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    Re: Double Standard

    ... and yet ... I'll add another idea. It pretty much depends on who answers first. We have a ton of people and some are more forgiving of basic questions and others are not. I've found that the...
  2. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Probably when i stopped figuring out tunes on an imaginary flute and started figuring them out on an imaginary mandolin.

    I learned flute as an elementary school kid and played it through high...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I've noticed that almost any song John Denver recorded seems to get a lot of love, especially country roads. Granted, the setup isn't something i've ever done or plan to do, but whenever we're out in...
  4. Re: Hello All. I'm new here, first post. Loving the mandolin.

    welcome to the mandolin and to the cafe! we do have some strings (if you want to do a search) of tips for guitarists moving to mandolin from people who have made the jump -- including how important a...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    Way late to this discussion, it appears ... but I wonder if you can compare musicality to taste. Some people are born with a type of empathy for music; some people prefer a specific type of musical...
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Our group has plans to try a get-together next weekend. We're allowed to group (with masks and social distancing) outside only and it's at a private house with a back patio. A couple of us are lucky...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Actually, everything leading up to getting old is preparation. In some cases, it's Preparation H, but we won't go there ...

    I'm at an age (66) where I allegedly lived during the cool years but i...
  8. Re: Introduction and my new to me Gibson Fern

    Congrats on a lovely mandolin! Welcome to the cafe!
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Sorry to hear of your health issues -- we'll all be thinking of you and hoping for the best.
  10. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    there's another disparity at play -- the number of people who answer questions, give advice, post questions or other media may simply skew to a personality type that may or may not be gender related....
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    Re: Looking for tips!

    that was fun -- nice job!

    I'd put a little air between your thumb and the neck -- i can't tell, but it does look like you're resting the mandolin's neck on the web between your thumb and index...
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    Orville Gibson in sartorial splendor

    this popped up on a facebook post of an acquaintance. his comment was Orville Gibson, founder of Gibson Guitars, circa 1894.
    Also the original Glam Rocker!

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    Re: '50s Stradolin: solid or laminate?

    We're all friends here! let us know if you buy it. My strad is solid woods but they come all ways.
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    Re: New Birdseye oval hole

    That's a lovely instrument!
  15. I'm glad to hear that most of these folks are...

    I'm glad to hear that most of these folks are holding their own and hope that, when it's safe to do so, their shops will be filled with paying customers!
  16. Re: I have read other threads and i am still confused- newbie man

    I'll also point you to a Rogue (it's the house brand for Musician's Friend, if you're aren't aware of them) and Rob Meldrum. The rogue runs about $49, give or take, and rob's book is free. but you...
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    Re: Mandolins outside

    your finish may be sensitive to things like DEET and sun tan lotion, so be careful if you're using those sorts of products. and don't leave your case outside in the sun with the instrument inside it....
  18. Thanks for this -- music and musicians really do...

    Thanks for this -- music and musicians really do hold the world together!
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    Re: How Do I Start and Run A Session?

    Well, i don't know if this is what you're looking for, but my group has done a beginning session for about 35 years or so and it has created some musicians who have gone on to bigger and better...
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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...
  23. 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...
  25. 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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