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  1. Re: Quarantine Collaboration - (and appreciation)

    That’s a really nice collaboration! You both sound great-lovely tone and really creative melodic ideas. The pace suits the tune well and all the playing, rhythm, melody and harmony, is fresh and very...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I think it’s OK to use whatever sounds good and helps the song or tune. I often use two finger chords on the 3d and 4th strings because I like that sound and because I don’t have to move my left hand...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    Thanks for the great pictures. I think that is a fine looking mandolin! And I see nothing wrong with that scroll. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    I sometimes avoid an open string ringing on too long by playing the note on fret 7 of the adjacent lower string instead. Then all I need to do to silence that note is lift my finger. I get a cleaner...
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    Re: "Lost Girl" Virtual Jam

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words. This is a tune that is a lot of fun to play and it stands up to all sorts of different approaches.
  6. Re: Article: The Don Stiernberg Quartet - Straight Ahead

    “I Want To Be Happy” makes me happy to hear it. It’s elegant and beautifully played by all four master musicians, individually and and as a quartet. Don swings with peerless mandolin tone and touch...
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    Re: Clown Barf picks available

    Thanks for the link. I ordered some large triangles in the 1.0 thickness and like them a lot. The sound is good even after the points get rounded off a bit.
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    Re: The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Phil, I am so very sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts. Best wishes.
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Arpeggios occur a lot in bluegrass and old time music and it’s good to have them under your fingers so that you can hit them automatically without having to stop and work them out. In addition,...
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    "Lost Girl" Virtual Jam

    Some of my friends and I enjoying a nice old time number...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCjX0FZug0
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    Re: Humidifying problems

    I found that the violin sized tube-type humidifier was not big enough to humidify a mandolin. I have had more success with a guitar humidifier, which is basically a sponge in a perforated plastic...
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    In my experience people who are extremely successful in any activity tend to be monomaniacs who work at it incessantly. But it is also my sense that those people often (but not always) are exploiting...
  13. Re: Difference between J74 strings and EJ74 strings ?

    Ej74 - j74 = (e-1)(j74)
  14. Thread: Eric Weissberg

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    Re: Eric Weissberg

    Eric Weissberg was a wonderful and inspiring musician who played many instruments at the highest level. There was a time not long ago when he, Bill Keith, and Billy Faier all lived in Woodstock NY,...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Chris Brashear, "The Day Coronavirus Came"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78BRNm-ZjnM
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    Re: Reading suggestions

    I liked “Bluegrass Breakdown” by Robert Cantwell. It’s a little impressionistic, and somewhat dated now, but deeply knowledgeable and insightful. The subtitle “The Making of the Old Southern Sound”...
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    Re: March Mountain Boys featuring Mike Compton

    “If you get lost, go back to the root and strive for tone.” Mike C. Good advice today and always.
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    I second the recommendation above of Niles Hokkanen’s book “Bluegrass Up The Neck.” The book teaches position playing using closed strings for the most part. It’s a crash course in bluegrass mandolin...
  19. Re: Big Apple'achia "I'd Rather Be a Lonesome Pine"

    That’s mighty fine! Thanks for posting.
  20. Re: Mike Compton+Norman Blake Live performance video Gallop t Geo

    More of Narmour & Smith’s music, as well as the source recordings for the tunes on “Gallop to Georgia,” may be found on two CDs of Narmour & Smith’s recordings, Document Records DOCD 8065 and 8066....
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    In my experience, achieving distinction in any activity requires commitment verging on, or perhaps crossing over into, monomania. Most highly successful people I have known worked at it night and day...
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    In response to William, I played the Mavian Loar when Bob had it. It’s the nicest sounding Loar I have played (and I have played some very nice ones). When it appeared at Carter’s I told my wife...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    D’Addario now packages all eight of the strings coiled in pairs in one sealed plastic envelope. I too have a hard time taking off the gummy colored paper tabs without bending or kinking the unwound...
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    Re: 2019 Monroe Camp Sept 18-22 Roll Call

    I will be there. Don G, I look forward to meeting you. We may know some folks in common. Your video was terrific.
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    Re: What tune is this?

    Chilly Winds Of Shannon, a Bill Monroe tune that Bill recorded on Jimmy Campbell’s recording Pieces Of Time. That was one of Bill’s last recording sessions.
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