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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    I picked up "the night before larry was stretched" -- the session version, which i think is in G -- at any rate, you play it on lower strings -- and passed it on to a couple of people including a...
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    Re: Looking for some recommendations

    Well, I'm old school -- if you want to learn from scratch, there's always Mel Bay. Like any other do-it-yourself book, he takes you step by step, note/fret by note/fret with beginning exercises, sort...
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    Re: Naming your Mandolin

    I'm more like the OP. I have the strad, the snake, the quiet bandolim, the loud bandolim, the rogue, the Eastman etc. etc. I used to name my cars but haven't in decades.
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    Re: 2019 Satin Silverangel A

    nice, nice. and i hope you're feeling better!
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    Re: Just got a Strad-o-lin as a gift...

    I think my luthier just replaced my strad's old tuners with something straight out of stew-mac; if you're up to it, you might be able to do it yourself. and the price you've quoted for the instrument...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    RIP Ivan -- condolences to his family. I was away and just got back on the computer, saw that there were new posts on this thread and hoped for the best, or at least an update from Ivan. Was so sorry...
  7. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    There are generally strad-o-lins around, too. Certainly mine has a neck like a baseball bat -- and you can generally get them for a reasonable price. I own a strad, an Eastman 305 (which i put a...
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    Re: Back in action

    If you ever decide on a guest artist, Jill McAuley has been posting a tune a week around here for a while (nearly a year?). she also plays unaccompanied. It's nice to see ITM get some love!
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    The only Elixirs I've used have been coated mediums, which I use in the summer. fwiw, i tried D'Addario's coated mediums this summer. I didn't like them, so i'll go back to elixirs for the summer....
  10. Re: Craig Miller's wife Isabel has passed

    Condolences to the family.
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    Re: Completed First Build

    Lovely!
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    Did you check the bridge? it might have been shaken out of alignment.
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    Re: Mandolin Lessons for Beginners

    I'd start advertising by putting your card or some other paper with your contact information on it on the bulletin boards in local music stores, if there are any; on what passes for message space at...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    When I'm playing, I'm mostly just listening to what's going on around me instead of actively thinking unless it's some sort of internal notice that the woman playing beside me is slowing down, the...
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin Oddity!

    that's pretty entertaining. my first thought was it was a travel mando.
  16. Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    We play this with our singer in the same key as the tune. It's part of a set of St. Anne's/Silver Spear/Miss Macleod's. iirc, our singer uses a capo on the guitar for the first two (he sings a verse,...
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    Re: My new mando!

    Lovely, lovely instrument!
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    Re: Just a happy trio.

    Nice. A guy I play with at an ITM session has a Martin nearly identical to yours he just picked up this summer. Really nice instrument.
  19. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    At least for me, I've found that the simple repetition -- if you're playing cleanly, of course -- does as much to build speed as pushing the timing. Once the tune is in your fingers, and you can play...
  20. Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    to continue the allegory, there's always the ability, when you stand on that hill -- the first, the next or the next after that -- to look back and see how far you've come, even if it's only a few...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    I don't in any way condone vandalism and I'm thinking he'll have to pay for the repairs ... but i do see he was charged with assault with a weapon, which may be a new definition of "killer banjo" ...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Very nice -- and the mandolin just sounds sweeter every tune!
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    You might enjoy signing up for the traveling pick sampler. That'll give you all sorts of choices of stuff you didn't even know existed.

    As has been noted, what kind of music you play will have an...
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    I'll play the same tune at a half dozen tempos depending on who I'm with and why I'm playing. I've also heard tunes played in different styles -- Our ITM group plays Star of the county Down as a...
  25. Re: The Throne Room (A New Hope) - one man(dolin) quartet

    This just put a smile on my face -- lovely arrangement lovely playing!
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