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  1. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    Yup, we've examined this option carefully. A standard USB CD/DVD R/W drive for a computer typically costs less than $50US. The clincher for most cars is that the drive has to emulate a thumbdrive,...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I must confess I'm most well known as a 5-string banjo player and a double bass player...

    I love my mandolins too, but I'm much more shy about playing them in public, they're more of a cathartic...
  3. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    If your car doesn't have a CD player (like my new one doesn't) it's time to setup your USB thumbdrives. We have over 48 hours of music that we know we like on thumbdrives.

    If your car doesn't...
  4. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    I totally agree with this. 95% of the time when I'm improvising, whether it's going to be a break or a short backup riff, I have no idea exactly what I'm going to do a minute before. Within 10...
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    Re: Improvising

    This is probably going to be a little controversial, but it is my experience...

    I remember as a very young kid, before I played any instruments, hearing songs and repeating them by whistling or...
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    Re: Improvising

    To me, the reason it's so great is that it was improvised, on the fly, at least at first. The artist didn't sit down and consider all the compositional elements to include before he played it. It...
  7. Re: Any tips on this technique before breaking into a tune?

    One of our band's former mandolin players used to do this, it provided 3 things:

    1) it told him if his technique could support the tempo that he was trying to meet.
    2) it provided a potential...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    Interesting, me too. And I'm out in the south left coast area, no snow or rain yet but cooling all the way down to a high of 75F in many places :grin:...

    I've probably raised mine nearly a mm...
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    Re: Mandolin Close Ups

    I don't know when the problem began, but if it's late-fall or later, I'd strongly consider weather, perhaps top shrinkage, which would just require raising the bridge. A number of us have been...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Hmmm, that gravitational force must have been stronger about 10 years ago, I was in the east bay area and somehow got sucked in. Sunspots, or magnetic reversal (solar maximum) perhaps???
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    If you know your pick thickness, you can also use that for the same purpose. It's approximate, but my Fender Heavy (about .9mm) just sticking under the 8th and 7th strings at fret 12, and just...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    John, not to discount this completely, but almost exactly the same discussion occurs frequently regarding METAL PARTS among pre-war banjo enthusiasts (tone rings, tension hoops and flanges) and...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Sorry to hear it happens to you too, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one... I get what you say about "focused relaxation", for the first time in 8 years I'm double checking my posture while...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    It was at a good jam so there was a degree of excitement going on, plus it was a loud jam so I was very concerned about mandolin volume; I probably wasn't paying attention to posture as well as I do...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Hmmm, that works very nicely for Jill...

    Unfortunately for me, it's almost exactly the posture I was using in tremolo when I jammed the high string under my index fingernail multiple times...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Great point, thanks for bringing it up Br1ck!!! I just went through this yesterday, and I suspect most of the mandolin community is also experiencing it.

    We're all looking at weather changes...
  17. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Yea, a lot of people online talk about getting hand and shoulder injuries playing double bass and I'm very careful about this. Because I play other instruments and don't want to compromise my hands...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    My transition to a different pick hold and posture is working out nicely. I love the smooth fast transition from single-picking to tremolo. And I'm finding all kinds of nuances with pick angle that...
  19. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    Ok, someone's got to say it...

    Fender Heavy!!!

    (Lots of chord-melody double and triple stop tremolo work.)
  20. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    I'm going from the opposite direction, I build the chords first for backup support, than find the melody or close-melody within the chords which my left hand is already forming. Coming from deep...
  21. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    My order of succession has been:

    1 Banjo (1970)
    2 Flute and Piccolo (1974)
    3 Mandolin (1975)
    4 Fiddle (1985)
    5 Dobro (2000)
    6 Double Bass (2018)

    I played violin, recorder, harmonica and...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    A few months ago my wife and I drove up to Seattle and went on an Alaska cruise and I was for the most part offline for 2 full weeks. When we got back, I had no urge to watch the Cafe' Classifieds...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    This is true and it is good to be aware of. But, bending may or may not be necessary depending on how the tailpiece is mounted on the mandolin.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, my James...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    There are lots of reasons to change a tailpiece... Re-stringing convenience is the most painfully obvious one, but there are others. I had the standard Gibson stamped tailpiece on my 2002 F-9 for...
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Good about the shop cases. Remember, it could have been a plumbing flood from the kitchen or the bathroom. This was a relatively easy lesson, glad everything worked out.

    I think we've all heard...
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