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  1. Thread: Itzbin Reel

    by sblock
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    Re: Itzbin Reel

    Here's an arrangement (both TablEdit and PDF versions are attached). Enjoy!

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    Re: Weighty Question

    Unfortunately, simply "feeling" the mandolin's vibration using your hands or body is no way to assess the loudness of the instrument. And your ears cannot necessarily be trusted in such cases, either...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar's Pick

    Next, folks will be asking about what kind of strings Lloyd Loar used on his mandolin. I am pretty confident that today's options for both picks and strings are equal to -- and likely better! --...
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    Re: What does this notation mean?

    The three horizontal bars through the single stem of the group of note generally indicate that these notes are to be played as a tremolo. However, the written footnote countermands that, and...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    W-w-w-w-w-w-wait. You're claiming that if you have to bend your knee slightly as you pass it over the saddle while mounting your motorbike, this act makes you appear so awkward and unfashionable...
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    Re: Tuner adjustments

    Something is seriously wrong. Properly installed Schaller tuners are not that hard to turn. It seems possible that the tuner posts are not properly in line with the tuner bushings in the headstock,...
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    Oh, come on!

    You mean like this?! Note the after-market sissy bar attached to a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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    Actually, there are plenty of folks out there with new Harleys...
  8. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    This reply is pasted directly from another thread, but the OP might profit from it here. The next time you change strings, try doing it this way instead, and you won't get any of those clunky...
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    My favored approach involves placing the string loop over the peg in the tailpiece, then stretching it under light hand tension, straight over the bridge and nut, and winding it several times (2-4)...
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    Well, I both agree and disagree with this. Yes, it's surely true that hand dominance falls on a spectrum, and some folks seems to be rather strongly left- or right-handed, while others are closer to...
  11. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    In my opinion, if you care at all about your mandolin, regardless about whether it's a high end instrument or a junker, you'll carry it aboard in proper hardshell case, and not inside a gig bag. The...
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    Re: Leather straps: flat or braided?

    Yes, the round braided Lakota straps (or any others made of very soft leather) work great! A mandolin is so light that rounded straps don't dig in, so getting a flat strap is unnecessary. One real...
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    Re: James Mandolin Tailpiece

    IMO, there is nothing wrong with a matte finish, and it goes just fine with any polished items found elsewhere (like nickel- or chrome-plated tuners).
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    Re: To A Higher Standard

    This demonstration strikes me as downright silly, and based on a laughably false premise.

    The 94% standard--which was never guaranteed to get an 'A' grade, by the way, even in school -- is clearly...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    There can be little doubt that natural talent for music exists. One only has to consider child prodigies for this phenomenon to be abundantly clear, but there are numerous other examples in history...
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    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    Here you are, HonketyHank! I fixed a number of errors in the tab you referenced above. The person (Shartel?) who first transcribed it didn't use repeats for some reason (don't know why) for the A...
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    Re: Colored notes in TablEdit

    TablEdit colors notes red as a warning when the measure they're in contains one or more DURATION ERRORs. For example, if you have a measure of 4/4 filled with exactly 8 eighth notes, and you decide...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The reason is simple: The blues tend to get played in the keys of A and E simply because these are easy keys for the guitar, and they offer many open strings and low-position hand placements. Lots...
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    Re: A question about floating pickguards

    The abbreviated pickguards (fingerrests) found these days on many A5 and F5 model mandolins only require two tiny holes (1/16") drilled into the bottom edge of the fretboard extension. These two...
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    Re: Hope this never happens again

    I once accidentally left my banjo behind, in the back of a pickup truck. Quickly realizing my mistake, I returned to the pickup, but found out that I was too late! There were now two banjos in the...
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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    If you put aside mandolin-like instruments from consideration (such as resonator mandolins and banjolins) and just concentrate on regular, wooden mandolins, then yes, volume is a very desired quality...
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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    The numbers of users (1707) is only 15% of the peak value (11,326), and there are more folks online right now as I write (over 2000). Also, consider that quite a number of users log on from Europe,...
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    Re: Getting mildew off a gig bag

    +1 for ozone treatment! It not only kills all the mildew and mold, but it also eliminates the characteristic smell of dead mold, which otherwise can linger for long after the fungus has been...
  24. Thread: Jam etiquette

    by sblock
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    Closed shape (four-finger moverable) chords on the mandolin are vitally important in bluegrass music. Even if you're just a beginner, you should start working with these kinds of chords now if you...
  25. Thread: Tab Software

    by sblock
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    Re: Tab Software

    JL277z: This method works to display ALL instrument parts onscreen during playback in TablEdit -- shown in both tab and notation, if you so desire!

    1) Go to File | Options, then select the...
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