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  1. Re: Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel - with mando

    That's one way to be the best mandolin player for hundreds of miles.
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    Re: Funny Banjo Content

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    Re: Best gig bag Iíve ever owned

    I really like my Access Stage Three gig bags. I have one for mandolin and a banjo model that fits my OM very nicely. I have used them to transport my instruments to perform every week for years. I...
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    Re: short scale mandolin

    A mandolin is already pretty short scale. I am not sure going shorter would help. You don't have to play full chords on a mandolin, in fact, some are not even possible and a lot of players...
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    Re: Training the Mind

    I will paraphrase FDR and say, "All you have to worry about is worry itself." Worry that you will screw up makes you screw up. Worry that you have screwed up will make you screw up again. Stop...
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    Re: Travel / practice mandolin question

    I traveled for years with a Risa Solid. It's basically a solid body uke made out of a single piece of wood. I string it GDAE. It actually sounds pretty good through an amp, although it generates...
  7. Re: Favorite Christmas/Winter Tunes on Mandolin

    My favorite to play by far is Butch Baldassari's arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" off his Evergreen album and the Evergreen instruction book. The arrangement uses "double picking" (two...
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    Re: In Praise of Mediocrity (?)

    Thanks for that article, I really like the concept. I've been playing mandolin about 28 years, after playing guitar for 20. I used to have a lot of anxiety about not being as good as (name your...
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    Re: mando tuned ukes?

    I have a Risa solid-uke uke that I've tuned as a mandolin for many years. I use it as my travel mandolin and to play late at night so I don't wake my wife.

    Per the recommendation of Risa, I use...
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    Re: Mandolins in Heaven ?

    Well, since the fiddle is known as the "Devil's box" they would not be found in Heaven. And banjos, probably not either. So I'm thinking just harps and mandolins.

    I play mandolin and octave...
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    Re: Jams around Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Richmond has some good jams. The every Sunday jam at the Cary St. Cafe is very welcoming, although the players there are really good and play really fast. If you are willing to hang back, you can...
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    @Pete Martin (or anyone else here): Have you tried the Martin Monels? They are the same gauges as the 74's but they are less than half the price.
  13. Thread: EXP color

    by John Flynn
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    Re: EXP color

    Yes, but I have plain steels from two different sets of EXP77's that both say, "Brass Plated Steel" but one set is silver colored and the other is brass colored. Using D'Addario's guide to spotting...
  14. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    I learned tremolo like I have learned all mandolin special techniques. It is a bit different from what others describe, just because of my temperament and the way I learn. I found a tune, I can't...
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    Re: another "flying with my mandolin" thread

    @sblock: I too don't think he was being alarmist. I am a million-plus-mile frequent flyer (probably closer to two million) on multiple airlines and I have traveled with a mandolin most of that time....
  16. Re: Octave Mandolin or Tenor Guitar tuned GDAE?

    One issue may (or may not) be that if your tenor was set to be tuned CGDA, like a lot of them are, the intonation may be off and also the nut slots may be the wrong width for GDAE. Both are fixable,...
  17. Re: People who have bad rhythm and don't admit it

    40 plus years here as a Catholic church musician. I'm still playing at Mass every weekend. I can relate to what you're saying. I've noticed older guys at jams whose timing is slipping but who were...
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    Re: Star of County Down

    That is the best arrangement of the even time version I have ever heard! You are getting great tone out of that mandolin.

    My favorite arrangement of the waltz time version is by the Buckhannon...
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    Re: How do you get better at the mandolin?

    I read an article once on musical prodigies. They tested prodigies and non-prodigies on factors like intelligence, coordination, hearing acuity and a bunch of other stuff. The conclusion was the #1...
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    Re: Drone Mandolin Delivery?

    I attended a lecture on this at U. of Richmond put on by some serious drone experts. What they said was that the limiting thing for drone delivery is a reliable traffic control/anti collision system...
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    Re: Amp Settings

    Final result (for now): While I do think the preamp and microphone combo has promise, for this performance situation, it starts to get into the "overly complicated" realm. The marginal improvement...
  22. Re: Can we talk mandolin rhythm/backup playing?

    The two pieces of advice I've gotten that I go by:

    On open chords, stay light on the E string. It can sound shrill when playing rhythm.
    On chops, don't just do the typical pattern or even the...
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    Re: Nylon string advice

    I get a lot of guff when I suggest this here, but it was recommended to me by the designer and builder of Risa instruments and it has served me well for years on my Risa Uke, which I have tuned GDAE....
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    Re: My first OM: a series of daft questions

    Budget and options
    I have a small builder (Joe Mendel) OM and I really like it. But they are quite a bit more expensive. I have not played the Asbury, but they look similar to the Asian-made Trinity...
  25. Thread: OM Chords

    by John Flynn
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    Re: OM Chords

    A quick update:

    I got the Kyser capos and tried them on my OM. YMMV depending on the neck width of your OM. Mine is 1 5/16" at the nut and 1 1/2" at the fifth fret. The string pairs are about...
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