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    Re: practice advice: speed vs repetoire

    Learning new tunes, and practicing those I already know go together for me. The more tunes you learn, the more patterns common to many tunes get built into muscle memory, so it gets easier. Picking...
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    Re: Practicing while using a strap

    Standing now and then helps make playing feel more natural and at ease. Not that a little practice isn't required. It's worth the effort though, even if just for a few minutes at a time. Sometimes...
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    Re: Hearing Protection Suggestions

    I like: QuietEar Reusable Musician and Motorcycle Ear Plugs from Ear Plug Superstore online. Mine have inadvertently gone through the washer and dryer, again and again, and they are still fine. I...
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    Re: Stretching to hit frets

    The point about relaxing is important. Trying hard to reach does make it harder. Staying focused while also being relaxed doesn't happen automatically or necessarily quickly. I have to keep...
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    Re: Purpose for our menageries?

    Musicians strive for perfection. And music touches the heart, and emotions. Just like you can't have too many friends, you can't have too many beautiful instruments. I limit my collection to the...
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    Re: Bouzouki stringing

    I have a Trinity College, and like the octaves. The topic has come up before, and people have a lot to say about it. The worry about tuning is probably valid on some instruments. All of them need...
  7. Re: "What kind of music do you play?" and other pet peeves

    Simple question, simple answer: Irish. Is what I say. Could also say, live music, or, my own style, or, this and that, or, depends where I am. No point in going on and on about styles if they are...
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    Re: Cool Dude footage

    With a chuckle, and talking about it openly. "I never met a man named ____ until now." A smile, a handshake. Helps being named Robin, I suppose. Anyone with an ambiguous name knows that it is. ...
  9. Re: Octave or Unison tuning on an Octave Mandolin

    Subtle for the listener, not as subtle to the musician. In my opinion it's something to enjoy and take advantage of. Lower notes don't seem to carry like the higher notes do, so the octaves help. ...
  10. Re: Octave or Unison tuning on an Octave Mandolin

    Octaves or not, it's a matter of taste. I love the way they give a sparkle to notes played on the G and D strings. The strings I use come as a set. Octaves on the A and E strings would be too...
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    Re: Post on Old Time Music

    To tell the truth, I clicked on the link to see what the complaint was about. Despite that topic, the articles give a good overview of those music styles. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Titi Robin playing bouzouki Youtube

    I'm a fan too. This video is a delight.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLEAikGNUwU
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    Re: Staff notation woes

    This thread is like diving into an ocean of symbols and concepts. Proof that musicians are smart and adaptable. The layers of complexity pile on deeper and deeper. The original post made me think...
  14. Re: what would you call my home made instrument?

    I call it impressive. A fretless beauty--visually, and, the sound of it. Makes me want to try playing something fretless.
    Thanks for sharing !
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    Re: why does my A string sound flat?

    Thanks everyone for discussing this topic ! I have read about it in the past, in other discussions, and did not ever perceive that as a relevant issue. It seemed theoretical, academic. In the last...
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    Re: Swannanoa Celtic Week

    Looks like fun. Maybe another year. Have a good time, John. Hope to see you in October !
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    Re: Practice vs. Habit

    Making a real habit of practicing was the most important step for me to get off that plateau, and make steady progress. Having a goal made it possible to push beyond the "comfort zone" physically...
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    Re: Tendon Surgery

    My partner had similar tendon surgery, and recovery did take a long time. All we can do is find a good doctor, and strive to be a good patient. Neither of which is necessarily easy. I would try...
  19. Thread: Loud

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    Re: Loud

    sbhikes: Playing louder takes more energy. And you have to control it, so as not to make mistakes. That is a bit of work. But not impossible. Practice practice. Intend to be heard. Admittedly,...
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    Re: Headed to Ireland - Bring the mando?

    A mandolin is small even in it's case. It can fit in the overhead bin. With a "personal item", like a laptop bag, and a checked suitcase, it is easily do-able. I brought mine to Scandinavia, twice...
  21. Re: when the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnFlx2Lnr9Q
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    Re: Mandolins Are For the Birds!

    Song birds do like to sing along with the mandolin sometimes. I play in the morning, and when the weather is nice, open the door, and can hear them in the trees outside. When the moment is right,...
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    Re: A french new member

    Welcome Phil, I enjoyed the recording.
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    Re: A classic introduction

    Welcome, Alex ! Every success to you with your new venture.
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    by Carl Robin
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    Re: Earworms

    Ear worm. I learned the expression first in German. To me it's no problem, no suffering. I think we musicians have lots of variety in the tunes that stick, and replay in our minds. What I was...
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