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    Re: Skype Instruction on West Coast?

    Stygobyte …. Emory Lester Sharon Gilchrist Andy Hadfield are all excellent mandolin teachers. Pete Martin has a large number of publications for sale on his site that are worth looking into. He also...
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    Re: Solo Performance Gear

    Yeah … it's really a question of how much money you want to invest. JBL and Fishman towers w/ bass module are really high quality units. Fishman and Roland make amps that may be a step up from your...
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    Re: Polishing Frets

    Yes Stewart MacDonald will have every tool you can imagine for polishing and re-crowning worn frets. If you have had your frets worked down twice it is time for a re-fret. Choose EVO alloy fret wire...
  4. Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    When the setup is perfect and I have the right pick for me I will go with .11's to assist my aging hands …… I do prefer the volume of the .115's but tonally they are very close in the Curt Mangan...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    Playing closed position scales and starting with an index finger on the 1 or tonic allows you to reach any double stop based on a single octave. If you have a finger large enough a 1/5 can even be...
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Yeah with the dual courses and short length of string it can take some density and thickness of pick material to drive the strings. The thickness of the instruments top also makes a difference....
  7. Re: Tips for playing mandolin and electric slide... on the same s

    You certainly could set up a Tele or Strat up on a stand flat and play it overhand with a bar. Put strap locks on the mandolin. It is likely that you can pick up a lap steel with a P 90 ….. it may be...
  8. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    One of my favorite musical hero stories involves Mark O'Conner Sam Bush Bela Fleck Tony Rice Mark Schatz and Jerry Douglas. One year at Merlefest this super group started in on Salt Creek and at the...
  9. Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    It is important to learn and use both three and four tone chord forms. There will be times when one form suits the music better than the other. It is as much about tone as speed and ease of...
  10. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    Yeah …. The first melody line... sometimes all it takes it the correct kick off. And when you get down to it many of these songs are so similar that you can "cross pollinate" pieces and parts from...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    Brilliancy, Russian Rag, Sapporo, Reach, You Don't Knock ……. Enjoy … R/
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    I recently played at a church and a very young fellow …. first or second grade came up to me after the set and said" I really like your little guitar". I thanked him, politely corrected him and...
  13. Re: Please help! Fixing my pick direction

    One teacher I had at a workshop recommended to never stop the down up down up motion. When you come to a quarter note or rest you don't make contact with any string but keep the dudududu going full...
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    Re: Silk and Steel Strings?

    I have always believed that for each mandolin and player there is a perfect string. IMO silk and steel don't sound good on a mandolin. So much so that I have never even tried them out on one of mine....
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    Well …. I would say I flirt with playing the banjo. With judicious use of a capo. It is a fun instrument to mess with a bit. R/
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    Re: Woodstock

    Yeah I was 16 and living in SoCal … I did see it as a first run movie. I had to go to L.A. as it was not shown in Orange County. . . .R/
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    Re: What’s your travel case?

    Calton. But then I don't take a travel mandolin and have , so far, been allowed to carry it on. I do always pay any early boarding fee. R/
  18. Re: Loudness with Chris Thile CT 55 Bluechip pick?

    Well ….. I can say with surety that no one to date has said they couldn't hear me play with a CT-55 ……. R/
  19. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    It always depends on the venue. One microphone with people moving in and out is best if you can make it work. With seven players I would set up three areas covered by condenser mics. One are for the...
  20. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Well the first step toward solving a "problem" is to recognize there is one. Consider approaching your "problem" like this. First listen to a song until you KNOW it. Second play the rhythm until you...
  21. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    Hmmm …. What music you are playing makes a difference on your choice of plectrum. What ever you choose to use and play a loose wrist and loose grip on the pick are necessary. If you don't drop the...
  22. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    It's just that we all share an Instrumentality . . . . . R/
  23. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    I don't know yet . . . . I do own fewer mandolins than guitars ….. it's close though …. R/
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    Re: What does OP mean?

    Best of my understanding it is a reference to the Original Poster's OP comment / s.
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    Re: How do you clean your mandolin?

    I use a damp cloth then buff it with a dry one. Once or twice a year I polish it with Dunlop Formula 65. I did go to Walmart and buy a bundle of white washcloths specifically for instrument care. I...
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