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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    This should keep you busy, I like Tim O'Brien's arpeggio warmup, some days that's all i play (for 7 minutes) http://www.mandozine.com/techniques/index.html

    Mike Marshall's finger busters and his...
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    Re: Did my eyes just get older? Font size...

    The font is smaller today on my PC, Win10 using Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 (Official Build) (64-bit) but seems to be same in firefox (i.e. a little bigger)
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    When i went to Wintergrass, I remember meeting a number of guitar, banjo, mando etc makers from Bend, the Sisters, Portland, and places near you. Andrew Mowry, Preston Thompson, Brooks Masten, um,...
  4. Re: Trying to find old article: guitarist exploring pick grips

    Probably this which i started to read and then i realized it wound't do me any good to try to absorb that much analysis, but i do like the story about spending hours and hours modding picks to get...
  5. Thread: Picking faster?

    by gtani7
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    Re: Picking faster?

    While we're waiting for the vid, here's a good one study, Bush, Joliff, Skehan, McCoury, Hoffman. Lots of differences in technique, esp. Sam, nobody can pick like him.

    I think it's important to...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    I used to know a lot of music students at Manhattan School, Cleveland Institute and other places, (I think) they didn't generally aim for X hours of practice, they structured their practice as...
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    Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Good to know. There's some good luthier/techs in SF, especially south of Market but they're in kinda sketchy neighborhoods

    (Just to name names: Gary Brawer that everybody knows, SF guitarworks,...
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    Re: Case modification

    here's a case study, urethane foam from the craft department at WalMart.
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    Re: About my pick grip

    another vid that i keep posting: Bush, McCoury, Joliff, Skehan, Hoffman, they're all holding pick the same way except for the one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTJJdlswFPE

    I find if my index...
  10. Re: Ale Brider (a Yiddish folk tune) [on Red Valley Mandolin]

    Nice playing.

    The lighting's a little dark so I'll say those RV's are really nice instruments, fit/finish/sound/action and anything else-wise. I've tried a few Red Valley's at the Seattle dealer,...
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    Re: a bad practice session

    I just start over w/warmups, those tunes/arpeggios whatever I can rip thru fast that always sound pretty good. If that doesn't work there's a couple instruments that i never have bad days on , piano...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I would also avoid doing science experiments on a vintage instrument. There's lots of threads in other forums about breakover angle on Gibson electric guitars (and others w/Nashville tailpiece) and...
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    Re: Non Mandolin Jazz

    Aebersold's free book has a list of suggested players all instruments, page 7 http://jazzbooks.com/jazz/FQBK
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    Re: Flatiron Archive

    Here's some other FLat history links:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09Kf6jyBuak

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/1208-PreGibson-Flatiron-History
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  15. Thread: Pick advice?

    by gtani7
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    Re: Pick advice?

    At the low $ end, i like Dunlop Ultex and Clayton Ultem, same material but different bevels, Ultex has a nicer bevel.


    Higher end, Gravity gold picks and these from Hense, both around $20 and...
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    Re: Different ways of learning

    The way to progress is at the beginner stages, work on manual dexterity and being able to reproduce a decent number of licks, solos, backup and other pieces of tunes as transcribed by different...
  17. Re: I want to make a demo. Which tunes should I use?

    Look at used imacs ffrom Apple or other online sellers with good ratings. You only need a powerful CPU and lots of RAM (quadcore and 32G) if you're using a lot of effects processors, synthesized...
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    Re: Strap peg keeps popping out

    Shim it with small pieces of paper, push back in gently. The important thing is to not push it into the tail block hard, or drop the instrument onto the endpin, I remember people splitting tailblocks...
  19. Bill Monroe: 2 books reviewed by Wall St Journal

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/bill-monroe-and-blue-grass-generation-review-the-blue-grass-boy-1538085573

    Books authored by Tom Ewing and Neil Rosenberg. The article may be paywalled, I can't tell,...
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    Re: What I hate most about mandolin

    I haven't watched this video about Pythagorean, just intonation and ET in awhile but it's often recommended for violinists (the presenter is not exactly right about pianos being tuned in ET). ...
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    Re: Guitar Question: Starting to Play Fingerstyle?

    I invariably start with the Alfred 3 volume Begin/Intermed./Advanced books for any instrument, I remember the one for Fingerstyle guitar being good but it's been a while and I can't find it.

    You...
  22. Re: Mando "performance anxiety" when playing with others?

    One of the specific things to focus on, besides having some tunes down cold, is to play with backing tracks or tune MP3s from different bands/sources and practice "catching up" when you make a...
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    Re: Slower is faster

    Brass, woodwind and violin players start with holding one note a long time, for adjusting embouchure, diaphgram, bow control, intonation/tone etc. Sometimes that's all they do.

    This story about a...
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    Re: Pickguards, or not?

    I don't have pickguards on mine but I would like to install one befoer the pinky wear gets very deep into the finish. If you're near a Northfield dealer, check out how they do a long support under...
  25. Thread: Nut glue?

    by gtani7
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    Re: Nut glue?

    If the nut goes into a slot in fingerboard, you can wedge some paper in there to keep it in place, if you ever need to move it up or sideways I prefer that. Otherwise (most mandolins) if it just...
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