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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    My beer fridge freezer always has large ice cubes, though I'm actually partial to ice spheres made in Tovolo molds. Why not...it's fancy and I'm making them for my own pleasure :) I've gone down...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    I've been a rather obsessive cocktail geek for about a decade now, so I'm actually pretty pissed I missed Chris digress at length on mixology :)
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I've tried to be pretty conscious of wrist angle, though recently I've taken to playing classical guitar style while sitting to REALLY insure that the wrist stays as far away from a 45 degree angle...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I've tried a few braces for sleeping. Still trying to find one that doesn't hurt the area between my thumb and index finger. Perhaps TMI, but I'm a side sleeper who almost always keeps both hands...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    Thanks for passing along that URL - lots of good info there. This has only been going on for a couple of months, so I don't think it will take years to heal, but, like I said, I'm guessing I will be...
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    I know nothing of their instruments, but they picked a great name.
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    Re: Lesson Structure / Approach

    Not an instructor, but I've played a while...which probably counts for little, but...anyway, here's my advice. You need to be a bit more assertive in terms of what you're expecting. Yes, it is a...
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    Wrist Tendonitis?

    I'd love to hear from anyone who's dealt with this. Around about August I started getting pain in my right (picking hand) wrist that kind've spread up to the middle of my lower point of my palm and...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Tempted, but... Thile is obviously a genius musician, but from the interviews I've seen and read, he frequently seems to sail off into rather "out there" explanations for things. I don't hold that...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Mugger (holding a gun): Your money or your life!
    Jack Benny: [Silent]
    Mugger: Your money or your life!
    Jack Benny: I heard you...I'm just thinking it over.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    So, you played one rather obscure budget pac-rim F style mando and decided you don't like F styles in general? I got news for you, if you don't like the sound of the F style TKD, you likely won't...
  12. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    But at that point, aren't you basically just using tabs? I mean, if you're using standard but introducing marks to show which string, fret, and finger to use...well...that's tablature. It just...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    Greg Horne's beginner mando book is excellent. Everyone should probably start with Mike Marshall's fundamental DVDs. After that, I'd also second Sharon's Peghead Nation courses. Admittedly, I have...
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    This gets to the subjective nature of tone, and to some degree, perhaps how a broken-in instrument affects one's appreciation of the brand. I've probably played about a half-dozen Ellis mandos and...
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    I think that's your problem right there. I've heard Dave McLaughlin playing a Kentucky that costs around $1k and I don't think there really was a ceiling to how good he could sound. If I didn't...
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    For a lot of things, Tab is essential to learning...or at least the superior tool. It's far easier to more accurately depict McReynold's style rolls or specific licks via tab because WHERE the notes...
  17. Re: Please help me choose a beginner instrument

    Eastman or Kentucky. I've never played a The Loar that I liked. I also agree about using the Cafe classifieds. Buying a good used instrument is the way to go.
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    Re: Old v New

    I played a new one a couple of years ago. Custom-build that the guy had literally just brought down from Lou's place that afternoon. One of the best instruments I've ever played. Offered to trade...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    About seven years ago, give or take, I was having trouble with my mando staying in tune. I mentioned it to a buddy at a jam and he asked if I'd been using D'Addarios. I told him I had and he said...
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    Re: Carbon fiber and fiberglass cases

    It probably depends on how often you're taking it out of your house/apartment, but if I had spent enough money to own a Gilchrist, I would spring for a Calton. At that point, it's a few hundred to...
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    Re: K&K pick up and Baggs Venue DI Help

    +3 on the K&K, assuming it's an Internal Twin installed by someone who knows exactly what they're doing. Also, I totally agree with you on the Red Eye. I struggled for a year to get a tone I liked...
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    I would also add that if you can't hear the difference yourself, then don't worry about it. Those are both excellent mandos. I've heard a number of sub-$1k Eastmans that sounded great. It took me...
  23. Re: Retranscription of Walls of Time - Ricky Skaggs's mandolin ki

    I learned this solo from Sharon Gilchrist's course at Peghead Nation. She tabbed it out and taeches it note-for-note. You're basically spot-on, at least to her transcription. The biggest...
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    Re: Reading suggestions

    Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Music - A fascinating look at the history of recording technology from wax cylinders through modern day digital recording. It's easy to say you "get"...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I like the Snarks for my guitars, but I use the microtuners for the mandos. I find them to be pretty accurate and better than the Snarks on mandos. That said, it's still a matter of using my ears...
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