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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    All I can say what has worked for me over the years.

    As people have said, listening to tunes will help you remember them. Very important.
    Try to learn to "sing" the melodies with nonsense...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    There is a whole can of worms:
    Weber mandolins says 35-45% RH
    Apitius mandolins says 40-60%
    The Folk Musician site says 45-50% for mandolins

    If your manufacturer has a recommendation, I'd go...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    I found a great hygrometer switch a couple of years ago, an Inkbird Digital Pre-Wired Outlet Dual Stage Humidity Controller, $42 from Amazon. It is reliable and accurate. It can be calibrated, but I...
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    Re: Room Humidifier recs

    I have found that also unless you use distilled water always which is a pain. Also the sonic disks in them will mineralize also with regular water. Those mineral cartridges you can buy for them have...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    +1 for Nut Sauce. I use it every string change.
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I really like EJ62's on my Parsons flat-top. 80/20 Bronze, light, 10 -34. The 80/20's have a slight "bell-like" tone I like.
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Maybe someone said this, but I didn't see it and I am surprised how many players don't know this: Always tune upwards. If the string is flat, tune it up to pitch, but if it is sharp, tune it flat and...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    We could morph into a whole new thread over instruments that just sound obnoxious. The most obnoxious instrument I ever jammed with was actually one of my favorite instruments...but only when played...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Some Capone lore: That banjo was sent to him by his wife, Mae. He later switched to playing the mandola. He actually wrote some songs in prison, including a love ballad entitled "Madonna Mia," about...
  10. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the #1 thing:

    Playing the mandolin makes you a chick magnet! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    LOL. I had to do that with a Mederios travel mandolin once at the St. Louis airport. They made me play it. It was all out of tune, so when I went to play, it sounded terrible, and of course dozens of...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I got pulled out of the TSA line at an airport once for a manual bag search. They searched, found nothing, then put the bag through the x-ray again. They pulled the bag out again and did a manual...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    I had been playing rhythm guitar in a just OK rock band and sometimes my best friend and I would practice our parts in a long unused, beat up camping trailer on his parents' property. Among the junk...
  14. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    I have done this many times with church music, but I find it works better in PowerPoint. I change the page size to 8.5x11" portrait. I do as many pastes as I have solo lines in the page. I crop each...
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    Re: Givson (yes, Givson) mandolin

    I wonder if they have higher end instruments called: "The Givson?"
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    Not having money to burn, my rule of thumb, which only applies to me, is: Don't buy a mandolin that is better than I am as a player. That is very subjective, but I've seen $800 players show up at...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I have bought a LOT of tuners over the years, not sure why, including three red Snarks. I liked them, but the plastic fingers that go in the back of the tuning head all eventually broke on me.
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  18. Bequeathing instruments to charity in a will

    I just had my will redone and there is a form for special bequests. I'm not planning on dying anytime soon, but it got me to thinking about where my instruments and sound equipment should go. I don't...
  19. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    My favorite mandolin player, who was my instructor for four years, could not read tab or notation and did not know theory in the academic sense. Everything was by ear and he could pick a tune up fast...
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    Re: A painting including a mandolin

    This is my fave: Dali's "Portrait of Juan de Pareja Repairing a String of His Mandolin," 1960. The story of Juan de Pareja is an interesting one.

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  21. Thread: Pick depth

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    Re: Pick depth

    I took a workshop with Mike and he said pretty much the same. He also recommended thinking of using the pick kind of like a violin bow, making it glide over the strings.

    I find it has a lot to do...
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    Re: Need mandolin recommendations a-style

    My vote: Collings, no question. I can even make a Collings sound great, and that is saying something!
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    Re: Trinity College TM 325

    I like Trinity OMs. They look great, they are easy to play and they have a nice balanced sound.

    They are a different beast than a longer scale OM, though. My Mendel 23.75" scale has incredibly...
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    Re: Question for flat top players

    I like 80/20 bronze strings on oval hole mandolins. I used to run EXP77s (.11-.40) on my Parsons flat top. Despite it having massive X-braces, I did get a partial brace separation at one point after...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Stand

    I like the Hercules guitar stands with the Auto Grip System (AGS) for my octave. They have multiple models. It grips the headstock, rather than supporting the body. It is much more resistant to being...
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