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  1. Re: Fender FM60E 5 string electric mando intonation...

    Gauges for the C should be between .048 and .056. I liked the larger one for my 5-string but use .048 for 10-string. For some players, light strings deflect too easily and bend sharp, but normally...
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    Shenandoah Medley from 5x 2

    I updated my medley, which was first inspired by Bill Frisell's CD "Good Dog, Happy Man". I follow a version of Shenandoah with Frisell's title tune, and then add John Scofield's "The Boss's Car"...
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    Re: Round Bevel vs Speed Bevel

    My Dunlop Ultex picks are beveled symmetrically. I tried rounding the edge and it loses a lot of interesting tone. I can darken tone as needed by angling, but need the sharp edge for brighter tone.
  4. Re: What is the name of the piece Mike Marshall is playing?

    I might be wrong but it sounds more as if he is riffing on a generic chord progression. Because Mike is so musical he can riff beautifully on anything.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I have always been a one-instrument player, only one guitar in my rock days, only one viola in orchestra days. I own two acoustic 10-strings from the same maker and two electric 10-strings. This only...
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    Re: Why is Low humidity a problem?

    Arched instruments especially are sensitive to humidity causing dimensional change. This should not be a problem if everything shrinks or expands equally. In lractice I find all modern instruments...
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    Re: Setting up a new Asian-made four string

    The basic principles apply. Go to emando.com for string sets and info.

    I would ensure the nut is low enough -- with such a short distance to the next fret the deflection angle is steep, risking...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    I have been working on Tarrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for years. It has helped my picking a lot, developing a smooth duo style. Ruggiero Ricci arranged it for violin, putting it C. Evan...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    Hamilton de Holanda published his 24 Caprichos, which are written for and performed by him on 10-string mandolin. To my knowledge these are the only pieces expressly for 10-string. You can download...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    A five-course instrument gets you to useful accompanying and solo roles. There is enough range to offer chords that don't pull focus from a melody, whether singer or instrument. And the range also...
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    Re: Solo Recordings - 1 Mandolin

    I have a release waiting to be listed at CD Baby, of unaccompanied 10-string. Any day now. Title will be "5 x 2".

    Selections include Bach, Choro, Folk and Jazz.
  12. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    The joke is because the viola doesn't work very well, but is appreciated anyway. I speak as a former violist.

    But the viola, in the other direction, proves that playability is more important than...
  13. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    You could get precise wth Graham McDonald's calculator page: https://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/stringxxiii.html

    But not hard to get really close. Starting with your favorite gauge for G3, say .038,...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    The pass-by scissor cut is the best kind. It leaves a less deadly end on the plain strings. Diagonal cutters leave what is really a tiny chisel point, guaranteed to penetrate.

    I do not cut against...
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    Re: Electric pickup noise at part volume.

    I successfully grounded/earthed the strings of my first mandolin, the acoustic-electric Fender. A wire (E string piece) tucked under the washer on the output jack ran to the endpin, where it...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Remaining tension is indeed an issue that I deal with. I usually just pick hard/loud, from both directions, to settle the A strings. I also do not use only increasing-tension tuning direction. I will...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Nicely played!

    The short scale and the more tension-reactive A strings make mandolins sensitive to dimensional change from humidity shifts. I remember Tim O'Brien making this complaint about going...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I can well imagine shell has an interesting tone, at least at close range. But that is not a sufficient reason for me. I also think Fender celluloid sounds good, but it wears out too quickly. Because...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I dealt with a case in my auditioning days. It yielded to a three week course of ibuprofen, back when Advil was prescription-only.

    Reducing the inflammation allows healing because it decreases the...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    Well, it is the sort of thing I do. My personal arrangement for the song has moves like that. Guitar players of course do this regularly, and the tab is probably trying to sound like Paul's guitar on...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    More than one way to do that. Maybe explain what music this example is taken from.

    If at brisk clip I would just let index finger on second fret lean on the muted string. I do this a lot, using...
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    Re: Any one playing on Jamulus?

    From the Virtual Studio page:

    "It minimizes latency by using software and hardware that is optimized for the transmission of audio over computer networks. Most people who have tried it so far are...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Instead of graphite look for a tube of powdered Teflon. But going sharp can be because you generate humidity, and the mandolin expands slightly.

    However, differential intonation across frets...
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    Re: String heights above the pickups?

    On height in general, too close makes a splatty attack sometimes. Lower is a cleaner attack but may not yield the signal strength you want if driving distortion.

    On the other hand, you can, and...
  25. Re: Bach Cello Suites arranged for CGDA instruments/Octave Mandol

    I use the International Edition for viola, edited by Milton Katims, which are in alto clef.

    I ignore his bowings and fingerings, but prefer the voicing for the D major suite.
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