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    Re: a strange mandolin

    You don't have the pair of E strings on the mandolin. In my opinion you shouldn't be worrying about intonation until you have all the strings on the instrument because the additional pressure of the...
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    Re: 10-15 Minute Theory Practice

    Excellent spreadsheet and wonderfully helpful! Thank you for sharing it with us! Great practice concept -- if people practice and absorb all that information for each key, even if it takes more...
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    Re: Dwight Lamb's Danish Tunes

    Nice playing, nice tune! Dwight is definitely a national treasure! Thanks for sharing!
  4. Re: Any idea where I can find more music like this?

    https://oldtime-central.com/category/musician-profile/ Is a great place to learn about musicians who specialize in old-time music. Especially Billy Martin -- his book of 500 Fiddle Tunes is a great...
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    Dwight Lamb's Danish Tunes

    I just heard about Dwight Lamb, who is an old-time fiddler from Iowa, who also play a lot of Danish tunes which he learned from his Danish grandfather. Lamb makes frequent trips to Denmark and plays...
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    Re: Mandolin strings

    In my opinion there is no single weight that is better for picking than any other weight. So much depends on the specific instrument, an individual's left-hand strength, picking skill, and musical...
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    Re: Mandolins outside

    In addition to the advice against leaving the mando in the car or closed in the case in direct sunlight on a very hot day, for people in colder climates, the same goes for very cold days also.
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    Re: Keyboard recommendation for a newbie

    If you want to move the keyboard around, consider whether you want "weighted" keys which make the keyboard very heavy, or whether "touch sensitive" keys will do just as well for you. True, the...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    +1 more for the tonegard. When I started playing mandolin, I read somewhere (probably here at the Cafe!) about holding the instrument away from my stomach. I could notice a difference as a player,...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    The Boss RC3 can handle loops of great length, so it could handle complete songs if desired.
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    Re: Weighty Question

    One reason the results we hear are almost always positive is that people who go to the expense of buying something which has a negative effect on their playing often don't care to share that they...
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    Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    You can use a microphone for the looper but you have to be very careful about how you aim the microphone. If you want to start playing around with the looper without altering your mandolin, using a...
  13. Great New Collection of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Evelyn's books over the past 5 years, ever since her first "Evelyn's Big Book 2015," have been a great source of wonderful arrangements of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals scattered...
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    New Book of Evelyn Castiglioni's Tunes

    Evelyn's books over the past 5 years, ever since her first "Evelyn's Big Book 2015," have been a great source of wonderful arrangements of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals scattered...
  15. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    I'm very curious about why the Peterson says "plucked rather than picked." Once you have tuned it with the plucked thumb, have you checked the tuning with a pick? I find that it's a bit sharper...
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    Re: New Mandolin Player

    "Oh Them Britches" is a good and simple tune. "Bile Them Cabbage Down" is another one.
  17. Re: Negative Melodies, automatic transposition in ABC?

    Rachmaninoff's "trick" was part of the "serial" school of composition (Schoenberg/Berg/Webern originally) -- it's an inversion of the original tone-row of a composition. So serial composers would...
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    Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    The answer to your question requires a few questions before it can be answered, in my opinion:
    1) what type of music do you hope to play on the mandolin? Classical, bluegrass, jazz, old-time, rock?...
  19. Re: Tip: Replacing Book Bindings with Spiral Bindings

    I love that book and make great use of it both on mandolin and fiddle. I printed it double-sided, so it's only about 250 sheets of paper and there are coils which can handle that capacity.
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    Re: Improv From Scratch

    Mike, to Pete's great advice I would add that you need to lose your natural desire to sound good when you start improvising. There are lots of play-along recordings that you can practice with in the...
  21. Thread: Songwriting

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    Re: Songwriting

    Are you asking about how to get musical ideas that will sound good on the mandolin? Or asking about how to write them down so others can play them?
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    Re: Bickford Mandolin Method

    As it stands now in the U.S. copyright for older works which were under copyright in either their first term or their renewal term when the U.S. Copyright law was re-written in 1978 have protection...
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    Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    DavDavDav, I think you were misinformed about the "down on 1, 3 and up on 2, 4." I find it works great to pick down on every beat, which then leaves the up for any/all 8th-notes on the "and" of the...
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    Re: Multi-track Recording?

    Maybe I missed it, but I don't recall anybody mentioning Audacity on the PC -- it is totally free, it can do multi-tracking and has a slew of great editing capabilities.

    An inexpensive interface...
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    B M G Magazine

    I saw a post the other day which included a link to the Banjo Mandolin Guitar Magazine from England. I followed the link and have to say that I think it's a very great resource and a lot of fun to...
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