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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    +1 more for the tonegard. When I started playing mandolin, I read somewhere (probably here at the Cafe!) about holding the instrument away from my stomach. I could notice a difference as a player,...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    The Boss RC3 can handle loops of great length, so it could handle complete songs if desired.
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    Re: Weighty Question

    One reason the results we hear are almost always positive is that people who go to the expense of buying something which has a negative effect on their playing often don't care to share that they...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    You can use a microphone for the looper but you have to be very careful about how you aim the microphone. If you want to start playing around with the looper without altering your mandolin, using a...
  5. Great New Collection of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Evelyn's books over the past 5 years, ever since her first "Evelyn's Big Book 2015," have been a great source of wonderful arrangements of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals scattered...
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    New Book of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Evelyn's books over the past 5 years, ever since her first "Evelyn's Big Book 2015," have been a great source of wonderful arrangements of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals scattered...
  7. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    I'm very curious about why the Peterson says "plucked rather than picked." Once you have tuned it with the plucked thumb, have you checked the tuning with a pick? I find that it's a bit sharper...
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    "Oh Them Britches" is a good and simple tune. "Bile Them Cabbage Down" is another one.
  9. Re: Negative Melodies, automatic transposition in ABC?

    Rachmaninoff's "trick" was part of the "serial" school of composition (Schoenberg/Berg/Webern originally) -- it's an inversion of the original tone-row of a composition. So serial composers would...
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    Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    The answer to your question requires a few questions before it can be answered, in my opinion:
    1) what type of music do you hope to play on the mandolin? Classical, bluegrass, jazz, old-time, rock?...
  11. Re: Tip: Replacing Book Bindings with Spiral Bindings

    I love that book and make great use of it both on mandolin and fiddle. I printed it double-sided, so it's only about 250 sheets of paper and there are coils which can handle that capacity.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Mike, to Pete's great advice I would add that you need to lose your natural desire to sound good when you start improvising. There are lots of play-along recordings that you can practice with in the...
  13. Thread: Songwriting

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    Re: Songwriting

    Are you asking about how to get musical ideas that will sound good on the mandolin? Or asking about how to write them down so others can play them?
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    Re: Bickford Mandolin Method

    As it stands now in the U.S. copyright for older works which were under copyright in either their first term or their renewal term when the U.S. Copyright law was re-written in 1978 have protection...
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    DavDavDav, I think you were misinformed about the "down on 1, 3 and up on 2, 4." I find it works great to pick down on every beat, which then leaves the up for any/all 8th-notes on the "and" of the...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Maybe I missed it, but I don't recall anybody mentioning Audacity on the PC -- it is totally free, it can do multi-tracking and has a slew of great editing capabilities.

    An inexpensive interface...
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    B M G Magazine

    I saw a post the other day which included a link to the Banjo Mandolin Guitar Magazine from England. I followed the link and have to say that I think it's a very great resource and a lot of fun to...
  18. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Sound in any amplified instrument is as much controlled/altered by the amplification used as by the construction of the instrument. Damning an entire class of instrument because you haven't heard it...
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    Re: Raise an Irish Eyebrow (Original)

    Nice! :)
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    Re: Suffragette March

    I'd love it if you would post the PDFs for us to download! Thanks -- it sounds like a great event!
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    Re: Tascam Portastudio DP-24SD / DP-32SD

    I have the Zoom R24 which is very similar, but is $100 less at sweetwater.com. The Zoom also has the advantage of being able to run on 6 AA batteries for use when not near AC power (it comes with an...
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    Re: free trio and solo music from Evelyn

    Evelyn, I am saddened to learn of your illness. You have given the world some wonderful gifts with your arrangements, both those you have given away for free here at the mandolin cafe as well as...
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    Re: Finger exercises ?

    When I first was learning guitar many years ago I found an exercise that helped me. Fast forward to about 6 years ago when I first picked up the mandolin and I did the same exercise and it helped...
  24. Re: Winter's Tale 5 - free sheet music for mandolin trios

    Thanks, Evelyn! I've been very busy and hadn't had a chance to visit mandolin cafe for a while and was very happy to see your 5th book of Winter's Tale. Another great collection! Your arrangements...
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    Re: USB microphone for recording to PC

    I have Audio-Technica AT2020USBi which works very well. The price is $199.00 at sweetwater.com -- it comes with the mic, a USB cable to plug into the computer, a USB-to-lightning connector for use...
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