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    Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    OK two problems. Possibly same solution. Get an instructor. Easy to do these days, especially with Skype. You can get a teacher anywhere in the world and meet once a week on line.

    Problem one -...
  2. Re: Tune Mandola to Mandolin Tuning & What Strings to UseI'm an a

    Let me take a guess. If this doesn't apply then you can ignore it. I have a mandolin friend who came from guitar, and really had trouble with how small the distance between frets is. When he came to...
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    Good work guys. I can't imagine the work involved.

    I have a little taste however. I have worked on big engineering projects, but not IT projects. And I have had to revert to a plan B when at the...
  4. Thread: electric hum

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    Re: electric hum

    I wasn't sure, just thought everyone could benefit.
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    Re: Interesting European Mandolinetto- Pre-War

    I could get a real obsession for old quirky mandolinettos. I really like the moment you take one out and nobody, including your jam friends, expects serious music to come out of it. And they are so...
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    Re: Interesting European Mandolinetto- Pre-War

    What a beauty. There are many light weight tenor ukulele cases that would be more convenient than the monster case shown.
  7. Thread: electric hum

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    Re: electric hum

    An aside that my or may not be relevant. Sometimes this kind of thing happens when the third prong of the amp plug is not connected to the ground of the outlet, either because someone broke it off to...
  8. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

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    Like a fender medium guitar pick.
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    Re: Blue Chips

    I don't why you only lose expensive sunglasses.

    You pay a lot of money for a pair of sunglasses, those things will disappear quicker than a pizza at a Weight Watchers convention.

    And you buy a...
  10. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    In my living room, where I hold a monthly jam, I have a pseudo-asian rug with a complicated multi-color design. I keep a jar for all the picks I find.
  11. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I started in woodwinds as well. Clarinet and then bassoon.

    I became jealous of the social playing a guitarists did. So in true contrarian fashion I went after bowl back mandolin. My plan was to be...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I have about an accumulation of mandolins. The purchase of each one is justified on the basis that I wanted it, and could afford it without going into debt or touching unassigned money.

    No...
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    Re: Blue Chips

    Of course, but that doesn't explain how we are able to keep track of car keys, wedding rings, thumb drives, and other things expensive, hard to replace, and whose loss is consequential, and we hardly...
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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    Pick thickness makes a noticeable difference in the sound of the mandolin. The pros of one or the other are your preference for the sound, of one, or the other.

    I prefer 0.7 mm for classical and...
  15. Re: Decision Time for wood type - Is the difference big?

    That mahogany is not fashionable among buyers high end instruments. :)

    There it makes a difference and it depends on what you like.
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    Re: Boston/Cambridge Music Stores?

    Music Emporium. First place I thought of.
  17. Thread: Blue Chips

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    Re: Blue Chips

    It really is no simpler than this.

    Other suggestions:

    Fasten your pick somehow to your car key. Then figure out a way not to lose it.

    Tape a $100 dollar bill to your pick. Then figure out a...
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    All hale Rod Neep. Demonstrating the naked joy of a new mandolin. Watch this and you will no longer be confused as to why we keep wanting new ones.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDt-YKYrziY
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    There is some truth to that. You will save a bunch of money if you never see that thing you have wanted all your life and can't live without. :)
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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I don't know any musicians, at any level of proficiency, professional or not, that eventually do not have more than one of whatever it is they play. Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboards,...
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    Re: Pinky independence

    Alternative view:

    Don't try and fight nature. The pinky is not a fully independent finger. Like a pet on a leash, it is tethered to the ring finger. The pinky has independence and strength, but...
  22. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I knew a guy that would purchase expensive guitars, radio gear, and/or fishing gear, at full retail prices, enjoy the ownership for a month or two, and then sell them "on the secondary market" for a...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Great recommendation. There are quite a few easily available on line or at physical music stores. I don't think it matters which one you get. And you just work the book from the beginning. With your...
  24. Thread: Used Gibsons

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    Re: Used Gibsons

    I think there are not enough data points to make any kind of defend-able conclusion. Four transactions out of how many, hundreds at least maybe into the thousands over enough time.

    Even so, a more...
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    Re: do many of you mix strings

    I have messed around with mixing from among various sets of strings. It hasn't, in my case, made enough difference to settle in on a mixed set. What makes the most difference to me is just changing...
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