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    Re: Emulating a bass guitar

    OK, I'm back.

    I tried to play in fourths. I really tried. But after playing in fifths, I just couldn't go back.

    There is something magical and intuitive about fifths playing.

    Bottom line: I...
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    Re: Emulating a bass guitar

    Hi all,

    After much thought, I realized that I really needed an instrument with a longer scale length. The octave pedal brought the tone down, but it didn't sound as good as long, heavy strings...
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    Re: Emulating a bass guitar

    Hi all,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am surprised that this thread has lasted this long!

    I have thought about getting an Ashbory, but I am concerned about the following:

    1. I have...
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    Re: Emulating a bass guitar

    Hi all,

    Thank you for all of your input.

    Your responses fall into two categories:

    1. What a cool idea! Here is what I have tried...
    2. What a loser! Go buy a bass guitar!

    I acknowledge...
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    Emulating a bass guitar

    Hi all,

    My band lacks a bassist, and I want to step in.

    What effects would you use to emulate a bass guitar?

    Here is my setup:

    1. Acoustic mandolin stripped down to 4 strings
    2. K&K...
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    Hi all, I've been playing mandolin and...

    Hi all,

    I've been playing mandolin and bouzouki for almost four years, and I still don't feel comfortable using a pick.

    I have gotten into a habit of using my fingernails for chords, and a pick...
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    Hi, All of these suggestions sound great....

    Hi,

    All of these suggestions sound great. However, my big hands won't fit inside the little OM sound hole!

    Can you guys suggest a pickup that goes between the bridge and the body, and has an...
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    Hi all, What about using a Pick Up The World...

    Hi all,

    What about using a Pick Up The World in-line pickup?

    I have heard good things about them, but what exactly are they? Are they piezo pickups, or something else entirely?

    Thanks!
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    Hi, I do like the idea of octave stinging, but...

    Hi,

    I do like the idea of octave stinging, but I don't have the right strings in my possession right now. However, I do happen to have tenor banjo and official OM stings. You work with what you...
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    Hi all, You're right - it's CFAD. I made a...

    Hi all,

    You're right - it's CFAD. I made a typo.

    I currently have tenor banjo strings on my OM. The light gauge works well, but now I am thinking about putting thicker OM strings on.

    My plan...
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    Hi all, I just got back from jamming with a...

    Hi all,

    I just got back from jamming with a spirited bouzouki player from Manchester. His name is Mike Tabor and his bouzouki has the most interesting voice. He tunes his Irish bouzouki in CFDA...
  12. Thread: 4 vs. 8

    by Huda
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    Hi all, The acoustic mandolin is known for its...

    Hi all,

    The acoustic mandolin is known for its eight strings. So why do electric mandolins come with four strings?

    I know that you can get an electric mandolin with eight stings, but it seems...
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    Greaat! Thanks for the mandolin-as-bass input....

    Greaat! Thanks for the mandolin-as-bass input. Now all I have to do is get an electric mandolin and a Boss OC3 pedal!

    I have an acoustic octave mandolin and a cheap piezo clip-on pickup. Tomorrow...
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    What about making the mandolin sound like a bass?...

    What about making the mandolin sound like a bass?

    Is that too much to ask for?
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    Hi all, I've been playing mandolin and octave...

    Hi all,

    I've been playing mandolin and octave mandolin for about 2.5 years now. All of my instruction has come from the internet (thank you Mandolin Cafe!). However, I really want a live human...
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    Hi, I used two J63I sets, so they are in...

    Hi,

    I used two J63I sets, so they are in unisons.
  17. Thread: Mandola chords

    by Huda
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    Hi, To get a mandola sound on an OM, do you...

    Hi,

    To get a mandola sound on an OM, do you capo at 5 or at 7?

    Thanks,
    Huda
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    OK I know that I am going to get some off-color...

    OK I know that I am going to get some off-color responses, but here goes:

    Why do mandolin players pick on banjo players?

    I'm not a blugrass guy, so I don't know the context. But what is going...
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    I love my OM, but I find myself mostly playing in...

    I love my OM, but I find myself mostly playing in the mid-to-high range on the neck.

    In otherwords, I find myself emulating a mandola more than an OM (and I KNOW that my wife won't let me buy yet...
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    Hi all, I finally put D'Addario's Irish Tenor...

    Hi all,

    I finally put D'Addario's Irish Tenor strings (Set J63I) on my OM, and they sound great!

    The strings are light and easy to chord. I love them!

    When I get my mic set up, I'll post a...
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    Okay, this is a weird one. My two G strings have...

    Okay, this is a weird one. My two G strings have different intonations!

    When I play an open G, both G strings sound exactly the same. But when I play G an octave higher (at the twelth fret), one...
  22. Thread: Starting a jam

    by Huda
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    Hi, How do I start a regular jam grouo in my...

    Hi,

    How do I start a regular jam grouo in my city?

    I live in a community of observant Jews about 45 minutes west of Jerusalem, Israel.

    Any advice on starting a jam?

    Thanks,
    Huda
  23. Thread: Fretless om

    by Huda
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    Hi all, What do you think? What would an OM...

    Hi all,

    What do you think? What would an OM sound like if you took the frets off?

    I am trying to play Arabic maqamim without spending the money on an oud or a saz. I added quarter-tone frets...
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    OK, so I took your suggestions and tried it...

    OK, so I took your suggestions and tried it again. This time I used an old E string and tied it onto the neck. It seems like it is working!

    I don't know how long the new frets will last, and they...
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    Will do. I ordered the J63I set today.

    Will do. I ordered the J63I set today.
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