep it simple. Don't step on the singer or the lead instrument. Meaning don't play the same note ever or in the same register when possible. When they go down go up...
  2. Re: Nut Width for new build - how important, really

    It's all in what you are used to. But then what you are used to can change ….. it's not immutable. The shape is equally as important as the width. I have an A 5L that has a slightly different neck...
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    Re: Re fret prices?

    300.00$ to 400.00$ is a good guesstimate. Definitely go with the gold EVO fret wire. I regularly had top have my frets re-crowned at two years and replaced at four years before I started using EVO...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Another possibility would be an ivory triangle.
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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    I am with the people that suggested you keep it. I have both oval hole and F hole instruments in my collection. Some music need the tone of one and some the other. If you truly find yourself leaning...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    Yeah this is a common problem. Slow down, work on specific passages or a technique, change the tune you are working on. Give your brain a nudge in a different direction. Thinking too much about what...
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    Re: New to me mandolin

    You're hooked … enjoy the ride ….. R/
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    Re: Best type of string for my mandolin

    John Soper offered good advice above..... Yeah it depends on your playing style , taste in tone and instrument. Metal , gauge, coating and brand are the decisions you have you make. An online store...
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    Re: Mandolin Mount Rushmore.

    Burns , Monroe, Grisman, Bush ……. each had a style of play that opened "new" music to our ears. Yes, C.T. is accomplished to a level where he could hang with any of them in their prime. I am waiting...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    One feeds the other. Ideas cross pollinate. The technique used to play plectrum instruments is going to be similar. Once you "get" strings, moving from one instrument to another becomes a little...
  11. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    Well ….. a fiddle / violin same instrument different repertoire. An old one can be nice or it can be junk , check the purfling corner blocks and the bass bar and general condition. Speak into it …....
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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    WORK …. meh.
  13. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Don Roon is correct on how to tighten the string on the post or is it capstan..... However if it stays in tune you can leave it alone. R/
  14. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    Well .… I decided years ago to spend money on Calton cases and travel with my favored instruments. I bought used cases one or two from this site from classifieds. I have successfully checked guitars...
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    Indeed …. transducers have come a long way towards accurate sound in the last couple of decades. A good mic still sounds more natural. But a mic has it's own problems in a loud environment. < Sigh...
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    Here is a link to the book Gina Willis recommended. I found it useful as well. R/ http://www.stringthingm.com/Standard_Notation_Tab_Mando.html
  17. Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Thanks …… R /
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Agreed Mandobar …. a good bow and setup make a world of difference in playability..... I started sawing on the strings when my youngest went off to college in 01'. I can actually play one these days....
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy Birthday indeed and many thanks R/
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    Re: Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    A Gator lightweight mandolin case may be right for you. https://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GL-Lightweight-Mandolin-Case-546108.wwbw

    Travelite also makes a good lightweight case but has no outer pocket. R/
  21. Re: Warren Ellis Mandostang G string out of tune

    Either what pops1 asked, IMO more than likely, or your technique has you pushing the G string out of tune. R/
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    Re: Old Ebenezer Scrooge format?

    I have often wondered about this. For myself I have decided that it is a significant variation on the melody. But as you are likely to have thought it can be named a four part fiddle tune …… Let's...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    I do this vocally by ear so I have a hand up with harmony. The thing is a third is the place to start. Here is an exercise … Play a C scale CDEFGABC .record it then play a C scale pattern starting...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    OK people … THIS is the kind of thread I like to run into. Thanks … carry on. R/
  25. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Think about a SKYPE connection to a live lesson. The services are good once you have a "handle" on playing ….. Peghead Nation and Artist Works are both excellent sites. That written, a live teacher...
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