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  1. Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    What's wrong with novelties? The OM is at least as good for song accompaniment as the guitar, it can be fingerpicked, it can be wet-tuned.



    Melody playing with lots of doublestops is what I do....
  2. Re: My first split screen video: Splendid Isolation.Process expla

    The name of the tune seems to be made for Corona times :grin:
    I missed out on this in May, glad I saw it rush past this time around. These long-distance collaborations have a comforting effect.
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Never looked back after changing to EVO. But it was done by a qualified luthier (the same one who did two great refret jobs for me before), and some of the issues mentioned in the OP seem to be more...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    It happens to me more often when I'm tired, after a hard day's work. My playing is most reliable in the morning - unfortunately, sessions or gigs are hardly ever scheduled at that time of day. So...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    Much like Joey, I'm doing an hour daily.
    Your fingers will adapt to the pressure if you give them time and don't overdo it - injury is not the way, pain is a warning sign that is there for a reason....
  6. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    As for the age spectrum, I suspect there is a filter at work here. After all, this is not electric guitars.

    Assuming you start playing at an age when the mandolin slowly looms out of the mists of...
  7. Re: “Tuonne taakse metsämaan” (“To the woodland far away”)

    Very interesting - one pick plus one finger? As technique makes the instrument, this mandolin plays out of the box by far :cool:
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    Re: Alternate tunings?

    errhhh... supposing you mean CGDA, capo the 5th fret and you're there. Winding up a 4th without a capo would require lighter strings.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Yes, since a pick is really supposed to integrate with arm, hand and fingers to make a complete sensory perception, thus integrating with procedural memory as well, we are all in different places in...
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    Clayton Ultem 0.56 because of their grainy raspiness and bright overtones. If the galaxy has a dry, woody center, I am in the outer rim...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    You mean, just like Brylcreem fills the space between hairs, music theory fills the space between the ears? :grin:
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    should I ever meet an OM that's better than my Fylde Touchstone, I might reconsider, but this didn't happen for almost 20 years now, so it's unlikely.
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon, you need this one ;)
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Remembering the Theory that all of today's music is using just one chord progression...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0c_fh_ETM0
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Not at all - it nicely demonstrates what I said above. That has always bothered me - whenever I asked music theorists for a simple rule or formula, they rained me with cryptic examples. I half...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Yes, I only wish the nomenclature would be as consistent. Instead, math is hidden under a jungle of letters and funny little symbols. You have to blaze your way through a lot of musicologistic...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Exactly my impression of music theory all these years.



    Well, there was a time when I hoped you could use music theory to construct stunning musical beauty mathematically* - that would have...
  18. Re: No mandolin content: Nursing musical grudges?

    It is in times like this that people suddenly find themselves in charge to regulate things they never needed to know and have no chance of learning about at such short notice.

    I am recognizing...
  19. Re: how often do you refill your humidifier?

    this was the first winter I went completely without humidification. Very wet and mild. This seems to be the way of the future.
  20. Re: Danse des Filles de Joie (Quarantine Mood)

    Half expected to see Captain Jack Sparrow run past (slightly laid back). We might see a whole new fashion wave with masks.
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    Re: Thinking of buying a second mandolin

    On this journey, reason already whizzed past you long ago. When sliding into the dark dungeons of MAS, rationale is the thing to avoid - why not give in, enjoy the ride and hope the perfect one will...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I have been there, but the way out of Melody Metropolis leads through the Domain of Doublestops. Eventually, Chord Country looms on the horizon. Today, I play it all mingled together.
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    Re: Charmed life picks

    They look good, but seem to be too heavy for my purposes. I'm on Clayton Ultem triangles 0.56 and happy with them - I have found how long I can play each corner before the pick breaks in the middle,...
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    Re: Charmed life picks

    Aha. Not what I'd call a charmed life for a pick, then.
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    Re: Shelter-in-place (NMC)

    I recommend doing what Arctic explorers did to prepare high energy food that will keep for a long time - make pemmican. :grin:
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