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    Amplification as a learning tool

    A friend recently gave me an electric guitar effects pedal. I pulled out my long-neglected Fender Strat and played around with it.

    I never played electric guitar as seriously as I have acoustic...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    I had a similar issue on a Kentucky mando. The A strings were very finicky. I lubricated the nut slots with some graphite powder and the stability improved immensely.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    Yes.

    All public open jams have been canceled in my area. I have gotten together with friends a few times for smaller, outdoor jams.

    Nothing like the 2 to 3 jams a week that I was doing...
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    I know several patterns for the major scale and pentatonic scale.

    Yet, I've been struggling to remember the arpeggio patterns (and transition between them for chord changes). It seems like it...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I developed pain in the fretting hand. I wrapped my wrist and hand in an ace bandage at night for a few weeks. It made a big difference.
  6. Re: Appendectomy: Trust Your Gut (some mandolin content)

    Thanks for your rendition of Paradise. One of my favorites to play on mando and guitar (in D as well).

    You gave me some ideas :)

    Get well soon.
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    Re: poor quality or MAS?

    This !!! ^^^^

    I bought an inexpensive mando, and had the same issue. Being a guitar player, I was pretty sure it was the nut height. I got it professionally set up and that made a huge...
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    Re: Metronome Android app recommendations, please

    I use one called "The Metronome by Soundbrenner". So far it's the best I've found. Has many more features than I need. Very smooth and the user-interface is very nice.

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    Re: Northeastern Bluegrass festival

    Gettysburg is a little further east of Del Fest. They have one in May and one in August.

    The May festival (5/14 - 5/17) is the week before Del Fest (5/21 - 5/24).
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  10. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    Same experience here. I've been playing mando for a few years, but going back to the arpeggio exercises that are presented in the beginning this book has been eye (and ear) opening.
  11. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    That worked for me! Just bought the digital version.
  12. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    When I use that code, I receive:

    Invalid Campaign ID "IMPROV3"
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    So true ...

    I've met many great folks, and learned about other playing opportunities. I've even been asked to fill in at some gigs (who? me ?).
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm trying to improve and be the best that I can be. I think I'm still on shaky ground.

    I definitely don't want to discourage beginners (I was there). It's gratifying...
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    Playing with others of different skill levels

    I play bluegrass and folk-type music, and I'm fortunate to live in an area where there are plenty of jamming opportunities.

    The skill level of the other musicians runs the gamut from beginner to...
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    Re: Dorrigo Fiddle Tune

    Nice job!

    Gives me something to shoot for.
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    Re: Hello from Delaware

    Welcome !!!

    For on-line lessons, a good place to start is: www.mandolessons.com
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    Re: Back to guitar after mandolin break

    Long-time guitar player as well. Picked up mandolin a few years ago. I try to practice (play) both daily.

    I do think that playing the mandolin has helped my guitar playing, and my ear in general.
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    Dorrigo Fiddle Tune

    Has anyone worked out the George Jackson tune Dorrigo on mandolin? A fiddler friend of mine introduced it to me. I've found it to be quite challenging (I'm still working on it). Some unusual...
  20. Re: Intervals/Scale Ricky Skagg's Breaks on J.D. Crowe & the New

    I really dig this kind of stuff. It makes for great practice exercises and helps in building breaks.
  21. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    This is what I often end up doing, and I'm trying to expand beyond it. I find myself fingering intervals of the chord and basing my break off that.

    I feel that's it's a crutch, and that I should...
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    Same here. Lately been working on B-flat scale patterns in first position. It's a stretch and I was having some pain in the left hand palm area for a couple of weeks.

    I've tried to relax, and...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Easier said than done ;) . Pinky wants to move with the ring finger. I'm working on it ...
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    Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    I often polish my picks with automotive polishing compound. It makes them very smooth and helps them glide effortlessly over the strings.

    Lately my pick of choice has been the large triangle...
  25. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I'll agree with the single condenser mic idea. I play with a group of folks and we do occasional gigs (farmers market's, parties, etc.). We have this Yamaha PA that has some level of feedback...
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