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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    In Neil Rosenberg’s book Bluegrass A History, in the photo section between pp. 124-125, is a 1945 photo of Bill holding his “newly acquired” Loar. The mandolin looks new, complete with pick guard and...
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    Re: Monroe Mandolin Camp 2021

    Among all the terrific classes and other events at the MMC this year, it was great to see and pick with Don and Dan and so many other old friends again and to meet Shaun and so many other new...
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    Re: Starting to see the difference

    Playing the dobro is like playing the guitar with one finger. My dobro playing got a lot more “linear” (in Allen’s well-chosen word) after I got serious about playing mandolin.
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    Re: Right arm placement

    In my view, positioning your picking arm the way you are is fine, perhaps even ideal. Coming in straight over the tailpiece and straight over the bridge and strings (without resting on them) centers...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    Thanks to all who have replied. I have had MOP tuner buttons for years with no problems. I just replaced a set of Gotoh tuners with pearl buttons that were the original tuners on a 20 year old...
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    My forearm comes straight over the tailpiece and bridge (with wrist slightly arched so there is little or no contact with the bridge) and my pick hits the strings flat so that the plane of the pick...
  7. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    In my case it took some listening to the old time pickers and singers to get used to this sound. The first time I heard a record of Tommy Jarrell fiddling (many years ago), I thought his intonation...
  8. Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming!...

    Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming! The Scott Napier interview is another in a series of interesting and rewarding reads. The narrative introduction was informative and very well...
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    Earl Taylor is one of my all-time favorite mandolin players and bluegrass singers. His style was if anything even a little bluesier and minimalist than Bill’s, and his very distinct notes pop right...
  10. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    Here’s another Foghorn-related recording: Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, Oh Do You Remember; very tasteful guitar and mandolin accompaniment to lots of great songs. It has the old time feel.
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    Re: Quarantine Collaboration - (and appreciation)

    That’s a really nice collaboration! You both sound great-lovely tone and really creative melodic ideas. The pace suits the tune well and all the playing, rhythm, melody and harmony, is fresh and very...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I think it’s OK to use whatever sounds good and helps the song or tune. I often use two finger chords on the 3d and 4th strings because I like that sound and because I don’t have to move my left hand...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    Thanks for the great pictures. I think that is a fine looking mandolin! And I see nothing wrong with that scroll. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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    "Lost Girl" Virtual Jam

    Some of my friends and I enjoying a nice old time number...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCjX0FZug0
  15. Thread: Eric Weissberg

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    Re: Eric Weissberg

    Eric Weissberg was a wonderful and inspiring musician who played many instruments at the highest level. There was a time not long ago when he, Bill Keith, and Billy Faier all lived in Woodstock NY,...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Chris Brashear, "The Day Coronavirus Came"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78BRNm-ZjnM
  17. Re: Mike Compton+Norman Blake Live performance video Gallop t Geo

    More of Narmour & Smith’s music, as well as the source recordings for the tunes on “Gallop to Georgia,” may be found on two CDs of Narmour & Smith’s recordings, Document Records DOCD 8065 and 8066....
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    In response to William, I played the Mavian Loar when Bob had it. It’s the nicest sounding Loar I have played (and I have played some very nice ones). When it appeared at Carter’s I told my wife...
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    Re: 2019 Monroe Camp Sept 18-22 Roll Call

    I will be there. Don G, I look forward to meeting you. We may know some folks in common. Your video was terrific.
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    Re: What tune is this?

    Chilly Winds Of Shannon, a Bill Monroe tune that Bill recorded on Jimmy Campbell’s recording Pieces Of Time. That was one of Bill’s last recording sessions.
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    Re: Playing level

    Another skill that belongs to “advanced intermediate” and “advanced” players is the ability to kick off a song (vocal number) with a kick off that is in time, makes it clear to the rest of the group...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    I have tried the Mangan monels as well as the Martin monels and the D’Addario monels 74s. I prefer the D’Addarios. To my ear they are a little louder and have slightly more old school tone than the...
  23. Re: 2012 Kentucky KM1000 Varnish Question from a Newbe...

    FWIW, my thoughts are: That’s a beautiful mandolin, and if it sounds as nice as it looks you got a great deal for $1,300. You might be hard pressed to do as well should you sell it and later decide...
  24. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    In 2011 I learned the mandolin accompaniment to the one aria in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni that features mandolin. I had to memorize it because I was on stage in the character of a street musician...
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario monel

    To my ear the GHS Pure Nickel (medium light) strings sound very similar on my F5 to the Mangan monels. I have not tried the D’Addario monels yet. I like the GHS nickel strings a lot and they cost...
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