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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    I really like Sharon Gilchrist’s courses on PegHead Nation...it’s good to have a curriculum to move through. She gives lots of technical tips as she is teaching songs, and explains the music theory...
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    I bought a $40 slightly padded tennis racket bag for my travel mando. I fly almost every week for work. Sometimes I put some clothes in there with it, sometimes I put a tennis racket in as well. I...
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    Re: Should I take my Eastman MD305 on vacation?

    Take it! There are recent threads on this site that pretty definitively answered the question of whether you can carry your mando on. The answer is yes. In fact several posters said that for some...
  4. Re: What's the most fun way to learn the fretboard

    Learning the main bluegrass arpeggios got me to learn the fretboard better. I also used Fretboard Learn (mentioned above) on my phone. Not even an hour’s worth of time using the app spread out in 3-5...
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    Re: Under Seat on Plane?

    I have flown 10 times with a mandolin in the last two years or so. For most of those flights I have hung my mandolin, with a flight attendant's permission, in the closet just as you enter the plane....
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    Re: Tunefox

    I signed up for the free trial and learned Little Maggie. I liked the arrangement — a friend likes to call it in our local jam and I couldn’t find any tabs for it until I saw it on Tunefox. I...
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    Re: 1 year of online lessons

    Hmmm....seems a little unfair to imply you had a bad experience without saying what it was. Your reason might be very particular and not applicable to what others might experience, or it could be...
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    Re: 1 year of online lessons

    I agree. Try them all out. I like Banjo Ben’s song arrangements a lot, so I like to enroll for a month and learn a few new songs. Peghead Nation gives you the coherence of a thought out course; the...
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    Re: Don't be nervous

    If there isn’t a jam in your area, just start one up. I went to a jam that was too far from my house to be a regular thing, met a guitar player there who had also come from near where I live and we...
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    Re: Goals for 2019

    I set a number of goals this fall, the main one being to have about 20 "jammable" songs -- songs I can play fluently with some embellishment (i.e. multiple A parts and multiple B parts) -- by May....
  11. Re: Using Wunderlist to organize my practice time

    For now, anyway, I still have a binder, too. I practice at my desk and use my iPad and sometimes my laptop, so the paper isn’t that essential, but I do use it, especially for new stuff. I do find the...
  12. Using Wunderlist to organize my practice time

    Once upon a time in my work life I started using index cards to track tasks, but then I moved to the Wunderlist app. I was contemplating starting to use index cards to organize my mando practice —...
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    Re: Layne Publications

    I downloaded several last month and it worked fine. I emailed a question before I ordered about what key the tunes were in but they never answered.
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    Re: Practice strategies

    Great videos, Pete. I liked the challenge of thinking about short, medium, and long term goals. I set a short term goal of having 20 jammable songs, meaning songs that I can play an intro to, have...
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    Re: Breaking the TAB habit

    Still early in my mando journey, so this is not the perspective of someone who has a mastered the skill yet. If you have the key and an mp3, you’re good, and if you have tab to check it against, even...
  16. Re: Minimum skills needed for the Bluegrass Jam ?

    As a newbie (now two years in), I bring Brad Laird's book with me to the jam that a friend and me started (side note: having founded the jam makes it hard for others to kick you out for playing...
  17. Re: Collings MT and Weber Bitterroot F: newbie play test this wee

    I went ahead and took the plunge on the Colllings MT! Thanks for all the helpful ideas. I played them all again today, and I did enjoy the Weber more than yesterday (there was less competing noise in...
  18. Re: Collings MT and Weber Bitterroot F: newbie play test this wee

    Went and played the Collings MT, the Bitterroot, and a Northfield F5S this morning. I liked them all, for sure. I don't have enough of an ear after just a year of playing to detect the differences...
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    New Jam in Seattle

    A new bluegrass jam has just formed at the Machine House Brewery in the Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle. We're meeting the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 7 to 9 (the place closes...
  20. Collings MT and Weber Bitterroot F: newbie play test this weekend

    After reading the forums this last year, I've focused in on the Collings MT and the Weber Bitterroot as my main choices to upgrade. And as it turns out, the local music store (Dusty Strings) has a...
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    Re: On the merits of the Kentucky KM 140

    I bought a KM 140 a few months back from Elderly for $200 -- it was discounted because of a pretty inconsequential nick on it's edge. My main mandolin is a Kentucky 805, but I like the 140, too. I...
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    Re: New Year's Resolutions?

    My New Years resolution last year was to scale back my internet surfing and start learning to play an instrument. I rented a mandolin without really ever listening to one being played, and dove in....
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    Re: New to the mandolin

    I started playing earlier this year and have really enjoyed the beginning mandolin course at PegHead Nation. They have a series of mandolin courses. I think there has been some value in working...
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    Re: Hosted my first jam!

    Hi Bill -- I wanted to make sure anyone replying as clear on my level, so no one would be disappointed! So here's what I posted:

    "Looking for other beginner/advanced beginner bluegrass players for...
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    Hosted my first jam!

    Would never have guessed a year ago that I'd be hosting a musical jam session at my house today (of course that's not the only thing I wouldn't have been able to guess a year ago). I hadn't even...
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