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  1. Thread: GDGD tuning

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    Re: GDGD tuning

    You got that right.
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    Re: Beginner Lessons philosophy/discussion

    Some comments on your beginner lessons philosophy. A less tactical and more strategic answer.

    I would definitely try too hard. Just head down and go after it.

    I think most people start with...
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    Re: "The Great Mandolins" postcards

    I have a set, individually framed, that I got from Mandolin World in yea, 1984.
  4. Thread: GDGD tuning

    by JeffD
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    Re: GDGD tuning

    GDGD is sometimes called sawmill tuning. Or Cross G.

    I have tried it, and for some tunes it is great.

    I have a mandolin I keep in what ever cross tuning I am working with. Right now it is in...
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    Re: New picks and pick noise

    I think you are correct in saying we are used to cheap picks. It is a pre-conditioning. But as the type of pick makes much more difference in how the mandolin sounds and plays, the choice of pick is...
  6. Thread: Road trip music

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    Re: Road trip music

    OK so here is something you can do. I only learned this a couple of years ago.

    In my 2014 Jeep, I can bluetooth directly to the vehicle speakers from my iPhone. So I get on to the Mandolin Cafe on...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    From this tread, Paul Hostetter recounted:
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    Re: Content I've Been Missing!

    It really is great. Often enough I have something from the MP3 Library playing in the background while I am on here or otherwise should be working.

    Shhhhhhhhhh! We have to keep this quiet. We...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    To answer the specific question you asked, if I understand correctly - you can get the basics of where to put your fingers and how to use the pick from many online sources.

    Get that down and...
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    Re: Mandolin Case Storage Solution

    As an aside, it is not a good idea to have the instrument cases in contact with an outside wall. Inside wall much less concern, but for an outside wall you want a significant space for air to freely...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Exactly. Me either. It's true, but more of a curiosity than something that helps one play in different modes.
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    I agree, it is A mixolydian, which has the same key signature as D major. I have great trouble identifying a mode by hearing it. Especially mixolydian, which I get wrong all the time. But certainly,...
  13. Thread: Beatles tunes

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    Re: Beatles tunes

    I had a friend, this is years ago, who had escaped with most of her family, from the former Soviet Union. She took great umbrage at the Beatles tune "Back in the USSR". Especially the lyric "you...
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    Re: Stefan Sobell mandolins and other instruments

    Very nice.
  15. Thread: Can of air

    by JeffD
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    Re: Can of air

    The brush on the Nomad is, according to a make up expert friend of mine, no different than many of the brushes she uses. (Except much cheaper. She tells me she cannot get a brush of that quality for...
  16. Thread: Can of air

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    Re: Can of air

    I use one of these to remove dust. Although any fine make-up brush will do the trick.
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    Re: Neck reinforcement vs a truss rod

    Bingo.
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Yes.

    I recall playing some multi-part Playford tunes, with conservatory trained friends on lower brass, double reeds, etc. I started to tell them I could transpose their parts, but they all said...
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    So beautiful and correct. A statement after which nothing need be said. Including this inane comment of mine. :)
  20. Re: Tear drop or pear-shaped A style--what's your preference?

    So I thought about this question. Maybe thought about it too much.

    My preference is for the more Gibsonesque shape.

    I thought long and hard about why that was, and to avoid hijacking this...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    Reminds me of my favorite Guy Clark recitations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHxOego2Sso
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    Re: Education (trip to Carter's)

    This has happened to me more than a few times. Also the reverse, an instrument that on first try really impressed me, and next day was OK but nothing special.

    I have learned the lesson and have...
  23. Thread: Left hand numb?

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    Re: Left hand numb?

    I had problems with my fingers left hand. Especially index finger. Especially after playing for more than 30 minutes. It all turned out to be related to my as yet undiagnosed type two diabetes. After...
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    Re: Andy Statman Bought A Loar F5!

    When a world class musician hooks up with a world class instrument, the balance in the universe is somehow restored. Fate. Its like the instrument met its rightful owner and the owner met the...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    There are a lot of these "zombie" threads around. They are just as compelling conversations as they were originally.
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