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  1. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    Congratulations, Jesper. Mel Bay just announced a special discount on the book in the Classifieds through March 31. Here's a link to that on their web site. Use Discount Code IMPROV30. The cover,...
  2. Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation

    Hi Bluegrass mandolin pickers and improvisers!

    I’m Jesper Rübner-Petersen, the author of “The Mandolin Picker’s Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation”.

    Ten years ago, on February 17th 2010, my...
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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Can't wait to get home tonight and try this out. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Speed is mental. Yes it is technique up to a certain point, but after that it becomes mental. For instance JeffD talks about leaving fingers down behind each other, we know that the milli-second that...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Here is a different take-

    The dirty little secret is that playing fast is not all right hand. And if playing a tune fast is seeming like an athletic event, there are other things to attend to.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    probably been said a million times here but play at a speed you are comfortable with - with a metronome.
    Its kind of like push ups and sit ups, you do 10 push ups one night you are not going to see...
  7. Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Kentucky or Eastman depending on your tonal preference. A used A model of either brand should suit your needs. R/
  8. Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Watch the Cafe a classifieds and buy with a 48 hr. approval window. If you don't like it you are only out shipping both ways.
    Your money will go much further buying a used A style. If you do choose...
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    Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Try to find a used KM 150 or a Stradolin. Happy hunting!

    Or, if you stretch it to 400, buy a new KM 150 from a cafe sponsor who will set it up well for you...
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