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  1. My weird left hand position - does it matter?

    I've fallen into the habit of putting my thumb in back of the neck. It's parallel to the neck and pointing toward the headstock. The side of the neck rests on the lowest knuckle of my little finger...
  2. Re: Left Hand Strength For Female Mandolin Players?

    Just thought of one more thing ... where is your thumb?

    As a female I have smaller hands than most men. I have to put my thumb on the back of the mando, i.e. in classical guitar position, so I...
  3. Re: Left Hand Strength For Female Mandolin Players?

    Hi Carolyn,

    I am a relative beginner too so I feel your pain (literally, sometimes!).

    One thing that has helped me with chords is the FFcP exercises (scales and arpeggios). They don't contain...
  4. Re: Singing with mandolin - or should I get a ukulele?

    Thanks for all the replies to my question! You've all given me a lot to think about ... and I now know that an ukulele is the proper way to refer to the cute little instrument. :-)
  5. Singing with mandolin - or should I get a ukulele?

    I love my mandolin, and I also love to sing. Not being too advanced on mandolin, I'm just strumming some nice open chords while I sing.

    My mandolin is an old bowlback and it's hard to maintain a...
  6. Re: Newbie problem - string resonates when I lift finger

    Thanks, guys. I think I must be pulling to the side instead of lifting the finger off cleanly. Just another reason to practice, practice, practice!
  7. Newbie problem - string resonates when I lift finger

    Hi, I am playing my mandolin again after a time away from it. One thing (of many!) that I am doing wrong is that when I lift my finger off just about any fret on the D string, I get an "echo" of D. ...
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    To AlanN, I see what you mean!...

    To AlanN,

    I see what you mean! http://kennyhallband.com/


    To Gene,

    Thanks, I'm going to try keeping my wrist straight. #Can't say as I've ever noticed if it has been bent or not. #A...
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    Could you please elaborate on the classical...

    Could you please elaborate on the classical position? #I play (more or less) an old bowlback so a strap is out for me. #I am using my thumb on the back of the neck, but I must be supporting the mando...
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    Oops!  I just saw that there were a few more...

    Oops! #I just saw that there were a few more posts here ...

    Thanks for the kind words, Victor. #I'm having lots of fun with my mandolin, even if I'm not very good. #(That's #being honest, not...
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    Just wanted to say thanks again to all the folks...

    Just wanted to say thanks again to all the folks who shared their knowledge with me in re the Ciani bowlback. #This board truly is a wonderful resource. #I've been lurking around, reading messages...
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    Thanks for the suggestion, mer.  I found Lark...

    Thanks for the suggestion, mer. #I found Lark Street Music's web site; I'll give him a call.

    John and Jim - do they let girls in the Brotherhood of the Bowl?...
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    Thank you so much for the great information about...

    Thank you so much for the great information about my little mandolin. #I'm so glad I found this board - what a nice bunch of folks you are.

    When I first saw the label, I assumed the mandolin was...
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    More pictures ... The back (the white spot is...

    More pictures ...

    The back (the white spot is flash reflection):

    http://users.cybercomm.net/~sarakay/mandopix/mando_xbz.jpg

    Another shot of the back:
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    Thanks so much, Jim and Eugene! I am printing out...

    Thanks so much, Jim and Eugene! I am printing out your messages; I'll get on the phone to the men you recommended after the Christmas madness is over.

    And I am more than happy to supply a few...
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    Hi group, I found a bowlback mandolin in the...

    Hi group,

    I found a bowlback mandolin in the attic of an old family house I am cleaning out. #Here's the contents of the label:

    A. Galiano
    Raphael Ciani
    Fabbricante di Mandolini e Chitarri...
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