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  1. Virtual Huck Finn - Shakedown String Band Set

    Hey guys - my band Shakedown String Band did a set virtual set at Huck Finn this year.

    Here's the 3 song set which was recorded live at Go Ranch in Mount Laguna CA
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Personally I write out chord charts with lyrics for all the songs I want to sing and put them on Google Drive. I'm not talking about going online, finding the tab / chord sheet, and just copying...
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    Re: Sympathetic G String

    I assume you have tried the leather / grommets with no luck. But, if you place your finger anywhere on the string either above the nut or below the bridge, do you still get the drone? If no, then...
  4. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Personally, I'm very interested in a good, light CF mandolin for backpacking, hiking, and kayaking. I normally like F styles, but for this purpose, I would probably want to have an A style or a...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    The only real solution is to tell them to quiet down. Playing louder than another instrument is just a cold war with notes. You'll all get progressively louder which will lead to playing harder...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Best way to kill anything that's too loud is the same as when you're in an argument with someone screaming at you - play (or talk) softer.

    If all you do is continually increase the volume,...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    Thankfully I'm by the beach - so the danger is much lower. But two of my very good friends who live more inland had their house burn down a couple years ago while they were sleeping. They luckily...
  8. Seattle and surrounding - looking for jams and musicians

    Hey all,

    I'm looking to connect with fellow musicians up in Seattle area. My girlfriend and I are moving up there in November and, while she's got an office to go to - I'll be working from home...
  9. Thread: Voice Training

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    Re: Voice Training

    Zoom / online vocal lessons are definitely a thing that works. I STRONGLY recommend Francesca at BugByte studios (https://www.bugbytestudios.com/). I took lessons from her for about a year and I'm...
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    Re: Sheet Music Generator

    Score Cloud might work for you. https://scorecloud.com/

    The free version is for mono-phonic only (mostly single note playing or singing) the paid version is poly-phonic which is likely what you...
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    Re: A chord without muting A string

    When my students have issues with fretting chords, I make them start by finding the specific problem they have getting a clean fretting then focusing on the smallest possible part of that issue until...
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    Re: Can you recommend a good chord book?

    I have a listing on my site of chords and lyrics. Happy to share if you're interested. Note, while I wrote (or re-wrote) the charts, I obviously don't own the rights to these songs - these are just...
  13. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Three I didn't see above:

    June Apple - Tim Connell and Eric Skye. Great duo and fresh arrangements

    GOAT Rodeo's new album (This Ain't Our First) is also great (so is their first album).
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    Jerry's Birthday Gig

    Recently had a social distance gig for Jerry Garcia's birthday with my band Shakedown String band. It was a lot of fun and everyone was nicely distanced - so felt good doing it too. Figured I'd...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I don't care what chords you play provided you play in time, in key, and with heart.
  16. Re: why are some chords for guitar not listed in chord books for

    Most chords with 4 or less notes are pretty easy to figure out on your own. I would honestly advise NOT to use a chord book and to effectively make your own. Take a college line notebook, draw 4...
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    Re: Sheet Music w/Lyrics and Chords

    Muse score (https://musescore.com/) is another option. It's mostly sheet music / standard notation, but they have a lot of folk tunes with lyrics / chords too. You need to search for them though -...
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    Musicians from the 60's - 70's are old school - there's no real question there IMO. I think these were old when I was in High School (late 90's) haha....Now when I heard Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and...
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    I'm a fan of Jon Mann (Manndolins). I have a 5 string and 8 string from him. I prefer the 5 string by far as the 8 tends to have a phased sound to it. I tune the 5 string to have a high B (so it's...
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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    100% agree on Tonegard. I have one on both my acoustic mandolins - the difference in volume alone is impressive.
  21. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    I get not wanting to cut a hatch in as it has potentially significant tone implications but I've often wondered why a plug in power adapter is not an option for this reason. You can run that through...
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    Re: Great 48 in Bakersfield, CA

    Well - I ended up making the trip and it was well worth it as always. Great to see and jam with a bunch of folks that I rarely see outside of that festival - including you buddy!

    Looking...
  23. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    I get David Grohl from Foo Fighters / Nirvana often - though I just cut my hair, so maybe not anymore.
  24. Thread: Playing Solo..

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    Re: Playing Solo..

    Playing alone / solo can be loads of fun! While many of us on the forum busk from time to time, gigging solo is a whole different ball of wax. Mainly because you can't really stop in the middle and...
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    Re: Great 48 in Bakersfield, CA

    I'm so very torn on going or not. I was planning on leaving on Thursday night but I had last minute things come up and had to stick around until noon today. Then noon became 3:30 much faster than I...
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