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    Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    Try picking the strings at at around the 15th fret. Many new players don't realize how sweet a mandolin can sound if they move out of the "parking lot" zone of picking right next to the bridge.
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    Re: Old Wave Mandoins & Bill Bussmann

    Entered the Jehovah Witness Protection Program recently, still pushing the mandala forward....Happy new year!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Less painful this past week, so that's a good thing! Off out to a follow up appointment later today, where they'll take out the stitches, loosen the hinge on me knee brace a wee bit so that I've got...
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    Re: New White Face mandolin

    Itís done and sounding great. Iíll have it at the Great 48 in Bakersfield next month if anyone wants to see it.
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    Re: Post A picture of your favorite "A" model

    Old Wave #312. Lucious sound. :)

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    The Drunken Sailor for four mandolins

    So here's my arrangement of this tune for four mandolins, all played by me. Ideally, it would be a piccolo mando, a mandolin, a dola and an octave, or better yet, a bouzouki, but alas, I only have...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Made it thru surgery! Home resting now, whew!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's Week 48's tune, "The Honeymoon Reel":
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    Broadway mandolin

    She is 99.5% complete. I have not yet brought her up to tune but so far, so good.
    https://flic.kr/p/2hREQo8
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 47, a lovely wee jig written by Sean Ryan, called "A Thousand Farewells":
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Week 46 (only 6 tunes left!) - a great reel, "The Bird in the Bush"
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    i appreciate all of you who served. Thank you.
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I served in Vietnam which I strongly believe was a senseless war and what makes me sick is that there were over 40,000 deaths of US serviceman 22 years old and younger !
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I grew up believing military service was what you did, that it was a small price to pay for the blessing of living in this country. I still feel that way.

    I was an Air Force medic back in the...
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    https://youtu.be/cN0_9TRESy8
    https://youtu.be/cN0_9TRESy8
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    A big thank you to all who have served our country and made it possible for us to spend time learning to play the mandolin.
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I was in the final 1974 draft lottery, #35. Graduated High School at 17, so I was in college. My father was Air Force, Korean War. My father's father was a Marine, WWI.

    That year I really...
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    I'm of an age to remember when the experience of military service was much more widespread among the (male) US population. I was drafted in the fall of 1965, served two years in an infantry company...
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    Re: We Honor Your Service

    Thank you to all of our Veterans for their service!
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    We Honor Your Service

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    Re: New picks - Flow, Wegen, Primetones

    Donít know how I missed this. Iím sure there isnít a person out there who doesnít have a jar full of picks bought and rejected at little expense. Now however, we have BlueChips and Red Bear and all...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Interesting that it's working for you! I was unaware that I did it at all until Marla Fibish pointed it out to me at a lesson years ago. I've been self-conscious about it ever since, but find it...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Reel de Pointe-au-Pic


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yXqVjraV3M

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yXqVjraV3M
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Another gem, Jill. Just curious, are you already familiar with these tunes or are you actually learning a new one each week before posting? Whatever the case, they are well executed at a nice...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Here's the tune for Week 45 - a great Finbarr Dwyer reel called "The Holly Bush":
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