Search:

Type: Posts; User: sblock

Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.02 seconds.

  1. Replies
    12
    Views
    1,444

    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    IMO, there is nothing wrong with a matte finish, and it goes just fine with any polished items found elsewhere (like nickel- or chrome-plated tuners).
  2. Replies
    16
    Views
    759

    Re: To A Higher Standard

    This demonstration strikes me as downright silly, and based on a laughably false premise.

    The 94% standard--which was never guaranteed to get an 'A' grade, by the way, even in school -- is clearly...
  3. Replies
    25
    Views
    915

    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    Not sure what you mean by asking if it's "significant." Significant, how? Of course each annual growth ring represents a year of growth. And of course, each ring was laid down in a different year,...
  4. Replies
    25
    Views
    915

    Re: Counting Tree Growth Lines ?

    No, you cannot determine the age of the wood used to make a mandolin by counting the stripes (growth rings) in a mandolin top. If you could, then all mandolins would appear to have (more or less)...
  5. Replies
    64
    Views
    3,192

    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Well, investing more time and devoting your life to music may be necessary to become truly great. But it is not usually sufficient. Virtuoso musicians usually have something more going for them,...
  6. Replies
    64
    Views
    3,192

    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    There can be little doubt that natural talent for music exists. One only has to consider child prodigies for this phenomenon to be abundantly clear, but there are numerous other examples in history...
  7. Re: What should i'l buy to clean the neck and the frets?

    Yow. It strikes me as overkill to take an abrasive (4000 grit) to the frets and fingerboard every time you change the strings! Of course, if you only change your strings every year or so, that's one...
  8. Replies
    8
    Views
    538

    Re: Pomeroy mandolins

    The classified section of Mandolin Cafe has a "Want Ads" section where people list WTB (want to buy) items. You should try posting there, instead; it's free.

    Also, if you want a new instrument,...
  9. Replies
    7
    Views
    318

    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    I'm not sure quite what to make of your last two messages. I guess I don't understand your issue. I already fixed all the red notes (duration errors) for you in the file I that attached for you in...
  10. Replies
    7
    Views
    318

    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    Here you are, HonketyHank! I fixed a number of errors in the tab you referenced above. The person (Shartel?) who first transcribed it didn't use repeats for some reason (don't know why) for the A...
  11. Replies
    7
    Views
    318

    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    TablEdit colors notes red as a warning when the measure they're in contains one or more DURATION ERRORs. For example, if you have a measure of 4/4 filled with exactly 8 eighth notes, and you decide...
  12. Replies
    17
    Views
    729

    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The blues scale is 1-b3-4-b5-5-b7, with 6 notes. If you add the natural 7th, you will have a heptatonic scale consisting of 1-b3-4-b5-5-b7-7. VERY FEW scales include both natural and dominant...
  13. Replies
    17
    Views
    729

    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The reason is simple: The blues tend to get played in the keys of A and E simply because these are easy keys for the guitar, and they offer many open strings and low-position hand placements. Lots...
  14. Replies
    12
    Views
    962

    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    I would strongly urge you to avoid those (glueless) adherent clear plastic pickguards for a mandolin! The unreacted plasticizers found in most of these clear sheets (like the ones sold by Taylor...
  15. Re: What should i'l buy to clean the neck and the frets?

    Yes, you can use the Gibson instrument polish, but I would instead recommend using a soft cloth, slightly dampened with water and perhaps a drop of a mild detergent. For the cloth, you can use a...
  16. Replies
    12
    Views
    962

    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    The abbreviated pickguards (fingerrests) found these days on many A5 and F5 model mandolins only require two tiny holes (1/16") drilled into the bottom edge of the fretboard extension. These two...
  17. Replies
    24
    Views
    1,780

    Re: Hope this never happens again

    I once accidentally left my banjo behind, in the back of a pickup truck. Quickly realizing my mistake, I returned to the pickup, but found out that I was too late! There were now two banjos in the...
  18. Replies
    10
    Views
    632

    Re: High action - is this fixable?

    It depends! You didn't specify what kind of mandolin it is! Bowl-back? Flat-top? A4/F4 or A5/F5? Does it have a truss rod? How many frets to the neck?

    If the neck has developed a slight bow,...
  19. Replies
    23
    Views
    741

    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Ask yourself this question: Are your And or E strings much harder to fret at the first fret than at the second fret? If so, then your nut is almost certainly too high, which is a common problem with...
  20. Replies
    39
    Views
    3,293

    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    Huh? As a musician, how can you possibly be appreciated if you cannot be heard?
  21. Replies
    39
    Views
    3,293

    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you put aside mandolin-like instruments from consideration (such as resonator mandolins and banjolins) and just concentrate on regular, wooden mandolins, then yes, volume is a very desired quality...
  22. Replies
    32
    Views
    2,003

    Re: Did someone say PICKS?

    Wow. Are you a closet hoarder, or just the kinda guy who can't quite seem to make up his mind? :))

    As for me, I would be inclined to trade that entire pile for a single, say, Blue Chip CT55...
  23. Replies
    12
    Views
    1,049

    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    The numbers of users (1707) is only 15% of the peak value (11,326), and there are more folks online right now as I write (over 2000). Also, consider that quite a number of users log on from Europe,...
  24. Thread: Cedar Hill

    by sblock
    Replies
    13
    Views
    1,612

    Re: Cedar Hill

    Thanks, Dawg! Now, if only I could get the pinky on my tiny hands to stretch up to the 8th fret, for E.M.D!
  25. Replies
    11
    Views
    816

    Re: What kind of tuners are these?

    Interesting. The need for hand engraving might have justified the high price demanded for Waverly tuners in the past, but by changing to CNC engraving (apparently, with less depth and definition),...
Results 1 to 25 of 500
Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4