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    Re: Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    Yer right, I blended right in! I spent several hours there today (Friday) and I’ll be back tomorrow. It’s a bigger gathering than I expected and I really enjoyed myself. My wife suggested that I...
  2. Thread: Polish folk song

    by Kenny
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    Re: Polish folk song

    My family was all Swedish (I’m all American), a short boat ride from Poland where two of my cousins moved. My brother, near Chicago, married into a Polish immigrant family so all things Polish have...
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    Re: "Lost Soul Behind Bars" - NMC

    Great article! Great program they had, too! Thanks so much for that, Sue.
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    Re: Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    This is great news for me. This is my first year of mandolin and it’ll be my first time at Tygh Valley. I’m an old guy with a hat and a mandolin so you’ll be easily able to spot me in that crowd....
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    Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    The Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree is coming this weekend, Sep 23-25. https://oregonbluegrass.org/event/tygh-valley-bluegrass-jamboree-3/ Anybody here besides me looking to be there?
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    If the wear was legitimate performance play wear and the instrument was the best among those I’d played I would consider overlooking the wear. If it was artificially “relic’d” so the player could...
  7. Thread: Customs fees?

    by Kenny
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    Re: Customs fees?

    Officially, yes, you’d be charged import duty on that purchase, although in practice it’s maybe yes, maybe no. Many of us have bought things and they’ve arrived with no duty owed and in other cases...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    Let us know how that goes! [Says the guy who’s given up bass for mandolin.]
  9. Re: It's Only A Paper Moon: Mandolin Sheet music and song breakdo

    One of my wife’s favorites, especially when sung by the Mills Brothers. Thanks much for this!
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    Re: My First Mandolin- A Keeper or keep looking

    I’ve never worried about getting all my money back when I sell an instrument. If the going price exceeds what I paid then I’m golden. If not, I view the difference as the cost of using the instrument...
  11. Re: New player: a lot of pain in the knuckle of my left hand

    It sounds like you’re doing most things properly. Q: How tightly do you grip the neck or how hard do you press the strings? CarlM’s method of slowly increasing pressure to learn the right playing...
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    Re: What Are Some Good Options in the $2-3k range?

    Keep an eye open for a Ratliff. I’m just finishing my rookie year on mandolin and I’m really happy with the feel and the sound. When other players at pickers fests have tried my Ratliff they’re...
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    Re: Song Breakdown for Bill Cheatham

    Lotsa staves on that page but if you digest ‘em one at a time before moving to the next you’ll be an official learner post haste. I like how you’ve done this.
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    It may simply be a way to say, ďIím going to play something thatís outside the conventional or expected genre(s) for my instrument.Ē
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    Re: Dealing with pokey string ends?

    I cut ‘em about 3/8” - 1/2” from the tuning post then give ‘em a downward bend with a long nose plier. Just do it so the end is clear of the peghead surface.
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    Am I the only one who feels that most people posting in this thread are wa-a-ay overthinking this?
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    Re: NMD - Northfield Big Mon

    That’s truly a beautiful mandolin! I have a Ratliff Country Boy without binding and I love the look of it. I never before gave any thought to tortoiseshell binding but yours has me considering it in...
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    Re: Eastman MDO305 Octave

    I have the Eastman MDO-305 and after 11 months, I’m pleased with it. I bought it, played it awhile (weeks) and then took it for a setup. I also replaced the OEM tuners with Rubner tuners. The stock...
  19. Re: How to determine the proper action height for my Irish Bouzou

    The most important thing to do beyond practicing itself is to practice on an instrument that’s properly set up. There’s more to setup than string height and when it’s done you’ll be astonished at the...
  20. Thread: Ever wonder?

    by Kenny
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    Re: Ever wonder?

    “Cocola”

    Is that a ukulele?
    No, ma’am, it’s a Chevrolet.
  21. Re: Doug Unger Artist Mandolin (New mandolin to me)

    At the Goldendale Pickers Festival last month there was a player who had one of those and I was thoroughly impressed by it. That thing sang and was clear as a bell and surprisingly loud, given its...
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    Re: My mando sounds muted/dulled :-(

    You might reconsider the heavy gauge strings. The mandolin scale length is short and as you play higher pitches the string length gets even shorter. Thicker strings with short vibrating length are...
  23. Thread: Circle of 5ths

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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    The term used for the indicated sequence of pitches [chords, if that’s the context] is the outcome of a popularity contest.

    In my first music theory class back in high school we were taught...
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    Re: Irish Bouzouki or OM for singing?

    When you are serious about an instrument I suggest contacting the builders to get their take on tuning it GDAE.
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    Re: Mandolin solo gigs with backing tracks?

    Many moons ago I played in a duo at a dinner house. [Yep, I’m old!] A guy came to the stage at our break and asked pointedly why we used recorded backing tracks on a pair of the songs in that set. I...
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