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    Re: Grisman's mando at Rockygrass ID?

    I agree with Allen and the others about the deterioration in performance skills that can result from, in my case, 15 months with no gigs. I restarted in early June and only now, seven shows later, am...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    The EBay pearl buttons arrived yesterday. They fit the new Gotoh tuners, more or less. It took a lot of force to remove the plastic buttons from the tuner shafts and to get the pearl ones on. I had...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    I will try the EBay pearl buttons. Thanks Mike E for the link that you used.
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    Thanks to all who have replied. I have had MOP tuner buttons for years with no problems. I just replaced a set of Gotoh tuners with pearl buttons that were the original tuners on a 20 year old...
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    Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    Does anyone know of a domestic source of mother of pearl tuner buttons that will fit the shafts of a new set of Gotoh F style mandolin tuners? An MC thread on this subject last year had a...
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    My forearm comes straight over the tailpiece and bridge (with wrist slightly arched so there is little or no contact with the bridge) and my pick hits the strings flat so that the plane of the pick...
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    Re: Losing Your Place

    Listen a lot to the arrangement you are trying to learn to play away from the page. Practice it looking away from the page for a measure or two and see if you can gradually increase the amount of the...
  8. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    In my case it took some listening to the old time pickers and singers to get used to this sound. The first time I heard a record of Tommy Jarrell fiddling (many years ago), I thought his intonation...
  9. Re: Custom James tailpiece for Rattlesnake mandolin

    That’s great! Mine just says “The Snake.” Not sure if it’s original, I got the mando used. Perhaps “The Dreadful Snake” didn’t fit.
  10. Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming!...

    Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming! The Scott Napier interview is another in a series of interesting and rewarding reads. The narrative introduction was informative and very well...
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    Earl Taylor is one of my all-time favorite mandolin players and bluegrass singers. His style was if anything even a little bluesier and minimalist than Bill’s, and his very distinct notes pop right...
  12. Thread: Tailpiece broke

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    Re: Tailpiece broke

    I second the recommendation to try to get a replacement from a Eastman. You want the screw holes in the new tailpiece to line up with the screw holes in your mandolin from the old tailpiece. That is...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    Beginning last summer and continuing at least through this spring I broke more E strings than I had in the 40 years before combined. All D’Addario 11s. They all broke while I was playing, rather than...
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    Re: Instruments on a Road Trip

    I have kept instruments in the trunk of my car under two heavy duty sleeping bags (rated to plus 20 degrees F) until about noon or 1PM even on a warm sunny day and when I take them out of the trunk...
  15. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    Here’s another Foghorn-related recording: Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, Oh Do You Remember; very tasteful guitar and mandolin accompaniment to lots of great songs. It has the old time feel.
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    Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    Put on a new set of strings before doing anything else. If that doesn’t fix it, the rattle could be from fretted strings behind your fingers, that is, between your fretting fingers and the nut,...
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    Re: Quarantine Collaboration - (and appreciation)

    That’s a really nice collaboration! You both sound great-lovely tone and really creative melodic ideas. The pace suits the tune well and all the playing, rhythm, melody and harmony, is fresh and very...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I think it’s OK to use whatever sounds good and helps the song or tune. I often use two finger chords on the 3d and 4th strings because I like that sound and because I don’t have to move my left hand...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    Thanks for the great pictures. I think that is a fine looking mandolin! And I see nothing wrong with that scroll. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    I sometimes avoid an open string ringing on too long by playing the note on fret 7 of the adjacent lower string instead. Then all I need to do to silence that note is lift my finger. I get a cleaner...
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    Re: "Lost Girl" Virtual Jam

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words. This is a tune that is a lot of fun to play and it stands up to all sorts of different approaches.
  22. Re: Article: The Don Stiernberg Quartet - Straight Ahead

    “I Want To Be Happy” makes me happy to hear it. It’s elegant and beautifully played by all four master musicians, individually and and as a quartet. Don swings with peerless mandolin tone and touch...
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    Thanks for the link. I ordered some large triangles in the 1.0 thickness and like them a lot. The sound is good even after the points get rounded off a bit.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, I am so very sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts. Best wishes.
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Arpeggios occur a lot in bluegrass and old time music and it’s good to have them under your fingers so that you can hit them automatically without having to stop and work them out. In addition,...
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