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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    More on wabi sabi: just an attitude that in the journey to perfection we can still appreciate the imperfections along the way. A wonderful outlook on life in general—it is all good.
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    https://youtu.be/yl9q6dFOpA4

    An explanation by Tony McManus about the limitations of open D.
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    DADGAD has become a very popular tuning, particularly for Celtic styles of music - although Led Zeppelin used that tuning for pieces like "Kashmir".

    It differs from open D (D A D F# A D) by not...
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    Re: Ways Like A Crawfish

    Great playing and fine blues singing, thanks for posting this. I like the blues riffs too.
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    Re: Ways Like A Crawfish

    Hey, nice! I never heard of Bo Carter, but thanks to your introduction I now have a two-minute google education on him. :)
    You certainly did a great job recording this for an away from home hotel...
  6. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I find your use of invective (“parochial”, “prejudice”) lacking in imagination and creativity. Also, you read my posts a bit carelessly. I never said the learning TAB detracts from more productive...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Very cool. Has anyone been able to determine if a "ticket" enables you to watch the stream after it airs -- or can you only watch it "live" in real-time? I have kids, and the chance of me being able...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I would imagine that my reply would be true for many of us self-taughties here:
    I learned to play another instrument before mandolin. I already understood how music "works" when I first picked up a...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Maybe someone said this, but I didn't see it and I am surprised how many players don't know this: Always tune upwards. If the string is flat, tune it up to pitch, but if it is sharp, tune it flat and...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    It may be too tight, binding on the sides. Sometimes I will take a larger file than the string size and file the slot to where the string would sit in a trough about 1/3 the diameter of the string....
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Welcome to the club, A strings constantly drive me crazy.
  12. Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    I have always struggled with music theory. My struggle has turned to an eager road
    to understanding thanks to Duke Sharp's pedagogical talent. His book takes theory from "theory" to practical usage...
  13. Re: For real? $58.00 Gibson Master Model F5???

    You're right, Mark. I get the ones who call and say "Hi Grandpa". I say hello and they say they got arrested and need bail money. I love to mess with them, keep them on the phone, call their...
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    Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    To expand upon what Dale said, and upon a couple of other things that have been mentioned here... this might get kind of long, but you don't have to read it if you don't want to...

    As we play we...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Sorry, but that statement is simply too broad and ill-considered to be accurate in any way. It only holds for "top level professionals" who happen to play some specific genres of music, such as...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Yes! Red7flag raises an important point that has not been stressed enough in this thread, neither by the strong proponents of staff notation, nor by those who prefer tablature. If you ask a computer...
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    Re: Finding shops in California

    Looks like you have to phone in for an appointment.
    https://www.gryphonstrings.com/appointment/
  18. Re: Best selections of mandolins near Houston TX

    Not much in the way of mandolin-centric options, the assorted Guitar Centers here sometimes have interesting used things show up, and the other guitar stores like Memorial Music, Rockin Robin,...
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    Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    Firstly, Mandolin Cafe, thanks for being patient with a nerd like me who is probably overly excited about his first build and my most humble apologies for "over sharing" my progress as I've gone...
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    Re: Specific Pick Direction Question

    This is how I learnt it, too. If your piece is in 4/4 time and full of 16ths, the DUDU picking pattern is needed to play those. Notes of longer durations, consequently, turn into downstrokes as long...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    We can go and argue about mandolins opening up forever. The best violins and mandolins can be replicated and that is the art and science of a luthier catering for the taste of his or her market in...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    The fact that tonewood ages is not under dispute here. It has never been in dispute! In fact, if you wait long enough, all wood will deteriorate, and eventually turn to dust! In fact, you can...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    No one has ever suggested, to my knowledge, that subjecting materials to vibrations doesn't have the potential to change them. As you wrote, this is a "simple engineering truth," and it's practically...
  24. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    As early on as possible, it's important to identify your goals:

    If your goal is to play with people who play by using western musical notation, learn to use that.

    If your goal is to play with...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Too bad the MC members have been provoked into going down this particular rabbit hole again. Sigh. But if you are going to discuss this topic, I urge folks to please try to be clear about what they...
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