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  1. Thread: Picking faster?

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    Re: Picking faster?

    Play at 122 bpm, then 124 bpm, then 126 bpm.........
  2. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Lot's of good things said here. I fully agree that scales and arpeggios don't music make. But they can sure get you out of hopeless situations. I have no fear of crash and burn. The closer I come to...
  3. Thread: Left hand numb?

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    Re: Left hand numb?

    I was experiencing just these symptoms when playing as well as gripping a steering wheel. It was a carpal tunnel issue. I was told this had much more to do with genetics than repetitive stress. The...
  4. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    This is a very good point. If you have the means, you can find a Weber used or a Silverangel. Might save you money in the long run. The process is the same in that it will be a start point of...
  5. Thread: Rag mandolins

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    Re: Rag mandolins

    The only maker I know that will send you a mandolin to try is Ken Ratclif of Silverangel fame. It makes a lot of sense to me to get instruments into a buyer’s hands.
  6. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    It’s hard to detox, and even if you did it would be a very temporary condition.
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Would you prefer an off the beaten path mandolin? Your budget would buy you a nice Gibson or a Northfield Artist or the previously mentioned Collings, but I understand the need to be different.
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    Re: My journey through mandos under 1K

    Have you played the likes of a Collings or Northfield? You need to in order to know exactly why you are striving in that direction. Moving any higher up the chain from where you are now, the less...
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    Re: Geek Pre-Amp question OHMs

    Use the TRS cable work around or get a device with the proper input impedance. Why Grace would design a pre that would be a pain for such a large segment of their market is perplexing.
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    Re: crack in top, F model

    I've been a follower of The Rosa Stringworks Workshop for a while now on YouTube. There are many crack repair videos, but they might be in videos titled by instrument, like Kentucky with issues, or j...
  11. Thread: Rag mandolins

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    Re: Rag mandolins

    Recipient pays all shipping and insurance both ways. My daughter narrowed her choices down to two, and got an additional month. Played both on gigs, made her choice, sent one viola back and the other...
  12. Thread: Rag mandolins

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    Re: Rag mandolins

    Now you are just being silly.

    Did you know the classical music world operates on a higher plain? For the cost of shipping, dealers will send you $25k instruments, knowing that half a dozen other...
  13. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    Make sure you watch a few of the very good videos on how to approach the mandolin fingerboard. More like a violin than a guitar, and your fingertips should come down at a steeper angle too.
  14. Thread: Rag mandolins

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    Re: Rag mandolins

    It would be terrific if someone would buy and gather a bunch of these hand made but inexpensive mandolins and do a traveling pick sampler type tour.

    You pay a ton for a dealer network and the...
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    Re: Nitrocellulose safe instrument stands

    Gryphon has about ten of them. I don't know if it was a Hamilton accessory or not. Under $10. Probably nothing to worry about with the regular stand though, just extra insurance. Bought one with my...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Go to school on Bill Monroe. Watch as many videos as you can of him playing the same song. You'll find a lot of variation. Classical players tend to want order. Not so in the improvising styles of...
  17. Thread: Improvising

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    Improvising

    I'm at the point where I can play most any fiddle tune off a site like mandolessons.com in a couple of days, and I have quite a few licks I can throw in here and there at the end of the vocal line of...
  18. Thread: StewMac kit

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    Re: StewMac kit

    I'd already decided to go minimalist before I got the kit. Just surprised to see the multiple binding pieces. I've no doubt I could do it if I wanted. Basically I'm building an
    F 9. May not even do...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    I speed necked my MK. Took me three hours. I finally had to use 60 grit sandpaper. Whatever that finish is, it can survive a two year old.
  20. Re: Help me find a mando for my 10 yr old daughter

    Iíd very much double you budget and find a used Flatiron 1N. Twelve will turn to fifteen in a heartbeat, and by then true quality and yes, status, will matter. If your goal is to have her be a life...
  21. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If a mandolin is too loud for any given situation, you can back off your attack, if itís too quiet, youíre sunk. Iíve played a few lately, some $5k or more that didnít have close to the volume I...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    Some makers are very talented at doing relics. My Silverangel is an example. It's not a full blown finish worn to bare wood one, but more of a well cared for 50 year old mandolin. A bad relic is...
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    Year old mandolin

    So it's been a year now since I finished my mandolin. A couple of months ago, I leveled and crowned the frets. Yes they had a surprising amount of wear on them, and in my exuberance, I didn't get...
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    Re: Nitrocellulose safe instrument stands

    Furry fabric cut and sewn into a U shape to fit over the U where the instrument hangs from. They have velcro sewn in to keep it in place.
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    Re: Bourgeois Guitars Partners with Eastman

    If you don’t own or never will own a Bourgeois guitar, the vast majority of us, why should we care? Those that do own one, still have the fine guitar they picked over all others, and can fret over...
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