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  1. Thread: Astroturf Noise

    by JeffD
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    Re: Astroturf Noise

    Pushing the envelope often means pushing some buttons. I loved Frank Zappa back in the day, in part because he was a curmudgeon sticking it in our face.

    I have tried mightily and in many different...
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    Re: Two New Two-Points

    I love the look of that oval hole two pointer. It is classic in its appeal. I would love to hear a clip.
  3. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    Flat tops are wonderful, and should not be overlooked. I don't think a flat top is in and of itself less suited to Celtic, or any other style, except perhaps hardcore bluegrass, and that is because...
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    Re: Thile can't chop chords

    Chris Thile takes better advantage of all the sounds a mandolin can make than most of us, and as a result he is extremely versatile. You can be sure that he means everything he does, and when he...
  5. Re: There has got to be something better than Tabledit, right?

    During my life thus far as a mandolinner there has been whole revolutions in the technology of how we can do stuff. How we listen to music, how we learn about mandolin news, how we talk to each other...
  6. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I would think it depends a whole lot on the type of guitar player one was. Mostly chords and rhythm, fingerpicker, lead guitar, used fingers only, used a pick, used many picks. I think there are...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    I am with Jim, what ever your motive in doing the workshop, leave 'em with a useful nugget. Just something they can be all wow about and remember being blown away.

    A tune is good. In one workshop,...
  8. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    What about the chromatic playing on guitar (one finger one fret) versus diatonic playing on a mandolin (one finger two frets).

    This screws me up more than anything. I am predominantly a melody...
  9. Thread: Barbara

    by JeffD
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    Re: Barbara

    That and the title cut, Flatbush Waltz, are my favorites from this album, one of the first mandolin recordings I ever purchased.
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    Re: Beware the mighty doubleneck

    Doublenecks exist in the only slightly perverse side of really cool.

    This really got to me. I went from OMG to OMG on this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez4afwS6Cw8
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  11. Re: Sound difference between a 305 and a higher end Mandolin?

    Good tone / bad tone is of course not the only axis. You also want to consider the kind of tone you want. One of my mandolins has that creamy old Gibson type of tone, another has a really pronounced...
  12. Thread: Bowl Backs

    by JeffD
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    Re: Bowl Backs

    I am not convinced that is more true with bowls than any other category of mandolin. There is bad and good and excellent and legendary in all types of mandolin, both new and vintage. Some of the bowl...
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    Re: Where to play melody on fret board

    Another reason one might go "up the neck" for all or part of a tune is to keep the phrase on the same strings. It really can make something sound extraordinarily beautiful to avoid string changes in...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    If you are going to do anything on double stops, I would highly recommend looking at this:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/entries/528-Revised-Guide-to-Doublestops

    A workshop on this, with...
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    Re: A tip thatís helping my clarity and speed

    I think you are spot on. There is a way that if you think in phrases rather than notes, your hand plays in phrases instead of notes and the whole thing is a little (sometimes a lot) faster. To my...
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    Re: The pulse of a tune

    I used to "hornpipe" just about every tune I played that wasn't a waltz. I just liked the bounce.

    The real answer to the OP's question is more like what ajh says above. IMO every tune has a speed...
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    Re: mandolin with violin music

    I mentioned it in another thread. I find the Mazas violin duets great material for violin / mandolin duets. I have had a lot of fun with Fifteen Duos Abecedaires, Op. 85 for Two Violins. Great fun.
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    Re: Eastwood Mandolins

    I had an Eastwood five string emando. I sold it for a vintage Fender FM 60E semi-hollowbody five string emando.

    I had no specific problem with the Eastwood. It just felt "clunky" to me, in...
  19. Thread: mandolin tattoos

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    Re: mandolin tattoos

    :grin: :)) Yes!
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    Re: Mazas 12 Little Duets #1 Rondo

    Back when I was taking violin lessons I discovered Mazas duets. At a certain point in my lessons, year three I believe, it became obvious that my fiddle playing was not going to get much farther than...
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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    I am a big fan of flat tops. With the exception of hard core bluegrass, flat tops can do it all. And it is no physical limitation, only the caprice of history that Bill Monroe picked a carved top F...
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    Re: Eastman Vs. Morris

    Having no other information I would prefer the Morris, all else being equal.

    But there are many options in your budget. Especially for a first mandolin. (You know you will buy another someday.)
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    Re: old timey challenge

    Oh and of course we cannot forget the Punch Brothers doing Church St. Blues, being discussed in this thread. What is important to this thread is it is an example of taking an old tune and made it...
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    Re: old timey challenge

    Look at this. OMG. I guess I am late to the party. You Are My Sunshine by a band called The Dead South. It brings out a darkness that has always been there in the "original" lyrics and but not...
  25. Re: New mandolin question. (eastman, the loar, richwood)

    At the expense of sounding kid of snippy, (my apologies in advance) let me go off a little bit on all the wonderful mandolin styles you seem to have passed over. You don't say what kind of...
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