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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, I have always enjoyed thoughtful and incisive posts, and I can't help thinking think you would be giving the same advice you've gotten here. Hang in there. Stay strong. Don't give up hope....
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    Re: Bluegrass Players Who Play an Oval ?

    That's an A, but not an oval hole. Check it out on the full screen. Great sounding mando though made by Stan Miller.
  3. Re: IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Finalists for 2018

    It might be hard for me to technically define bluegrass but I know it when I hear it. I would say I've heard all of the nominees play some bluegrass at one time or another.
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    Re: Pentatonic question

    You can work in slides and pull offs and even some blues notes as you progress. It's not as limiting as you might think at first.
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    Re: Pentatonic question

    You can play just the notes in the G pentatonic scale through the whole song. You may not match the melody of the tune note for note but you won't hit any notes that will sound "wrong". In essence,...
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    Re: Article: Schertler GIULIA Amp Giveaway

    Can't think of a better place to pick and sip.
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    Re: Speed Neck on "vintage" instrument

    Gunstock oil works well. That's what I have on mine. Not sticky. No shine.
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    Re: Underrated Players?

    Plus 1
  9. Re: Question for small handed players: Key of A Gold Rush

    Maybe try this with just the width of two fingers on the right hand at first. This should allow the stretching to occur below the knuckles of the left hand.
  10. Re: Question for small handed players: Key of A Gold Rush

    Let me see if I can describe a little exercise I learned from a professional mandolinist to stretch the span of your left hand:

    Hold up your left hand with the palm facing you. Now spread the...
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    Re: Why Do Festivals Hire The Wrong Sound Guys?

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    We are blessed here on the Left Coast that one man, Paul Knight, has literally changed the whole way sound is done, and how it sounds on stage and in the audience. He often...
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    Re: Character over practice?

    It seems to me that creativity is limited by the ability to express it.
  13. Re: Why I go to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival whenever I can..

    I agree 100%. Went once several years ago. The best of the best musicians, but the crowd had no qualms about standing in front of your view and talking loudly to each other.
    I complained to...
  14. Re: I've asked before, but asking again: how to play louder

    Also experiment with the location of your picking area between the bridge and the last fret on the fretboard where you get the most volume. You could be picking back too close to the bridge to get...
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    Re: Playing Melody in Irish Sessions

    I struggle with tunes when I can hear my own instrument in a group dominated by fiddles and banjos. I learn tunes mostly by ear but I have to hear myself above others or I'm lost.
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    Re: Playing Melody in Irish Sessions

    This is a great learning tool. Anything like this for Old Time and or bluegrass?
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    Re: Used Mando smells like men's cologne

    Dry fresh coffee grounds will cover the smell of just about anything. Or you could try fried bacon?
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    Re: Pinkie finger

    I would suggest some stretching exercises on the left hand. For example, group the middle 3 fingers of your right hand. Spread the fingers of you left hand and place the 3 right hand fingers in the...
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    Re: Play Every Note?

    Right! I like to keep fiddle tunes to a dancing tempo. That's what they were written for,
    supposedly.
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    Re: A - the troublesome string (rant)

    I believe I play the A and D strings more than any other strings. They are both part of most chords, even the 3 note ones. They also are used more than the G and E in double stops. I also play more...
  21. Re: How many of you have successfully changed your hand position?

    The thing that affects my tone the most is tension in my hands and wrist. I'm constantly working on keeping the hands relaxed and using as little pressure on gripping the pick and fretting the...
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    Re: What do ya'll call your mandos?

    Chester, Woody, Booger, and SideKick.
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    Re: buzz and string questions

    Yes, and since the G string is a bit thicker on the D'Addario strings you may need to raise the bass side of the bridge by a quarter turn or two to correct the buzzing against the frets.
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    Re: How do you memorize tunes?

    What works best for me is to listen to the tune (no lyrics) or the song (lyrics) until I can hum or sing the melody. Then I find the "bones" of the melody on the mando. (Song melodies do seem easier...
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    Re: I have been playing wrong all my life

    Stan also played the mandolin. Don't know if he used the right techniques or not. I have a hunch though.
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