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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Good work, Lappy, and nice to see you back at the Cafe. Hope everything's going well. Any tunes for us?
    Ranald
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    Just for Fun (Sierra Hull)

    I couldn't resist posting this. I enjoyed the playing, and they all seem to be having such a good time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuW7sNyz-hU&ab_channel=HarborHobo

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    Re: Mandolin scene in Japan

    Neil Rosenberg told me some years ago that he'd been to Japan to address a bluegrass conference, and said that there was a thriving bluegrass scene. Enter "Bluegrass Japan" in YouTube and you'll find...
  4. Thread: stand or sit?

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    Re: stand or sit?

    Well, at my age, the decision is an easy one.
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    Anything new on mandolin banjo!
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    Yeah. We're always happy when it gets up to 20 below. It means Spring is coming!
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    Re: Where’s the easy-does-it method?

    Dix Bruce's First Lessons Mandolin (Mel Bay), with CD's or MP3's, has a gentle approach, with easy chords, to get you playing. (By chance, he just posted some videos on playing today; I haven't...
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    Re: For the adventurous builder

    Not for the type of person who leaves their mandolin lying on the couch!
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    Re: New Project - Guy Clark Cover

    I enjoyed that, Evan. The singing was really fine, as well as the playing. Excellent arrangements and playing on the tunes following as well.
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    Re: Found my Loar at a Yard Sale!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ-a4Y2GI&ab_channel=BuzzFeedMultiplayer


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ-a4Y2GI&ab_channel=BuzzFeedMultiplayer
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    Re: Best budget mandolin UK

    I'm relieved not to see myself in this band! Enjoy your mandolin.
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    Re: Best budget mandolin UK

    Banjo mandolin (banjolins, mandolin banjos, manjos?) are very loud. Even if I were going to an amplified session, I wouldn't hurry to amp mine. At Wembley Stadium, I would. However, a banjo mandolin,...
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    Re: Best budget mandolin UK

    Have you considered a tuba rather than a mandolin? ;) Seriously though, you'll have to have fine hearing to pick out the sound of your mandolin with five or more accordions, at least two fiddles,...
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    Re: Backwards Guitar Solo?

    .daed si luaP. ;)

    Hope I don't revive that rumour.
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    Re: Any lazy way to off a bunch of instruments?

    There are charities that redistribute instruments. There's a recent thread about one for vets, if you're in the USA. Check out your local scene. Who knows, they might even give you that dollar if you...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    This is also true of many folk subcultures within the West. Many outsiders have such ingrained ideas of how music should sound that if they go to a community in which everyone plays the "A" a bit...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I have nothing against reading music. It's a useful skill. Still, as with reading print, reading music must change one's perception. Furthermore, as with any skill, learning to read music is easy for...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    If we haven't totally confused you by now, you're doing well.
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    Spring -- it's still dadburned cold in Ottawa.
    And, of course, playing in a room with musical friends.
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I'm enjoying the conversations on this thread, with lots of interesting observations and analyses. It's fun seeing where some of these threads meander after the original post.
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    Re: You gotta see this ...

    Note that it's shipped from "Scrap Metal Studios."
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I understand your comments, Jim. However, my point isn't that, to a fiddler, all violins are equal, or that any violin will do. What I'm saying is that people have different aesthetics and different...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    However, there are a great many duds out there. If you're not well educated about violins, evaluating a thrift shop violin with three ancient strings and no bow is nearly impossible. I once got quite...
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    Re: Learning to Jam – A Primer?

    For beginners, keeping the beat is a great starting place, then getting the right chords (three chords will get you through many tunes without annoying others -- and I'd include double stops with the...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    I pondered that quote many years ago, then decided to do what I can.
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