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    Re: Song Writers???

    Thank you all for the insight. I have some theme lines (hooks) in my head and was not certain how to proceed.
    From what I have read I think I will coordinate a melody for the hook and go from there...
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    Song Writers???

    What comes first for you? Lyrics or melody? New territory for me and I’m not sure what comes easiest. Kind of the old “chicken or the egg”.
    I have often wondered about this but now feel as though...
  3. Re: What's your favorite song by Kris Kristofferson? Here's mine.

    For the Good Times

    Plays well on a dola. May be even better on an octave.
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    Re: Back to f-holes?

    With you on different songs needing a different sound. Thus why I switch between my Collings and my Kentucky. The Collings performing better on softer melodic tunes
    As for A style or F style,...
  5. Re: Best mandolin wall stand, e.g. hook etc?

    If your children are anything like our boys were, even the ceiling isn't safe.
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I am having a more difficult time as I age. I'm 68. I find a set list with the Key, the first couple of notes, and the first 3 or 4 words of the lyrics gets me started.
    I usually learn from sheet...
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    Re: Looking for My 1st Mandolin

    In my humble opinion I would suggest you skip Guitar Center and purchase from one of the Cafe sponsors to insure a good set-up unless you have confidence in yourself to do it. Another, alternative...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    In the early 90's (or there about) I met Peter Ostroushko at the Augusta Music Festival in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. This is where my infatuation with the mandolin began. However, it was...
  9. Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    DITTO! I grew up in an area where I was exposed to a tough element. Many stole for the adrenalin rush or because it was easier than working for what they want.
    I can share sympathy for someone...
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    Re: Shipping Question

    Wouldn't even think of sending with out a hard case in a box packed with peanuts or other packing material. When I was in college, several decades ago, I worked as a yard jockey at a large depot for...
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    Played an older and well used Krishot and was quite impressed.
    Sounds like you are ready for an upgrade now and 650 Euros is a long ways from a Krishot.
    I don't know what part of Germany you are...
  12. Re: Stolen - Weber Fern A-style - Oakland, CA

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you have taken measures to make sure your homeowners insurance or renters insurance has been purchased to include your instruments. Still a loss when you have...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Made it home for an overnight to catch Mandolin Orange on the main stage at Three Rivers Art Festival.The show was worth every minute and expense for the 300 mile detour home.
    Great seeing new...
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    Re: Mandolin Orange Information

    Free Concert June 15, 7:30pm. Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Art Festival. I’m on the road in our RV but trying to fit in a trip home to take it in.
  15. Re: Pic direction when starting on a string

    Never really thought about it until you posted your question. Upon reflection I think changing strings has less to do with my methodology than what I’m doing with that first stroke or even my second...
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    Re: Seagull S8 Owners Thread

    Played a non electric at Elderly. Better than travel mandolins I have owned. But outclassed by every other mandolin in the store.
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    Re: Should I Buy an OM

    DITTO
    I would add that though I do not play an OM, I do find that the longer scale I play the faster tunes become more difficult. Mandolin usually not a problem, 17 " scale Weber mandola more...
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    Re: Do people ever change their strings?

    Most players probably do not change them often enough. Strings go south gradually making it difficult to distinguish a change in tonal quality.
    And, like me, I assume many people find changing...
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    Re: Mandolins at rest

    As per your comment on keeping them in a case: I have seen this discussed many times here. I still fail to see the importance of me keeping them in a case when I am at home. No children and no pets....
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    Re: Mandolins at rest

    Thanks to all that replied. One more OCD behavior I can scratch.
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    Mandolins at rest

    Detuning? If you will not be playing an instrument for a day or two or three do you detune?
    If I'm traveling for an extended period of time I always detune instruments a couple of steps that are...
  22. Re: Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert

    Reminder to to Pa tri-staters having thoughts of attending and may have forgotten: THIS COMING SATURDAY, 7PM.

    No financial interest. Just wanting to spread the joy!
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    Re: Mandolin purchase advice

    I bought a Kentucky KM-950 from the Cafe classifieds last fall. $850.00 !!!! The KM-950 has larger frets, radius fret board, and scooped florida. Mine was optioned with a black tuner knobs, James...
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    Re: Phoenix Neoclassical mandolin

    Heard of what? Phoenix Neoclassical? If that is your question the answer is yes. Many references can be found here on the Cafe. Well respected in both brand and model. Played one once because I...
  25. Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert

    I like to keep mandolin aficionados in the western Pa area informed of upcoming open performances.
    On May 4th at 7 pm they will be performing in the North Hills region of Pittsburgh. I find their...
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