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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    You should see my mandolin. Dragged to over 2,000 gigs. Dents and dings mean nothing to me. Nor do slight imperfections in naturally grown wood. What does it sound like? And, to top it off, to help...
  2. Out of solidarity we will observe Blackout Tuesday

    Since inception this site has attempted to serve as an oasis, a respite from the rest of the world, a place to relax, let down and get away from a lot of complicated news, hot button topics, and many...
  3. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    As for the age spectrum, I suspect there is a filter at work here. After all, this is not electric guitars.

    Assuming you start playing at an age when the mandolin slowly looms out of the mists of...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    It really is that simple, folks.
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Not sure what's 'fragile' about a 1/2" thick piece of maple....

    I wouldn't use it to hammer a nail, but frankly, it would probably work ok for that. Love my F5S like my children.

    As for the...
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    Re: poor quality or MAS?

    Well, I for one, feel the OP chose very well and picked an instrument that for that price point is very often recommended here as a no brainer. This forum is not a place where we belittle others...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    If you can make yourself get older, you will lose the ability to hear high frequencies, and this will make your mandolin sound much less tinny, and give it way more bass. I've been trying this for 20...
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    Re: Breaking in or Opening Up

    “Mutability”
    BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

    We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
    How restlessly they speed and gleam and quiver,
    Streaking the...
  9. Re: Happy 75th Birthday Today, David Grisman!

    First he and Tony's EMD blew my head off, then he showed me the way to Barstow while Janice was cooking in the background.
    Then we went to France and fiddled with Django's Steph with Opuses spinning...
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    Re: Having trouble picking in public

    Best medicine is to lose the desperation. Maybe Zen, or Yoga? Seriously though, you'll have to get past the anxiety somehow, because to play well, you'll need to be able to relax a bit in those...
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
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    Re: Should I be insulted?

    I have trouble just getting my cat to stay ON the wall hanger.
  13. Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Playing backup is a tremendously good way to learn to play with both beginners and and advanced players. With beginners it reinforces your timing and teaches you how to keep timing straight with...
  14. Losing My Religion (cover) - Collings MT2V

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyrei7VE0KQ
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    Re: In case or on stand?

    By the same token, as applied to music stores, "It takes literally 3 seconds to open a case, so anybody who is using that as an excuse not to sell an instrument is pulling your leg."

    Must be nice...
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    Re: How to improvise on Mandolin?

    If you play by ear only, play notes that sound right to you.
    If you're willing to learn a little theory, play notes within the scale the melody is in, and, further, within the chord that the backup...
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    Re: What's your practice schedule technique?

    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is." -Yogi Berra
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    Re: What's your practice schedule technique?

    Because my brain is very lazy, it thinks it can safely forget everything I write down and put in a convenient binder. So the only way I can trick my brain into remembering stuff is to not write it...
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    Back around 1980 I graduated from Berklee, where...

    Back around 1980 I graduated from Berklee, where my main focus was on learning theory and composition. I could play OK but my tone and technique were "not happening", and I couldn't figure out why I...
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