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  1. Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    We play this with our singer in the same key as the tune. It's part of a set of St. Anne's/Silver Spear/Miss Macleod's. iirc, our singer uses a capo on the guitar for the first two (he sings a verse,...
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    Re: My new mando!

    Lovely, lovely instrument!
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    Re: Just a happy trio.

    Nice. A guy I play with at an ITM session has a Martin nearly identical to yours he just picked up this summer. Really nice instrument.
  4. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    At least for me, I've found that the simple repetition -- if you're playing cleanly, of course -- does as much to build speed as pushing the timing. Once the tune is in your fingers, and you can play...
  5. Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    to continue the allegory, there's always the ability, when you stand on that hill -- the first, the next or the next after that -- to look back and see how far you've come, even if it's only a few...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    I don't in any way condone vandalism and I'm thinking he'll have to pay for the repairs ... but i do see he was charged with assault with a weapon, which may be a new definition of "killer banjo" ...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Very nice -- and the mandolin just sounds sweeter every tune!
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    You might enjoy signing up for the traveling pick sampler. That'll give you all sorts of choices of stuff you didn't even know existed.

    As has been noted, what kind of music you play will have an...
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    I'll play the same tune at a half dozen tempos depending on who I'm with and why I'm playing. I've also heard tunes played in different styles -- Our ITM group plays Star of the county Down as a...
  10. Re: The Throne Room (A New Hope) - one man(dolin) quartet

    This just put a smile on my face -- lovely arrangement lovely playing!
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Ha! the version I heard was 'why don't they switch to C natural and resolve the discussion?"
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    Re: Why the connection?

    I'm curious why banjo was named specifically. If someone is a multi-instrumentalist, i'd think the go-to question would be "do you also play guitar?" or "do you also play piano?" so my thought is...
  13. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    I normally tune when I'm obviously out of tune with myself (the strings aren't in unison) or if I sound wrong compared with other instruments. Before we start a gig, we normally tune, and i use my...
  14. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Yeah, I'm another person who's always heard them as "pick up" notes, going back to the 1960s. but maybe it was an Ohio thing and maybe just a band thing. Or it could have been the director. Hard to...
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    Re: Number 99 and 100

    holy cow! really stands out. nice job!
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    Re: Mandolin Neck Advice

    fwiw, i own both flat and radius fretboards and don't notice much difference, even when I switch between the two, but both of my usual instruments have relatively narrow necks. how it fits my hand...
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    Re: what is the best selling mandolin

    I think you need to be more specific. What are your parameters? Best selling over what period of time? Best selling among which audience? You've sort of dismissed the e-search on best selling...
  18. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I was turning this string over in my mind last night and thought that maybe the OP needs a better definition of foot-tapping. I've had a good sense of rhythm all my life so tapping my foot is pretty...
  19. Re: looking to move, but I have no clue where ?.

    well, Yale New Haven Hospital is pretty good, I've heard. Which puts you in any of the cities and towns in fairfield county CT or over in Westchester.
  20. Re: Sheets / scores arranged for three mandolins, for a wedding

    Congrats on getting married!
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    I don't know how much access you have to music camps/workshops, but there's nothing like spending a week immersed in the music you like with some instruction from some of the best out there. If...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Fiddler friend of mine who used to run a learning session brought this one to us once upon a time and I've always loved it. Forgot about it over the years, but now I'm up for relearning it -- many...
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    Re: Woodstock

    So, I know of people who went and people who wanted to go but couldn't (I was 15 myself at the time and frankly not into contemporary music), but the best story I have is a former editor (and now...
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    Re: Starting Left-handed or right

    I'm a great believer in testing different ways to do something to figure out what works best. This is a great idea!
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    I'm always up for a chance at a free instrument!
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