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  1. Thread: Tailpieces

    by Bill McCall
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    Re: Tailpieces

    I'm a big fan of not having to thread a string through a tailpiece. James are fine, but a tad expensive, while 'Monteleone' style tailpieces (open top) can be inexpensive, albeit imported, if that...
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    I thought clown numbers were increasing, given all the tiny cars on the road.
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Since you raised the question, it appears you have doubts about some 'value' perception and quelling them seems to require sending the instrument back.

    Its your money, satisfy yourself.
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    When I went to the hand surgeon he commented that he operated on hands not as bad as mine. Didn’t hurt unless I bumped it back toward my wrist, then writhing in agony. But I followed his guidance,...
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    Re: A / Am / A7 chords?

    Only use 3 notes. That’s easier.
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    Re: Hora Octave ?

    So, when you stopped using the zero fret, did you move the nut to its location?
  7. Re: Don't dribble bourbon on your Gibson A1...

    Rick,
    just to be safe, I could come and collect any remaining bourbon, curbside pickup of course:)
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Many people would point out that chord tones sound much better and are foundational to playing. Connecting chords via voice leading requires knowing where the chord tones are.

    Without knowing any...
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Some people say LL had a special batch of fretwire made that enhanced the tone generation. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard he left Gibson when the supply got too low to make another batch...
  10. Re: A not inexpensive way to try the tenor guitar

    A buck three eighty.
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    Re: Sultans of Swing tab

    That would make him an intermediate player.
  12. Re: Semi-accoustic Mandolin build + various questions

    Glue joints are strongest when the grain runs parallel in the joined piece. Mandolins have high tension, so you'd need to reinforce the top which would tend to dampen the sound. Not typically done,...
  13. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    You can play the ffcp patterns for the modes without changing anything except the starting figure for the major scale. Change of thinking but not mechanical. You will need to change fingering for...
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    Re: Dreaming of a Great A5 under $6000

    OP,

    Clark, Collings, Ellis and Pava all have impeccable build quality, as do others. In your shopping range, the individual instrument chosen is as likely to be differentiated by the setup, the...
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    Re: What is MAS?

    Many people here suffer from this syndrome. In advanced cases, sufferers have been known to temporarily stop buying mandolins and start building them. Even in these advanced cases many relapse...
  16. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    When I started in group situations, women outnumbered the men by 2-1. In jams, I don't pay much attention to who's who except to note how they play.

    I can tell you the color, make and model of...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    1. Have fun all along the way.
    2. Its all about the picking hand, so learn to grip the pick well and make the 3 basic strokes, down/up same string, down on a string/up on the lower and down on the...
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    Re: Question for Experienced Players

    Fast tempos are part of many musical genres, so switching can be problematic. Jams vary considerably in preferred tempos, so its often the case of founding one yourself to attract players in your...
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    Re: Bach--Gigue from Suite #3 in C major

    Not bad for a jazz player. One might think you’ve played in an orchestra:)

    Really nice, thanks
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Because I started late, 60+, i do multiple 30 minute sessions per day, trying to make 6. Tea makes a nice break. Used to jam on top of that as well. Back when I worked, I did 90 minutes before...
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    Re: May 24 Canadian fiddle concert

    I saw him a few years ago. What a wonderful performer with a bright twinkle in his eye. Well worth the time.
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    Re: Picking pattern chart

    There's only a few strokes, basically, in flatpicking.

    1. Down and up on the same stroke
    2. Down on one string, up on the lower string.
    3. Down on one string, up and the higher string.
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    Re: Wintergrass 2020

    We dodged a big bullet back in February, especially as a typical bluegrass crowd is ‘the elderly and their parents’, apologies to Ron Thomason.

    ‘I resemble that remark’- the Three Stooges
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    From my experience with DeQuervain syndrome, which is an inflammation of the thumb tendon, I followed the doctor's advice and stopped doing the things that initiated the pain. DUH. But I also...
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    Re: Are All Lloyd Loars Dropping In Price?

    Oh I'd come out, but there might be a few lumps under my coat:)
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