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  1. Thread: Carbon mandolins?

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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Iíve been waiting on Marty Jacobson near Atlanta to get his CF process down. Iíve always respected his work. And, as a recently new owner of a McPherson CF Touring 6 string, Iím loving the CF...
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    Re: Carbon mandolins?

    Although the process is different I believe that CF instruments are just as labor intensive to produce as wooden ones. I think maxr plays a Lewis & Clarke violin so he knows the general price range. ...
  3. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    After a lifetime of playing, I've had plenty of ills from the concentrated, repetitive movements of specific-handed instruments (and sports like baseball and tennis - which btw max I've always done...
  4. Re: Right-handed fiddle player, left-handed mando player

    Plenty of left-handed Irish flute players (playing LHed instruments): Michael McGoldrick, Cathal McConnell. As so many flutists start on tin whistle which can be played with either hand on bottom...
  5. Re: Tennis elbow in the picking arm - how to avoid it?

    I've suffered from this on and off for the past year, brought on by some prolonged bouts of scything the paddocks on my property. What I've noticed is that it flares up again if I'm doing anything...
  6. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    One final note: If you want to practice DUDDUD I’d suggest taking a good jig, maybe a very well known one like Irish Washerwoman and start slowly then bring it up to speed once you’re used to playing...
  7. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    If it gets you the sound you want then the technique is valid.

    But trying it as a kind of shortcut because you are having difficulty getting up to speed is not a good idea. Speed is an issue of...
  8. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    I'd have to agree that that down-down-up is not a particularly efficient pattern. If you can get the sound you want on a tune using more efficient picking, then I"m all for that! My comment was...
  9. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    Some of the picking patterns used are not about speed, but about sound. The down down up pattern sounds different than the down up down pattern. So that's part of what is going on.
  10. Re: Does this guitar speed picking technique work for mando?

    I'm not sure that I completely understand the question, but, as a general rule, if you're having trouble getting fiddle tunes up to speed it's most likely an issue with pick direction. The general...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    Only one, really; longevity.
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    The central point of my post above was that the characteristic time or decay time is a time interval for a fixed decay in amplitude, and that enables some indication of "sustain" in a string...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    In case anyone wants to know either (a) that they are fooling themselves into thinking that they hear something that is not actually there, or (b) that they are becoming half deaf old geezers who...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    Just a side note, I have held many "string changing parties" where I put an old blanket on the dining room table, invite friends over, usually a mandolin or two, several guitars, maybe a 12 string,...
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    Re: Picking over the fretboard?

    You're probably referring to crosspicking. There's a lot of info out there on it.
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    Re: Picking over the fretboard?

    I like the warm sound of picking over the fret board. Just like anything else it just takes practice not to dig in too deep and strike the neck, causing that awful clicking, which I occasionally do. ...
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    Re: Picking over the fretboard?

    I don't know about harp sounds but I find that practicing over the fret board has helped me get rid of the sewing machine action in my right hand, well maybe not get rid of but improve!
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    It's lack of inventory and enormous demand coupled together. I had a dealer ask me politely not to pay in cash. He wanted trades. I had to laugh out loud at that one, but it is now not the first...
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    Re: Easiest to Use Looper?

    It's pretty decent sound quality for a small inexpensive pedal.
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    If they do they probably don't publicize it much. Unlike Stradivari and other "old Italians", Gibson has trade marks, patents and a fleet of corporate lawyers. I don't think things are as bad as they...
  21. Re: Cheap beater mandolins that play, for leaving in the car etc?

    Don't castigate yourself for getting a better instrument than planned. It's how it should be. ;)

    I played a Rogue once, years ago, a year or two after they hit the market. I had joined in with...
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    Re: Better machines give better sustain?

    I used to read those types of articles back in the day and assume they must be correct. As I've grown in lutherie I look back on them and see what poor science many of them were, how poorly...
  23. Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    Or you could play B (d string 9th fret). C# (d string 11th fret) and G ( A string 10th fret). Finger 1-2-1. Depends on what comes before and after.

    Just a thought.
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    Re: Blues on the Mandolin - Let's Hear Ya!

    Kevin, where I’m living now, internet is spotty, plus I’m lazy … I’ve been immersed in the blues recently and hopefully will find time to post new stuff; in the meantime here are a few I put up in...
  25. Re: Best way to approach learning chords, vamping on mandolin?

    Three finger chords can get it done most of the time, so don’t obsess about the uncomfortable ones…
    But keep in mind that you might be using improper body shape or muscle tension if it’s not...
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