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    Re: Thoughts on String Gauges

    I use a heavy gauge on my main mandolin because I play bluegrass and a) need the volume and b) love the chop sound they provide.Recently, however, as I’ve been struggling with developing new skills...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Thanks for the update, Ivan. I've often thought about how you might be doing. Wish your news could have been otherwise, but glad to hear your spirit is still strong. You might enjoy reading Rachel...
  3. Re: Sheet music for Jimmy Martinís Mr. Engineer?

    ToyonPete, That’s perfect! Thanks so much, and Yes, I doubt seriously that Martin could read sheet music. Of course, with a voice like his, why SHOULD he?!
  4. Re: Sheet music for Jimmy Martinís Mr. Engineer?

    To judge from the underwhelming response, Jimmy Martin songs aren’t normally a part of local orchestral repertoires.... Any way, if you think of anything, please give a shout. Celtic tunes show up in...
  5. Sheet music for Jimmy Martinís Mr. Engineer?

    Does anyone know where I can get free sheet music for Mr. Engineer? After years of working on learning how to play by ear, now my wifeís BG harmony teacher wants her to plot out the various harmony...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan, You didn’t know it, but you were the reason I bought my Weber Fern! I think of you often whenever I take it down off the wall, and I’m going to play the best I possibly can for you. You deserve...
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    Re: How often to change strings

    I might have ďunderstoodĒ that, but I was dead wrong! Thanks for questioning my ďunderstanding,Ēwhatever I had based it on. To set the record straight (since I had started it on a crooked path....),...
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    Re: How often to change strings

    I don’t like changing strings, so put it off as long as possible. What usually gets the lard out is an A string that seems hard to tune (and stay tuned). I understand that the reason strings for my...
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    Re: Different ways of learning

    I agree that my learning is a mix of many approaches. I've become much better at learning by ear, but that's taken me a long time. If I hadn't had the option to learn some basic tunes from sheet...
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    Re: Coming to America

    Australia and the US are about the same size.....
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    Re: end of line BG riffs/licks/arpeggios?

    "Why not start by copying licks you’ve heard and liked from the players you like best? YouTube is so great for this now, with its slow-downer feature." I do this to some extent, but hate sitting in...
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    Re: end of line BG riffs/licks/arpeggios?

    Thanks, Mark. I'll check out the book. I have a lot of licks from the various exercises in Niles Hokkanen's BG/Up the Neck (an excellent book), but haven't figured out yet how to fit those in with...
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    end of line BG riffs/licks/arpeggios?

    As I plod ahead in learning the delights of BG mandolin, I need the help of Cafe activists once again. So I've learned/am learning to put together some breaks around the melody, esp using double...
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Phil, I just got to the Tiny/Up TENT/Down TENT section of Laura's wonderful book. It is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. I had found some useful videos (some mentioned above) for using DS on specific...
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Yes, my musical exploration thus far has been a delightful sequence of Aha/Eureka moments and epiphanies. I'm just itching for one coming up real soon related to DS! Thanks for all the direction....
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Great! I'm working my way through it, but I keep getting distracted by Mandolin Cafe and by my mandolin!!! Lucky guy, me!!
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Yes, I've had similar discussions about what constitutes a DS and what is simply a drone in fiddle music chats. But for the record, what I'm wanting to sort out here are definitely two stopped notes....
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    For me right now, I think it is the "theory" break-through I'm seeking. I understand what notes in each key would be appropriate spots to seek a good-sounding double stop (DS). And I play some...
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    Re: double stops "up the neck"

    Wow! That Guide to Doublestops looks like it will take me exactly where I wanted to go! I had no idea it was out there. Glad I asked! And thanks -- as ever -- for the other ideas. Before I get buried...
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    double stops "up the neck"

    I've recently figures out how to pick out melodies "up the neck", using the plant-your-pointer-finger-on-the-root-note method. It works quite well, and I keep getting better at it :) BUT.... I...
  21. Re: New Mandolin Player... Have a Loar 520, is a Kentucky 800 Bet

    Much depends on your individual Loar 520. I have one, and I like it very much. It served me well for BG, although it wasn't exactly a cannon. After a few years of playing and -- literally -- selling...
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    Re: Putting fret markers on "binding"?

    Thanks for these ideas. They all sound quite reasonable, and the mandolin itself is not much.
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    Putting fret markers on "binding"?

    I bought a cheap, cheap used-but-not-loved Rover mandolin to practice messing around with set-up. Sound ain't much but action is now decent, and I can use the mandolin for kick-ball practice when I'm...
  24. Thread: backstep?

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    Re: backstep?

    Thanks, Ivan. And when I read the description, multidon, moon walking was what immediately came to my mind too!
  25. Thread: backstep?

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    backstep?

    Just learned Clinch Mountain Backstep after someone played it at a session last night. What does the "backstep" mean? Is that a reference to the odd half-measure in the B part? to a dance? something...
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