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  1. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    "Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?"

    I'll say Yes as it relates to really learning to play bluegrass music - and this is true for other genres as well. Part of the problem is that Tab...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

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  3. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Well, we are learning to play music on our instrument, not to play tabs or notation. Tabs are great for showing quickly where a good place is on the instrument to play the chords and the melody....
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    I agree with the OP's point about E strings breaking from tuning up and down while setting up the mandolin. The man who taught me to do setups insisted that I wear eyeglasses for protection. He...
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    Re: Givens Saddle - custom size?

    Normally, I would say replace the whole thing. But I have feeling that break can be glued and it might last a long time.
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    Re: Timing issues

    One of the real difficulties I see in jam sessions is that songs that do not strictly adhere to "even" counted time tend to go in the ditch pretty quickly, unless everyone there has studied the tune...
  7. Re: Proper form for playing B major shape chords on mandolin

    My preferred quick-grab B chord is x-4-2-x. If I need more notes, the full "chord" is 4-4-2-2. I can leave off or mute either the G strings or E strings to make it easier. I often prefer the 3rd-less...
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    Re: Slow Jam Tips Needed

    One thing I try to stay on top of at my bluegrass jam is that the songs and breaks go around the circle. The more experienced bluegrassers sometimes start calling on specific instruments or players...
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    Re: Collings Tailpiece Strap-button Removal

    I suppose there is a greater risk of the mandolin breaking from being dropped off a strap than from being dropped during shipment, so maybe their warranty stats support the decision to glue in the...
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    Re: Repair Estimate too High?

    I would say those prices indicate that the luthier has experience with circa 1900 American made bowlbacks. Perhaps the main take away is that if you are serious about playing the mandolin, you can...
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    Re: Collings Tailpiece Strap-button Removal

    I don't understand at all why they might. Do tell please.
  12. Re: Aesthetic Question for Builders (and Buyers)

    My 2 cents. "Most mandolins out there" mostly are purchased from stores or online, not from individual builders or boutique dealers. They are made by the "factories" so they can be "affordable". The...
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    Re: Double Standard

    How to start an argument on the internet: 1) express an opinion; 2) wait. If there weren't opinions in both directions on every topic, there wouldn't be much to discuss and there might not be so much...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    Practicing 3 finger chords is one the earliest steps to getting some independence with that ring finger.
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    Re: Useing lacewood

    I had a tough time with bloodwood. I bought some pre-cut binding strips to use on a large Irish bouzouki. No tight bends. The stuff broke and split no matter how careful I was with it. Fortunately I...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    Then he got it fixed and kept playing it. Now it's worth way more than it was before.
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I was after one of my students for a while to play more musically. Her notes are almost entirely staccato and her timing is perfect for a march. She plays a pretty mean bluegrass improvisation, too. ...
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    Re: Mandolin Builders output?

    I started building in 2007. The first mandolin took over a year. After that, I set a goal of one to two instruments a year - part time work. During the 13 years, I have designed one new mandolin and...
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    Re: Post-setup: 15th+ fret buzz

    What method did you use to install the frets? Did you bend each one before installing it?
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    Re: Epiphone black finish

    I doubt anybody other than the Chinese factory workers at that time know "for certain". What's your goal?
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    Re: Adding or replacing binding?

    I am in the middle of doing basically half of what was asked for here. It is a $200 mandolin that the neck block came unglued from the sides. The back had to be removed. It has binding on the back,...
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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I meant to say that most all the advice is coming from repairers and builders, and it is good advice based on experience. What matters most in making a decision is the instrument itself and the...
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    Re: Gibson A50 reftret -any advice ?

    I'm sure you know by now that if you ask for advice on the Cafe, you'll get plenty and it will be all over the place. My 2 cents is: if you can afford a full re-fret, do it. I understand a partial...
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    Re: Stringwinder's for mando

    I've been using this one for about 12 years. I don't see a name and I don't recognize the logo. The long side fits guitar tuners and some mandolins; the short side with a piece of cork inserted on...
  25. Re: Required tools for building own fingerboards?

    As Graham indicated, when you do the math for fret distances from the nut, carried out to four decimal places, you'll see a lot of roughly 1/3 of a mm, 1/4 of a mm, etc. measurements. Using...
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