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  1. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    What helped me in the transition was focusing on bluegrass songs (fiddle tunes) that didn't even suggest sustain similar to guitar. After 3 years I'm now getting into songs where I strum, backing up...
  2. Thread: Warm up song

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Warm up song

    Really simple stuff: Amazing Grace, Wildwood Flower, Old Joe Clark and then move on to O'Carollan's Blind Mary and then Ashokan Farewell. As I start to flex those fingers some more, I move on to...
  3. Re: Mandolin Tasting: Gibsons, Buckeye, Duff, Northfiled

    I loved listening. All are great but I have a slight preference for #s 6 and 4 because of the excellent low and high note clarity. I also liked #5. I didn't have a strong preference, so maybe it...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Yes, strumming a mandolin along with a vocal should be done in the genre of the song. Now, there are legit bluegrass groups that perform songs from a different genre and make them sound great, chops...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    My mandolin instructor is primarily bluegrass and jazz, and so far my lessons have been bluegrass tunes and techniques. Lately I've been learning non-grassy tunes and doing a lot of strumming. A...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    In order of preference: 5, 6,3,4,2, 1
    I enjoyed your playing!
  7. Thread: Being pick-y

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Being pick-y

    Speaking of picks--does anyone know what the status is of the Pick Samplers? A while back I think I read that they were going to start circulating again, but it's been crickets since then. I'd like...
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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...
  9. Thread: Pick Rotation

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    Re: Pick Rotation

    That's not the one, but it looks like it will do the trick. My dots are clear plasltic. I think the ones you noted will be fine as well.
  10. Thread: Pick Rotation

    by Rdeane
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    Re: Pick Rotation

    I don't remember what they're called, but I use those little sticky dots that go on the pick. They work better for me than Gorilla Snot. I don't like my thumb being sticky.

    I can reposition...
  11. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I have a wonderfully supportive (non-musician) husband who has been and continues to be patient throughout my musical journey. He encouraged me when I returned to guitar after a 15-year hiatus and...
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    Re: Jams in Asheville NC?

    I don't know of any jams in the area, but if it is an outdoor jam you'll need some serious layering-up and hand warmers. Today the high will be 45 degrees, and next Saturday is forecast to be a high...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    - Altoids box with a Dawg pick, ProPlec 1.5 large triangle pick, a Primetone 1.5 smooth brown large triangle pick
    - a cleaning/polishing cloth
    - a truss rod Allen wrench
    - a McClung arm rest...
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    I have always liked blonde mandolins. The second mandolin I built has a blonde finish. It's got gorgeous flamed maple back and sides and it just shimmers in the right light and angle.
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    Re: Pick Samplers Still Circulating?

    That's great news! I'm glad they're intact and will re-launch soon. I would imagine there are a few new people and a number of "old" forum users who would like to try them out again. Please add my...
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    Pick Samplers Still Circulating?

    There used to be 2 different pick samplers circulating. I haven't seen anything about them in months. Are they still active? If so, I'd like to get on the list or know who to contact to get my name...
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    Re: The Traveling Pick Sampler - Anyone Interested?

    Maybe I missed something, but are the pick samplers still circulating? If so, I'd like to be added to the list. Somebody please let me know if they are still available.
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    Going to see a physician will be the best thing you can do. I struggled for months with what I thought was tendonitis in my fretting hand/wrist, using Advil, a splint and finally knocking off...
  19. Re: Help..problem with strap and looking for ideas.

    Check out Bailey straps. The connection points on my strap for my A style Collings has a leather cord with a leather slide that you can tighten or loosen to secure or remove from your strap buttons....
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Yikes! That's expensive. I appreciate your feedback. I have since sold the octave to someone who will play it more than I will.
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    I've taken mandolin lessons for about 3 years from Kip Snow at Counterpoint Music in Mocksville, NC. He is an excellent instructor and provides a laid-back, positive atmosphere. He is a performing...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Made a decision! I tried a lot of guitars and decided to go with a real low budget and had my choices narrowed down. I ended up with a Yamaha FSX800C. I don't need electronics, but they're there....
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried the classical method on the left leg. It's just too uncomfortable. I will check out old archtops. I think a lot of them are really cool, so if they fit the...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Nope, not yet. I'm nowhere I can actually play most of the ones that have been recommended. I'm out in the country/mountains for the summer and will be getting back to civilization in October. I...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    I must agree with #1 above. I have found that in the past two years it's been harder and harder to get comfy with the dread size. Prior to that I had an auditorium size Taylor. I wasn't trying to FP...
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