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  1. Re: Campanella, Red Diamond, Northfield, Collings experience

    Mr. Logan, thank you for sharing your experience and congratulations on your new mando! Out here on the plains of Iowa, getting to a shop that has an actual selection is a bit of a trick, and...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I find the scrolls of the F style to be quite beautiful if well executed, but that type of construction is a hindrance to me. I frequently employ a thumb over the top of the fretboard in chording...
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    Native American With Mando-Banjo

    This photo was shared in a Facebook group I'm involved with. Just goes to show the popularity of mandolin family instruments in the early 20th century!

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  4. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Anything that causes or helps you pick up an instrument and play can't be that detrimental. There a lot of aspects and angles to this whole music thing that will lead some folks to champion one...
  5. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I started playing mandolin because I wanted to be rich and famous. And to meet chicks.
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    Re: Funk Mandolin - "Kiss" by Prince

    Wow! One of my favorite tunes. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Thread: Gangstagrass?

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    Re: Gangstagrass?

    I believe music is a gift for all people. Some artists see beyond the boundaries of what we call genres and work/produce/play/create together. Some artists remain attached to certain forms and...
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    Re: Chinese made mandolins (Northfield?)

    I think we need to focus our attention not so much on 'country of origin' as 'quality of shop origin.' Northfield's shop in China employs skilled luthiers and craftsmen to build instruments. It is...
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    Re: Centerfold/Push It medley

    That was a lot of fun! Heard Push It over the weekend and it's in my head now. Thanks for your mando-rendition!
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    This is a place where fingering technique can make a difference too. At those 1 and 2 frets, I really try to put the finger as close (or a little on) the fret. Further up the fretboard, it doesn't...
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    That's a beautiful... thing! :) It sounds like you are off on a new adventure; enjoy the journey!
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    Good night John. I hope you find that cigarette that's nine miles long.
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    Re: Chop - hold/release or just mute?

    +1 for what John Ritchhart said! Sometimes I'll use several percussive techniques over the course of a single song (or even a single measure) depending on the tune and what other players are...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Louise, so sorry to hear about your mother.
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    Re: Sam Bush playing something other than Hoss?

    More?
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    Les Paul "Macro mando" :)
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    A black top...
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    Re: Resonance of a fiddle vs mandolins (wow)

    Glad to hear about your visit to Morgan Music. I think they are one of the real 'hidden gems' of music stores. I've made the trek down to Lebanon several times under the cover of a family...
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    Re: Professional Mando Names

    So far, I've never named an instrument. But, I did notice an interesting acronym could result from my new blue Fender Alternate Reality Tenor. Maybe not so much a name as a title is in order.
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    Re: Baroque mandolin

    Truly wonderful!
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    Re: HA HA HA, photoshop, much?

    This one is nicknamed "Blaster."
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    Re: Alternate Reality Fender Tenor Tele

    Thanks for the tip Mandobar! Sweetwater had two in stock - now one. :cool:
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    Re: Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Aren't all of us Iowans full of "wealth and taste?" :cool:
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    Re: Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Hi Norm, I'm Tom over in Ottumwa. Welcome to the club!
    If you go to the top of the Mandolin Cafe page and pull down the Learn/Listen tab on the menu, you can access over 1900 songs in mandolin...
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    Re: Looking for opinions of Big Muddy mandolins

    Setup? I haven't felt the need. I did lower the bridge on my octave to bring the action down a hair, but other than that, they have been good enough for me as is.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    In addition to playing mandolin, I collect antique Venitian glass beads. I never wear them and rarely do I show them to anyone. They serve absolutely no practical purpose. But, they bring me...
  25. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Different strokes for different folks. For me, electric gives me an opportunity to explore sounds more applicable to certain genres than strait up acoustic.
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