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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Sympathies and good wishes to you, for what they're worth. Get better!
  2. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I'd second (or third) the idea that you should play with others, if you can, as soon as possible. Not only will you improve, you'll have -- with luck -- your own on-site cheering section.
  3. Re: 100-Piece Mando Orchestra plays "Both Sides Now" & "Something

    A lovely job, if i do say so myself!

    You know, I heard many of the tunes that were played when I was young and not paying attention. They were background music to my youth, as it were. Being able...
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    Re: Picked up a fiddle recently..

    I should tell you about my foray into the fiddle, but my ego was so damaged, I abandoned it only about 2 months in! I may pick it up again some day, but, to paraphrase Aragorn, "not this day."
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    You can always find a reason to not do something if you're so inclined. Just putting that out there.

    I think the idea of talent (as opposed to dogged determination) strikes at our concept of...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I'll admit, like Richard J, I thought you'd put a capo on your mandolin, so I'll give you a pass on the banjo this time. Whew! it could have been worse!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Fiddler I know plays Dowd's Number 9 and then Bird in the Bush as a set. Nicely done!
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    Re: Just got a Strad-o-lin as a gift...

    I think my luthier just replaced my strad's old tuners with something straight out of stew-mac; if you're up to it, you might be able to do it yourself. and the price you've quoted for the instrument...
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    Re: Mandolin Lessons for Beginners

    I'd start advertising by putting your card or some other paper with your contact information on it on the bulletin boards in local music stores, if there are any; on what passes for message space at...
  10. Re: Help with playing the Ballad of St. Anne's reel

    We play this with our singer in the same key as the tune. It's part of a set of St. Anne's/Silver Spear/Miss Macleod's. iirc, our singer uses a capo on the guitar for the first two (he sings a verse,...
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    Re: My new mando!

    Lovely, lovely instrument!
  12. Thread: Speed

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    Re: Speed

    At least for me, I've found that the simple repetition -- if you're playing cleanly, of course -- does as much to build speed as pushing the timing. Once the tune is in your fingers, and you can play...
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    Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    to continue the allegory, there's always the ability, when you stand on that hill -- the first, the next or the next after that -- to look back and see how far you've come, even if it's only a few...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Very nice -- and the mandolin just sounds sweeter every tune!
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Ha! the version I heard was 'why don't they switch to C natural and resolve the discussion?"
  16. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Yeah, I'm another person who's always heard them as "pick up" notes, going back to the 1960s. but maybe it was an Ohio thing and maybe just a band thing. Or it could have been the director. Hard to...
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Fiddler friend of mine who used to run a learning session brought this one to us once upon a time and I've always loved it. Forgot about it over the years, but now I'm up for relearning it -- many...
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Well, if you're buying an instrument for any other reason than you like the sound or the fit or any other personal advantage, why are you buying at all? Isn't it about the music? You play what you...
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    Re: What does OP mean?

    ha! i just went back .. IIRC is "if i remember correctly."
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    Re: What does OP mean?

    There are a few internet-common things and some specific to this site. to the best of my recollection, YMMV is "your mileage may vary." "ICYMI" is "in case you missed it." OP, as has been mentioned,...
  21. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    seven, but a few are out as loaners. My-husband-the-guitar-player has 3 guitars, so I win.
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Just from personal experience, when I ask a question, I expect a complete (and honest) answer. Now, honesty can be situational, and complete has different meanings depending on who you ask.

    If...
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    Re: New Kelley A model violin style

    Outstanding.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    I'll tell this in the original, but you can see where there's some latitude. The setup for this was an emcee who was trying to keep the audience entertained while the next band was being set up. The...
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    So sorry for your loss. I've been a cat person for decades -- they're special presences in the house.
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