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    Re: Metal Mandolins

    Ah, metal resonator mandolins...first cousin to the dobro.
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    Re: Metal Mandolins

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/uFm92JDEHFh3mM-BP6mQAKjhVlcLZkpRtI2GTSE_KlULYxdTqACHdTMcW-X_d-omt_gxVQ-M3zk3oyyg-Dzn--y3kaXn8jyNWEUCSzc

    I was wondering if the OP was referring to the...
  3. Re: Best Book for Christmas Song Chord Melodies

    Thanks for posting this, it's a great choice.

    http://gigbooks.freemusiced.org/uploads/6/6/6/4/6664775/pdchristmasfakebook.pdf

    There's this book too if you are interested. Sometimes I use the...
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    Re: Mainland or Cretan Laouto

    It looks like a nice instrument.

    The most common traditional tuning is CGDA, but the lowest C string is re-entrant and an octave higher than one would expect. Your looks like many of the standard...
  5. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    Speed is only a single aspect of musical technique. One also could include dynamics, tone color, rhythmic feel and accuracy, and many other technical bits, but speed is the one that seems to upset...
  6. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    I stopped visiting the forum regularly because it had very few new posts, but you can look at older posts.
  7. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    It's pretty easy.

    It's called jianpu, and basically you pick a key, say G, and assign a number to each note:

    G A B C D E F# as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7.

    A dot above a note makes it an octave higher, a...
  8. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    I sometimes check that forum. Good info!

    Many of the modern Chinese instruments have mechanical tuners that still look like the old simple wooden pegs but have hidden gears.
  9. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    Quite true!



    I certainly agre that lack of technique definitely limits expression on a musical instrument.

    Technique is a means to a musical end.
  10. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Probably so.
  11. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Oh, this it this shape - cool, those are usually decently made. No specific decal under the tailpiece/bridge area as in the pic?

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/WzkAAOSwdndd95h6/s-l400.jpg

    enjoy!
  12. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Congrats, Jim, I think you'll be just as happy - if not happier - with a ruan than a liuqin. Both work as "Chinese mandolins" but the ruan has a larger soundbox, and yours looks like a good...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    That's right, I guess I forgot about the Ab bop versions.
  14. Thread: Pick Question

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    Re: Pick Question

    One other issue is the stiffness of the material used.

    I prefer a .73 or so Ultex or Ultem, with a sharp point. It's very stiff, though.
  15. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    I don't recommend tuning a mandolin up. That's just my opinion, though - technically you could use under gauged strings and tune it up. I'd use a capo first, and I rarely use capos.

    I have tuned...
  16. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    True...but mandolin is made to be played in ANY and ALL keys.

    Now, if your arrangement needs particular open strings, a capo may make sense.
  17. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    You guys make good points:

    Any playable mandolin is OK to learn on.

    Bowlbacks are wonderful instruments, but need a bit of special care.

    You can play any style of music on any sort of...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    Almost all the horn jazz bands I worked with (including decades in New Orleans) played the tune in F, beginning on a D7 chord.

    Many string bands - including Gypsy jazz groups - play it in G,...
  19. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    Just to show what was the way to hold a mandolin in the old bowlback-era books:

    https://www.themandolintuner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Holding-the-mandolin.jpg

    Plus, one can stand and...
  20. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    just the order I typed them



    It's not playable at all.



    Mike's right, no way to get that to play.
  21. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    Oh, wow, I get to go first...

    Well, I am in the minority of folks on this forum that love bowlback mandolins. I tend to play more Italian and other music rather than the style on the video, but...
  22. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    Mike, that's why I wanted to know the real string height at the 12th fret. Like you, I've seen too many bowlbacks with a solid neck to body connection - but the neck and block had shifted enough to...
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    great advice, but there are a couple possible issues with that too:

    Not all "experienced players" agree on what is proper technique

    You have the exceptional players that can play well in spite...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    I guess that's similar to "strict tempo" playing?
  25. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    It looks like a very rough home repair - which is why I asked about the playability, as that repair is a red flag, as JeffD pointed out correctly.

    Since you are not a player, perhaps you could...
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