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    Re: Mandolin Set Up Ebook and Mandolin Users

    Thanks Rob. Just got your eBook and look forward to using it.
  2. Re: Transcriptions for Butch Baldassari's "Travellers" Album?

    I had never heard of Butch Baldassari until your post. I love Travellers. Just downloaded from Amazon. Great album, thanks.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I understand what you are saying, Mark. You definitely HAVE to find out where the pain comes from. I know a good classical guitarist who taught himself, used bad left hand technique and now cannot...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I have been concerned about taking too much of the stuff over time. I need to get more info. Doc told me to take as needed after 2 weeks.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I went to a hand specialist today. He said I have arthritis in my left wrist and the base joint of my thumb.
    Pretty much all I can do is manage the pain. I got two steroid shots and he wants me take...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    Thanks Bill. I hope no surgery as well. I also hope I can still play mandolin while it heals. I just want a specialist to tell me what is wrong and if I
    can still play while it is healing. Otherwise...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    Went to a chiropractor a couple of weeks ago and he made an adjustment and said it should be ok in a couple of weeks.

    No joy. Decided to make an appointment with a hand surgeon for next week. I...
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    Re: Contact The Mandolin Store?

    Talked with Dennis via email on 5/15. He was very responsive but said he had been sick for a while.
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    Re: Question for Experienced Players

    I agree that it is most likely a jam thing. If you listen to the Bluegrass Album Band, you will find tunes they play
    in the appropriate (at least, to me) speed.
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    Re: Question for Experienced Players

    I agree with you about speed, and yes, bluegrass players who can show speed usually do. It is
    not limited to mandolin, banjo players are the worst (I am one of those too).

    The good thing about...
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    Re: Shoulder pain in fretting arm?

    IMHO, the only place that pain goes away with time is with calluses on your fingers.

    Every teacher I have ever had (guitar/mandolin) stress that pain in playing is NOT GOOD. Find out what is...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Before I developed wrist/thumb pain I was practicing an hour a day. I have an instructor who determines what I practice
    and the goals I work for each week. That helped a lot.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    There should absolutely be no pain when playing. You need to develop good technique.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I searched the web for left hand technique a couple of days ago and found I was bending my left wrist on some notes/chords.

    Thanks for the reminder.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    That is exactly what I have in mind if nothing else works. Thanks.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I told my wife I could always play the dobro. She said "NO MORE INSTRUMENTS"
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    Thanks for all the info. I think I might just have to see a dr to find find out what is wrong.

    I do have a wrist support I wear. Doesn't seem to help much, but I am in the early days of wearing it.
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    Re: Newbie needs equipment advice

    All I can add is that I bought a new Eastman 315 last year and I love it.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    Thanks Bill.

    My pain is sharp when I do certain things, otherwise no pain at all. For example, most of the pain comes with trying to barre the top 2 sets of strings on chords. I have to exert a...
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    Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I have been playing guitar for a long time and switched to mandolin last Aug. Through improper technique I have developed wrist/thumb pain (primarily thumb) while fretting. I have since learned the...
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    Re: Mandolin will not stay in tune

    That was my first thought.
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    Re: Mandolin will not stay in tune

    Thanks QCS.

    I chose lights at the recommendation of Susan Gilchrist of Peghead nation while I tried their beginners course.

    The strings go out of tune very slightly, but with 2 strings per note...
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    Mandolin will not stay in tune

    I bought a new Eastman MD315 last Aug and decided to put new strings on it in Jan. Everything was good until this week when I can't seem to get it in tune and when I do it goes out of tune very...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I just started taking mandolin lessons and the instructor chose The Hal Leonard Mandolin Method Book: Only for Beginners Music and Tablature as the instruction book. It teaches the fretboard and...
  24. Thread: Musician Jokes

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    Re: Musician Jokes

    I just now got off the floor! Good one.
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    Sam Bush in Dallas!

    Sam Bush will be in Dallas at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival on Sat! Sierra Hull
    will also be there.

    The festival starts on Friday night and goes through Sat nite. Great bands - Del McCoury,...
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