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    Mandolin Cafe Milestones

    As I sit here today, on this palindromic day of 1/23/21, gazing into my computer screen, noticing that this will be my 12,000th post, I reflect upon all that the Mandolin Café has been, done, and...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Forgive me for not knowing, but what is “traditionally voiced”? Compared to oval hole A style? Compared to a 1922-24 F5? How would you characterize the sound? What’s an example of non traditional...
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    Re: Traditionally voiced A-style?

    Heard a Givens at a jam once. It gave me chills.

    I saw Greg Boyds has a Givens kit mandolin in that price range. NFI.

    https://gregboyd.com/product/c-1970s-r-l-givens-kit-mandolin-a-3/
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    It's an F, it's not an F

    The enduring shape of the F model continues to inspire. I don't believe that Justin made the connection to it's mandolin heritage. It's really an innovative instrument with some sweet sound. Can you...
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    I still say that George Harrison is actually the most influential guitarist the world has ever known. His playing is what initially lead millions to put down the accordion and pick up a guitar. ...
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    Re: Kate Wolf Accompanied By Two Mandolins – 1985

    Randy Sabien- the dude mandolin player- is an incredible jazz fiddle player from northern Wisconsin. I didn't even know that he played mandolin. He obviously does, and quite well.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    James, did you know that Jay Ungar wrote a second verse:

    The Indian corn put the red dress on,
    Chinese cabbage tried to kick the gong;
    You shoulda seen the French green bean,
    When the...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Thanks James, this is a great song!
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    For the country blues like you have described, you can't go wrong with a Kalamazoo! I think the mandolins have a wonderful blues sound and are generally easy to find, to play and to set-up. I have...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    First off, I'm going to note that I actually use my Flatiron mandola for most things, including blues and jazz. However, I sometimes use my Hyde-made reso mandolin specifically for image.

    187650...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    Washburn A with mahogany back & ribs and spruce top. Been practicing bluesy licks, worked up a mandolin version of Kind Hearted Woman Blues based on RJ's original guitar style, and working through...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    I played a National RM 1 at a music store.It was great.
  13. How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Why do so many mandolins have that silly looking and useless curl on the body?

    I find it ugly and it must make a mandolin a lot more expensive, to make it.

    It would be much more practical, to...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    Oh yeah....I would say most of it is banjolin....Sounds like that's mostly what Papa Charlie played.
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    No doubt, you're aware that black string bands often had a banjolin. This was in part for the volume in the pre-amplifier days -- it was hard to hear over the guitars, which is still a problem at...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    Thanks everyone for responding so far. I'm using my 2017 Duff A5.

    When I was learning country blues guitar and got heavily into it, I bought a 1923 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign. It definitely has...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    I play mainly on my two mandolins, a Godin A8, which I occasionally amplify, and an acoustic Espana. I like them both equally. I sometimes play older stuff (1920's, early 30's) on my Little Wonder...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    National RM-1
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    What are you playing the blues on?

    An interesting topic came up in my mandolin lesson recently. I'm taking lessons with Compton, and our emphasis has been the blues alá Papa Charlie McCoy, The Two Poor Boys, Prater & Hayes, etc....
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    10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

    This is a good page of chord rhythms adaptable for the mandolin. Many of them would work well when sharing rhythm with a guitar.
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/jazz-guitar-chord-rhythms/
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    Re: Live From Home

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-DnpprzE28
  22. Don Stiernberg Quartet Online Concert Thursday 5/7 at 8 PM CST

    Here's one of the tunes you'll see if you come by online to dig our Live at Studio5 Online Concert tomorrow night. In addition to video highlights the show features the artist and hosts offering...
  23. A little bit of Ellington courtesy of Danny Knicely

    And when the drummer can't make the gig - bring a tap dancer!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGm8HO66_2Q&fbclid=IwAR2edAbkwSXeOPPysCa9Ac-5KA1QlBPpO8-A8zIJYHQ0HWdcyafvM0tgaWg
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    Over and Out / Paul Glasse & Aaron Weinstein

    Here’s a fiairly new tune I wrote called Over and Out. It basically a blues with a bridge, in the key of F. I made a simple iPhone video of myself playing the melody and the very talented Aaron...
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    "J'attendrai" Gypsy Jazz

    Just stumbled upon this trio, nice stuff...
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