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    Re: 3/2 Time Pick Direction

    I'll add my two cents, too. In 3/4, the quarter note gets a beat and the eighth note gets a half beat. In 3/4 we typically use DUDUDU for the eighths.

    In 3/2, the half note gets a beat and the...
  2. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    The author has an interesting background! I see she is just publishing a book called Wayfaring Stranger. Here are a couple of quotes about her I found.

    ďEmma John is a writer and editor on...
  3. Re: Bruno and Sons bowl back restringing question

    I’d go lighter. Something like GHS A240. Ultra light rather than light.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I’m no expert, just a Calace owner, and it seems like a good price! Mine is a bit older, had been restored, and I paid a bit more. I understand the doubts about authenticity but Valbert’s seems...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    A very similar 1929 just showed up in the classifieds. NFI on my part. The one in this post looks very clean for its age.
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    Cafe member David Mold did this slowed down version.
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    Here is a video of Bill playing Rawhide and his right hand is visible. I see a lot of up and down. I donít see much of the all downstrokes technique.
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    Re: Mando-free zone

    Peter Sawchyn and Brian Dean are great Canadian builders!
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    Re: Dancing On The Light

    Ignore the 15ma and play it in first position! It sounds fine and is much easier. It's in Em, the relative minor of G, so you were on the right track. The piano left hand is playing arpeggios on...
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    Re: Old 12 string bowlback info

    Looks like an Oscar Schmidt mandriola. You can see the ďOSĒ on the pick guard.
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    Re: Sean Brackens Jig Anyone have Tabs ?

    Thereís standard notation over at thesession.org.

    https://thesession.org/tunes/11033
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    Re: how to separate tremolo notes?

    Great examples from crisscross! I read an explanation that I find helpful. It is like a singer taking a breath. Sing the same note for four counts. You didn’t interrupt your breath, right? That’s a...
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    Re: Recommendations for a music stand light

    I'm happy with my LEPOWER 14 LED Music Stand Light. 3 levels and very bright on high. USB rechargeable. Charge lasts a long time. Works well on my average size stand, but the clamp is a bit large so...
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    Re: Pick Choice and Dynamics

    I was in the same workshop with Takumi! He is an amazing player. First time in the US. To go a bit off the pick topic, he covered six different tremolo techniques.

    1. Grip - hard or soft
    2....
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    Re: I donít really know what Iíve got!

    Heavier strings can damage a bowl back because they are not designed for that much tension. It is best to loosen those until you get lighter strings.
  16. Thread: Jig Tempo?

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    Re: Jig Tempo?

    Instead of setting the metronome to 6/8, set it to 2/4 and 100 bpm. Then think of each measure as two triplets.
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    Re: New here--pick question

    Have a look at the D’Andrea Pro Plecs.
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    Re: Whats wrong with my mandolin?

    As John Kelly said, if you can, return it. The bridge is clearly defective. Sanding on it may eliminate the chance to return it. For not too much money there are Cafe partners that sell instruments...
  19. Re: I need help identifying a bowl back mandolin

    About the neck, in the second photo, the strings appear to be high above the fingerboard. Near the sound hole there should be roughly the thickness of a US nickel between the strings and the...
  20. Re: so heres what happens when you choke on a gig.

    I saw the original and I'd love to hear the rest of the story. Maybe Steve will fill us in. He mentioned pros and amateurs. It looked like a large venue and large crowd like you'd have for a big name...
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    Re: Metronome use question???

    I suggest working with the metronome without the mandolin to get the hang of it. Set it at a slow tempo, maybe 60 bpm. Then count out loud with each click, 1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4 etc. Once you get that...
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    Re: Are you a mandolin picker?

    From the song Nashville Cats:

    Well, there's thirteen hundred and fifty two
    Guitar pickers in Nashville
    And they can pick more notes than the number of ants
    On a Tennessee ant hill

    A Texan...
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    Re: Tremolo on E String

    I'm with David; the mechanics should be the same regardless of string. Are you doing something different on the E string? If it isn't obvious maybe watch yourself in the mirror. Are you planting...
  24. Re: Joining the Girouard club - commissioned a build!

    Lucky you! Are you going with F holes or oval?
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    Re: 2018 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year???

    Jerry Mandolin may have been inspired by this guy who did alright for himself.


    https://youtu.be/izDvYokFU7U
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