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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    Tone-Gard YES:
    Chris Thile
    Ronnie McCoury
    David Grisman
    Ricky Skaggs

    Tone-Gard NO:
    Sam Bush
    Sharon Gilchrist
    Marty Stuart
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    Re: GDAE steel string Baritone ukulele

    Christine, most baritone ukuleles are designed to use quite low tension strings around 50lb those thomasik strings are way over that!
    My test show 67lb total!
    It is quite easy and cheap to set up a...
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    GDAE steel string Baritone ukulele

    Like many members of this forum I have experimented a great deal with strings looking for the "holy grail" of tone, play-ability and enough volume for playing with others. The abundance of reasonably...
  4. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    As a teenager (I didn't start my attempts at playing until I was 16) my obsession with music was most beneficial to me in that it kept me away from the drinking and drugs that my friends were...
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    Re: Your favourite mandolin picture of 2019

    I really like the colors, angle of my MT in this pic. It checks all the boxes.


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  6. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    I wanted to post a simple example of how I arrange a tune, involving improv and tools that I know how to use...

    We're in a season that uses a lot of tunes for celebration that we don't usually...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    My favored approach involves placing the string loop over the peg in the tailpiece, then stretching it under light hand tension, straight over the bridge and nut, and winding it several times (2-4)...
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    Re: Improvising

    Spread that equine fertilizer Ralph....

    For a better understanding I could refer to the first couple of paragraphs in the introduction of Jerry Coker's "Patterns For Jazz" (a book I've used over...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    There can be little doubt that natural talent for music exists. One only has to consider child prodigies for this phenomenon to be abundantly clear, but there are numerous other examples in history...
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    St. Anneís Reel

    Hey, Everyone!

    Just a slow little (hopefully) purty run of St. Anneís Reel on my MT. I wasnít pulling sweet tone or the highs like this when I first got it. Itís singing like a bird after a few...
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    How to learn by ear

    Here is the latest video I've done, with tips on how to learn by ear.


    https://youtu.be/eeN57i-nCIs
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    Filling Behind a Singer

    Here is a video on how to start playing fill phrases behind a singer. These are very simple lines but give you an idea of how to fill.


    https://youtu.be/a0uGhufbKxQ

    PDF file here: 180597
  13. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    The hardest:
    Fluba
    Singing Ringing Tree
    Cross-Grainger Kangaroo-Pouch Tone-Tool
    The Great Stalacpipe Organ
    Pyrophone Organ
    Hyperbass Flute
    Hornucopian dronepipe
    Aquaggaswack
    Sandata ng lolo...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    This is proof that there needs to be better background checks on banjo sales. Open carry banjo is actually more dangerous than concealed banjos. But there should be a limit to the number of strings...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Here are some cool rhythms. Try these with a metronome as chops, but also as single note patterns and arpeggios.
    Good luck!

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    Remember be careful, some of the jalapeŮo thyme, rosemary,...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    When transcribing solos from great players, I have found the time where double stops are most often used is as embelishment of a singing melody. I describe that process in this video

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    Some days are like that . . .

    Itís been a tough week at work with frustrations affecting my operations production. Those frustrations are outside of my direct control which compounded the problem. Normally, Iím even-keel but this...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Hi Gunnar, Just google metronome, and at the top of the search results is a google metronome.

    The two biggest problems with teaching technique are
    1) People can always find a counter example to...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    This could be your problem. Get a metronome. Play at 120. Then play at 90. Then try 124. Then play at 60. Then try 128. And so forth.
    Eventually you top out (and if you are lucking, this might be...
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    Uther my cat..

    I lost my best friend this morning after 18 years,,I'm really going to miss him bad,,,the only mandolin content here is I will dedicate,my playing today to him.. 178227
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    Adventures in Clip-On Mics

    Hi everyone!

    I auditioned last night for the job of mandolinist with a band and I thought I'd share my brief journey with clip-on mics in the hope that it might prove helpful for others.

    This...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    All excellent comments above. :mandosmiley: Especially about the different kinds of memory and thinking.

    For me anyway, I see parallels between playing music and touch typing. (Beyond just the...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I've been working with the Strum Machine backing track tool (www.strummachine.com).

    I put on a simple song that I know well (Angeline the Baker, or Bury Me Beneath the Willow) at a slow tempo.
    ...
  24. A few neat exercises from Sierra Hull and Reverb

    Some fun arpeggio exercises illustrated by Sierra Hull by way of Reverb:
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    Re: Predicting the Future

    Iíve got $10 to say it goes the other way - the mandolin of the future will have a minimum of four scrolls. (Mind you thatís $10 in 2039 dollars)
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