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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    There was a book in the library that recommended (band and orchestra) instruments for kids who are not especailly disciplined, up to really determined kids. It said sax, clarinet and flute were...
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    Re: broken case handle

    Replacement handles are mostly buckle onto metal rings, or screw/rivet into the wood. Here's the buckle type https://www.elderly.com/products/case-handle

    and the "sausage-style"...
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    Re: One more banjo question

    There's some good banjo setup sites, these and others from Deering, Nechville, frets.com, Warren Yates on youtube:

    http://en.pruchabanjos.cz/uploads/how-to-setup-your-banjo.pdf
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  4. Thread: Polishing Frets

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    Re: Polishing Frets

    You shouldn't ahve to do this more than once every couple years or so, but make a fingerboard guard like this out of a stiff plastic like mmilk carton and go to town with steel wool or 800 grit sand...
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    Re: Notation to Tablature

    The gentlest first step is to get a book of arpeggios and scales and play thru them slowly for short periods every day. Trying to read chords will give you migraines. These are books i use,...
  6. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    If you go to festival/jam/workshop, there should be enough BC's you can try for yourself, and I think one of the traveling pick samplers has at least 1 (that thread is getting loooong...
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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    This should keep you busy, I like Tim O'Brien's arpeggio warmup, some days that's all i play (for 7 minutes) http://www.mandozine.com/techniques/index.html

    Mike Marshall's finger busters and his...
  8. Thread: 2019 Fantasma

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    Re: 2019 Fantasma

    Wow. That is gorgeous, an innovative but classical template at the same time, beautiful color as well.
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    Re: Did my eyes just get older? Font size...

    The font is smaller today on my PC, Win10 using Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 (Official Build) (64-bit) but seems to be same in firefox (i.e. a little bigger)
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    There have been a decent number of threads here and a lot of articles starting with acoustic guitar mags and Dana Bourgeois's dreads on the process and result, you can google more like those below....
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    When i go t my first mandolin i searched my public library's DVDs and they had three of his Homespun DVDs, as well as "The mandolin of Bill Monroe" Volume 1 all of which I highly highly recommend,...
  12. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    If you're tuning to straigt equal temperament (ET, no octave stretches), yes, it's sort of a rough starting point, then you aim for Pythagorrean 3rds and 5ths, then you have to adjust for the upper...
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    Make them pay at least double for Cafe membership. No, $200, wait, that's not enough ...


    (oops forgot to edit my sig)
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    Re: Problem seller on eBay

    Their ads are so bad I've concluded that Far east man doesn't want to sell instruments on ebay.

    Evidence: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Paw-5-is-satin/183848378547 Builder is "Paw 5"?
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    Re: What does OP mean?

    These cheat sheets keep getting longer and longer and if you go around to facebook, reddit, other mando/music forums, they all have little mini languages they use. Imaginge a guitar player visitng...
  16. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    Travelling samplers, try out lots: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/117767-The-Traveling-Pick-Sampler-Anyone-Interested/page35
  17. Re: Trying to find old article: guitarist exploring pick grips

    I think David Fiuczynski, Berklee prof, used to have a website like that at torsos.com, but it's not there anymore, e.g. extremely bright fonts on a page describing how to setup fretless guitars. If...
  18. Re: Trying to find old article: guitarist exploring pick grips

    Yeah, i think some of the most useful advice I've gotten is "read a little, listen and play a lot, don't get hung up on theory or the RPMs of your ulna and radius"
  19. Thread: Picking faster?

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    Re: Picking faster?

    These are all guitar vids (there might have been one for mandolin) but good angle/info https://www.youtube.com/user/troygrady
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    Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    When i was a kid i played 3 instruments, but only because my parents would never let me quit band and piano lessons, it was "good for me". I think most fretted string instruments you can drop them...
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    When i went to Wintergrass, I remember meeting a number of guitar, banjo, mando etc makers from Bend, the Sisters, Portland, and places near you. Andrew Mowry, Preston Thompson, Brooks Masten, um,...
  22. Re: Trying to find old article: guitarist exploring pick grips

    Probably this which i started to read and then i realized it wound't do me any good to try to absorb that much analysis, but i do like the story about spending hours and hours modding picks to get...
  23. Thread: Picking faster?

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    Re: Picking faster?

    Plant or no: really you could spend the next 24 hours reading old threads about this, three's some tremendous pickers who plant, here's Nick Dumas

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1v7zafUqO8
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    Re: Picking faster?

    While we're waiting for the vid, here's a good one study, Bush, Joliff, Skehan, McCoury, Hoffman. Lots of differences in technique, esp. Sam, nobody can pick like him.

    I think it's important to...
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    Re: Trying to make a modest leap...

    You could drive up the 5 to my hood and go to Dusty strings, but I think that's not waht you're talking about.

    As a Kentucky 900 owner that upgraded to .080/.043 size frets, I would recommend...
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