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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    My method uses no tools. I just bend the excess length of string back and forth until metal fatigue causes it to snap right at the post. You'd be surprised at how quickly the metal fatigues and...
  2. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    In a "folk music" setting (BG, for example) the most commonly used chords other than the I-IV-V are the II and the VI. In the key of Bb, these would be C and G. They can be either major or minor...
  3. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    Not knocking anyone's preference or experience, but I'm having a hard time understanding how taller or wider frets could make anything more "cramped". Logic tells me that the scale remains the same,...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Yes, jazz bass is indeed a whole different animal than in BG or oldtime. A great jazz bassist is a wondrous thing to behold. And that is not to disparage BG or oldtime bass playing. A real pro at...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    One of the beautiful things about the mandolin is that is so predictable - once you begin to see the patterns on the fretboard, you see that they repeat predictably from one end of the fretboard to...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    What Jim said. The first challenge in improvising is avoiding the notes that don't sound "right", even if they are in the scale. Pentatonics do this for you automatically. If you can find ways to...
  7. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    This was it for me. Pure happenstance. The jam I was going to (not bluegrass at all, basically just folk music) was an all-guitar orchestra, so I got it just to have something different in the mix....
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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    I always find it funny how tastes can change overtime. I started out using very pointy picks (e.g., Dunlop Jazz). I then gradually moved into rounder picks, ending up with the Golden Gates. Now...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    One thing that's helped me is too pluck the string very gently, almost as gently as I can. Seems to produce far fewer harmonics.

    I'm a big fan of the Unitune, and I've been using it solely in...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Tabs are not a crutch or a detriment, they are merely a tool, one of many that can be used to learn music. Playing by ear is a great asset, but in my experience, it's a skill that takes quite a...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    Niles' books are some of the best you'll find. Highly recommended!
  12. Thread: Fake Book

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    Re: Fake Book

    Thanks, Don. The Sher "New Real Book" volumes that you mention are what have most caught my eye. A bit on the pricey side, but it has the range of material and thoroughness I think I want. ...
  13. Thread: Fake Book

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    Re: Fake Book

    Thanks guys! This helps tremendously. Seems like a Real Book variant is the place to start.

    On a side note, do any of you use iReal Book? I'm tempted to get it, but I would have to use it...
  14. Thread: Fake Book

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    Fake Book

    What Fake Book are you guys using? The only one I have is the Django version, 200 songs, but I often find myself looking for things it doesn't have. It doesn't have to be free, I'm willing to pay...
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    Re: Playing Fifths - LH Fingering

    The "same finger" approach is really the only way to cleanly play those adjacent fifths. It just takes practice to do it smoothly, especially with fingers other than the index.
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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    I don't know what your learning preferences are (physical books vs web resources), but I've found the Cafe's Chord Library (located under the Learn/Listen tab at the top right of the page) to be all...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    I've purchased 3 mandolins without being able to play them first (2 via the MC classifieds) and all 3 exceeded my expectations. This is just my experience, but I think Jill has it right - if you've...
  18. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Personally, I don't sweat it much. I've been through so many up/down playing cycles that I know it will be back soon enough. No need to force anything, IMHO. Enjoy doing other things for a few...
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    Re: Memory of learned songs

    I've recently been obsessed with the work of the San Andreu Jazz Band, and one of their major precepts is transcribing solos by first learning to sing them. In the linked video, 12 year old Alba...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I used one for a while, but it just seemed to crease my forearm in a slightly different spot than than the edge of the mandolin did. Not really an improvement. I finally nixed it because the clamp...
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    Ditto above. I modified picks when I was starting out, but over the years I've gotten better results by working on my picking hand technique. Paradoxically, a lighter grip seems to give much more...
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    Re: Thoughts on String Gauges

    After 15 or so years of medium/heavy strings, I decided to try out some mediums and lights in an effort to give my fingers a break. I was expecting a thinner, tinnier sound, but I honestly didn't...
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    Re: New Member Old Questions

    Here's a new Eastman for a bit more than $800. Mahogany back and sides are a bit out of the norm , but it's probably a fine starter instrument. I'm not a really fan of Morgan Monroe's, but this one...
  24. Re: Does anyone make Monel strings packaged separately?

    I don't know about anyone else's experience, but I've never noticed any corrosion on my Monel strings. I've changed them after six months and not seen any appreciable difference in appearance from...
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    Re: Sam bush and jeff austin slide

    I always click on the "insert video" icon under the "Quick Reply" tab, then paste in the URL.
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