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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I presume you're making a reference to the distaff side, although your use of that term is somewhat outdated. :) Yes, we should all celebrate femininity.
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    I think Mark G is right, and it is very likely that the tab is simply wrong. Perhaps it was generated automatically, or semi-automatically, from some notation intended for another instrument? ...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    So Mark -- In fairness, I never suggested that I saw either form of notation as harmful, per se, so I was a bit baffled by your first sentence, which seems to suggest otherwise. That said, I think...
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    Re: Eastman 305 strap button--friction fitted?

    Actually, it's not a "strap button." It's an endpin. It comes from the violin tradition. But unlike the violin endpin, it does not hold the tailpiece in place. The end pin should be friction...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    So, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

    Get the best mandolin you can afford, and whose tone and playability speak to you, and don't allow...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Clearly, the F-5 mandolin was not designed so that its lower point digs uncomfortably into your leg while seated playing. The obvious conclusion is that you are holding the instrument incorrectly. ...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    For building up right-hand speed (non-tremolo), you might have more fun -- and possibly greater success -- by learning some fiddle tunes, then playing these ever-faster, rather than practicing scales...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Yes, people DO use tab (including professionals)!! Most assuredly, they use tab. In fact, a great number of mandolin players at all levels use tablature. Tab is very popular as a medium with mandolin...
  9. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    The points raised by JeffD and Charles E. are not mutually exclusive! Yes, building an F model takes more time and effort for the carving, bending, binding, and all that. Therefore, a luthier has...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Based on what you've written, it strikes me that your seated playing position is a trifle unconventional, and that is why the F-model kept moving around and poking you. You wrote "I know lots of...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Sorry, but that statement is simply too broad and ill-considered to be accurate in any way. It only holds for "top level professionals" who happen to play some specific genres of music, such as...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Yes! Red7flag raises an important point that has not been stressed enough in this thread, neither by the strong proponents of staff notation, nor by those who prefer tablature. If you ask a computer...
  13. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    At the very top end, from the best builders (both then and now), for a great bluegrass-style sound, there are a few A5-style mandolins available, but a whole lot more F5-style mandolins. I've played...
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    Well, "profitablility" is a complicated thing. If you sell more of particular kind of instrument, you obviously stand to bring in more income. But do you profit more, with that income? It depends!...
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    The original challenge posed by bradeasley strikes me as self-contradictory. On the one hand, he stated that "money was no object," but then he wanted to eliminate aspects that he felt were purely...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Writing for myself, I can't imagine playing fiddle tunes in common keys like G, C, D, A without being able to hit the high B note on the E-string -- and at full tempo! Different strokes, I guess.
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    Re: Alternative Neck Profile Shapes

    At the end of the day. the neck needs to be ergonomic. Things like the mandolin body shape can easily be changed to address aesthetic considerations, all while also trying to fulfill acoustic needs,...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Interesting. Well, the Gold Tone Octajo has a scale length of 22-7/8", according to Gold Tone's own website. That's a bit on the long side, considering that octave mandolins tend to run from 19" to...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Please rest assured, no one was yelling at you. The is a perennially contentious topic. Peace to all.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    sbhikes -- Wow, I'm very curious about your post! What kind of "octave banjolin" did you recently get (there are many variants)? Is it a converted tenor banjo? Does it have single or double...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    The fact that tonewood ages is not under dispute here. It has never been in dispute! In fact, if you wait long enough, all wood will deteriorate, and eventually turn to dust! In fact, you can...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    No one has ever suggested, to my knowledge, that subjecting materials to vibrations doesn't have the potential to change them. As you wrote, this is a "simple engineering truth," and it's practically...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Too bad the MC members have been provoked into going down this particular rabbit hole again. Sigh. But if you are going to discuss this topic, I urge folks to please try to be clear about what they...
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    Re: Old v New

    Actually, if you have the capital in reserve to do this, it's not such a crazy idea! You should be able to sell the one that you prefer least for almost exactly what you bought it for, less the price...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    Yow! Now why didn't I think of using my "fifth finger"?! :)) (Sorry, couldn't resist smiling after I read that.)
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