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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    I agree with most of the above, but maybe this is a more structured approach to fearing that you'll screw up a tune or break:

    Instead of learning tunes exactly note for note from start to finish...
  2. Thread: Blue Chips

    by Philphool
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    Re: Blue Chips

    You want to be 'human'? Look around.:disbelief:;)
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    Re: Blue Chips

    You either make rules for yourself and follow them, or you don't.
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    Re: Mystery Solved

    Was the sermon such that you were sweating a lot more than usual?;)
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    I'd check to see if the E & A strings are actually leaving the very front edge of the saddle. If one slot has a tiny hump in it, then the strings in a pair could have a tiny difference in scale...
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    Re: Iluak Ivory - gone??

    and........ they're back! Thanks all.:)
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    Re: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

    Nice!
  8. Re: McClung armrest to match Phoenix pick guard

    Send a photo to Doug Edwards (McClung maker). He'll be able to guide you.
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    A slightly different approach might be to stop practicing the tune you're working on and instead, play some chords to accompany yourself singing a song that you like.

    Then find a new way to finger...
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    Re: A Much Less Obvious 12/26 Question

    Sarah just gets better and better.:)
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    Hope this helps corelate with info from Pickloser's Guide
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    Re: Again with the picks

    You mention in "3." that "They're large, but...."

    If you like a slightly smaller pick, the Primetone triangles also come in a 'small' size, which I like a lot.
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    Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    FYI:
    Those who are hesitant to make a permanent change can go to their profile page (Edit Profile) and put their real name in the 'custom user Title' spot that shows up as "Registered User" by...
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    Re: Sliding Door Side Port, CBOM Makers?

    Mario Proulx (Canada) made some of those some years ago. I haven't seen him post in quite a while. Don't know if he's building or not.

    http://www.proulxguitars.com/mandolins.htm

    Here's one...
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    Like many, I use the chop chord pattern a lot:

    A: 9-7-4-5
    Am: 9-7-3-5
    F#m (relative minor of A): 6-4-4-x which is actually just a 1-5 'power chord' which can be used as a minor or a major...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    In the interest of fairness, I'll say that it IS POSSIBLE, if you wiggle the string around too much while securing the headstock end, to dislodge the loop from the little peg in the James tailpiece. ...
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    Re: Dr. John Cockman interview

    I am lucky enough to live near John's family. They are all wonderful hardworking talented people. John's dad (also John) often comes to a local jam where I play every week. He sometimes brings one...
  18. Re: A tuner shootout: TC Electronic Unitune vs. Peterson StroboCl

    Now what I'd like is to see is: all the features of the Unitune squeezed into the size of the D'Addario Micro-tuners and with pads that NEVER mar a varnish finish. (Never satisfied);)
  19. Thread: Classifieds

    by Philphool
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    Re: Classifieds

    Sellers would like for you to at least see the picture and perhaps be tempted to change your budget. Pretty obvious isn't it? Remember that the classifieds are there for everyone, not just you.:)...
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    Re: PEEK Pick by EML Picks

    Radex D'Andrea picks are the least pick click producer that I've found. Not quite as fast off the strings as BC. NFI
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Markers on the face of the fretboard don't matter to me.
    Side markers I like and use.

    In fact, I wish EVERYBODY would put 2 dots on the side at the 12th fret. I've got some with only one dot...
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    Re: Truss rod or not?

    I've owned 2 very nice mandolins, each costing 5K to 10K, which had non-adjustable truss rods which needed refrets to replace non-worn out frets so that the neck could be straightened. Both built by...
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    Re: Ellis Torch and Wire in todays classified.

    I could never buy that Ellis. I couldn't stand all the crying I'd do when the first ding happened.:(
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    Re: Material Below the Bridge

    I've never needed a mute on an instrument with a James tailpiece if the tailpiece was properly installed (strings lie firmly on the 0 rings.)

    I've needed mutes on several other instruments. ...
  25. Thread: Improvising

    by Philphool
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    Re: Improvising

    Yes, I can sing what I plan to play. I can imagine some things in my head and then play them. I've got scales and arpeggios.
    The problem is that the ideas that are in my head are very limited. ...
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