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    Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    ^^ This is the takeaway for me. I love playing guitar, but I only do it occasionally these days. But I inevitably find that when i pick it up again, it isn't long before I'm playing better than I...
  2. Thread: ToneRite

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    Re: ToneRite

    Seems like a lot of worry over a set of strings. I say go for it.
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I'm in the same camp as your teacher - switching between instruments doesn't really work for me. I feel like I put a lot of effort into learning how to get the tone I want from my particular...
  4. Re: Can we talk about tuning mechanisms for a sec?

    This^^ IME, the tuning machines are almost never the problem. Usually, the nut slots are too tight or are binding at the back edge where the angle changes. Changing them for aesthetic...
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    Re: Again: Beginner mandolin

    Agree with Dave. If buying blind, I would go with the Kentucky.
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    Re: Practice Regiment Questions

    Fiddle tunes are a classic way of learning melodies and lead licks, but some folks can find them frustrating (personally, I love them). One of the most common complaints of aspiring BG lead players...
  7. Re: Country Gazette - A Traitor In Our Midst era

    Very timely. "A Traitor In Our Midst" has been on heavy rotation for me the last few months. Really, that entire early-to-mid 70's Gazette catalog.
  8. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    I don't know that it matters that much, but I've switched from 12th fret harmonics to a fretted 12th fret note, on the principal that it will more closely reflect actual playing situations.
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    One of the nice options on the Unitune is that it can be used in either normal or strobe mode. I'm not sure if the Peterson does anything but strobe. I've also come to appreciate that the Unitune...
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    Re: Adventures in Clip-On Mics

    I use the Pro35 in the same way (clipped to the Toneguard, aimed at the lower ff-hole), but I deal with the power module by simply sticking it in my back pocket. That way the cord trails behind me,...
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    Re: Disappointed with the Nashville music scene

    The "Industry" part of Nashville certainly trends that way, but the city itself (or at least East Nashville) is very popular as a home base for a wide variety of musicians, in part because of easy...
  12. Re: Looking for a clip-on tuner that works well in daylight...

    +1. This is the reason that I switched from the NS Micro to the Unitune.
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    Re: I need some serious help...

    You might be able to find some slower paced backing tracks on Youtube.
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    I'm a big fan of the Unitune, especially in strobe mode. Super bright display and so accurate.
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    Re: Mandolin Stand Recommendations

    I use this Hercules stand. Good - it has a locking mechanism that uses the weight of the instrument to close. Not so good - it's really made for fiddles, so the mando neck is a little wide for it. ...
  16. Thread: Strap Locks

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    Re: Strap Locks

    This is a fabulous idea! I was actually trying to think of some way to use a 1/4" jack to keep it from coming loose.
  17. Thread: Strap Locks

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    Re: Strap Locks

    Now that I think about it, it seems odd that they would use an end-pin jack that doen't work well with the most common type of guitar strap. I don't think I've ever seen a guitar-specific strap that...
  18. Thread: Strap Locks

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    Re: Strap Locks

    I think this is probably the real solution. I was just looking at it, and the problem seems to boil down to a double thick strap end (a Levy's guitar strap) and a narrow-ish groove in the endpin...
  19. Thread: Strap Locks

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    Strap Locks

    This is technically a guitar question, but I feel a lot of folks must face the same situation with their mandolins. My guitar has a K&K pickup, which means that the endpin has been replaced with a...
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    Re: Peghead Nation Instructors

    Depends on your goals, interests and skill level. I've been enrolled in three of their courses (Sharon's Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin, Joe's Advancing Mandolinist and Bluegrass Mandolin Jam...
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    Re: Lateral Upgrade?

    This seems like a fabulous deal. I was a tad tempted, but I'm just a one mandolin kind of guy.
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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    This is pretty big for me. I feel that to play well at a tempo, I have to be able to "think" at that tempo. I need to know the tune so well that I'm not thinking about what notes I need to play or...
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    Re: Playing notation G/F#

    If you use the 0-5-2-3 G chord fingering, then you can include the F# as 0-4-2-3
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    Re: Best Bluegrass Band Single Microphone?

    I honestly don't understand why, but they seem pretty bulletproof. We use a ETL Myrtle and a digital mixer with feedback suppression, and the mic always sounds great. Airy, transparent. We used a...
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    Re: Man I need a good tuner...

    Oddly enough, I thought that the single hinge would prove annoying, but it really hasn't. I originally got the Uni-Tune because I needed something with a display that I could see in bright sunlight...
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