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  1. Thanks for posting the interview! It brought me...

    Thanks for posting the interview! It brought me back to Memory Lane.

    I bought my first mandolin in Missoula, MT, when I was studying at the U of M. It was a $60 beater. Two years later after...
  2. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    And take away the audience's fun?! :disbelief:
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Like some others, when I first read this I scratched my head. And continued scrolling.

    But then I got it.

    This is an example of using deflection for humor. (Illusionists also use deflection to...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Thanks for sharing. Your point is well taken. I have sat with my mother through some pretty amateurish performances by others, but the people still attend because there is not much else going on at...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    This reminds me of a nursing home where we play two or three times a year. Most residents are in wheel chairs and taking the slow road downhill. There was one lady -Lucille- who yelled out "I'm ready...
  6. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I have also had good success with a small condenser mic (Sennheiser e614) that was made for drummers. It is somewhat more directional than those large condenser mics, and also more shock proof.
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  7. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I was wondering the same thing. But rotating the picture also works.

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    Re: Alex Heflin on the Eastman ER-M mandolin

    Am curious as to what type of amp he is using.

    Alex is a monster talent. I bought his book of transcriptions and am amazed at how much effort and ear was required to produce it.
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Christian Johnson of Mission Mountain Wood Band got me interested in the mandolin when I first saw them at the U of Montana.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Mountain_Wood_Band

    I went down...
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    Re: beside the mandolin.

    I didn't realize that they allowed swearing in forum posts. :whistling:
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    Re: Disappointment

    I have a '78 or '79 A-5 Givens that I bought directly from Bob via phone and US post. There was a long period of time when I didn't play the instrument living as I was in the tropics of SE Asia. It...
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    Re: mandolin pickup comparison: K&K vs. Dazzo

    I assume the Dazzos were the red triangles at each end of the bridge, right?

    Microphone > Dazzos > K & K

    I like my Schertler DYN-M P48 well enough since it doesn't need a permanent inside...
  13. Re: Tabs for the intro to Amie by Pure Prairie League

    You might find this thread useful. https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/143469-Looking-for-intro-to-pure-prairie-league-s-amie
  14. Re: Dream A Little Dream Of Me, mandolin mandocello tenor guitar

    Thanks for the link. This can swing and has great lyrics.
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    Re: 4- vs 8-string electric mandos

    I have owned both 4- and 8-string electric mandolins. I liked the 8-string better for chording. The 4-string was good for melodic lines, but not so much for chording.
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    Re: Condenser mic for live and home recording

    The Sennheiser e614 is a nice condenser mic for an instrument. I put a Sennheiser vocal mic up high on an instrument stand and a Sennheiser e614 lower off the stand for the mandolin.
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    Re: Separation of Singing and Playing

    My trio went to iPads with ForScore and that helps me with songs that we are still learning. There is nothing worse than fussing with a three-ring binder and sheet music on a wobbly music stand. The...
  18. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    Yes, voice lessons work.

    Yes, I have gone from hating my voice to accepting that I sound good enough for the type of music I choose to play.

    My voice teacher also plays piano in the trio in...
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    Re: Mandolin (Violin?) Music Resources

    There are also a lot of fake books out there that have the melody line and chords. The pianist can play the chords whilst the mandolinist and violinist plays the melody. Then you alternate, i.e.,...
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    Re: Mandolin (Violin?) Music Resources

    Hal Leonard. My local music store owner just showed me a new series put out by Hal Leonard. They cover many genres with written piano music and suggested chords. A mandolinist or violinist can read...
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    Re: Canned tracks

    Not everyone can be K.T. Tunstall. She honed her looping skills as a busker. I think it helps the audience to see one adding the various layers and building up the rhythm before going into the...
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    Re: Anyone have tab or chords for this?

    And then watching a little more closely, I see that he frets a G this way: 0-0-5-3, which may be the root chord in the tune.

    So, yeah, switch around your G shape, alternating between 0-0-2-3 and...
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    Re: Anyone have tab or chords for this?

    Watch his left hand. He is only fretting the A and E strings for the chords and using the G and D strings for drones. It also looks like he is moving the open G shape chord (0023) up and down.

    You...
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