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    Re: The cafe....made my day!

    WORK …. meh.
  2. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Don Roon is correct on how to tighten the string on the post or is it capstan..... However if it stays in tune you can leave it alone. R/
  3. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    Well .… I decided years ago to spend money on Calton cases and travel with my favored instruments. I bought used cases one or two from this site from classifieds. I have successfully checked guitars...
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    Re: Fishman m300 mandolin pickup

    Indeed …. transducers have come a long way towards accurate sound in the last couple of decades. A good mic still sounds more natural. But a mic has it's own problems in a loud environment. < Sigh...
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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    Here is a link to the book Gina Willis recommended. I found it useful as well. R/ http://www.stringthingm.com/Standard_Notation_Tab_Mando.html
  6. Re: Obscure Tony Rice tabs. No mando content.

    Thanks …… R /
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    Agreed Mandobar …. a good bow and setup make a world of difference in playability..... I started sawing on the strings when my youngest went off to college in 01'. I can actually play one these days....
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy Birthday indeed and many thanks R/
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    Re: Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    A Gator lightweight mandolin case may be right for you. https://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GL-Lightweight-Mandolin-Case-546108.wwbw

    Travelite also makes a good lightweight case but has no outer pocket. R/
  10. Re: Warren Ellis Mandostang G string out of tune

    Either what pops1 asked, IMO more than likely, or your technique has you pushing the G string out of tune. R/
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    Re: Old Ebenezer Scrooge format?

    I have often wondered about this. For myself I have decided that it is a significant variation on the melody. But as you are likely to have thought it can be named a four part fiddle tune …… Let's...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    I do this vocally by ear so I have a hand up with harmony. The thing is a third is the place to start. Here is an exercise … Play a C scale CDEFGABC .record it then play a C scale pattern starting...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    OK people … THIS is the kind of thread I like to run into. Thanks … carry on. R/
  14. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Think about a SKYPE connection to a live lesson. The services are good once you have a "handle" on playing ….. Peghead Nation and Artist Works are both excellent sites. That written, a live teacher...
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    Re: Burns & Clark

    Hmmmm … Is that a 70's master model J.B. is playing. The inlay pattern and coloring suggest so. R/
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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    The oval sound hole instruments have a less forceful mellower tone . The F hole instruments are brighter and cast that tone out further with less resonance. Archtop guitars accomplish the same feat....
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    Re: Improvising

    I believe it is Tiny Moore that is quoted as saying " You're only one fret away from a note that will work". Arpeggios to pentatonic scales to playing the melody to playing the melody and adding or...
  18. Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    James .
  19. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Mandolin was my third instrument, guitar first, banjo second and fiddle fourth. I usually play what isn't being played by someone else. I am interested in balancing out whatever music is going on....
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    Be patient , take some lessons, best in a direct teacher student exchange but sites will work, and do a bunch of listening to your favorite mandolinists . A computer program or device that slows...
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    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    IMO you will be better off hybrid picking with a flatpick as in the K.W. example, and using your middle and ring fingers to "pick" . Longer fingernails will be an additional help. R/
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    Re: Those other chords?

    OK ….. You guyz …. I'm headed for the Tylenol ….. I do like the comment on leaving the vii to Monk..... I'll stick with my minimal understanding of the numericals … I, III and V or What …. Dorian,...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Yup ... setup is the thing. Secondly make sure that you are not over gripping , using more force / grip than is actually necessary to note clearly.
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    CB, Also keep in mind how you are holding the mandolin. A sharper angle with the headstock higher than the body will relieve some of the tension in your left hand. R/
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    Re: Left hand numb?

    Just a thought. You may be pinching a nerve in your neck. I have this problem occasionally due to an old injury. If I stare at my mandolin neck watching where I place my fingers it will bring on...
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