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    Re: Mandolin Store

    I've never bought from them, but the Mandolin store is wonderful even as a resource. Their mp3's of instruments and great descriptions are very helpful. If I didn't live a few hours from elderly, I...
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    Re: True or False? And a secondary question.

    Washburn mandolins are fine for the price, but IMO Kentucky and Eastman makes better instruments for around the same $$$.


    - Behringer ADI21 V-Tone Acoustic $29.99 on Amazon
    - DEAN MARKLEY...
  3. Re: What happens when you buy a Fake Gibson F5 off ebay?

    I guess this fella had to eat some serious humble pie when he opened the box. I feel really bad that he was deceived in this way, but man, that is an obvious fake to anyone who has done even a 5...
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    Re: All Bluegrass sounds the same ?

    I do think a lot of overproduced bluegrass sounds the same. The older stuff (especially Bill Monroe) had loads of dynamics and different flavors. There are many bands today, in my opinion, that are...
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    Re: How important are fiddle tunes?

    I may be reading the OP wrong, but it sounds as if he is saying "is it important to know instrumental tunes, or should I just learn to improvise, and fake it really well."

    I don't think you should...
  6. Re: Holding your mouth just right, is it fact or fiction?

    Yes, I do, and it is funny, though if you don't watch for it, you'd never notice. My head moves like 1/8" in the nod or shake. listening to the piece though, you don't hear the off notes at all....
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    There are all sorts of things that you can do with your face when you are concentrating on playing. I have found most have either a negative impact on my playing, or on people watching. Think about...
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    Re: Too much too fast.

    50 to 60 hours a week? Wow. So 8 to 10 hours a day? Your fingers ARE NOT designed to move for that long, in that way. I was going to suggest that you spend some time trying to develop a lighter...
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    Re: Should a person know their scales.

    I couldn't imagine playing with others without knowing AT LEAST scales and chords for the keys of C, G, D, A, E, and F. On mandolin, everything is symmetrical and repeats itself. A week or two of...
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    Re: stop me from going back to guitar

    One thing I did before I could play ANYTHING at all on mandolin was download all the tabledit files at mandozine find one you think you's heard before,
    open it up, and slow down the tempo until you...
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    Re: is country music helping bluegrass

    I think it helps in that people who listen to country are acclimated to a few of the sounds in bluegrass. Also, the persistant steel guitar ( am I the only one annoyed by this?) is far worse than any...
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    Re: compare

    Consider buying it here as a good setup is vital to a mandolin sounding good. If you aren't new to stringed instruments, you can try to set it up yourself.

    Another good source, lower price, free...
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    Re: compare

    No question, KM 150 all the way. You'll have better resale value, better tone, and to top it all off, its less expensive.
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    Re: Metronome replacment(beat box?)

    Probably my favorite metronome replacement is just to play along with a CD or jam track. I don't get as much (timing wise) playing with a drum machine as I do playing with a metronome. With a...
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    Re: Kentucky KM150S vs Alvarez A-style?

    The only time I use 0220 is during "swallowtail jig" (more like x22x). You may want to start a new thread, or do a search of Em in the forum. I belive there was a nice long thread about Em sometime...
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    Re: Kentucky KM150S vs Alvarez A-style?

    My Favorite Em Chord is 457X or 7570 (Em7), but you can play 0220, or 0223. 0223 is the chord you mentioned, and is very useful as well, just lay down your 1st finger on the D and A strings, and...
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    Re: Does one need to replace Wegen picks?

    I have not noticed any wear or difference in tone on my wegens for use (M140 & M100) . I use the 140 on my mandolin and the 100 on guitar. Maybe it's just me, but they are the longest lasting, best...
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    Re: learning music theory online

    music theory.net is my favorite site to practice ear training, but carrying around this and reading it for a year helped quite a bit too.
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    Re: Beginner needs advice!

    Welcome to the mandolin, and the cafe. I found a picture of the mandolin you mentioned, and it looks like you have the right type for bluegrass (F hole, arched Top).

    You are interested in...
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    Re: Mandolinist or musician?

    I can accept using a qualifier before musician when you need to quickly state what you do outside of work, i.e amature musician. I apologize for the hyperboles in responce to Mr. Smart, they were a...
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    Re: Mandolinist or musician?

    Tom,

    The only problem I have with what you say is that by your definition, a guitar hero addict is a musician, someone who pulls their bike out once a year is a cyclist, and someone who enjoys...
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    Re: How Do You Listen to Your Music?

    I listen to music 3 ways (other than live whenever I can)

    #1) 2 to 4 hours on my phone MP3 player - sounds good to me on earbuds
    #2) at home on a phillips stereo CD player
    #3) My truck - kenwood...
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    Re: Mandolinist or musician?

    Main Entry: mu∑si∑cian
    Pronunciation: \myŁ-ˈzi-shən\
    Function: noun
    Date: 14th century

    : a composer, conductor, or performer of music; especially

    To me, if I'm not composing, conducting ,...
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    Re: Mandolinist or musician?

    To call myself a musician, I would have to be able to capture others attention and fully carry a song. I consider myself an accompanist at this point, who can use several instruments to make a song...
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    Re: Kentucky KM150S vs Alvarez A-style?

    another vote for the 505 over the alvarez. I love alvarez guitars, but the mandolins are a bit dead sounding to me. km505's sound and play very nice.
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