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    Re: Lessons With Andy Statman

    If you decide to take lessons with Andy don't be embarrassed about how bad you play in front of him. He is a very understanding and sympathetic teacher. There may be someone somewhere who plays...
  2. Thread: technique

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    technique

    I was told by the great mandolin virtuosos Andy De Meo that technique comes before expression. Sometimes I think you can have too much technique. Some people can play very fast but not say very...
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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Got a great Flatiron 3MW mandola from Stan Jay at Mandolin Brothers. Sometimes Flatiron mandolas appear on the Mandolin Cafe classifieds. But I am still pining for a Gibson mandola.
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I think someone can become a mandolin professional with Don Julin's 2 mandolin books for dummies. The book of mandolin exercises has stuff in it I have never seen in any other mandolin book. The...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Here are some teacher-student success stories.
    David Grisman-Andy Statman, Jethro Burns-Don Stiernberg, Hugo D'Alton-Alison Stephens.
    In all 3 cases the students did some things that surpassed...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    When I lived in New York City I took mandolin lessons with Arthur Cremin of the New York Schools of Music, which at one time, had over 15 schools in the New York City area! It was said that every...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Here is a true story. I took piano lessons with a guy for two months before I found out he did not play the piano. One day I asked him to play a piece I liked and he wouldn't do it. I insisted and...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    It is funny the number of good mandolin players we turned down In the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra because they couldn't read music. They all played better than me! We offered to teach...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    My first teacher, besides renting a Gibson "A" mandolin to me, started me off with the Mel Bay Mandolin Method and the Pleyel duets. I have always regretted starting this way. I think a better way...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Prima. It was made for me by the late Milton Cherin who was an engineer for Columbia Records and who won a Grammy. Milton built balalaikas and domras in his apartment until the neighbors complained...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    I play in a mandolin and guitar orchestra. Also played domra in a balalaika orchestra. Never had a domra lesson.
    Waiting the arrival of a great mandolin. F5. When it comes may seek out a...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Also: mention what the cost was. I have paid from $5 a half hour to $150 for 2 hours! The teacher's fee is one of the most important issues in education. And if the fee was paid by you, or someone...
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    mandolin teachers

    I would love to hear from anyone about their experience with their mandolin teachers.
    I admit I am a poor student and wouldn't wish myself on any teacher!
    I studied Sociology of Education at New...
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    Re: Alison Stephens memorial tribute online

    Great stuff. Tried to get her to perform in the United States but failed!
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    Re: fiddle tunes alto clef

    Your friend has to learn how to read treble clef on the viola. This is what I did to play mandola(CGDA) in the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra.
    The other way is to just play the tunes as...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    Perhaps you have heard of Los Indios Tabajaras, the famous guitar duo. The story goes that they found a guitar and taught themselves how to play.
    Before you buy any books or videos try out your...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    I could tell you what books and tapes to avoid but that would risk a lawsuit!!!
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

    Eddie did not read music. No one can hear you reading!!!
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    Re: Andy Statman's Jazz Mandolin series

    I have other books and tapes. The ones by Sam Bush and the Mel Bay books by Jethro Burns. They are pretty good but I think the best one I have is Bluegrass Up The Neck by Niles. There are things...
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    MISS LONELYHEARTS by Nathanael West

    This is one of the great American novels.
    In an early chapter Miss Lonelyhearts (his personal name is never mentioned) ruminates on how mandolins are tuned.
    "Man has a tropism for order. Keys in...
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    Andy Statman's Jazz Mandolin series

    I bought the tapes and the book a long time ago. I still do not have a clue how Andy does what he does. I took a lesson with him but never went back. I think I need to take lessons with someone...
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    "Jascha Heifetz of the mandolin"

    In the obituary in today's New York Times of the concert pianist Abbey Simon it says that Simon had an uncle who was "the Jascha Heifetz of the mandolin." Simon was born in 1920 so who do you think...
  23. Re: Long Island Mandolin Orchestra Looking for new Members

    Just to let people know how exciting the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is you should know that we did a concert with Radim Zenkl! We performed one number with him, and we played the first...
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    mandolins on television

    Old Kung Fu episode with Jodie Foster playing mandolin.
    Old Partridge Family episode with Ray Bolger playing a Martin mandolin.
    I wish there would be more mandolins on television!!!
  25. Re: RIP: Jon Sholle, Guitarist with DGQ in the 1980s

    I just found out. He was my favorite guitarist. He was also a great mandolin player.
    I met him at the Bottom Line. I saw him play a duet with Rob Wasserman where they both looked at each other...
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