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    Re: Advice on how to learn sheet music?

    Mel Bay has a book called reading Standard Notation for Mandolin and Fiddle by Joe Carr. It has a good approach to the subject. The biggest problem I have found is all of my old sheet music with TAB...
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    Re: The trouble with trebles (triplets)

    I would follow Jill’s advice, especially about incorporating the the triplets into the tune from the start. I think it also helps to count out the strokes of the triplet; DUD,123, trip-a-let. That...
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    Re: Martin Style A Mandolin - EFW74?

    I have been hesitant to try heavier strings on my mandolin of the same type. Mine is the model B with a mahogany neck and no reinforcement. When I asked Martin what type of strings to use they...
  4. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    I would think there would have been a lot of Italian folk mandolin music being played in New York City before Bill Monroe’s time. I wonder how much of it has been documented.
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    Re: I am totally bummed out

    You would think some enterprising luthier would start laminating carbon fiber on those head stocks with fancy scrolls that keep breaking.
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    A lot of the old time, traditional and Celtic music doesn’t list the tempo on the sheet music. If you haven’t listened to how a lot of people play the tune, you have no idea of what’s too fast or too...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Yes !
  8. Thread: Beware EVOs

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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I tend to think that something in the process influenced the tone, not the new frets. Something (nut bridge) might not have been seated correctly, or perhaps something jarred loose when all of the...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    I use both TAB and standard notation on the same sheet, but have tried using only standard notation. I don't have much of a problem with the standard notation, except that much of the music I printed...
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    and what is the best way to hold a pick for Italian style tremolo ?
  11. Re: Who makes a good inexpensive Octave Mandolin?

    I think Siveen Mandolin might make a OM in their Celtic Spirit line.
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    I had been thinking that mandolin strings don’t last that long, and I don’t change them as often as I should. That is because they take time to change, and changing them quickly is a skill I do not...
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    Re: Blue Chip meltdown

    For a long time the only pick I used was a primetone 2.0mm. Now the one I am using is a Roman pick from Clifford Essex Music. I guess preferences change. It seems well suited for melody and is easy...
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    Here is an interesting article that might help:
    https://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Reference/Make_custom_labels_for_your_guitars.html
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    Re: Fret Dressing?

    I am in the same situation. Old mandolin with bar frets , the grooves on the first 5 frets are like yours. I had the frets dressed once, and suspect the nut needs replacing. I would like to keep bar...
  16. Thread: Primetone

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    Re: Primetone

    Mine is a 2mm with the grip. I also have the larger triangle but donít like itís sound as much. The same is true for picks with a sharp point, though the point does make playing easier. It amazes me...
  17. Thread: Primetone

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    Re: Primetone

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    Re: Irish Washerman

    Very well played!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    They sound great Jill. I am amazed at how fluid your playing is, and that you can post a tune every week.
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    I was I interested in trying Monel strings , but need them in a light gauge: .010 to .034
  21. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    Yes, recordings can be harsh and unforgiving. They highlight every flaw, which makes them useful for learning. Making good recordings also takes some knowledge and practice.
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    That is a nice mandolin. I also was admiring its choice of top wood. I like a lot of the mandolins that are called Celtic, both carved and flat tops.
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    Celtic Mandolin refers to a style of instrument and not a type of music. It doesn’t suggest that it is the best or only type of mandolin for Celtic music. It is just a type that is different from...
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    It would have been nice if people posted pictures of Celtic mandolins instead of just writing about them
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    I have heard that the one characteristic of Celtic mandolins is that they have a flat back, because they are easier to set down on a pub table than a bowl back. I have heard mentioned a preference...
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