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  1. Re: When you give a metalhead a Greek bouzouki

    He was having a great time -- it was a lot of fun to watch and hear!
  2. Thread: Picks

    by Randi Gormley
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    Re: Picks

    my preference is for tiny pointy picks, but that's my preference. A lot of people love the bigger, heavier rounded ones. I play ITM and classical (and a bit of choro and klezmer) and I like the point...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Although I've seen some reference to "practicing more" with what you have, nobody has actually spelled out that you may be holding the instrument wrong, or if they have, I missed it (perfectly...
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    Re: $200 to spend on a new or used Mandolin

    Well, I used to keep a Rogue in my office for my alleged downtime; cost me $49 plus shipping, iirc. And $60 for a good setup, but that can be gotten around with Rob Meldrum's book. It has 8 strings,...
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    Re: Curious Mandolin

    The strings were probably too heavy for it. Waiting for the bowlback experts to come on and help out.
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    Re: Hello from Delaware

    Sorry to hear about the bad tailpiece -- but always glad to welcome another new mandolin player into the fold!
  7. Re: Different picks for different instruments

    My-husband-the-guitar-player switches picks on his guitar from time to time as the mood and the music require and i've never noticed much more than a moment or two to accustom himself to the new...
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    Re: Help a Beginner?

    I'll second a Mel Bay book -- I learned how to read standard notation while learning where to put my fingers on the frets along with basic picking and holding the instrument from one and then...
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    Re: First mandolin orchestra performance

    Orchestra playing is a skill of its own -- glad it's available to you! and I'll bet you'll have a great time taking Carlo's workshop. He's a genius musician, a sterling director/conductor and a great...
  10. Re: sad news, Arty McGlynn passed today...

    I saw it on my FB feed this morning. So sorry to hear this. It's a loss to the community in a big way.
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    Re: Irish Music Tours -- suggestions

    box player John Whelan was talking about a music-based ireland tour via bus, i think. Cherish the Ladies does a cruise, but i vaguely remember something about a land tour in Ireland at some point. If...
  12. Re: Of your favorite instruments that qualify for this site...

    I own a bunch of mandolins but i only play one -- my snake -- both at home noodling around and at gigs, with one exception. if i'm playing plugged in, i'll switch over to my Eastman since I have a...
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    Re: Beginner Celtic mandolin

    Nice choice. Were you planning to play along with melody or do back-up chord work? Just curious. Most of the mandolins I know in ITM play melody and let guitar/bouzouki do the backup work.
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    Thanks for the update and all the best going forward!
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    Sympathies and good wishes to you, for what they're worth. Get better!
  16. 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.
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    Re: Hello, new member here.

    Glad to have you -- or have you back, depending. Welcome to the cafe!
  18. 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."
  20. This just showed up on Reddit ... one of us, do you think?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/e3gxo7/now_on_disney/
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    I can see that we expect more perfection in music students than a lot of other subjects because there appears to be less wiggle room. I mean, there's certainly scope for differences in written work...
  22. Re: Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    It's on my husband's guitar case. and i have a couple sitting on my desk. My husband's guitar case is plastered with all kinds of stickers, including one from my office band, the Bad Slugs.
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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: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy belated to the cafe! I won't even estimate how many hours I've spent here over the years -- and every one of them well spent!
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    Re: What are you playing for the holidays?

    We always do a rendition of the reel Christmas Eve at any session in December.
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