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  1. Re: Wrecked fingers can't make 'block chords', time to quit?

    Like previously stated, there are no rules. Don’t put such pressure/limits on yourself, play what you can ad who cares what anyone says - if someone insults you because you physically can’t do...
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    Re: Double stop soloing help.

    I learn the chords and reduce them to double stops listening for the melody. The keys of G and A are good ones to start as one can use open strings for effect. Try tunes like Amazing Grace,...
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    Re: Learn how to solo / scales

    Just ran across this site, Mike has lots of free lessons and the 1st 2 listed are on using pentatonic scales.

    https://www.mandomike.com/free-lessons
  4. Re: Ronnie Mccoury stuff. Tags, runs, licks?

    Get the Audiostretch app. One can load videos in and slow down/loop sections, it’s a great tool to have in your kit.

    Download videos from other sources or just take one on your...
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    Re: Learn how to solo / scales

    Don Julin has some pentatonic courses available.
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    Re: Tips for accompanying a guitar?

    Before the pandemic I played with a guitar friend weekly. I would do what I thought added to the music…I know that’s vague. When he was singing I would strum or fills, mostly inversions depending...
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    Re: Speed Exercises

    Seems this is a constant topic, at least for me. Speed eludes me so any hints I can get that might be helpful are always welcome.
  8. Re: Does anyone have experience or advice about finger rehabilita

    Wow, sounds painful and scary!

    My advice is to find the BEST hand rehab in your area or within reasonable driving distance and call them now - it's hard to get in some places. Like the mando -...
  9. Re: Chris Henry New Monroe Improvisation Course

    This thread has alot of good content, there are some early posts by Gina and she gives a very good review of these videos. Get the app Audiostretch or any other video slowdowner because Chris goes...
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    Such sad news, my condolences to his family and friends. Herschel was in Christopher Henry’s Monroe wks last NY Eve, its available at Chris’ YT page.

    Also, the DVD instructional video has Rebecca...
  11. Re: Sad, Melancholic, Forlorn Mandolin Tunes/Songs

    This always makes me sad…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ETCOMEyZXag
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    Re: How Good of a Player

    Just keep learning tunes/songs by ear and it will begin to come faster. The first few will be hard and don’t hesitate to refer to other recordings, YT lessons, paper, etc to help you progress. Even...
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    Re: Mule Skinner Blues?

    Not sure what your skill level is but I recommend listening until you can hum it and try picking it out. It’s the best way to really make something yours.

    If that doesn’t appeal to you then take...
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    Re: NMD - Northfield Big Mon

    Wow, congrats its a beaut!

    My NF has an Engelmann top and spruce one piece back. I love it, it’s the older F5M model they made for me in 2014 and it’s loud and sounds great.

    The Lakota straps...
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    Re: D’Addario flat tops

    Ha, never noticed the diff…here’s an old thread about them..

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/95908-D-addario-Flat-Top-vs-Flat-Wound
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    Re: D’Addario flat tops

    I use them on my Northfield, liked them alot.
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    Re: New to Mandolin...What next?

    If you are a guitar rhythm player then you already should have a handle on how music works and you mentioned you go to jams and such so listen to some of the tunes you know the local jam plays and...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Agree JB, I think “practicing” encompasses a vast spectrum…listening, watching, thinking, etc. I play golf and many times as I’m walking the course I’m either listening - if by myself - or humming...
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    Re: My mando sounds muted/dulled :-(

    What kind of mandolin do you have? What strings does the manufacturer recommend?
  20. Thread: New Guy

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    Re: New Guy

    Welcome to the Cafe, if you’re interested in Monroe-style playing there are lots of threads about Chris Henry’s Monroe style curriculum he’s been doing for several years now. A great resource for...
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    Re: Post a pic of your cat sleeping in your case

    Bob, so sorry to hear about Robyn, he looks like a very good boy. I lost my Gabe (avatar) last September and miss him so, he used to sit with me when I played or would help me change strings, he was...
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    Re: Northfield mandolins - USA or China made?

    If one cares about where something was built then they can research it. TONS of discussions here on the Cafe on NF business model, why don’t you just call them?
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    So after studying Monroe style for 2 years now it turns out I just needed a shoelace...:crying:
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    Re: Jethro Burns Warmup Thing Question

    Here’s a site for Jethro fans. Scroll down to Jm Nikora - disc 1 and you can listen to Jethro explain the warmup think himself.

    https://robcoleman.com/jethro/
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    Re: Jethro Burns Warmup Thing Question

    Magnus Z. has a video on this very thing:

    (the YT thing doesn’t seem to be working for me to put the video in so heres the link)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IOxINrnFE3M
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