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  1. A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    I donít get the point of electric mandolins. They donít sound like mandolins to me. If I didnít know someone was playing one Iíd just assume Iím hearing an electric guitar. Iíd like to hear others...
  2. Thread: V-picks

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    Re: V-picks

    Thanks! T think I'm gonna try the pointed medium and the jazz mando II, i'll look up that model
  3. Thread: V-picks

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    V-picks

    The ads on the cafe homepage are effective I guess. I canít bring my self to spend ~$30 on a bluechip but $5-15 I can indulge. Who uses them or has tried them? What models?
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    Re: Songs for a wedding

    what a great song, i discovered it back in 05ish when i was 14/15, my wedding is coming up and I should have the Dj play this

    Beethoven wrote 4 pieces for mandolin and piano, we'll be playing...
  5. Re: Spring String Gathering, Baraboo, WI, Clarion Hotel, 4/12-14/

    Can't make it to this one but hopefully I'll be able to make it to the fall gathering!
  6. Re: Modes - Practicing to Cement Their Sound in Your Head

    Idk if this is helpful or not but I've been working on modes lately as well. An exercise I've been doing is to pick a major key and run through all of the scales/modes. So if I start with the G...
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    Re: What pick?

    I'm also a fan of the dunlop stubby triangle. I find it easy to hold and I like the tone it produces. Local guitar shop sells em for $0.70/each so thats nice too. But if santa is good to me, I may...
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    Re: Alvarez A800

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. I know I could certainly get a better mando for the money, but like I said I really like the inlay on this one. But not enough to over pay by a couple hundred bucks.
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    Alvarez A800

    https://reverb.com/item/16099421-1978-alvarez-f-5-mandolin-with-fern-headstock-inlay-model-a-800-hand-made-with-hard-case#policies-tab
    I think this a beautiful mandolin and I love the inlays on the...
  10. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    I just tried the dunlop stubby triangle 2mm They were 70cents each at a guitar shop so i figure why not try them. I'm pretty happy with the purchase and they are my current pick of choice
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    Re: The rules according to Bill Monroe

    Rules are made to be broken...
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    Re: Snark vs Korg chromatic tuner

    I've never had a snark tell me an instrument is in tune when its out of tune but one just stopped working, even with new batteries; and my current one has an unreliable screen/display whatever, it...
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    Re: Mandolin and Dulcimer

    Truth. My fiance is a talented violin player and I have to beg her to play tunes with me
  14. Re: Whatís the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    I'd say the most challenging piece I can currently play is the first movement from Fantasia No. 4 by Georg Phillip Telemann TVW40:17

    My fiance is a classical violinist, we're working on Bach's...
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    Re: Not much of a mando culture in my area

    I live in Chicago, there are a few bluegrass jams around the city and suburbs. I wouldn't say theres much of a mando culture around however. At most of the jams I'm the youngest picker by a decade or...
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    Re: SURPRISE!!!... Best Wife ever!!!

    Some of the best chicken I've ever had. I strongly second this suggestion!
  17. Re: So I tried to improvise for the first time, live in a jam ses

    I find these backing tracks to be really helpful with my improvising. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB9CEXR7cXSDV3wP8gDQ2lw

    It's mostly fiddle tunes but some with words too. You can play with...
  18. Re: Chicagoland Stores to buy a Mandolin

    Thanks everyone!
  19. New to swing mandolin, who should I be listening to?

    The only swing music with mandolin I know of is Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. There has got be more out there, who should I be listening to?
  20. Chicagoland Stores to buy a Mandolin

    Where are the best places in Chicago or the suburbs to try out and possibly buy a mandolin?

    I already know about:
    Hogeye Music in Evanston

    Andy's Music (I haven't been in years and wasn't...
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    Re: Upcoming jam in Skokie, IL 6/1/18

    Bumping because the jam is this Friday. Come check it out if you're in the Chicago area!
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    Upcoming jam in Skokie, IL 6/1/18

    Upcoming jam in Skokie, IL at the Emily Oaks Nature Center! This is the second jam hosted there, its open to any genre as long as the songs can be easily followed, mostly folk/blues/bluegrass/rock....
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    Re: Dan Hicks Tabs

    bumping this thread in hopes someone has made a mandolin tab for Where's the Money in the last 13 years
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    Re: What on earth are you doing?

    If you get successful enough, your ticks when playing may become the stuff of memes https://www.facebook.com/pg/jeffaustinsface/photos/?ref=page_internal (memes are more than a picture with text).
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    Re: "Mandolin Hacks"

    I'd recommend a damp sponge over an orange peel or apple slice. That way if any liquid leaks it'll be less sticky of a clean up and you won't have to replace as often. You can also drill holes in a...
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