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  1. Re: Beginner ?ís about changing sound/tone

    As said above, try lots of different picks. You might even find that you'll have different favorite picks for different songs.

    I had a Dunlop Dawg for a while that was the warmest pick I've ever...
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    Re: technique

    Speed isn't technique.

    First learn the song. Then put feeling into it.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Hm. I'm sure it works for you. But I know intimately the story of every song I've ever written, and that has never ever helped me remember them.

    The only thing that helps is playing them over and...
  4. Re: Where to hold right wrist/arm when playing tremolo?

    My right hand usually rests on the north end of the bridge. Loose is for guitar. Anchored is for mando.

    But I'm no pro.
  5. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    There are some good makers mentioned above. And I have a Red Line A that's wonderful (even though I'm selling it).

    Remember that A's sound like F's for a lot less money. The F's scroll, point, and...
  6. Re: New to mandolin. Looking for recommendations

    Good questions. I'm a guit picker, too, and mando is a whole different beast. So, to answer your questions.

    1. Tone and materials don't matter at first. It takes time to develop mando ears. So for...
  7. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    I dig blues, and my oval mando sounds bluesier than my f-hole mando does.

    But both sound good for any style I might play.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Lots of great advice above. I'll add this:

    We all have different talents and weak spots. I'm fairly dexterous and imaginative, but I have terrible trouble memorizing - a real Teflon brain.

    So...
  9. Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    We love her, but Rhiannon isn't the only cool player out there. Taj, Ry, Bela, Tony Trishka, and I'll think of some more after I've signed off.

    Nonetheless, what's the best pickup to put on a...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Accident.

    I've been playing guitar since '68. About a dozen years ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to buy a mandolin.

    I said, "No."

    She said, "Fifty dollars."

    I said. "Deal!"
  11. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    Trying them out is nice, but when you're starting out, they all sound pretty much the same. Unlike a guitar (or uke), it isn't until you've been playing mando for a while that you start to hear the...
  12. Re: Looking for Music Documentary Recommendations

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAH0C1NcCI
  13. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Rich DelGrosso's Get Your Nose Outta My Bizness!
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    Re: how long should i practice?

    A friend who teaches music recommends twenty-minute sessions several times a day. He thinks it gives ideas a chance to settle.

    It's like rain. If there's a lot all at once, most of it just washes...
  15. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Wow! Can't top that with a cherry!
  16. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Well, three picks instead of one did give him an unfair advantage . . . .
  17. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Thanks for the green light. Glad to have someone watching my Bach!
  18. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Nice vid! Always wanted to see someone play a bowlback.
  19. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    My subjective opinion: lots better!

    My more balanced guitar-versus-mando estimation:

    Playing guitar, the tone differences between flat picks, finger picks, and bare fingers is huge. But...
  20. Re: We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Great guitarist! Didn't know he played mando, too. Good to know. Thanks!
  21. We don't need no steenking flat picks!

    Maybe five years ago, after forty-five years playing guitar, I bought a $50 mando on a whim.

    Turned out they're a blast. On my fourth now.

    BUT I've never used to flat-picking them. Gone through...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I'm right on the verge of selling one, keeping the other, and never buying another.

    Not rushing to judgement. But it's appealing.
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    Re: The beagle has landed

    I'd been looking for a few years, too. I spotted this one either here or at Reverb, can't remember. Talked the guy down to what I had to spend. The price wasn't Hollywood, but it wasn't Tobacco Road,...
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    Re: The beagle has landed

    Ugh. Last year I bought a Zoom digital camcorder that got good reviews, hated it, returned it. I doubt I'll ever go down that road again.

    And so far, I've never needed a telephone that takes...
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    Re: The beagle has landed

    Yep, I've been banging away. The neck is shorter than my other mando's, and it turns out that makes it easier to go up the neck because now my left pinky stops at the twelfth fret, so I have a...
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