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  1. Re: Sierra Hull and Chris Smither Live show

    Nice video. Each time I've seen Sierra Hull play (on Youtube) she seemed to curl her pick hand fingers in and made a noticeable fist. In the portions of the video I watched, which was just recently...
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    Re: Thumb Pick

    I once thought about doing that-using thumbpicks. My skin chemistry is such that picks of all sorts get super slippery. Some say BlueChip picks get grippy when warm. Not for me. Still slippery.
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    Re: Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    A documentary on Bluegrass left out Clarence White? Seriously? That's like doing a documentary on Woodstock and leaving out Jimi Hendrix.
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    Go to 5:35. Collings voices their tops.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2hcI8LpD5V0
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    I don't think this is the exact article I read regarding Weber's practice, but it briefly touches on it.

    https://webermandolins.com/blog/weber-upgrades-heritage-mondolins
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    People do it or have it done all the time on finished guitars. They shave the braces until the top responds the way they want it to. Weber does the same on some of their mandolins. I can't imagine...
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    Based on what I was told by a dealer, on what I read, and what seems reasonable, I think the more expensive the model the more attention is given to voicing/tone tapping the tops. I read on the Weber...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Asking for "something more" than the chop leads me to think your jamming buddies want you to embellish your playing with brief flashes of artsy strums and lead lines.
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I use double stops to 1) fatten the tone of lead lines and spruce up solos and 2) to find my bearings in a melody without resorting to fingering a full chord shape.

    I generally slide into double...
  10. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I think condenser mics unnecessarily get a bad rap from many. I've played through my mic, a Blue Baby Bottle SL, in live gigs where many said it shouldn't work.

    However, 1) you have to get the...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Yeah, that Pete Martin video helped me, too. And although I prefer a D chord chop with the E string silent, chopping isn't the only way to use chord shapes, even in bluegrass. So it's beneficial to...
  12. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    The part of your post that caught my attention was the little part where you said you don't know what the right instrument is. I'd say step one has to be finding the answer to that question by...
  13. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    No need to be embarrassed. If the fiddle tunes are that similar no one will probably notice, and some might even say, "Hey, that was a neat little twist you played there." Haha

    In my book,...
  14. Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    That certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "picking your nose."
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    Re: Go To Jams Now!

    Yep. Jams are a great training ground. I learn something new (odd chord shapes, licks, or spurred to learn a new song) every time regardless of the genre of jam. They're also the best way to practice...
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    Re: Eastman MD 315 vs Eastman MD 515

    I realize this is an old thread, but I had previously read through the comments when I was going to buy my first mandolin and then saw a new inquiry come in.

    I went to the local shop fully...
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    Re: I'm buying a Mandolin

    I was leaning towards the MD315 as well when I went searching for my first mandolin. I played it against some others (as best I could having never played a mandolin before) and ended up with the...
  18. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    It's funny, even as I dream and lust about upgrading and think about Gibson and Collings or perhaps a used boutique build, I always seem to drift back to Northfield. The 2 bar red spruce Artist...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    1) I likely would have never even heard the mandolin if it wasn't for Bill Monroe, so I'd have to put him at the top of the list.

    2) Clarence White. Seriously. In my book, CW was the best...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    I agree. If you have a gift of musical talent, share it with others (even if that means just jamming with buddies). It'll make other people's lives better and you'll benefit exponentially as well.
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    Re: Out of my league

    Did you get to play it? That would be such an awful tease if someone said, "Here, wanna hold my '24 Loar? Oh, but you can't play it." I'd have to at least play Old Joe Clark, haha.

    But then...
  22. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Electric mandolin? I never knew there was such a thing. I was, however, at a bluegrass jam a month ago and a guy plugged his Gibson F5 in. My D-18GE had no chance after that btw.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Well, states can expand Medicaid eligibility to elderly persons who qualify financially. If the person has $125,500 available in various non-retirement accounts, the person certainly wouldn't...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Heck yes. I bet the black Waterloo would kill it with some Monel strings.
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    Out of my league

    No, not the hot girl from church. Well, she probably is too. But I'm talking about the $125,000 Gibson F5 Loar era mandolin that my somewhat local shop, Daves Guitar Shop, had for sale.

    A few...
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