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  1. Such a great podcast you've put together Daniel. ...

    Such a great podcast you've put together Daniel. I listen to every episode and it's so great to get a glimpse into our mando heroes and hear that they are mortals too who have to put in the time in...
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    Re: Jeff Austin Family Fund

    Very sad to hear about Jeff. He was a true pioneer for Jamgrass and brought a whole new group of people into the acoustic music scene. As a performer, he put everything he had into each show and...
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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    This is fascinating. Glad we have so many Gibson historians around.
  4. Long Island Mandolin Orchestra Looking for new Members

    If you live in the Long Island, NY area and are interested in joining a mandolin orchestra consider LIMAGO (Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra).
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    Re: Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    Wow cool, thanks for all of your knowledge on this topic.
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    Gibson Teens Serial Numbers

    Hi,

    I just recently bought a 1914 Gibson K-1 Mandocello. The serial number is 19808. I have the matching A-1 mandolin which based on what I see on mandolinarchive is also from 1914. Its serial...
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    Re: Pickup/Mic Setup for a Loud Bar Setting

    Nope canít get enough volume with the Venue cranked. Tried it and with it fully maxed out I was getting a very distorted sound, backed it off a bit and the meter barely went above 3 green bars.
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    Re: Pickup/Mic Setup for a Loud Bar Setting

    What are some mic preamps you'd recommend?
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    Re: Pickup/Mic Setup for a Loud Bar Setting

    Thank you both. I'm not sure how the jack is wired. I do like having the Venue DI since it has the tuner and the gain channel. When I go to playing lead I need a little more boost. I will play...
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    Pickup/Mic Setup for a Loud Bar Setting

    I know there's been many posts about amplifying the mando, and I've read many of the posts, but wanted to share my setup and see if anyone has any thoughts.

    I have a Northfield Master model that...
  11. Re: Bill Monroe's mandolin played once again - now with video

    I agree 100%. There's no way Monroe or Loar would want this legendary piece of history sitting in a museum. At a minimum they should allow in town muscians to record with it. Maybe Grisman should...
  12. Re: Whatís the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    I'd say the hardest tunes I know are the Choro piece Desvairada, Bach's Dm Gigue, and another Choro called O Voo da Mosca (The Flight of the Fly). I also spent a bunch of time learning the lead and...
  13. Re: Article: Northfield Introduces Three New Michigan-Made Instru

    I'm curious how the new F5 differs in construction from the 2 bar red spruce Artist model.

    -Bill
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    Re: Mike Marshall or Sharon Gilchrist?

    Regarding price, if you compare it to private lessons that can range from $40-100 per hr (depending on the teacher) it's actually quite a bit less.
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    Re: Mike Marshall or Sharon Gilchrist?

    Great comments and perspectives here. I like Mike's Artist Works site for two main reasons. It's very personalized since I can send him in videos and he gives me direct feedback on my issues, and...
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    Re: Is there a personal limitation for speed?

    Regarding the personal limit...I'm certain there is one, but I do think with good practice most of us could get a little faster.
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    Re: Is there a personal limitation for speed?

    I'm of the mind that we all can get a little bit faster if we focus our energy and practice time to speed. I think what trips people up sometimes is that they are looking to improve multiple things...
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    Re: Share your 2018 mandolin challenges.

    Better right hand control of the pick especially when crossing strings at high tempos. Improving my ability to memorize written pieces so that I can look at my hands rather than the sheet music. ...
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    Re: Play softer, play better?

    This is a great exercise. I've done quite a bit of this and it really teaches your mind to separate the hands. It will improve your technique tremendously. Another thing to keep in mind is that...
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    Re: Blue Chip Pick Maintenance

    I just polished out some scratches on the bevel of my blue chip using some super fine sand paper. Started with 1000 grit and then finished off with 2000. The pick lost its shine but my tone is...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    It was unbearable to listen to myself until I discovered that blasting the Chris Thile Bach album in my headphones turned me into a virtuoso.
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    Re: Pick direction in Tarantellas

    I realized that I already know some of this from some of the classical work I've done. Many of the Calace arpeggio studies use d-d-u or u-u-d.
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    Re: Crosspicking

    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that it doesn't sound good. It sounds awesome, especially from someone who's really mastered it. It's just that for me learning crosspicking gives me more tone colors...
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    Re: Crosspicking

    Yeah, that sounds crazy. The split string thing doesn't really seem as practical to me as crosspicking does. I find that I can throw a bit of crosspicking into almost any slow to medium tempo tune...
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    Re: Crosspicking

    All great suggestions, thanks Jordan for all your ideas and the videos. Thanks John for your thoughts.

    I'm going to stick with my current right hand technique for a while and focus on slowly...
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