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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I have a pickup on all my acoustic instruments. Mandolin, fiddle, banjer, & guitar. I run through a micro-cube. I use it like a monitor. For sure it helps to get the sound in front of you. The cube...
  2. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Another type of skill/game to play, is "first take." Or figure out how to get the best you can with the first take. This is the more closer to a performance, i feel. I've often said, the good stuff...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I think maybe now with the advent of new CPAP cleaners i might just try the pipes. . . . . Naw
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    Re: Timing issues

    Monroe's Mule Skinner Blues. "Juss keep a boom-chuck going, and you change when i change." I imagine this to be the directions given by Mr. Bill, if any directions were given.
  5. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Mike Compton, Rotten Taters
    Garcia/Grisman
    Nickel Creek's 1st album
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Mule Skinner Blues, but i don't yodel. I do it like Van Morrison
    Honky Tonk Women
    And if they are Playas: Frog on the Lillipad
    I hate to say it but Wagon Wheel does tare it up, but i play it on...
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    Re: Heads up for you Mandolinists with Cats

    Sue, glad to hear your kitty is getting better. I've got a 30 year old cat on my lap,. and a 20 year old callico on the back of the couch. They sleep alot at that age.
    The numerous barncats seem to...
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    Re: My band asked me to stop playing guitar

    Dude! That was you?

    😀
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I wished i never played my buddy's F5-G.
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    Who's been watching Mike Compton?

    Every Sun. night @ 7:00.
    For some reason i can't get on the live streaming feeds. Don't understand why? But i watch it after it's over. Yes, it's great! Whipped out a dola. Does some cross-key...
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    I didn't loose him. I know where he's at.
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    I bought a looper pedal about a year ago. Only started playing with it for a few days. It seems more organic than a recording or band in a box. But (a big but) you have to be able to A. Plug it...
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    Re: Musician quotes

    "Stay away from them doughnuts boys, they's tuff an they ain't a bit sweet."
    - Bill Monroe sampling a bagel
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    Re: Musician quotes

    Don't wait until you get good to play with others. You get good because you play with others.
    Probably Mike Edgerton
  15. Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    Work on your scales every day. Just like singing and playing guitar, the guitar has to go on autopilot. The scale , i.e. pentatonic scale in the given chord or key. Strangley, i learnt to drill 8...
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    Re: Impress Your Friends

    anybody?

    :))



    Actually, they told me the job had been filled.
  17. Re: Keeping instruments for sentimental reasons

    From the deceased point of view, it doesn't matter. No Earthly thing matters.
    When I'm gone, it won't matter, and I won't care.

    Until then, my tally seems comparatively low. I don't really have...
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    Re: What is Groove?

    Groove and pocket are nice notions, but you're either playing in time or you're not.

    Skip over simple boom-chuck at your own peril.
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    Re: What I hate most about mandolin

    Sometimes I get the feeling I'm out of tune by one winding. Then it's too late for flat wound strings.

    Fiddles you can tune how you want. The bridge is not compensated. So with the exception of...
  20. Re: Recommended Resources for Learning to Read Music?

    Transposing tunes from one key to another. Not just snapping on a capo, but with staff paper and pencil, helps one to familiarize with staffs and clefs. I think of keys and key changes as the first...
  21. Re: Recommended Resources for Learning to Read Music?

    I learned what little I know, from the front of the Fiddler's Fakebook. True said, you can basically read mandolin and violin right from the treble clef. My problems are two fold: I know a lot of...
  22. Re: What do you practice when you practice bluegrass?

    Eight years later: Jam frequently.
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    Re: A friend needs a Lefty fiddle tune book

    At one time there were probably more left handed folks playing right handed instruments. But as time goes on, left handed instruments became more accessible. I would contact Steve Perry. He's a...
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    Re: Memorizing Chords and Progressions

    Beware of Whiskey Before Breakfast, Arkansas Traveler, and Blackberry Blossom. In certain sections, there's a chord change every beat.

    For awhile I'd look up songs on Chordie.com. But they would...
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    Re: Memorizing Chords and Progressions

    I've been playing for a bit, so I don't know how much of this is gained by shear mileage:
    I don't hardly memorize anything. There's just too many songs & tunes.
    If I learned 1000 tunes, there'd be...
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