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  1. Re: Experience in Using Effects on Acoustic Mandolins

    I recommend trying 2 things in a shop if you can: different kinds of compressors (there's 4 or more differnet kinds, depending on how you count. I have VCA and OTA types)

    Also multi effects...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    What level are you at now, what tunes can you play backup/melody to?
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    Use the search box to search topics like:

    Picking / Fretting/right/left hand technique
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    Re: Improve playability on budget mandolin

    You can also try lighter gauge strings and tuning down a half step to see how the neck reacts. Luthiers have ways of heating and straightening necks, which often goes back to original shape, but...
  4. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I have to admit it's been awhile since i've played mandolin, I should dig it out and see if there's any more f hole cracks, at least...

    My parents liked to sign me up for music lessons and math...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Here's a video i've posted over and over (and probalby watched a hundred times myself), Bush/McCoury/ Skehan/Joliff, Hoffman. You don't really want to coyp anybody, it's more getting ideas to try...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    i just measured the D'Andrea, it's 5/8" wide and just under 1" long, so.. pretty darned small. I thought about dipping in Plastidip but that's really messy toxic stuff

    I also saw the other thread...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    at 31:13 and other spots there's closeups that do show a pretty small pick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqWBth_rLgw

    I have a lot of these picks for 6 string guitar , i've tried them for...
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    Could be technique, could be the neck shape/size doesn't really agree with you, could be that you need to warm up before. Those FFCP exercises like in Todd Collins and Ted Eschliman's books (which I...
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    Re: Bass playing helping Mando playing

    If i's double bass, the string tension will make practically anything else feel easy, fretting hand-wise. Every once in awhile i'll drag out my drum sticks and practice pad and *try* to practice...
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    Re: Kentucky KM-1050 vs Northfield F5S

    If it's northern Oregon, you might consider a trip to Dusty Strings, you'll likely hit some horrible Portland and Seattle traffic but they usually have some Northfields and Collings hanging on the...
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    Re: Attaching pickguard w/ velcro

    I asked a couple luthier about a pickguard for my km900 and they said they would have to add wood at the position where the attachment pins for the guard are normally drilled in and it would be a...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    That looks like good material. There's some other resources i like, https://www.jazzadvice.com/ and Jens Larsen's youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jenslarsen02/videos. And Dix Bruce's...
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    Re: Blackstar fly practice amp

    I'm a fan of their modeling amps (and Boss/Roland's Katanas and Nextones) but a fair number of people have reported problems w/firmware updates on various Core ID models so check that before you...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    There was a book in the library that recommended (band and orchestra) instruments for kids who are not especailly disciplined, up to really determined kids. It said sax, clarinet and flute were...
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    Re: broken case handle

    Replacement handles are mostly buckle onto metal rings, or screw/rivet into the wood. Here's the buckle type https://www.elderly.com/products/case-handle

    and the "sausage-style"...
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    Re: One more banjo question

    There's some good banjo setup sites, these and others from Deering, Nechville, frets.com, Warren Yates on youtube:

    http://en.pruchabanjos.cz/uploads/how-to-setup-your-banjo.pdf
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  17. Thread: Polishing Frets

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    Re: Polishing Frets

    You shouldn't ahve to do this more than once every couple years or so, but make a fingerboard guard like this out of a stiff plastic like mmilk carton and go to town with steel wool or 800 grit sand...
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    Re: Notation to Tablature

    The gentlest first step is to get a book of arpeggios and scales and play thru them slowly for short periods every day. Trying to read chords will give you migraines. These are books i use,...
  19. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    If you go to festival/jam/workshop, there should be enough BC's you can try for yourself, and I think one of the traveling pick samplers has at least 1 (that thread is getting loooong...
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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    This should keep you busy, I like Tim O'Brien's arpeggio warmup, some days that's all i play (for 7 minutes) http://www.mandozine.com/techniques/index.html

    Mike Marshall's finger busters and his...
  21. Thread: 2019 Fantasma

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    Re: 2019 Fantasma

    Wow. That is gorgeous, an innovative but classical template at the same time, beautiful color as well.
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    Re: Did my eyes just get older? Font size...

    The font is smaller today on my PC, Win10 using Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 (Official Build) (64-bit) but seems to be same in firefox (i.e. a little bigger)
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    Re: Torrefied Opinions

    There have been a decent number of threads here and a lot of articles starting with acoustic guitar mags and Dana Bourgeois's dreads on the process and result, you can google more like those below....
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    When i go t my first mandolin i searched my public library's DVDs and they had three of his Homespun DVDs, as well as "The mandolin of Bill Monroe" Volume 1 all of which I highly highly recommend,...
  25. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    If you're tuning to straigt equal temperament (ET, no octave stretches), yes, it's sort of a rough starting point, then you aim for Pythagorrean 3rds and 5ths, then you have to adjust for the upper...
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