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    Re: Suggestions on a beginner "set list"

    You might find yourself "taking a sip from a fire hose". Back in the 1990's in St. Paul I compiled a (growing) list of common tunes for our group that met every Sunday at O'Gara's pub. I ended up...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    Yes more context would be helpful. But it looks like it is trying to do an F chord by starting with the third (the A note) and then playing the rest of the chord (the power chord of 5ths, F and C). ...
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    Re: Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    She was not only a fine musician but an outstanding teacher and composer and publisher of mandolin instruction books. I see now why folks have such respect for her. I'm gonna check out more of her...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    QUOTE=mandopops;1790635]189064
    This is a page I got somewhere that I use as a reference. I have had private lessons & attended workshops & used method books.
    Joe B[/QUOTE]

    Observe that one type...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Sherry, my first thought about this question was 'it depends who you ask'. A glib answer and not helpful I suppose. So a more responsible answer is that certain types of music on mandolin do use...
  6. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Maybe you should be. Monopoly is just a board game. Right?
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    Yea, there is that 'take it or leave it' comment again. Makes you feel powerful doesn't it? Actually you're being screwed like the rest of us. 'The way things are' are that way because we did not...
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    Re: Like they don't know me

    I could listen to this piece every day. Also there is a special awareness when you are in a certain 'mood' that helps the choices in phrasing, technique and melodic line. Sometimes I think that to...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    As a different point of view, (I often have one here, ha, ha), consider the instrument as a 'tool for making music'. Does it do a good job or not?

    Also everyone is 'coming from' a different level...
  10. Thread: Cafe User: Br1ck

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    Re: Cafe User: Br1ck

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    Re: "The fiddle is laughing" (no mando)

    Great music from one of the best. However I'd like to see the kid play fiddle. (I'll bet he's pretty darn good.)
  12. Thread: Renovation

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    Re: Renovation

    That 'clamshell' shaped tailpiece should be a clue.
  13. Thread: Very Lucky Guy

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    Re: Very Lucky Guy

    Just yesterday I looked at my music room scattered with instrument cases and thought that 'every one of these instruments is a superb example of it's type'. Usually I have some dread at considering...
  14. Thread: Double Standard

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    Re: Double Standard

    Guidelines?? A 1000 word page about rules and such? How about a quick and easy way for newbies to learn how to get what they want?
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    Re: Double Standard

    IN MY HUMBLE OPINION - sometimes I find that shouting is the best way to get attention. ha,ha

    Please ask Mandolin Cafe to create a FAQ page for beginners. (FAQ is Frequently Asked Questions.)
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    Re: Double Standard

    There should be an easy way for a beginner to access all of the previous threads.
  17. Thread: "Soft" Pick?

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    Re: "Soft" Pick?

    Thanks everyone. I'm surprised that there are so many options.
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    "Soft" Pick?

    I'm wondering if anyone makes a pick that mimics the sound of fingers on strings? Not fingernails but the 'fleshy part' of finger tips.

    Just tried finger picking an octave mandolin and I love the...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    The 'trick' is in seeing that there is gradual progress. Some people record themselves and listen to it months or even years later. Personally I just tell myself to 'stuff the criticism' and have...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    In re-reading this, I think J.C. Bryant is just looking for other methods in learning. Not necessarily for a classical piece.

    So skills in reading and in understanding musical structure, and...
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    Re: Stolen mandolin recovered.

    It is so nice to hear some good news.
  22. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    O.K. THIS chart might help.
    187614

    The more you do, the better you get. (Talk is cheap. Hard work pays off.)
    Believe me I've been embarrassed more times than I can count. Ha, ha.
  23. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    There are many ways to understand music notation. One can get lost when there are so many variables. So it is important to define your situation and your tactics.

    In my case I often become like a...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    There are some real wood experts here and I'm no expert. But I would not call this wood birds' eye. Interesting pattern however.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    My wife is a violin instructor at a well known music school and she was asked to conduct the class of about 15 people indoors this fall. The school moved the class to a small auditorium and they...
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