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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I hold it pretty much the way Mike Marshall says in his iconic "on mandolin tips" video.

    I have tried slanting the instrument a little forward as well, and that makes a great difference. I was...
  2. Thread: Why use capo?

    by JeffD
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    Re: Why use capo?

    To me it is like a fire extinguisher in a car. Having a fire extinguisher in your car is a good idea. Having a car that needs a fire extinguisher, not so good.

    Using a capo is great. Having to use...
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    Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    I avoid four finger chop chords where they provide no advantage. I play three finger chords (one open string) and I can chop them, and I play double stops.

    My theory is that I am not responsible...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    A set of skills and a mindset combined in me and propelled me to much greater musicality.

    The skill set were fairly pedestrian things. Volume control and dynamics, paralleling the speed of my...
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    Re: Wide Nut Mandolin

    I would try someone's wide nut mandolin and see if it makes any difference at all to you.
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    Re: Are tenor guitars slightly evil?

    Slightly?

    I think tenor guitars have a niche, and I sometimes wonder if it is a niche for those who play mandolin who did not come from a guitar background, and secretly or not so secretly want to...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    It protects the finish of the instrument, especially in the summer when we wear short sleeves. I use a terry cloth wrist band like tennis players use, worn a little higher up my left arm. Works the...
  8. Thread: Grommets

    by JeffD
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    Re: Grommets

    If you want to see if grommets will make any difference, try a piece of leather for a week. If it doesn't make a difference, neither will grommets. If it changes anything, grommets will change the...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    I find that any kind of performing scenario decreases my abilities about 12 clicks. Meaning I have to go into the situation with 112 clicks, in order to sound as good as I know I can be. More...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    The second mandolin you get should be the last mandolin you will ever need. I have done this several times now.
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Yes absolutely. But the dirty little secret is there is no end-all. Nothing in music theory is entirely sufficient. Everything I don't know will at some point limit me for not knowing it.

    Which is...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    If your budget limit is $1000 because that is what you can afford to spend, then my comments are entirely irrelevant and you can ignore the rest of the comments. You are on a good track without me.
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Time moves on. I am sure something will come along that takes its place more or less.

    The hard part is getting and keeping an audience, and Live from Here had a good audience, and that audience...
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    Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    Secondly, despite what you may have heard, learning the G chop chord is not an essential achievement in mandolinning. It is not particularly pretty sounding chord IMO. Of all the ways of fingering a...
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    Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    Here is something to try before you spend money on a new instrument.

    I "discovered" that the distance from my thumb to my pinky is not as long as the distance from my pinky to my thumb. I am dead...
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    I kind of had similar thoughts when I started to figure out pentatonic scales. Like, jeeze why bother with this, I know all the notes in that key, why now go back and just work on a subset of them. ...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    It is not a competition. We are always going to be better at being old than those that aren't old.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Bertram is correct. I feel like i was born old. I spend my life learning how to be old, how to talk without arguing, how to tell stories, how to dramatically remove my glasses, how to smoke a pipe,...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Once you have confirmed that your mandolin is set up correctly, I would look at technique.

    I myself have a hard time keeping my thumb in the right place, and how I detect this is that at this or...
  20. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    While I know what you mean and your question is good, I am going to object to your premise.

    I believe that there is no "deserving" or "being good enough" for a particular mandolin. After one's...
  21. Thread: Blue chip picks

    by JeffD
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    Re: Blue chip picks

    It is a one time purchase. One and done, never again a cost. To those who are going to comment about having to replace a lost pick, there is a simple solution - don't lose it.

    There are things in...
  22. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    Yes.
  23. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    I would say to jump in, get the mandolin, and start playing. Get the tools and accessories you find yourself needing along the way.

    I think that for many, adjusting and optimizing their mandolin...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    There is a lot of discussion as to what constitutes "professional mandolin". But in your price range you can get a pretty darn good mandolin, which may, in fact, be what you mean.

    Besides the...
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    I tremolo everything greater than an eighth note, unless it just doesn't fit. (Sometimes quarter notes just sound better with a percussive down down down.)

    Tremolo does not have to connect between...
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