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  1. Re: Does anyone like the new green blue chip picks?

    If you like it on the picante side, try the new red ones -- a zesty blend of cayenne and habanero. They'll make for some hot pickin' for sure. Also available today only.
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    Re: For John Prine

    Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick posted a sweet video of themselves on Instagram doing Prine's fun "In Spite of Ourselves," with Sedgwick playing uke and Bacon playing what looks to be a Kentucky F...
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    Re: Know You Rider

    The folkie's name was Bob Coltman, and he apparently based his version on a John and Alan Lomax transcription of a blues.

    There's a pretty good history of the song here.
  4. Re: Using Kydex in the Shop - More Anti-social Distancing

    Cool idea.
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    Re: The Mando Boys

    Cool band. I need to dig out the recording I have of them.

  6. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    Left-hand rolls and lots of other fiddle, pipes, and whistle ornaments that work well with continuous bow strokes or air flow are pretty tough to emulate on the mandolin, especially if you are using...
  7. Re: Can Anyone Shed Light on this Fiddle Embellishment?

    I'm hearing a lot of different ornaments in there, with both the bow and the left hand. There are some bow triplets, but I think the most characteristic one -- and the hardest to emulate for a...
  8. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Congratulations! I'm guessing that the more you play it, the more you will bond with it.
    Have fun!
  9. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    If you are on a Mac, just holding down the key will bring up a little menu with all the diacritical options:


    e: θικēėę

    Ditto for other letters. No alt+ codes to remember.
  10. Re: Good source for beginning Celtic and Quebecois music

    One of the single-best resources for traditional tunes from Quebec is Laurie Hart and Greg Sandell's exhaustively researched collection: Danse ce soir - Fiddle and Accordion Music of Quebec

  11. Re: The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention - Berkeley, CA

    It's a great week of music all around, and I always spend as much time there as possible. The Saturday String Band Contest in the park (next to the Berkeley Farmers Market) is a highlight -- and free.
  12. Re: Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    I thought it was very good, too. OF course no film-length documentary could possible embrace the full history of bluegrass, but the omission of the Kentucky Colonels or at least some mention of...
  13. Re: What's the origin/lyrics of this song: All Around the Mountai

    As I recall, the tag of that first verse is "Couldn't hear nothin' but the car wheels roll, uh huh"

    It seemed to be old when I learned it 45 years or so back. I must have learned it from the Stu...
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    Re: Tunes on the old Sobell

    Mighty fine, Kevin.
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    Re: Jamie Wiens Mandolins

    The two I've had in my hands sounded, played, and looked terrific, and both were relatively fresh off the bench. Great instruments. Neither had Virzis.
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    Lucky you!
  17. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    I know this seems counterintuitive, but practice (with a metronome, backing track, and ultimately with the band) NOT listening to yourself. You need to be thinking of what you are playing with a part...
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    Re: Refret for Gibson F9

    $450 for a full refret seems about par for urban areas on the Left Coast. Some top luthiers charge a bit more, especially for bound fingerboards.

    I try to go with a partial refret whenever...
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    Re: Free Waterloo Mandolin

    Another hand up out in California.
  20. Re: California Coast Music Camp Week 2 - Auburn, CA

    It's a wonderful camp. Very guitar-oriented, but there are always some mandolinists and solid instruction. Plenty of opportunities for learning, jamming, and performing, and great hanging in a lovely...
  21. Re: Gibson model F-9 mandolin master model reverb

    Prices on F-9s are all over the map, but $3K is not unusual these days, especially for some of the newer ones with binding, gloss finishes, sunbursts, etc. There's one listed at over $4K, too:...
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    Re: Long term band

    Thanks for the kind words, Gan. We have been talking about follow-up recordings since shortly after we made that first record, and we certainly have enough material for an extremely thick box set as...
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    Re: Long term band

    I've been playing with the Hillbillies from Mars for 37 years and Wake the Dead for 19 with gigs on the horizon, and have had reunion gigs over the years with the Hurricane Ridgerunners, which...
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    Re: TC Electronic Polytune Clip-on Tuner

    In my experience, the "polytune" feature doesn't really work the same way on the mandolin as it does on a guitar -- showing which strings are sharp and flat and whatnot in a single view after a broad...
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    Re: Make/model of this Levon Helm mandolin

    I had the pleasure of opening for Amy Helm a few years back. She was playing a Gibson F-9 at that show, although it was a bit lighter and more gold than the one Levon is holding above.

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