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    Re: How to play mandolin faster

    Metronome training is just like strength training. I did some strength training for a while. I started out being able to squat around 80lbs. I added a little bit of weight each time I went to the...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    If it were me I would study ethnomusicology, start a classical mandolin club on campus and/or teach a recreation and leisure class on the subject. Then if I decided to go on to grad school I'd work...
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    Re: Random note generator

    Wow, that would be a fun programming project.

    I wrote an app like that once but it doesn't play the random note. It just gives a random number that is associated with a note on the instrument...
  4. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    I carried a strumstick on the plane last time I flew. It's about as long as a mandolin, but not as wide. I shoved it under the seat in front of me along with my backpack. It's my backpacking...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    The Elixers that I just put on are marked "Light" and they were .010, .014, .024, .034. The .010 broke almost immediately so I replaced those with .011. The G and D strings seem louder than whatever...
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    Thomastik-Infeld string weights

    I have read a few threads here about Thomastik-Infeld strings. A friend of mine recommended them to me. He plays a flat-top Irish mandolin and it's very loud. He let me try the strings and they are...
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    Re: UPS rant

    I love the USPS. They helped me walk from Mexico to Canada. They deliver on Sundays. Stuff that is mailed regular postage get there just as fast as priority mail. If you order priority mail, you can...
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    Re: UPS rant

    Because it's a really big box?
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I'm impressed by the upright bass. Maybe you think it is easy, but everybody is pretty used to bad fiddling and have long ago learned how to not even hear it. If you were bad at the bass, playing the...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    This is totally me. But I also find it hard to put every little eighth note in on the mandolin as well, and there are some maneuvers on the mandolin I just can't do. So I fake it. Just jiggle the...
  11. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    To me it seems like a waste to change your strings often. They are fine. If they're nice and stable, not breaking, everything works, why upset the stasis?

    I have known others who change their...
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    Drats. It looks like I will have to loosen everything to raise the action a little more. Too much buzzing on the G string. Add another half hour.
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    Re: Big Frets on The Loars

    The Loar 520 is very similar to the mandolin I have. I have The Loar 500 VS.

    I don't understand what you mean by very small vs huge frets. Are you talking about the spaces between frets or the...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    That's what a friend of mine did. He took 6 months or so of lessons. He came from Irish flute, guitar and mandolin experience. I thought he did the right thing because he could play up to speed and...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I started out on fiddle and gave up for several years. Then I went back to it. I found that I had actually improved a little bit as far as being able to play in tune. I decided to cheat and bought...
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    I've never oiled it. I didn't know you did that sort of thing. What do you oil it with? Can I use coconut oil?
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    Re: Satin finished mandolins?

    I almost bought a The Loar that had a satin finish and gold painted flower on the head instead of shell inlay. It was about $600 or so, not a high-end instrument. I really liked the appearance of it....
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    I don't notice any degradation in the tone even with all those years of not changing them. In fact, with my first mandolin I didn't change them for about 10 years and never noticed anything. With my...
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    Perhaps this is why so many computer programmers are also musicians. Some programming languages require not a single comma or semi-colon out of place. Some languages require even a perfection in the...
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    And it only took me only about 3 hours. I think this is only the fourth time I've ever changed my strings in the last 12 years.

    I positioned the bridge first by trying to use a ruler but the top...
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    Nobody likes the sound of their own voice on a recording.

    I don't sing but the first time I recorded myself on mandolin and played it back I was surprised I was a lot better than I thought. Same...
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    Re: Memorizing the neck

    Handpan. I have two, one is C# major and the other is C minor, which basically has much of the same notes on it. Here's an example of a really good player that isn't me. This one is C# minor.
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    Re: Memorizing the neck

    I play an instrument where it's super common for the tuning to be some version of C#. Mine is C# major. This makes it hard to play with other people. I cannot retune the instrument. Only people with...
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    Re: Memorizing the neck

    I learned where the notes are when I tried to teach myself how to play the violin. The notes are in the same place for the mandolin. The violin book said to practice scales, and I did that a little...
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    Re: Tuned in Fifth's

    This kind of stuff always makes my head hurt. How can anybody think about numbers and math and counting while they play? I guess that is why I'm just mediocre.
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