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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Quick follow-up ... I noticed today while watching Sarah's performance that in measures 19 and 51 she doesn't keep the 2nd fret barre and use the 2nd string, 7th fret to get the E. She actually lifts...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    I respect what Chris Thile has done with his talents, both in developing his gift, and supporting other musicians. He got a nice kick in the teeth at the start of the pandemic when Live From Here...
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    Re: New Chris Thile album

    It's really nice and refreshing to read a discussion of music on the internet that is respectful of different folks personal tastes and opinions! I've yet to listen to the full album yet, but having...
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz on Austin City Limits

    It was a livestream of the ACL taping. Guess it didn't stay up very long.

    Pickathon does the same thing - puts up each entire day's worth of performances for a few days then takes them down.
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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    I was listening to this song today and decided to do a full transcription in both standard notation (which I find easier to read) and tab. The recorded versions differ (minorly) in different spots,...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Over the last six or so years, including the ones I lost in a house fire a few years ago, I have personally owned three Eastman mandolins, one guitar, two mandocellos, two mandolas, and an octave...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    I purchased an APC last summer from Moloney Music in Ireland. It was a very nice instrument, but after a few months I realized it wasn't for me. I didn't like the scale length (21-1/2") so I sold...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Gives it a much fuller sound, way more bass. Gave it some authority. I’ve tried the ‘blue’ EJ72 lights and the ‘orange’ EJ76 mediums. The 76’s definitely gave it a fuller sound but the difference...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Does that work? Why do it?
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    2 kinds of 'octaves'..

    Long Scale octaves are Irish Zouks .. (they fit in a Banjo case) light , long strings ..

    the other type will have have heavier strings and a Shorter scale ..
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    My youngest son bought a Trinity College last year, and it’s a very nice Octave mandolin. We also tried a Gold Tone but were both very underwhelmed with it.
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    Eastman MDO 305, get a set of mandola strings with it. Elderly has one on the way. Have them hold it for you.
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    I just bought this Hora from the original buyer and it's amazing value for money. The same goes for the Mandola and the Mandolin II i bought from them.

    The mandola and mandolin just needed...
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    This is what I play, done some YT recordings, link below this link. I haven’t heard the other octaves but am very happy with mine. Of course it sounds very A type.
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    Re: Octave mandolin less-expensive choices

    The best I know of would be a used Trinity College. They're now $930 new, but with patience you should be able to find a used one for $800 or less.
    I've played a couple of them. They sound...
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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    THANK YOU for this.
    NPR's Morning Edition played this today between some news pieces and I racked my brain to remember what it was. It's exquisite. Found NPR site that listed song snippets they...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Thanks for posting this Sherry, I think it’s an important lesson. Here’s the quite well known now vid on tremolo.


    It’s an exercise I don’t do often enough, after about 25 minutes of practice...
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    Re: And just like that...

    here's some tips:
    what you have now is a combination of mandola(bottom four strings)and mandolin(top four). The challenge from the luthier side is that mandolas use a longer fret scale than...
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    Re: And just like that...

    That would depend on how much space you need to fill, and how "electric-vs-acoustic" you want to sound. Guessing that the 5-string is a solid-body, therefore going for a more "electric" sound?
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    Re: And just like that...

    Very nice! Congratulations!

    Regarding amp and effects pedals-not sure what your budget is, but probably the easiest and most cost effective way to jump in on effects and upgrade your amp at the...
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    Re: And just like that...

    get an EQ pedal. Even a cheap one makes a difference.
  22. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    I think your question of "how do you power through" is not the right question. There are some times you can "power through" for a short period of time, but you pay for it in the long run. I have...
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    For me that can occur if my enthusiasm to learn gets ahead of me. I solve it by stepping back and focusing intently on one particular skill or technique. I work on that technique with an emphasis of...
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    I agree with Woyvel, trying unfamiliar stuff works.
    I also sometimes dramatically reduce practice time. I'll do just 3 - 5 mins each day but with complete focus. This stops me getting frustrated and...
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    This is one of the reasons I have multiple mandolin-family instruments (flat- vs arch-top, piccolo mandolin, mandola, OM). When I experience the ennui you are describing, I pick up the instrument I...
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