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    Sierra Hull has a Patreon!

    Sierra Hull has started a Patreon as a way to connect with fans.

    If you have $100 a month, you can get one-on-one lessons from her. I do not have $100 a month, besides which me taking a lesson...
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    Some new backing tracks

    Hi, everybody. I started a blog when I was preparing for some flatpick and mandolin contests years ago, to share the tools I was using to practice. I recorded a lot of backing tracks to practice...
  3. Steve Winwood "Back in the high life again"

    I did not know Steve Winwood played mandolin...




    Looks like a Breedlove.
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    Re: Conference Call Jam Session !!

    This is what Matt Flinner is already doing with former students of his online classes. He uses ZOOM and mutes everyone but himself. He sends music ahead of time for us to download. He will play the...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    here's a new one a friendly guitar player posted: Seattle just banned all live musical performances for 30 days! This cancels over 1,246 gigs affecting 320 working musicians with a total income loss...
  6. Spring String Gathering-Baraboo, Wi-Clarion Hotel, April 3-5,2020

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    Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
    626 West Pine St
    Baraboo, WI 53913
    608-356-6422

    Attention Mandolin Jammers

    We invite you to join us at our 2020 Spring...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    i have a lot of musician friends who find some of the best jokes. Here's another: "I started a band called 999 Megabytes. We still haven't got a gig."
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Just saw this, but i haven't looked through the string to see if it's already been posted, so apologies if it is:

    "My goldfish are named Major, Minor, Dorian, Lydian and Diminished. The only way I...
  9. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    Opinion sought - opinion provided:

    A brand new and better instrument does not solve any technique problems. It gives you a new and better instrument on which to have those problems.

    With proper...
  10. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    No-one goes to a show to hear an instrument, they go to hear the player.

    Well, except for people from Mandolin Cafe - we would literally go to a show just to hear a particular instrument no...
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    Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I've been intrigued by Rich DelGrosso's fine Blues playing and thinking back on my time here on the Cafe can't recall many conversations about Resonator Mandolins. The sound I'm hearing here screams...
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    Re: Weber Redesign results

    There are two types of people in this world: those who divide people into two types and those who don't. :)
  13. Watsons Blues, filmed in a guitar shop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    some really good music at Yura Lytkins youtube channel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZF7QXlksQI


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZF7QXlksQI
  14. Y'all missed some great mandolin playing in Asheville

    These two really played their hearts out last night. They played some Nude Goats - oops I mean Good Notes - all night long. Don and Frank - I'd drive 200+ miles to see these guys anytime!

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  15. Re: Gibson Master Model vs. Ellis F5 with all of his highest opti

    Well I've always wanted to own a Gibson Master Model or a DMM -- but they would probably not be enough (or any better) than the regular Gibson F-5s that I currently own. Many people like the Ellis...
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    Re: tone and picks vs strings

    When you get to differences between picks and strings, you are well down the list of tonal differences. The style of instrument and the materials, along with the ideas of the maker are the big...
  17. Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Fantastic!
    If you want to catch up, you can watch it here.
    https://www.pbs.org/video/ken-burns-country-music-episode-1-the-rub/?fbclid=IwAR2eLFqqjqfATOnhF2W8oVAXoZeSHRmHFsrGk8Uv7iB-BLhc7U7z0HWV3zw...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    I agree ! Whether we are talking about play ability of the instrument , type and brand of pick, choice of strings or the instrument we have is mainly for our ears as the audience will not have a...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    The Dahli Lama walks into a pizza place and asks if they can make him one with everything..
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Seems to be a popular topic for discussion. Things usually sound better after 20 minutes or so, but it might be my hands "loosening up!" Or, a combination......
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Why isn’t there a “cracking a beer and ordering a pizza icon?”
    Not to be a complete jerk, ‘‘tis a subject that has been discussed “ad nauseum” with numerous links above.
    I agree some of it may...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    The trait that IMHO makes a Collings desirable is they hit a spot that is bright enough to cut through in a jam, yet resonant when playing alone. It has been a tone that has taken me a while to...
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    Collings MT2 - Update

    Hey, Everyone:

    Here’s a little tone update for you on my new Collings MT2 w/Torrefed top, back, and sides. I hope the tone comes through on this video. Although my playing is a bit flawed, the...
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    Re: Collings MT2 Review

    Hi, Everyone:

    Here's a little update for you. So, I've had this MT2 since Tuesday and have been playing it a few hours a day since opening the box. I'm now getting ready to put on a new set of...
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    There are several different treatments and result can be very different with each. The original Torrefied wood is process without access of oxygen either the wood is cooked in pressure chamber in...
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