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  1. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Take some lessons. A good teacher can help with a nudge in the right direction for your style and level of ability. We have all been there ... be patient and play on.... R/
  2. Thread: Dammit!

    by UsuallyPickin

    Re: Dammit!

    Hmmm .... I have had three trigger finger release surgeries . Two on my left hand and I had to wait a couple of weeks to start playing again. It felt like a couple of months. I once got a blister on...
  3. Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    Well .… 1. Make sure that you have a good setup on your instrument. 2. Don't over grip. 3. Use a set with .11 for the E string.4. Make sure that you are holding your mandolin at the correct angle to...
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    Re: .017 A string....whoa!

    JustStrings sells loop end D'Addario .17 strings in lots of 5. R/
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    Re: hand held recorder

    Well there are two brands that keep popping up with good reviews and comments for small recorders. Those brands are Tascam and Zoom. I use a Tascam ecause it has plug ins for an external mic....
  6. Re: Recommendations for a quality but affordable mandolin

    The above advice is spot on. Take a day trip to visit some more mandolins if possible. 1K will get you an instrument you can play for years to come. Definitely an A model as a scroll hikes the price....
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    Re: Humidifier for Mandolin/Case

    Yeah the sponge in a container works great. The caveat is at the point when the sponge becomes drier than the wood it will pull moisture. So keep that sponge moist. BTW I use a 35mm film container in...
  8. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    For size and shape I like the neck on my 90' Gibson A5L. See if you can find one somewhere give it a play. The Northfield M model is also a good suggestion. Lastly a Kentucky KM 508 is similar in the...
  9. Re: Happy 70th birthday today to Mike Kemnitzer of Nugget Mandoli

    Happy Birthday Mr. K..... Your instruments are lovely. Build on! R/
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    On picks ….. there are several things to address …. 1. Shape …. from tiny teardrops to large triangles 2. Thickness from flimsy to no flex in the pick whatsoever
    3. Material which runs the gamut...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    Keep your eyes open for a Gibson A5L. 88 through 93 are a fine group of mandolins. The Flatiron Artist model A's from that period are excellent as well. R/
  12. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    Yeah Go see Dennis at The Mandolin Store , by appointment only, 907 Rivergate Parkway Suite A-4 Goodlettsville, TN 37072 , (623) 933 – 8319 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM email …....
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    Re: 2013 Gibson F5 Fern

    Thought you might like this ….. 186324
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    Re: 2013 Gibson F5 Fern

    Enjoy that Gibson. Have fun with the search for the "best" string. R/
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    The better a player I become the larger my mistakes sound to me. I still have to try , yes try, not to obsess mid song or tune over these blips. I even occasionally repeat one to see if anyone but a...
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    Re: 10-15 Minute Theory Practice

    Nice job ….. now get a free copy of Finale and do it in notation and TAB ….. C.M.'s Peghead course is a good one …. Play on! R/
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Play daily much of what we do is muscle memory. If you have time for an hour do that. Less if you don't have that time still Play Daily! Fingers toughen up but hurting yourself in the process of...
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    Re: Microphone for recording at home?

    Gear gear gear ….. Yeah SM57's and 58's are great mics in the right application. Plugging one into a computer isn't the right application. As pointed out above you need an interface. Think about...
  19. Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    Well ... learn some music theory. How music hangs together, not just melodies. Then moving from one instrument to another will make sense on a different level. Learning to play a melody on different...
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    Re: Newbie needs equipment advice

    Take a look on the Reverb site at the Kentucky used A model mandolins. There are several there within your budget range. I would be "concerned" about a Michael Kelly mandolin. I have played a few...
  21. Re: D'Addario's new Chris Thile signature mandolin pick

    Sweetwater had a shipment in. I ordered two . They are a casein pick. No more no less. Good tone with very little pick noise and slightly more difficult to hang on to than a B.C. One of my many bad...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Well .… grip factor. noise factor, wear ability, cost, shape ….. I use B C picks these days, natural shell was given up in favor of the tortoise population. Swim on friends. CT 55 and TAD 60 are what...
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    Yeah.… Bill is correct. For any kind of 'grass a five string banjo is the ticket. The two main banjo starter books are
  24. Re: Once A Week Jethro Burns Mandolin Playing Discussion

    Central Time here Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening would be best for me. I have always appreciated C.M.P. Burns music and comedy. I do hope this pans out. R/
  25. Re: Once A Week Jethro Burns Mandolin Playing Discussion

    OK with me... J."K" B. was the man with the chops. This may not be the best place to start this conversation. Maybe in Jazz under Music by genre. R/
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