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  1. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    There are generally strad-o-lins around, too. Certainly mine has a neck like a baseball bat -- and you can generally get them for a reasonable price. I own a strad, an Eastman 305 (which i put a...
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    Re: Back in action

    If you ever decide on a guest artist, Jill McAuley has been posting a tune a week around here for a while (nearly a year?). she also plays unaccompanied. It's nice to see ITM get some love!
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    Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    The only Elixirs I've used have been coated mediums, which I use in the summer. fwiw, i tried D'Addario's coated mediums this summer. I didn't like them, so i'll go back to elixirs for the summer....
  4. Re: Craig Miller's wife Isabel has passed

    Condolences to the family.
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    Re: Completed First Build

    Lovely!
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    Re: Dropped mandolin

    Did you check the bridge? it might have been shaken out of alignment.
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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...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    When I'm playing, I'm mostly just listening to what's going on around me instead of actively thinking unless it's some sort of internal notice that the woman playing beside me is slowing down, the...
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    Re: Mystery Mandolin Oddity!

    that's pretty entertaining. my first thought was it was a travel mando.
  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!
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    Re: Just a happy trio.

    Nice. A guy I play with at an ITM session has a Martin nearly identical to yours he just picked up this summer. Really nice instrument.
  13. 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...
  14. 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: Finally, a use for a banjo

    I don't in any way condone vandalism and I'm thinking he'll have to pay for the repairs ... but i do see he was charged with assault with a weapon, which may be a new definition of "killer banjo" ...
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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: A New Pick For Slick?

    You might enjoy signing up for the traveling pick sampler. That'll give you all sorts of choices of stuff you didn't even know existed.

    As has been noted, what kind of music you play will have an...
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    Re: Altering Original Tempo

    I'll play the same tune at a half dozen tempos depending on who I'm with and why I'm playing. I've also heard tunes played in different styles -- Our ITM group plays Star of the county Down as a...
  19. Re: The Throne Room (A New Hope) - one man(dolin) quartet

    This just put a smile on my face -- lovely arrangement lovely playing!
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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?"
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    Re: Why the connection?

    I'm curious why banjo was named specifically. If someone is a multi-instrumentalist, i'd think the go-to question would be "do you also play guitar?" or "do you also play piano?" so my thought is...
  22. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    I normally tune when I'm obviously out of tune with myself (the strings aren't in unison) or if I sound wrong compared with other instruments. Before we start a gig, we normally tune, and i use my...
  23. 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: Number 99 and 100

    holy cow! really stands out. nice job!
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    Re: Mandolin Neck Advice

    fwiw, i own both flat and radius fretboards and don't notice much difference, even when I switch between the two, but both of my usual instruments have relatively narrow necks. how it fits my hand...
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