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    Re: GDAE steel string Baritone ukulele

    I tried the TIs in Granger's recommended gauges on my Pono MB model bari, and I love the result. Nice crisp and loud but balanced sound, much more guitar-ish. Great for finderpicking, strumming, or...
  2. Re: This Week's Mandolin Playing Epiphany

    I finally got a response from Matt Flinner about his "Rock & Roll Mando" course:

    "I haven't opened the [archived] courses up to the general public yet---only to past students thus far. But I'm...
  3. Re: This Week's Mandolin Playing Epiphany

    By "archived, I didn't mean you can find it here at the Cafe.

    What I meant is that it isn't one of his currently interactive "live" courses. But I was able to buy the original video lessons,...
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    Re: The great guitar break that wasn't!

    Thanks to everyone for educating me about the history of bluegrass guitar breaks.

    Rowen still looks awfully pained and frustrated in this particular performance. Maybe he was just having a...
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    Re: Favorite Books to Read?

    "Fiddler's Dream"
    My favorite fiction about a musician, written by the fiddler in John Reischman's band.
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    Re: Back up rhythm tracks

    I also love Strum Machine. I use it every day.

    You can change key or speed instantly. Unlike the slow-down programs I've used, the track always sounds like an normal acoustic guitar, even at...
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    Re: So few women

    I agree many of the folks posting here that any gender bias may be a regional or local phenomenon.

    Here in Oregon, the president the Oregon Bluegrass Association is a women. In gatherings of...
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    Re: Jam tracks, backing etc...

    For years, I've used fbbts.com and Amazing Slow Downer.

    But these days my daily play-along practice "app" is Strum Machine: strummachine.com.

    It's really really simple--no files to...
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    Re: Music Recommendations ...

    I'm totally entranced by Sierra Hull's latest CD, Weighted Mind. Sounds like nobody else. Original songs, with just vocals, mando, and acoustic bass on most tracks.
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    Re: BlueChip Advice?

    My experience:

    I've been playing about 4 years. Mainly bluegrass & fiddle tunes. I've tried many different kinds of picks. A CT-55 is the only one I use now for both my Flattop and my...
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    Re: Best Mandolin Method Books

    I've looked at a number of basic instruction books, and own the Tottle and Horne ones. Recently I've been working with a relatively little-known one by Eddie Collins (not to be confused with Todd...
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