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    Re: Cords on the ground

    That isn't necessary. XLR cables are "balanced," which means the mic signal is duplicated and then one of the two signals is inverted. Any external noise that enters the cable run is identical on...
  2. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    More OMs are being made now in 20" scale lengths as an option, instead of what used to be considered 22" as a standard (more or less). Personally, I wouldn't go shorter scale than 20", because one of...
  3. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I tried a mandola a few years ago, but for the music I play -- Irish/Scottish trad and related styles -- it just didn't work out. Or rather, there were better options. Here's the story:

    I bought a...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    I can relate. I was a Rock drummer in garage bands in my misspent teenage years. And yeah, if you're in that Bonham mode of playing just a hair behind the beat to make it sound earth-shaking heavy,...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    Oh sure, bands are a different situation. The accompaniment is usually rehearsed enough that it isn't going to change once you get on stage.

    I don't think of improvised accompaniment as a...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    I would argue that it does mean that in the general sense. Each guitar player in Irish trad backing is essentially making up their own arrangement of each tune accompaniment. Sometimes even doing it...
  7. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    That video may be useful for some styles of music, but I absolutely disagree with what she's saying here in the introduction:

    "Tremolos are important in a whole bunch of mandolin styles but even...
  8. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    I've always used Randi's method above, just simple repetition. The speed will gradually increase at the pace my fingers "want" to do it, instead of trying to force it.

    Playing to the pace of a...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    There is nothing harmless about a banjolin! Everything people might not like about banjos is made even worse by the high pitch and even shorter sustain. They're awful little things. If they were all...
  10. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    I don't think the shoulder rest is for acoustic isolation similar to a Tonegard. If you Google images of Itzhak Perlman, you'll see him using a square of cloth draped around the bottom of the fiddle,...
  11. Re: Controlling Tone on Weber F Body Octave

    What is the scale length of your OM, and what strings are you using?

    I play a 22" scale Weber Yellowstone F OM in GDAE tuning. I use D'Addario J80 strings, but I substitute a .013 for the E...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    There is one aspect of "playability" that can actually be improved by using medium or heavy gauge instead of light gauge, and that's action height.

    If you have a very good neck setup with frets...
  13. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    That's what the heel of your picking hand is for, as any electric guitar player will tell you. ;)



    Do you feel the same way about adding an armrest to a mandolin? Same idea, basically.

    One...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    If your chop rhythm sounds in good time on the "off beat" when you record yourself, it might be that your rhythm is fine and the tone or volume needs work.

    You might need to tighten up the...
  15. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    I have a Tonegard on my one and only mandolin, the original design. I don't know if it helps with volume or tone to a listener, but I can hear a small difference and that's enough to make it...
  16. Re: Tips for playing mandolin and electric slide... on the same s

    Okay, the basic idea could still work if you mount an acoustic guitar horizontally on a stand, and play it overhand slide with a Bullet or Stevens Slide Bar. You'd get more sustain with a squareneck...
  17. Re: Tips for playing mandolin and electric slide... on the same s

    That was my initial thought too. Get a small lap steel and mount it on a stand. Some come with stands, without being a full-size pedal steel. Use a clamp-on shelf to hold a Stevens Bar or Bullet Bar...
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    Re: Question about the DPA 4099

    You will probably need the DPA guitar mount for an octave mandolin. The one used for mandolins is actually the "violin" mount for shallower bodies. Unless you have an unusually thin OM it won't fit....
  19. Re: Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions

    It's been used for solidbody electric guitars as an alternative tonewood. Do a Google search and you'll see examples, but almost anything can be used for a solidbody guitar.

    It hasn't been used...
  20. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Not this guitar player. I've always tuned up to the note, and then back down for another try if I overshoot. That's on my guitars, mandolin, octave mandolin.

    I think the theory goes something...
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    Re: Why the connection?

    Maybe it was the music selection? If it was a Bluegrass or OldTime tune, some people might think of it as music "normally" played on banjo. If it was a Classical piece, maybe not so much.
  22. Re: Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions

    It wouldn't be any worse than the situation we had before the recent CITES restriction on other Dalbergia species. That caused a major headache for anyone shipping instruments (hand carry was still...
  23. Re: Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions

    Indeed. I foresee the formation of many new companies specializing in Guitars and Hardwood Flooring with little to no actual musical instruments leaving the shop.

    Assuming it passes, it's still...
  24. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    I check the tuner when I start suspecting that a few notes are going sour. I don't just do it automatically at some interval, but I do listen carefully for that threshold. Since my mandolin isn't the...
  25. Thread: Variety

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    Re: Variety

    I agree in principle about having a wide sonic pallet to enjoy. That will mean different things for all of us. I'm more of a "one of each and more different kinds" person. After selling off a bunch...
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