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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    In about 15 years of stand up bass, I don't think I've ever seen a strap for it. Seems counter productive, as the bass will go where it wants, and take you with it! Seems like it'd be a case of you...
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    Personally, I just do a mini shift up. A 1.5 position, if you will. While I can stretch my pinky to get it, it comes out cleaner sounding if I shift a bit. May not be exactly proper technique, but...
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    Re: Eastman 314 vs 514

    Oddly enough, I am looking at purchasing a 314 or 514 as well. Don't really have much to add, as the other replies are pretty much what I've found in my research. The tuners and finish are the...
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    Re: What is a good beginner song to learn-

    First things first, since you've said rhythm and chopping, I assume you're want suggestions catered to playing bluegrass? If so, my 2 cents follows.

    Really just about any simple fiddle tune would...
  5. Re: New bluegrass fiddle tune jam along podcast

    Just want to say, love your podcasts. Really helping me with timing and rhythm. Especially like the "jam" ones. Can't find many backing tracks that mix both melody and rhythm together. Keep 'em...
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    Eastman "CLA" meaning

    Was looking at a couple Eastman models, and a couple had a "CLA" after it, for instance MD-314-CLA. What does the CLA signify in comparison to the base model?
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    Re: Triplets Pick Direction

    Sherry, I would use UDU but that may be my personal preference for keeping my right hand in the DUDU pattern. It also puts the quarter notes after the triplets naturally on a down stroke, which for...
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    Mandolin shops in Tacoma, WA

    I just moved to Tacoma WA and was wondering if y'all had any suggestions where I might find a shop or two to try out various mandolins. Only really played the one I got, which is a cheaper A-style,...
  9. Re: Looking for Down Yonder in standard notation or tabs

    Well, I happen to have the pdf of the tabledit file for Down Yonder, however, I'm not sure how to post it here or get it to you. I usually convert any tef files I use to pdf so they're easier to look...
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    Re: Eastman 515

    Hate to tell you this, but unless your tastes have changed significantly, it's a nada... zelch... zero. If you didn't like it then, you ain't gonna like it now. Nothings changed. Mandolins don't...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    Just for a follow-up:
    Contacted D'addario and they sent a couple E-strings sets in both sizes, as well as a whole EJ73 and EJ74 set. Can't really beat that. Replaced the E-strings, with no issues,...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    Makes sense. So it sounds like if I can get a file in there and square off the back side of the peg a bit, it might help in future endeavors.

    Thanks for the bit of education. Is there any other...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    Might I ask what specifically it is about this style tailpiece that causes the string loop to slip? I'm not sure what the peg style itself has anything to do with the loop coming unraveled. It would...
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    Re: E strings unraveling

    192277
    Not sure if I did attached the picture right, but does this help?
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    E strings unraveling

    I've been having an issue as of late with my E string course. Never have actually broke a string. Call me the sting whisperer, if you like. But recently, I've had two sets of E strings both unravel...
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    Re: Best use of bulk time?

    Bill Cheatum is a good one, especially the B part. Took me a bit to get it up to speed. I'd recommend Red Wing as well. Got a couple triplets in there, plus it's an easier one to improvise with,...
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    Re: Pick Question

    Well, there are probably two things going on. One is you probably aren’t used to hearing the sound of the pick hitting the strings and the particular sounds when you are playing the instrument,...
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    Re: Pick depth

    As others have pointed out, there are a lot of variables to consider, like pick thickness and how loose a grip you have. Generally speaking, at least for me, digging in ONLY affects volume...
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    Re: Budget 2 point A style mandolin

    Those Morris mandolins that were posted are right up my ally! Unfortunately, I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger just yet. I was mainly just seeing if a decent quality 2-point could be found for...
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    Budget 2 point A style mandolin

    Long story short, I’m looking to upgrade from my current mandolin, which is a simple A style mandolin. I’ve really have taken a liking to the look of 2-point A styles, but having trouble finding one...
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    Re: EASTMAN MD 305 AEAE tUNING

    What strings are you using now? If itÂ’s lights/ultra lights, I would think youÂ’d be fine. Mediums might be ok, but thatÂ’s probably as high as IÂ’d personally want to go. I donÂ’t have any...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    It’s not so much the other instrumentalists relying on the guitar players left hand position as it is the guitar player’s assertion to tune a half step from the generally accepted tuning and then...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    The way I deal with this is to cycle the songs I learn. I’ll start on one tune, get the basic melody down where I at least know what I “should” be playing. Before I begin just repeating sections of...
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    Holiday music

    With the holidays around the corner, thought it’d be fun to learn some good Christmas/Holiday tunes to get in the spirit of the season. I got the basic melodies down for Jingle Bells and Deck the...
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    Re: Pick “spinning” while strumming

    Just in case your curious, I tried the rosin, to some mild success, but it’s old rosin, haven’t bowed in a few years. Plus I’m sure it’s seen enough outdoor summer gigs from when I played in a...
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