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  1. Re: Chris Henry New Monroe Improvisation Course

    Chris has been capping the workshops at 10 people so that he can engage with each student. He has advertised it a little bit in the Monroe Mandolin Facebook group when he needed to fill slots. He may...
  2. Re: Chris Henry New Monroe Improvisation Course

    I have been part of the workshops that Chris has been putting on with David McLaughlin that have been used to develop this and I will echo that they are breaking new ground. If you are interested in...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    I've heard banjos are super spreaders of loud noises.
  4. Re: MAS: Remember, it's stronger than you and there ain't no vacc

    Best thing to do is social distance yourself from the classifieds and any other online vendor or in person instrument until the vaccine has been developed.
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    In full transparency, I will be listing one for sale soon, as such will not be adding any more of my thoughts/opinions to the thread. But, since I have first hand knowledge of these instruments I am...
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    Here's the Kimble:

    https://youtu.be/ZABr_lApxyg

    Curious, which do you prefer.
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    Ok, here's a better video/audio of the 2017 Duff. Kimble will be coming in a little.
    https://youtu.be/JVsdkyZ__fc
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    Well, here's a video. It's not perfect as variables weren't controlled that well and the mic was a bit hot, but I don't have a ton of time to do another one right now. Maybe I will update it. The...
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    Re: Kimble or Duff F5?

    I own As by both builders and they are both great. The Duff has been my primary player for the past 3 years, so I've played alot of notes on it. They are both fairly recent. They both lend towards...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    Eek, now I've gone on down the rabbit hole: So here you can see 3 modern bluegrass mandolins. I think the Duff in the center is closest to the Griffith shapewise, to the right is a Kimble which is...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    I don't know that OP stated he wanted a bluegrass specific A5 and even so, saying that body shape has to match the Griffith is a pretty strict definition of a bluegrass mandolin. Plenty of great...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    I do agree with the adage that at the higher price points you get to instruments that are all world class, pro level instruments, it comes down to what kind of tones and feel you want and it is hard...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    Right hand! If you can spend time just working on rest strokes and timing with the right hand it will pay off dividends! Part of that is holding the pick correctly. It seems like this stuff is not...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    I wasn't going to say that. Don't get a Duff, they are terrible. or a Ruhland, terrible value. (You should actually get either of those) Kimble's are great too. Lot's of great A5s under $6000.
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    Re: Beginner getting into Bluegrass

    If you want to learn Bluegrass a great starting point is Monroe, as that is the roots. Early on that felt pretty inaccessible to me. A great entry point for me was Bluegrass Album Band. That is real...
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    Re: Some new backing tracks

    Yes, these are so amazing. Thanks for all the hard work you have put into these. They have helped me immensely in learning to play these tunes up to speed.
  17. Re: Play with backup tracks, sing with mp3s. Looking for new sour

    Wow, looks like I posted that already 1 post ago. Quarantine brain. I must really enjoy those jams.
  18. Re: Play with backup tracks, sing with mp3s. Looking for new sour

    If you are on Facebook, look up Tyler Grant Music. He has been hosting playalong jams every monday night at slow, mid, and fast tempos. And they are all archived on his page. It is pretty fun.
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    Re: Daily Cleaning Routine

    I try to shower atleast 2x a week.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    There are certainly songs that travel through a bit of it, although I am far from an expert on the matter.

    I do like to practice scales, arpeggios, licks etc and play the same thing through each...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    My Duff is a 2017. I've had it for 3 years. It is an A model and at the time it was headed to Carter's with a batch of 4 mandolins. I know there have been several batches since, but haven't seen...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    The Ellis I owned had no challenges with volume or being heard in large jams or in a full bluegrass band. I do agree that they tend to have a darker and more low end emphasis. I sold the Ellis when I...
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    Re: Ellis, Pava, or Collings MT2

    I've owned all of these instruments and my favorite of the bunch was the Ellis, which was an F5. It was a great instrument, It had a big fat rich low end tone to it. But, I sold that when I got my...
  24. Re: Play with backup tracks, sing with mp3s. Looking for new sour

    If you are on Facebook, Tyler Grant has been leading "bluegrass jams" where he leads on guitar. You can sing or playalong with those and he has sessions at multiple speeds archived.

    Also for fast...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    As everyone is saying learn the melody. See if you can pick out key points of the melody that you need to play to make the song identifiable, without playing all the other connecting notes. Use those...
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