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    Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Though he is primarily known for his work in Kenny Hill’s guitar shop and as an electric bass builder, San Mateo peninsula luthier Ben Lamden has done excellent work for me. He replaced tailpieces on...
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    Re: River of the West 2019 - Who's Going?

    It was my first visit to RoW, and I'm one satisfied picker. Brian Oberlin runs a top notch camp. Plenty of fun loving pickers at all levels. Excellent instruction from all four teachers - Brina, Mike...
  3. Re: Joining the Girouard club - commissioned a build!

    I've been a Girouard mandola guy since 2013. My wife and I did an east coast visit last summer and had a chance to catch up with Max and Lori for a workshop visit and lunch. They are really great...
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    Re: River of the West 2019 - Who's Going?

    Hello fellow RoW mandoliners - I'm looking for a ride share from Portland on Thursday morning. I'll be flying in on Wednesday night and staying locally. Please PM me if you are driving over from...
  5. Re: Northwest Camping/Festivals for an Overworked Guy

    I will be at Brian Oberlin's River of the West mandolin camp in June. Hope to see you there.
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    River of the West 2019 - Who's Going?

    Hey there, pickers,

    I'll be attending Brian Oberlin's 'River of the West' mandolin camp this June in Oregon. Who's going? Who has gone? What should I expect?

    Thanks,

    Tom
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    Re: Swannanoa Gathering 2019

    Like josh, I went in 2017 (Hey Josh!). I took the John Reischman old time class, the Celtic class with David Surette, and the Matt Flinner newgrass class. All three were excellent teachers, but very...
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    Re: Dirty old town tab

    I play in an occasional band which does a "Dirty Old Town/Wish You Were Here" mash-up. Very fun!
  9. Re: Joining the Girouard club - commissioned a build!

    Jill, that looks superb! You will love your Girouard.
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    Re: Mandola Hard Cases

    I use a tenor banjo case with some padding around the body.My Girouard mandola fits just fine.
  11. Thread: Rita Dove

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    Re: Rita Dove

    She's one of our great American poets, serving as United States poet laureate in 1992 and special poetry consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993-95. She has also won a Pulitzer Prize for her...
  12. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    I saw that someone put "8th of February" by John Reischman. I wrestled with that for years. I also have wrangled with "Song for Tom Morrow" by Vasen. Both of those are technically challenging songs...
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    Re: What to do with New Dola

    I've been playing my Girouard mandola as my main instrument for the last 5 years. It's really useful in a jam or gig where there will be a good amount of singing, for example. I also play in a couple...
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    Re: Any Mandola Mains Here?

    I've had a Girouard mandola since 2013, and it was my main instrument for 4 of the last 5 years. I love it and love playing it, except when in a jam setting picking white hot fiddle tunes....
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    Re: Jamming in St. Johnsbury, VT

    We will have a car, so I'm open to anything within reason.
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    Jamming in St. Johnsbury, VT

    Hi,

    I will be in St. Johnsbury, VT, and the surrounding area in late July/early August. Are there any jams going on?

    Thanks in advance for the intel!

    Tom
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    Re: Breaking the TAB habit

    A few years ago I took Marla Fibish’s Irish class in SF. She previewed all of the songs via sound files, and then we’d come to the class and crank it up. No charts or tabs...just your ears. Swannanoa...
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    Re: Carter's Vintage Instruments - Nashville

    I second that. CAMarcus and I were in Carters (7-8 hours over two days) in August and did the same. I really appreciated Walter and Christie's courtesy in allowing us to play literally everything on...
  19. Thread: Mandola owners

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    Re: Mandola owners

    I alternate between J72s and J76s on my Girouard mandola. I noodle between the brightness and thuddieness....
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    Re: Orrin Star Passes

    Very sad about this. I took a class from him, then later saw him at a great house concert where he sang, played mandolin, mandola, guitar, and banjo. He also had a spot on impersonation of race car...
  21. Thread: Improvising!

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    Re: Improvising!

    ...that's the deal, right there. As a high school English teacher, I find this to be the case in my subject area.
  22. Thread: Northfields

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    Re: Northfields

    At 2.5K you cannot go wrong with a Girouard, Pava, or Collings..all American made. I own a Girouard and love it, and I have played several Pavas and Collings. They are great also. It does come down...
  23. Thread: Northfields

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    Re: Northfields

    While on the way to Swannanoa, I spend a lot of time at Gruhns and Carters (like 10 hours total). I was lucky enough to play a really wide variety of instruments, many mentioned in this thread. At...
  24. Re: Lefty in a predominantly Right-handed World - Help appreciate

    Hi,

    As a lefty, I play right handed. It's not a big deal. Your right hand will learn rhythm, and your dominant hand will learn intricate chord shapes. I kind of think we have an advantage that...
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    Re: Who's been/going to Swananoa Mando Week?

    I was there at the 'wall jam.' Matt Flinner on banjo, playing crazy licks. Mike Marshall adding, filling, punctuating...stellar. Then, Robin Bullock, like a musical green man, emerged from the...
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