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  1. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    I agree with the people who suggest you play with other people more often. I think it is maybe the number one thing that will build your skills, probably because of the accountability that people...
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    Re: SF Bay Area Teacher

    I remember hearing Sharon Gilchrist teaches somewhere in the East Bay. This is not current information.
  3. Re: good mando shops in Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia

    Not sure how your route works out, but if you are coming east on I-64, there are two shops in Virginia to consider. They are both a mile or so from the highway.

    Fretwell Bass...
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    Re: Squirrel Hunters - Which version?

    Simon, thanks for posting that Wilders version. Love it!
  5. Re: How does it work when people are playing together?

    I was playing Old Time with a bunch of people last weekend, in groups of 2 to 25, and was trying to pay attention to Sue's original question: How does it work? I noticed a couple of thin1gs:
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  6. Re: How does it work when people are playing together?

    Like we learned in the noodling thread, the answer varies. But for Old Time, and in my experience, it just kind of works out. Most versions of tune work well together, and slightly different...
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    Re: First measure of Drowsy Maggie.

    Woo hoo! Sometimes it is the littlest things.

    db
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    Re: First measure of Drowsy Maggie.

    Please let us know what TheSession says? I usually only use one finger for two course when I am playing chords. Usually what happens is the outside of each pair is muted, and the inside of the pair...
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    Re: Learning to Play the Mandolin

    Uncle Paul, a couple thoughts. It sounds like you are well along on your journey, just not happy where you are. Maybe we can step back a bit, and think about your goals.

    Dependence on sheet...
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    Re: Kentucky Army-Navy Mandolin

    Slack_Key, where in Virginia are you? I'm near Staunton, and have a Flatiron pancake you could try and see if you like.

    db
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    Re: Looking for new instrument

    I have no experience with the Morris or the APC, but Morris get spoken of well on the Mandolin Cafe.

    I really like those Flatirons, and you can find more information on them than you ever wanted...
  12. Thread: Moveable chords

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    Re: Moveable chords

    Maybe the right takeaway message is that there are lots of different right ways to do things. I know from the discussions above, that I have a different approach, and that is all good. Journeybear...
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    Re: In Praise of Matt Flinner's Classes

    As a reminder, Matt Flinner has three courses starting up next week:...
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    Re: In Praise of Matt Flinner's Classes

    OK, I will step up and grumble!

    I took one of Matt's online classes, and he has music playing before the class begins. Not once was the music "Shiny Blue!"



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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    Ah, good luck with that case search. If you find any good options, let us know.

    In my case, I had a Flatiron 2-MB with a chipboard case in terrible condition. I ended up buying an inexpensive...
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    Re: Michael Nesmith RIP

    I missed the news when he passed, and didn't see this thread until today. I am quite fond of the "Different Drum" song, so here are a couple versions with mandolin content.

    First, what the...
  17. Re: Tennis elbow in the picking arm - how to avoid it?

    Thanks for this info. Several years ago I was suffering badly and the doctor didn't help. What did help was a few sessions of therapeutic massage, in my case from a guy who worked at a tennis club....
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    Re: In Praise of Matt Flinner's Classes

    In terms of structure, the class itself is on Zoom. There is a chat function where you can type comments, but you cannot hear audio from other participants. If I recall the order of operations,...
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    Re: In Praise of Matt Flinner's Classes

    Similar feedback from me. I took a chords and rhythm class this year, my first one, and have signed up for Old-time mandolin 102, because I don't sing and mandolin 101 is songs.

    The class...
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    Re: help with leading notes

    And I would say the key thing is to arrive at the right time. So if you are doing the pattern above, make sure you get the "C" boom right at the start of the switch to the C chord. You can add more...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Just a heads up to everyone based on the Matt Flinner discussion above. Matt is offering three classes starting in January that might be interesting to people in this forum: Old-Time Mandolin 101...
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    Re: old timey challenge

    Speaking of cello, here is Joe Walsh playing an original song that morphs into Solly's Little Favorite. Solly's favorite may not be that all common of an old time tune, but I love this version,...
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    Re: Old time / bluegrass in Richmond, VA?

    I don't know about Richmond. For old time, the Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival is on for next weekend, if you are willing to head west. Maybe that's about 1 - 1.5 hours from Richmond,...
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    Re: Hamlett Two-Point Review

    First, congratulations on all fronts! I remember really enjoying your videos back when you used to post regularly - maybe that was a decade ago. So happy to hear you are moving forward in your life...
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    Re: Modern Case for 1920's Gibson Model A

    A Hiscox case holds a snakehead well, but it is bulky compared to other mandolin cases.
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