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    Re: I Miss Playing Live!

    My-husband-the-guitar-player and I have a couple groups we play with weekly and once a month and found it really weird to miss sessions we've played at for 16 years or more. It makes the week feel...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    here's a new one a friendly guitar player posted: Seattle just banned all live musical performances for 30 days! This cancels over 1,246 gigs affecting 320 working musicians with a total income loss...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    It's an audience thing for me, too; i find that the more people I don't know in the audience, the better I play! People I know or people who I know are excellent players? I'm perfectly happy to hide...
  4. Re: Anybody planting trees? Share your stories!

    My husband's parents planted a pair of trees in their front yard when he and his brother were toddlers; one has died, the other is lovely and tall. We don't speculate on which tree was planted for...
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    Re: Why do people only sell the great ones?

    I have a couple sub-$500 instruments i'd love to get rid of, but the one time i attempted to sell them in the classifieds here, i got no bites. Frankly, the people on this board are, for the most...
  6. Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    I'll also add to see if you can play with someone else, preferably better than you are. I learned a ton of new tunes and pushed myself to master them because a person I play with had them down cold...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    i have a lot of musician friends who find some of the best jokes. Here's another: "I started a band called 999 Megabytes. We still haven't got a gig."
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    That flute lamp hurts me to look at. Unless you could detach it and play a bit on it...
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    A novel thought. Pay the Artist

    I found this interesting:
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Just saw this, but i haven't looked through the string to see if it's already been posted, so apologies if it is:

    "My goldfish are named Major, Minor, Dorian, Lydian and Diminished. The only way I...
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    Re: A new A with mostly Australian timbers

    Lovely. Just lovely.
  12. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    I play with a beginner group once a week - most of them are "permanent" beginners who only seem to pick up their instruments when we get together, and as time has gone on, I've become the "go to" for...
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    Re: new (used) mandolin

    Rob Meldrum has an ebook on proper mandolin setup that he'll email to you if you ask. It will tell you what kind of setup you have on the mandolin(s) you own and what needs to be done (usually with a...
  14. Re: Sound: opinions sought on technique vs instrument, i.e. anti-

    The fact that you can hear the difference means you're ready to start comparison playing, whether you buy something or not.

    While technique plays a fairly large part in sound, I think once you get...
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    Re: The Mel Bay Mandolin Method - 1968

    This may very well be the book I taught myself from, so i'll give it a five-star review!
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    Re: Wedding music

    My-husband-the-guitar-player and I played as a duo for my nephew's wedding -- trad Irish for the time between when people started arriving and the service, then we played -- as a request from the...
  17. Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Hoping you're feeling better -- get well soonest!
  18. Re: When you give a metalhead a Greek bouzouki

    He was having a great time -- it was a lot of fun to watch and hear!
  19. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    my preference is for tiny pointy picks, but that's my preference. A lot of people love the bigger, heavier rounded ones. I play ITM and classical (and a bit of choro and klezmer) and I like the point...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Although I've seen some reference to "practicing more" with what you have, nobody has actually spelled out that you may be holding the instrument wrong, or if they have, I missed it (perfectly...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    Well, I used to keep a Rogue in my office for my alleged downtime; cost me $49 plus shipping, iirc. And $60 for a good setup, but that can be gotten around with Rob Meldrum's book. It has 8 strings,...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    The strings were probably too heavy for it. Waiting for the bowlback experts to come on and help out.
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    Re: Hello from Delaware

    Sorry to hear about the bad tailpiece -- but always glad to welcome another new mandolin player into the fold!
  24. Re: Different picks for different instruments

    My-husband-the-guitar-player switches picks on his guitar from time to time as the mood and the music require and i've never noticed much more than a moment or two to accustom himself to the new...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    I'll second a Mel Bay book -- I learned how to read standard notation while learning where to put my fingers on the frets along with basic picking and holding the instrument from one and then...
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