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  1. Thread: Musician Jokes

    by Pepe
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    What's bigger a violin or a viola?
    Actually they're the same size - violin players just have larger heads.

    An old pickup with an 'I ❤️ Banjo' sticker is tearing down the road and gets pulled over...
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    Re: Fiddle Tune Sleuths

    Thank you friend. Should have realized it was one of too-many-to-remember Reischman tunes I'd love to learn!
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    Fiddle Tune Sleuths

    Can anyone tell me the name of the 1st tune these guys play part of (0:05-0:20)?
    Many thanks.
    https://youtu.be/m8MOnQd_onI
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    Re: Under Seat on Plane?

    I flew American last month; regional, connecting to a larger plane, w/a carry-on and a hard-cased mando (regular, not basic economy). Carry-on went overhead, mando under the seat. It does stick out...
  5. Re: What do you practice when you practice bluegrass?

    I'm assuming you mean 'up to snuff', as opposed to shenanigans of some type . . . ?
    In the former case the goal is pretty narrowly defined; in the latter there can be quite a bit of latitude. If you...
  6. Thread: Bluegrass Guitar

    by Pepe
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    Re: Bluegrass Guitar

    Hi G,
    I dove into bluegrass guitar 5+ years ago and am still loving it.
    I think your idea of starting with 'Bury Me Beneath the Willow' is the perfect bluegrass(BG) starting point, for several...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    I'd recommend you do this - TRY A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PICKS. Over a good long spell.
    If you're just starting out on mando and you've found on a pick you like, chances are very good you won't be...
  8. Re: BlueChip folks -look at this pic and tell me which one to try

    The pickiest pickers pick picks based on what picks best. Boy howdy do picky pickers know picks!
    :)
  9. Re: Learning multiple instruments at once? Am I crazy?

    Enthusiasm, stoke or whatever you want to call it is the fuel needed to learn & improve. The more you have, the more you can do. As long as whatever you're doing is feeding your stoke, you're doing...
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    Re: Wegen M150 vs Blue Chip

    Substantially agree. Have Wegen M150s, TF 140, Primetone 1.4 & 1.5 large triangles as well as a couple of the their rounded triangles, Blue Chip TAD 60 1R. For most playing I prefer the somewhat...
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    Re: Spicing up the AABB songs

    Since the Portland Collection contains primarily Contra dance repertoire, you could:
    - form or join a Contra dance band
    - form or join an old time/Contra/general fiddle tune jam group...
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    Re: Clip on tuner vs mobile app tuner

    Don't throw yer tuning forks away. They're still a pain to tune with, but they're no end of fun to to tickle little kids noses with - they just keep getting back in line for another go! You still...
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    Re: What does Excellent-minus condition mean?

    In this case I think what it means is you have an F-style mando in a case that doesn't provide much 'forgiveness' room next to the scroll. I'm guessing it was sold in 'excellent' condition to a buyer...
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    Re: Drone Mandolin Delivery?

    Pretty sure the the front end of drone delivery won't look much like what most folks are imagining and will take advantage of package characteristics that are mostly ignored, other than in cost by...
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    Sounds like you've got a thorough grounding from both sides of the fence and will have no trouble evaluating and using self-teaching resources. I recently heard an old interview w/Bill Monroe who,...
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    Just curious, was your earlier music/instrumental education DIY or a more formal process?
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    Re: Looking for online mandolin lessons

    Agree that Baron at mandolessons.com covers things very well.

    I've also had subscriptions to several instructors at Peghead Nation(.com), and can recommend that platform. Artistworks has a...
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    Re: I Had A Brush With Greatness

    Saw Hot Rize in concert last week. Didn't get a chance to visit w/Tim O'Brien after the show, but did spend a little time catching up w/Bryan Sutton, whom I had studied w/on Artistworks for a couple...
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    Re: Testing Kentucky KM 900

    I don't 'get out' all that much - in terms of opportunities to try a variety of great mandolins. But I've been pretty happy with the KM900 I bought from the MC classifieds a few years ago, based...
  20. Thread: Capo?

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    Re: Capo?

    As a guitar player who picks some mando and likes to play bluegrass, I use a capo frequently on guitar and prefer to not use one on the mando. Of course at BG jams I often 'chicken out' to guitar...
  21. Re: I've asked before, but asking again: how to play louder

    If you're talking about Dunlop Primetones, I think they're fantastic.
    When I got back into mando a few years ago, I took the long-road pick journey (I actually flatpick more guitar than mando),...
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    Re: Character over practice?

    The only thing that will make most people better musicians is to love playing music. Doesn't matter how 'round' you are, if you don't love doing what it takes to get better, you won't, IMHO.
  23. Re: I've asked before, but asking again: how to play louder

    I think your point is certainly valid and it definitely can be instrument-dependent. I agree w/Bryan though that tone quality is the real holy grail, and that once someone has undertaken the...
  24. Re: I've asked before, but asking again: how to play louder

    Hi sbhikes,
    Not sure I can add much here, but with flatpicking tunes on mando and guitar, I know the challenge of 'cutting through' in a loud group setting. I also have a female mando-playing friend...
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    Re: Need some pick advice

    First, I think you've got some terminology confusion going on. Your 0.88mm guitar pick and everything else you've looked at are all called flatpicks. If it's designed to be held between a finger and...
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