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  1. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    Yeah, that can be a good motivation. When I was a kid, playing (rather badly) with a bunch of others of similar ability, we all played a single melody line, but in some cases it was a counter-melody...
  2. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    At the age of about 8 or 9 I suppose. I'd previously tried a banjo-mandolin, a rather raucous-sounding beast. Then late at night after I'd gone to sleep, my father came home from a social evening...
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    Re: Help identifying possibly vintage mandolin

    Well, Naples isn't just the location of that particular maker, it is also the origin of the tradition of building mandolins in a particular style. Though of course there are valid other traditions, I...
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    Re: Recording App for Android

    It's very easy to get lost, there are many apps with similar or identical names, "voice recorder" and "sound recorder" apps proliferate. Clearly some exist only to try to gain some advertising...
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    I must admit, I so rarely hear other mandolin players (live, in person) use tremolo that if I do chance upon an example, I'm overjoyed, no matter what the quality. I used to look forward...
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    Re: Ashbury Rathlin vs hora and ACP

    I was looking (online) at some of the Ashbury mandolins from Hobgoblin, the ones I saw were made in Vietnam which I think accounts for the modest prices. I've no actual experience with the...
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    After cutting my teeth on some self-taught stuff, I started to play with some other beginner mandolinists.
    The first tune I learned with them was Човен хитається.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    If I recall correctly, it was "Flowery", making an anagram from the letters of "Fawlty Towers".
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    Re: Compulsive purchase- Flatiron 1N

    I guess it could be compelling rather than compulsive.
    When I bought mine it seemed that way - still does.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Manuel, the waiter from Barcelona:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX7CeTXoxyU
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    I don't know what was third. First two were Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Followed by Good King Wenceslas, which was also my first experience of learning to play by ear. A lot of trial and error...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    I've heard that Eastman mandolins may vary from one to the next, if you tried half a dozen say MD305, maybe some would sound pretty good, others not so much. I have one myself, it's ok, but doesn't...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Sounds to me as though the nut height is not as good as it might be. But adjustments need to be done with care, easy to go too low which then requires more effort to correct.
  14. Re: Getting Small Chubby Hand/Wrist to Reach Around

    That's understandable. When I first started, and was more or less teaching myself, I had the mandolin body placed flat on my lap as I sat. It does make everything visible, but doesn't help much with...
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    Yes, playing together is a different experience to combining separate recordings. Both can work and give productive results, but the live situation allows for what I might call 'breathing', each...
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    The phrase "resort to tremolo" sounds rather as though tremolo was something distasteful to be avoided, rather than the joyful experience it can be.
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    Re: Right hand wrist position

    Some of my thoughts. I wouldn't get stressed over it. The important thing is the sound that you produce. You also didn't say what sort of genre and style you are playing. I use a whole range of...
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Regarding playing technique, I do two different types of tremolo (well many more than two). One version, I do an exact number of down-up strokes per note, so a short tremolo might just be down-up, or...
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Depends very much on the repertoire. I use tremolo in Irish, Scottish, English, Russian, American ... it belongs everywhere for me.
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Chords are not compulsory. :) I play some, but when I play along with others, I tend to play melody, harmony-melody, runs and fill-ins, there is just so much that can be done - with any instrument -...
  21. Re: What weight string comes stock on the Eastman MD505?

    Those are different product numbers:

    EJ73 10-38 Light

    EJ74 11-40 Medium

    EJ75 11.5-41 Medium/Heavy

    That is, EJ74 only comes in one grade, Medium 11-40.
  22. Thread: Tuning question

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    Re: Tuning question

    Regarding going back and re-tuning other strings, I find this varies by instrument. The body and neck will flex as the tension changes, any significant change in tension of one string will cause the...
  23. Thread: Tuning question

    by Cobalt
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    Re: Tuning question

    I think if everything is moving smoothly, that means primarily the string sliding over the nut slots, and the tuners themselves, such slight adjustments may be fine. From past experience I just don't...
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    Re: When You First . . .

    When I first started with mandolin, my main influences were all the real-world people I met who also played mandolin. That included other beginners, a tutor who was himself-self-taught, family...
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    Re: new mando choices

    I tend to go for the tonal balance across the range, low to high, which pleases me. But for playing in a jam or acoustic performance anywhere other than at home, often volume becomes the priority...
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