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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    I think it might could be obvious that the more notes that are right under your fingers the faster you can play. So, placing the hand on the neck where most of the notes are makes sense, at least...
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    Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    I love this stuff. I especially love electric mandolin in the context of Western Swing. If I am not mistaken, there was an Asleep At the Wheel album that had a cut or two of Marty Stewart, playing an...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    I have been to a couple of trade shows at the Javits Center in New York, a cards and gifts show. After half a day one's eyes are just totally exhausted looking at design, and all you want to do sit...
  4. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    I am surprised to hear you say it. I am open to the idea, but in my limited experience with guitar I haven't noticed it (while with mandolin the differences just pop out at me) and more importantly,...
  5. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    True enough. But I think, in most cases, it is because before the new Prairie Home Companion nobody, (and since, hardly anyone) has knowingly heard a mandolin being played. Who do I sound like? Some...
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    Re: Is this too junky (ebay find lol)

    I would not get it, one reason is because the dots are not in the right place.
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    The answer, I believe, is yes. The answer answer to any mandolin question that starts: "Is it necessary to master..." is yes. Because it gives one the option to use that technique where and when it...
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    Re: Different Plectra

    On my electric, a Fender Mandocaster, I prefer the more generic picks. I haven't noticed much difference in response between picks on my electric. More properly, any differences in response can be...
  9. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    That is what I do. The great responsiveness of the mandolin to the type of pick, and the great many types of picks, gives us mandolinners lots of options. It would be a shame to miss out by settling...
  10. Thread: Playing Solo..

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    Re: Playing Solo..

    I have played in public with no accompaniment, many times. The trick is to find someone that wants to play with me in public.

    I came from a woodwind tradition, not a guitar tradition. The...
  11. Re: Sunday picking sessions at my house are keeping me alive...

    Oh, the buzzin' of the bees in the cigarette trees
    The soda water fountain
    Where the lemonade springs and the bluebird sings
    In that Big Rock Candy Mountain
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    Yes and no. I think with the mandolin there is an opportunity to "prefer" several different tones, in which case some kind of thinking about the physics and some experience is needed to guide the...
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    This article really explains how pick choice makes a difference. http://jazzmando.com/tips/archives/000718.shtml

    I use three or four picks regularly. Which one I use depends on the venue or...
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    Re: Picks

    What kind of music are you pursuing?
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Speed is partly illusion. Yea the other part is playing fast, but playing fast ain't the whole thing.

    So much brilliancy is good techniques. Techniques that can make everyone "play faster" without...
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    Jacob Reuven answered this exact question in a workshop I attended. He introduced to us a technique of unmetered tremolo where the rapidity of the tremolo parallels the volume, and gave several...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    45 minutes to an hour.

    I will admit, I cannot practice one thing with complete focus for more than 20 minutes. I can go longer if I let my focus drop, and I can go much longer if I just have fun...
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    Re: Flop Eared Mule -- by Stephen Foster (?!?!?!)

    We do that tune often. As many doubtless do, we have a fiddler who can do a great imitation of mule on the B part.
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    Re: A Much Less Obvious 12/26 Question

    Nailed it!
  20. Thread: Holding Pattern

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    Re: Holding Pattern

    I think in general the classical mandolin hold works for all genres, and the best classical hold is perhaps the best way to hold a mandolin period, for all genres.

    But... the big difference is...
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    Re: Different picks for different instruments

    I think the mandolin responds much more to differences in picks than the guitar. I am primarily a mandolinner, but i do dabble in guitar. I have mandolin picks that do not work on the guitar, and...
  22. Re: Beginner! Eastman 305 vs Kentucky KM-150 vs...??

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    You can do well in that price range.



    Have you checked out the classifieds? One of the safest (a.k.a. least risky) classifieds around.

    I would not confuse the buzz with quality....
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    When i was taking violin lessons my teacher put me on a mandolin diet. Pure and simple, the violin is a very jealous instrument and refuses to be your second instrument. Playing mandolin was time not...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    I am of the opinion that there may be gains in musicality and ear training, and general musicianship, and similar overlap, but general they are different instruments, and you will get stronger at...
  25. Thread: Help a Beginner?

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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    Lydii, here is where I would start. See if you can borrow a mandolin from a friend, or rent one from a shop. Mess around with it for a couple three weeks. Get it tuned up. Consult with some musical...
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