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    Re: When You First . . .

    A friend loaned me Butch Baldassari's mandolin tutor book when I first started on mandolin 13 years ago, so I searched out his music.

    That wasn't exactly the first inspiration though, because I...
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    I started on flute as a rank beginner in my early 60's, now 67. You'll do fine, just keep at it.
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    Even if you can't find a teacher specifically for Irish style flute, they should be a big help in embouchure development and breathing.

    My own self-taught progress went something like this: Six...
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    Re: Peghead Nation vs OAIM for ITM Lessons

    Yes, I signed up for a few months just for the flute lessons. I already had the basics down, so I skipped to the more advanced lessons from Kevin Crawford and Niall Keegan. Those were still a bit...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    You would have to contact Sam and find out what the current schedule is. When I ordered mine, it depended on whether you were on the front or tail-end of the current batch of orders to the fiberglass...
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    Re: Hoffee vs new Calton vs Pegasus vs ?

    The Pegasus cases are as cool as they look, yes. They're all custom order for your preference of outside color and interior, either solid color or Tartan plaid. What I like the most about them is how...
  7. Thread: Compressor?

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    Re: Compressor?

    Just a few observations from experience:

    Compressors are one of my favorite tools for bringing "forward" an instrument during the mixdown phase of a recording. It's also essential to mastering,...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I played guitar for 30-odd years before picking up a mandolin. From my perspective, there are many more possible variants and applications for guitar compared to mandolin, so a variety made sense to...
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    Re: Help me understand

    DocT's clips above (nice playing!) are a pretty good demonstration of the difference in timbre between flat top and carved archtop OMs. You can hear the distinctive midrange punch of the archtop,...
  10. Re: O.M. neck length - short or long , pros and cons ?

    I think the conventional wisdom here is that longer scale = slightly better sustain, but not necessarily more volume. So much depends on the individual build, so there are no absolutes.

    FWIW, the...
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    Re: Wedding music

    Are you playing background music for the reception, or for the ceremony itself? I was in a wedding-focused duo for a while with a guitar player, and we did both.

    Background music was a selection...
  12. Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    If you need an XLR input from a mic or other balanced line, one option would be to use a small battery-powered preamp with a 1/4" output on the floor next to the looper pedal. That's what I did in...
  13. Re: Need advice on how to set up for looping

    True! Especially in live performance. You need a very steady tempo in your playing, and you have to nail the foot press right on time, or disaster ensues.

    I fooled around with loopers years ago;...
  14. Re: New to playing Celtic music but I see its big locally

    Ditto what Whistler said above. Don't listen to just mandolin or tenor banjo players. You can pick up some ideas about technique that way, but there is really no established technique for playing...
  15. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    If it's an active internal preamp (and the earlier Zeta mandolins had that, I think?), then it means a removable battery to power it. That's easy for an acoustic guitar, because you can replace the...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    My fiddler S.O. bought one of the original Zeta solidbody violins secondhand from a friend around 10 years ago, just to fool around on. It's an amazing instrument for what it's intended for -- Jazz,...
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    Much of this depends on the style you're playing. If I was a Jazz, Bluegrass, or Classical player, I'd be using my 4th finger in every position from first (open) to every position climbing up the...
  18. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    I have met way too many IQ-challenged people who were amazing musicians, to ever think there was ever a correlation there. It ain't the same part of the brain that gets exercised.

    I'm not even...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Well, you've discovered one good strategy already, which is don't look at a guitar player's fretboard as a clue. ;)

    Speaking from the other side of the fence here as a guitar player, I used to...
  20. Re: Help with time signature: Lankum - Old man from over the sea

    I hear it as 6/8 for the most part, with the lead singer sometimes cutting the beat short for the next verse, which gives it that crooked feel.
  21. Re: string gauges for 23" scale electric OM?

    I don't play an electric OM, but I think the gauges wouldn't be too dissimilar, unless you're going light gauge for vibrato and bending. My OM is 22" scale, and I use the D'Addario EJ80 set -- .046...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    Well, sometimes and for some people, the One Pick to Rule Them All does actually work. :)

    I use the same Blue Chip TAD40-1R for my mandolin, my octave mandolin, and my steel string acoustic guitar...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Gee, I just put a set of $7.00 strings on my $4,500 mandolin. Maybe I should be looking for more expensive strings?
    ;)

    When something works for 'ya, it just works. I'll gladly pay for high-end...
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    Re: sad news, Arty McGlynn passed today...

    A sad loss to guitar interpretation of Irish trad, but he had a long life, which is all any of us can ask for.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=E2roku8fdF4&feature=emb_logo
  25. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    As I understand it, it's because brushing the string with the side or tip of a finger or thumb produces fewer high frequency harmonics. The display shows both the fundamental and first harmonic (the...
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