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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Don't fall into the mental trap that there is only one pick for you. I change my pick for different venues, different kinds of playing, different kinds of music, different kinds of practice. More...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    Philphool's recommendation is right on. Pickloser's guide is pretty amazing. It is a really well organized instruction on getting double stops immediately into your playing. The names she uses for...
  3. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    :))

    Yea it is easier to get good gear than to get good at playing it.

    That, however, is no reason to avoid getting good gear. None at all. Get what you want, just don't fool your self that the...
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    Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    Curmudgeon warning.

    I am a melody person, and I find it a comfort that many tunes have a similar chord structure, so I can concentrate on the melody as I play the chords.

    And it helps in...
  5. Thread: Disappointment

    by JeffD
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    Re: Disappointment

    Dodged a bullet.
  6. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    If one were picking up the electric mandolin in order to be a loud mandolin and be heard better in the jams where one finds mandolin, I would strongly advise getting a good resonator mandolin...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Playing in public includes performing, and jamming. I would much rather jam. I would rather play with friends than play for friends, or anyone, actually.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Because you enjoy playing at home more.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    The public would be hard pressed to identify which instrument in the line up is a mandolin, much less if it was a good one or not.
  10. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    This has been my experience as well.
  11. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    What kind of music do you play?
  12. Re: Check out this mandolin...... Thoughts, comments, concerns

    Love it love it.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Because, on average, they sound better and can play better.

    Your question makes the tacit assumption that the only reason one owns a high end mandolin i to be seen with it. I don't think by and...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Back in the day, (before the internet) monado-centric information and camaraderie were very hard to find. My life line was a publication called Mandolin World News. It came out quarterly and...
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    Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Here is another cool idea. As you walk during the day, hum a fiddle tune that you know or one that you are learning. Sync it up with your walking.
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    Re: Increasing Scale Exercise Speed

    Hmmm. Do you mean in playing or do you mean in practicing exercises.

    In playing, the music itself kind of tells you. Certain runs or riffs or combinations are just easier to play DUDU. Sometimes...
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    Re: Hearing Horns in Solos?

    I think it depends on the insurance company. Insurance companies focused on the needs of musicians will allow you to determine its worth, and establish the premiums accordingly. A non musician...
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    Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Listen for the beat in every piece of music you hear, in the car radio, on line, in the background in the elevator. Just try and find it and tap your foot, or your finger, what ever is appropriate,...
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    Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I find that while that is good, real good, often for me the foot tap wonders away from the actual beat, and I am following the foot tap. These days I am breaking my tapping habit a bit, and just...
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    Re: Practice Regiment Questions

    A friend of mine who I was encouraging on her musical adventure asked me what is the second thing. Another words, if you have already reconstructed your life so that you can get behind the instrument...
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    Just a crazy philosophical note about a budget. In business, especially in a large company, we commonly spend the whole budget, on the grounds that if we consistently came in under the big bosses...
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    Re: I Don't Know (But I Like It)

    That's wonderful.
  23. Thread: ToneRite

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    Re: ToneRite

    For anyone wanting their mandolin awakened, I offer a service. Send it to me, and, for a fee of course, I will play it 8 to ten hours a day for for 10 business days.
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    Re: Mandolins for 6k and under?

    I would add Lou Stiver. I bet you could find one for under 6K. They are wonderful.
  25. Thread: Learning Video's

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    Re: Learning Video's

    I am a big fan of Skype lessons over videos. My teacher watches me and gives me feedback and suggestions and exercises to work on, right away.

    I guess it becomes harder to Skype lesson with the...
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