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    Re: Happy Birthday, Mandolin Cafe!

    Happy Birthday indeed and many thanks R/
  2. Re: Case/Gig bag for F style mandolin.

    A Gator lightweight mandolin case may be right for you. https://www.wwbw.com/Gator-GL-Lightweight-Mandolin-Case-546108.wwbw

    Travelite also makes a good lightweight case but has no outer pocket. R/
  3. Re: Warren Ellis Mandostang G string out of tune

    Either what pops1 asked, IMO more than likely, or your technique has you pushing the G string out of tune. R/
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    Re: Old Ebenezer Scrooge format?

    I have often wondered about this. For myself I have decided that it is a significant variation on the melody. But as you are likely to have thought it can be named a four part fiddle tune …… Let's...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    I do this vocally by ear so I have a hand up with harmony. The thing is a third is the place to start. Here is an exercise … Play a C scale CDEFGABC .record it then play a C scale pattern starting...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    OK people … THIS is the kind of thread I like to run into. Thanks … carry on. R/
  7. Thread: Beginner

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    Re: Beginner

    Think about a SKYPE connection to a live lesson. The services are good once you have a "handle" on playing ….. Peghead Nation and Artist Works are both excellent sites. That written, a live teacher...
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    Re: Burns & Clark

    Hmmmm … Is that a 70's master model J.B. is playing. The inlay pattern and coloring suggest so. R/
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    Re: What's the deal with Vintage F4s?

    The oval sound hole instruments have a less forceful mellower tone . The F hole instruments are brighter and cast that tone out further with less resonance. Archtop guitars accomplish the same feat....
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    Re: Improvising

    I believe it is Tiny Moore that is quoted as saying " You're only one fret away from a note that will work". Arpeggios to pentatonic scales to playing the melody to playing the melody and adding or...
  11. Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    James .
  12. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Mandolin was my third instrument, guitar first, banjo second and fiddle fourth. I usually play what isn't being played by someone else. I am interested in balancing out whatever music is going on....
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    Re: Missing the bluegrass sound

    Be patient , take some lessons, best in a direct teacher student exchange but sites will work, and do a bunch of listening to your favorite mandolinists . A computer program or device that slows...
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    Re: Fingerstyle mandolin

    IMO you will be better off hybrid picking with a flatpick as in the K.W. example, and using your middle and ring fingers to "pick" . Longer fingernails will be an additional help. R/
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    Re: Those other chords?

    OK ….. You guyz …. I'm headed for the Tylenol ….. I do like the comment on leaving the vii to Monk..... I'll stick with my minimal understanding of the numericals … I, III and V or What …. Dorian,...
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    Re: Lighter strings for beginners?

    Yup ... setup is the thing. Secondly make sure that you are not over gripping , using more force / grip than is actually necessary to note clearly.
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    CB, Also keep in mind how you are holding the mandolin. A sharper angle with the headstock higher than the body will relieve some of the tension in your left hand. R/
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    Re: Left hand numb?

    Just a thought. You may be pinching a nerve in your neck. I have this problem occasionally due to an old injury. If I stare at my mandolin neck watching where I place my fingers it will bring on...
  19. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    The shape of the neck is as important to your hand as the width. They also do not play the same as a little guitar. My suggestion is that you play some more manufacturers / builders instruments. The...
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    Re: Improvising

    Wow …. You are on the right track. Ultimately improv is an effort to play what you hear in your head and to allow your brain and fingers to connect to the music without conscious thought. I often use...
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    Re: A model case for old Gibson

    Yeah the Eastman fiberglass case fits my A2Z..... no storage space in those cases. The Mandolin Store usually has one or two in stock. R/
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    Re: Anyone taking online lessons?

    Yes. An excellent way to have good instruction in your home. Figure to pay a dollar a minute. Emery Lester, Sharon Gilchrist, Andy Hatfield, are all excellent teachers I have had good experiences...
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    Re: Songwriting

    Are you asking about melody writing? Try recording your noodling to listen to "later". This will allow you to accumulate ideas. Lyrics writing is an entirely different skill set. When you have an...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    There is a great deal of good advice above. Fiddle tunes are the etudes, haytueds I name them, of OT and Grass pickin. Here's an idea for your practice of learning to jam along and pick .... tune...
  25. Re: Curt Mangan Monel medium string price increase?

    I just tried out a set of Monel alloy from Curt Mangan and D'Addario on the mandolin I play most. I don't care for the tone... too bright. And of course string choice depends on the instrument ,...
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