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    Re: What's the real difference?

    From my experience, some of the higher quality and consequently higher priced instruments have: better tone across all of the strings and in all positions up the neck: they're louder; and more...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    I own Martin 000Jr. I think it's a great guitar for fingerstyle. It's not very expensive, and it's all solid wood. The model I have has a cut-away and and a Shure pickup. I have several small body...
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    Re: Narrowed it down to three

    I would go with the Kentucky. If both are new instruments and are priced comparatively the same, I cannot imagine that the F style is of the same quality as the A model. In the Kentucky line there is...
  4. Thread: Timing issues

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    Re: Timing issues

    There are several measures in Hello Stranger that include 2 extra beats making those measures 6/4 instead of 4/4. The Carters liked it that way! I find these odd rhythms in other songs and tunes like...
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    Re: Newbie from Texas says Howdy

    Steve Hartz is the name you forgot. He's a fine mandolin player with a lot of other talents as well.
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    Re: Newbie from Texas says Howdy

    Hey Bill! Welcome to the cafe! I'm also a South Texan transplanted to the piney woods from Corpus Christ in 1973. We have thriving acoustic music community in the Nacogdoches area although we're...
  7. Thread: F7 Chord

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    Re: F7 Chord

    A simple F7 is played on strings 1 2 & 3: x-1-0-1
  8. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    The resistance exerciser doesn't involve your thumb. If you try one of the exercisers. I think you'll find it works different muscles than exercise ball. Don't expect overnight results. You know how...
  9. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Some of the exercisers are graduated in the degree of resistance. I would suggest trying the model with the least resistance first. Is it just your thumb that hurts or do your fingers hurt as well?
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Hey Sherry, it's possible that the strain in your thumb might be from compensating for finger strength. Have you tried exercising your fingers with one of the resistance finger exercisers?
  11. Thread: Chop Chords

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    Re: Chop Chords

    Another Am "chop chord" is 5-7-7-X.
  12. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I have a lot of favorites but at the top is Chris Thile's Bach: Sonatas and Partitas.
  13. Thread: String winder

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    Re: String winder

    Which string winder will fit the "close quarters" on my 1918 Gibson A2?
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    Re: Best Online Sites For Learning

    I'm beginning the second month of Sharon Gilchrist's Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin course. I'm making progress with rt grand technique, particularly tremolo. It requires commitment and daily...
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    Re: Have you EXP74 users switched to XTís?

    I was a fan of the EXPs but I made the change to XTs. Yes, they're different but I'm satisfied. My mandolin, a KM956, is making just as good music with the XT as it did with the EXP. Both last about ...
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    Re: 2003 Weber Absaroka - what's it worth?

    I also have a '98 Absaroka. It has beautiful tone and is balanced bass-mid-treble but has never been a loud "banjo killer". Having played this instrument for more than twenty years, there is plenty...
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    Re: hand held recorder

    I have both Tascams and a Zoom both will produce very good recordings but I think the Zoom recorder is easier to learn to use. If you do your homework online you'll make the right choice. There are a...
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    Re: Your Thoughts On D'Addario XT Strings

    I'm on my third set of XTs on my Kentucky KM956. I don't have any complaints. I'm getting about 3 months of playing from a set but because of the quarantine almost all of the playing time has been...
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    If tempo was anything other than slow, I would to use either slides, hammer-ons or pull-offs in order to play what you describe, with 3 fingers.
  20. Thread: Why use capo?

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    Re: Why use capo?

    There's only one song I play with friends for which I put up with a capo and it's in G#m. Capo on the 1st fret always requires retuning before and after the song. Major hassle!
  21. Re: why are some chords for guitar not listed in chord books for

    If you're not familiar with music theory we can give an explanation if you give some examples of the guitar chords you can't find in mando books. I assure you that members of the forum will give you...
  22. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    I'm not familiar with the Eastman but I've heard several KM505s and all had a very nice tone. You mentioned the deeper tones but in my opinion the upper frequencies are often weak in the instruments...
  23. Thread: Tremolo

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    Re: Tremolo

    I've been instructed that the grip of the pick should be much looser for a double stop than for a single. Im working on this but I'm not there yet.
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    You will receive a lot of recommendations. From my personal experience, a vintage Gibson A model(oval hole) or a Kentucky KM950 or 956(f hole) are a very good instruments and should be available...
  25. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    If you begin a descending G pentatonic with index on root, you are using the 2nd finger on root Ffcp. If you begin the same scale with the 2nd finger on the root, you're using the 3rd finger on root...
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