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    Re: Are tenor guitars slightly evil?

    Slightly?

    I think tenor guitars have a niche, and I sometimes wonder if it is a niche for those who play mandolin who did not come from a guitar background, and secretly or not so secretly want to...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    It protects the finish of the instrument, especially in the summer when we wear short sleeves. I use a terry cloth wrist band like tennis players use, worn a little higher up my left arm. Works the...
  3. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    If you want to see if grommets will make any difference, try a piece of leather for a week. If it doesn't make a difference, neither will grommets. If it changes anything, grommets will change the...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    I find that any kind of performing scenario decreases my abilities about 12 clicks. Meaning I have to go into the situation with 112 clicks, in order to sound as good as I know I can be. More...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    The second mandolin you get should be the last mandolin you will ever need. I have done this several times now.
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    Yes absolutely. But the dirty little secret is there is no end-all. Nothing in music theory is entirely sufficient. Everything I don't know will at some point limit me for not knowing it.

    Which is...
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    Re: Looking to upgrade from first, but Eastman?

    If your budget limit is $1000 because that is what you can afford to spend, then my comments are entirely irrelevant and you can ignore the rest of the comments. You are on a good track without me.
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    Re: Live from Here is no more

    Time moves on. I am sure something will come along that takes its place more or less.

    The hard part is getting and keeping an audience, and Live from Here had a good audience, and that audience...
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    Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    Secondly, despite what you may have heard, learning the G chop chord is not an essential achievement in mandolinning. It is not particularly pretty sounding chord IMO. Of all the ways of fingering a...
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    Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    Here is something to try before you spend money on a new instrument.

    I "discovered" that the distance from my thumb to my pinky is not as long as the distance from my pinky to my thumb. I am dead...
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    I kind of had similar thoughts when I started to figure out pentatonic scales. Like, jeeze why bother with this, I know all the notes in that key, why now go back and just work on a subset of them. ...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    It is not a competition. We are always going to be better at being old than those that aren't old.
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Bertram is correct. I feel like i was born old. I spend my life learning how to be old, how to talk without arguing, how to tell stories, how to dramatically remove my glasses, how to smoke a pipe,...
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    Re: 1st fret playability on your mando?

    Once you have confirmed that your mandolin is set up correctly, I would look at technique.

    I myself have a hard time keeping my thumb in the right place, and how I detect this is that at this or...
  15. Re: Mandolin Recommendations - Beginner to Intermediate

    While I know what you mean and your question is good, I am going to object to your premise.

    I believe that there is no "deserving" or "being good enough" for a particular mandolin. After one's...
  16. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    It is a one time purchase. One and done, never again a cost. To those who are going to comment about having to replace a lost pick, there is a simple solution - don't lose it.

    There are things in...
  17. Thread: Blue chip picks

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    Re: Blue chip picks

    Yes.
  18. Re: Buying my first Mandolin- Equipment questions

    I would say to jump in, get the mandolin, and start playing. Get the tools and accessories you find yourself needing along the way.

    I think that for many, adjusting and optimizing their mandolin...
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    Re: Favorite A style mandolin?

    There is a lot of discussion as to what constitutes "professional mandolin". But in your price range you can get a pretty darn good mandolin, which may, in fact, be what you mean.

    Besides the...
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    Re: How to enhance mando for legato piece

    I tremolo everything greater than an eighth note, unless it just doesn't fit. (Sometimes quarter notes just sound better with a percussive down down down.)

    Tremolo does not have to connect between...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    When playing alone, in a small group, or a small intimate venue, I use a Blue Chip TAD60 or a Red Bear H SB because of the great tone.

    I use a Dunlop Primetone 1.4 mm in regular jam sessions,...
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    Re: Mandolin insurance?

    Clarion and Heritage are two great choices.

    I strongly recommend insurance specifically for musicians. It may be cheaper if you go with your home owners policy but:

    I discovered my homeowners...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I would talk to a doctor and/or occupational therapist.

    There are things that can cause pain that none of might think of.

    I had severe pain in my index finger and back of my hand (left hand)...
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    Re: From Violin to Mandolin - Questions

    I think going from violin to mandolin is much easier than going the other way. I recommend a bowl back for classical playing. To my ear arch tops, whether oval hole or f hole, have too much depth, at...
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    Re: A Newcomer to Mandolin Asks the Experts

    Here is my heartfelt advice. I know for a fact this is right, both in my experience and in the experience related to me by many many others.

    Don't wait till you get to the point where you can sit...
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