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    Re: Improvising

    But Dawg was saying that it is all composition, and that the speed is maybe irrelevant. I agree that one who is fluent in a specific genre will be able to compose more quickly; however, how...
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    Re: National Reso-Phonic RM1 Hot Plate

    My RM-1 had the hot plate when I bought it used. I am not sure the need for the plug in because it is LOUD even played "acoustically". I have run it into my Carvin amp and the plugged in volume...
  3. Re: And the prize for worst mandolin photoshop goes to.......

    Ted, have you had your water there in Nebraska checked lately?

    ~o)
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    Re: Improvising

    Exactly. I would be willing to bet that the best "solos" were ones constructed slowly, over time, in the practice room or in a series of jams whereby the composer figured out that which sounded best....
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Wait a minute. I have listened to this before. Someone with the handle "colorado_al" posted a link to this back in January.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/143279-Chez-Coucou-New-EP
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Cool. Do you have any recorded examples for us to hear?
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Yeah, "tinky tinky" was my poor and off-the-cuff attempt to express how the timbre of stringed instruments is too similar to be clearly distinguished as opposed to the timbre of the different horn...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    With all due respect, David, I think the main question that Jim Nollman had was regarding "collective improv" or "simultaneous improv" whereby several instruments are playing solos at the same time....
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Here is what I came up with a youtube search on the string: "string band collective improvisation".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntruYgVlFVM

    Not the same as collective horn improv, as you...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Well, the last "jam" that I attended had two guitarists playing over the top of my solo even though I had given each space to take their own solos earlier. It wasn't pretty and you should be glad it...
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    Re: favourite strings

    The D'Addario Nickel Bronze strings have become my strings of choice. They last longer (i.e., remain bright) than the Phosphor Bronze and are more economical even given the price difference. They...
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    Re: National RM1 String Action

    I also own a National RM1. Those are LOUD, so I think that comfort is the primary concern, not getting more downward pressure to increase volume. Any louder and no one will want to stand across from...
  13. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    One thing that always impressed me about Sam Bush over the years is that although he is an excellent fiddler and plays a mean guitar also, he has always stuck with mandolin as his main instrument. If...
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    I had to dabble in guitar for quite a few years, but mandolin was my first stringed instrument and always my main one.
  15. Re: Emory Lester playing a Givens and Weber

    Thanks, Daryl!! Always nice to hear other Givens mandolins being played; I think I'll go upstairs now and practice my 1979 Givens.

    However, in your listing, you stated a Weber when it should have...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I hear you, Jim, but sorry that I can't help you. If a song is in Bb or Eb, my trio pretty much plays it in that key since I am usually the one singing the lyrics and flat keys fit my vocal range...
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    Re: cheap external pickup

    Yeah, choices for a good and cheap external are few.

    I went with a Schertler DYN-M P48 which attaches externally using putty. I plug it into an XLR cable hung off the mic stand and that goes...
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    Thanks for posting the interview! It brought me back to Memory Lane.

    I bought my first mandolin in Missoula, MT, when I was studying at the U of M. It was a $60 beater. Two years later after...
  19. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    And take away the audience's fun?! :disbelief:
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Like some others, when I first read this I scratched my head. And continued scrolling.

    But then I got it.

    This is an example of using deflection for humor. (Illusionists also use deflection to...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Thanks for sharing. Your point is well taken. I have sat with my mother through some pretty amateurish performances by others, but the people still attend because there is not much else going on at...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    This reminds me of a nursing home where we play two or three times a year. Most residents are in wheel chairs and taking the slow road downhill. There was one lady -Lucille- who yelled out "I'm ready...
  23. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I have also had good success with a small condenser mic (Sennheiser e614) that was made for drummers. It is somewhat more directional than those large condenser mics, and also more shock proof.
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    I was wondering the same thing. But rotating the picture also works.

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    Re: Alex Heflin on the Eastman ER-M mandolin

    Am curious as to what type of amp he is using.

    Alex is a monster talent. I bought his book of transcriptions and am amazed at how much effort and ear was required to produce it.
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