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  1. Out of solidarity we will observe Blackout Tuesday

    Since inception this site has attempted to serve as an oasis, a respite from the rest of the world, a place to relax, let down and get away from a lot of complicated news, hot button topics, and many...
  2. Amazing video of Josh Luttrell finishing an Ellis

    Thought we could all use some soothing relaxing video to watch today.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Remembering the Theory that all of today's music is using just one chord progression...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0c_fh_ETM0
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    How High the Moon by John 5

    Better known for his work with Rob Zombie, here's Johnny with a Fender John 5 HB Master Built “Goldie” Tele and matching Mandocaster ...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMoi32doR58
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    My son is a professional jazz bassist. When he was starting out at about 12 years old, he would learn the melody and chords, and then his teacher would ask, "What do you hear inside?" Then my son...
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Wow, from the Italian tradition I come from, mandolin w/o tremolo doesn't exist! It's the essential sound of the instrument.

    Thanks for being honest, though.
  7. First Video of The Mandolin Store new location

    Just received from Dennis.



    ... there's an Eastman El Rey in there!
  8. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    Exactly! that's why it's harder than the other fingers.

    And of course there are double trills...trilled double stops. Hard to do without using all fingers.
  9. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    I agree with T.D. The musicality comes first. Perhaps there are some folks who can pull it off (no pun intended) however I believe that the physiognomy (is that the right word) of the fingers #3 & 4...
  10. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    The answer I'd give as a teacher is you need to practice the 3rd/4th finger combination to build strength and speed.

    That said, many players would probably shift and use the 2nd/3rd finger.

    If...
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    Re: Live From Home

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuuz_yEauNg
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Apparently you go to different jams than I do. Here that's required, apparently. I'm generally surprised when someone is in tune.
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    Re: Social Distancing

    I have to be nice to people at work. At home, I prefer to be left alone to do my own things. I don't particularly dislike people, but I am a loner by nature. Social distancing is no problem for me.
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    Re: Flatiron catalog on eBay

    Flaturon sounds kind of unpleasant :cool:
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    Re: Hypothetical Wierd Question ?

    No oval hole on this one but here's David Grisman's Lil' Pup mandolin, a one-of-a-kind 2 point by Gibson. I talked to David after a show (Old & In The Gray) where he played it. It was a recent...
  16. Re: Hand position, and proper way to wear a strap?

    I find that the over the head strap puts the mandolin too far to the left. I like my arms and torso to be better balanced. The right shoulder style also makes it easier to keep the back of the...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Suggestions and answers given are very good, but I'd like to mention the issue of trying too hard when playing out. One aspect of this I've found is trying to be heard! Playing in your living room...
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    Re: Gibson Post Mortem

    It should be noted that since the Gibson F5 was introduced in 1922 it has always been a "custom" ordered model. A dealer would have to order one based on someone putting a deposit down at the...
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
  20. Re: If you think changing strings on a mandolin is a pain...

    The lack of frets is much easier on the strings. Still, I suspect quite a few violin players are cringing at your remark. The symphonic violinists certainly change strings often, and those babies are...
  21. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    First of all, I am "pretty Jim." not you. Also, I am pretty dumb to post that post which needs to be in the thread on Smart mandolins. Doh! :)
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I think you mean capoed at fret 4.
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    Re: Snacks for Super Bowl party

    Super Bowl.

    Always been an admirer of Brian Dean's work. Apparently Julien Martineau is playing one on his new release.

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    Re: Doubling on Mandolin and Fiddle

    What you need is a fiddolin (this came up on Mandolin Cafe before). Watch closely when Wayne switches at 1:31, and you'll see that he has only one instrument. If the links don't work, search YouTube...
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    Snacks for Super Bowl party

    We're gearing up for the Super Bowl tomorrow, cheering on our local Chiefs. Looking forward to hanging out with friends and family and having some great snacks and brews. Doing some wings on the...
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