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    Re: I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    Are you sure it's a mandolin? Something just doesn't sound right. You were awake, right, not asleep and dreaming?

    Jack
  2. Re: Kongthong village babies are named with a melody

    Wow, that's amazing. Remembering so many tunes - all the names of your friends and family - I wonder what the effect is for brain development, especially into old age. I think music is one of the...
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    Re: Arthritis pain relief

    I've been taking Glucosamine and Turmeric capsules for several years now, and I have no pain anymore from the arthritis in my right wrist and index knuckle. These areas used to bother me quite a bit,...
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    Re: free trio and solo music from Evelyn

    Thank you, Evelyn. Your music is always wonderful and welcome.

    Jack
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    Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    Hi Zack,

    There are good options out there for you. The first mandolin I bought, about 11 years ago, was a Kentucky KM 150S, which I bought from a friend for $85. New, now, they're a maybe $300...
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    Re: Tremolo for Irish Trad?

    One of my favorite Irish airs is "My Lagan Love." I love the melody (played in C) and when I play it I play it straight the first time through with no tremolo. On the second time I tremolo the long...
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    Re: Mandolin Stand Recommendations

    Nordic Essentials makes a nice folding instrument stand that will hold a mandolin, a guitar, octave mandolin; very adjustable and folds up nicely. I like mine a lot. It also comes in a bunch of...
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    Re: You did WHAT to your BC?

    I like to use Monster Grips, small circles of textured soft plastic that have a sticky back. I like them on the thumb side. Been using them for several years and they work great.

    Jack
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    Re: Electric mandolin - a few questions...

    Great advice and info here, thanks to all. I've looked at Emando.com and will probably get some strings from them. I'll check out the Dava picks also - I'm always open to trying new picks.

    Greg,...
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    Electric mandolin - a few questions...

    My older son gave me an electric mandolin and a small amp for my birthday (which is today, although he gave it to me yesterday). He plays guitar, so he is into music, and he knows how much playing...
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    Re: Picks

    Paul, I use Monster Grips on my picks that tend to slip. Just one on one side makes the difference. They're small, so would probably fit on your Dunlop Jazz picks.

    Jack
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    Re: Mandocello tuned as octave?

    An octave mandolin would be tuned G,D,A,E. Seems like big leap to tune a mandocello.

    Jack
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    Re: slower celtic tunes

    My Lagan Love is a fine Irish tune that goes well slowly. You can try some of the "fast" tunes at a slow tempo also, and many of them may work well that way.

    Jack
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    Re: Drone Mandolin Delivery?

    A couple of years ago Amazon put out an idea of having large blimps flying around with inventory in them. Drones would then deploy from the "mother ship" with items and deliver them, then return to...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    I believe I did it last April while climbing around on a rain-wet roof trying to nail a board (as a temporary fix) over a place where I believed water was coming into the upstairs bedroom. I thought...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Well...you don't pick a mando with a shovel, usually. A pick is a lot lighter. That must be why. And you can't dig a hole with a mando pick, not even a Blue Chip. I'm sure she'll understand...
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    Re: Buying a bouzouki in Ireland - advice

    Yeah, I'm thinking that your and Dagger's approach is best. I've started looking online to see what instrument brands are out there and trying to judge the quality. Also used instruments are often...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    A lot of great advice there, Brian, thank you. I've already thought about how I would know if I'd done something that might "undo" the surgeon's work. It's something I want to mention at my follow-up...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Sherry and Bob A,

    Thanks for your concern about acetaminophen and ibuprofen. I'm really not having much pain and I've been taking them no more than once or twice a day. Of course these things also...
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    Re: Buying a bouzouki in Ireland - advice

    Thank you, Dagger, for the great advice. I find I am leaning towards a shorter neck instrument like an octave mandolin as I think about this. By the time we go I may be able to revise my budget...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Brick, my empathy goes out to your wife in her pain (and to you as her caregiver). Being immune to a lot of pain relievers is not a good thing. Can she take Tylenol and ibuprofen? I am taking two of...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Paul, you are absolutely right, sleeping is the worst part. I don't have a recliner, but I've rigged up a system in bed where I can sleep at a semi-sitting angle using a large wedge shaped pillow...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Bill, that pad does look like a good alternative, and more convenient for later in the process. Thanks for the link.
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Bill, thanks for the offer. They gave me a device called a Breg Polar Care Cube. It's a bucket with a pump in it which you fill with ice and water and connects via a hose to a sheath that goes around...
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    Re: Update to shoulder surgery

    Wow, that actually sounds worse than mine. But you can play. Good luck to you with a speedy recovery!

    Jack
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