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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    Playing through my fiddle tunes I found that I often let an open string ring like a drone while playing lines underneath it. I also found myself thinking and analyzing what and how I was playing...
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    Re: Damping vs. letting notes ring

    I might let another note ring out if it harmonizes with the main one Iím playing and it fits the chord being played. In my mind Iím going from a single note to playing a double stop, though, in that...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    Dylan is mentioned numerous times in the two biographies of Bill Monroe Iím reading. Based on those biographies, Iíd guess he was a huge fan of Bill Monroe and ďold schoolĒ bluegrass, as one put it.
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    Re: Harvard Musical IQ

    Curious, I tried to take it but never got any sound to play on my iPhone.
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    Re: A-style and F-style.

    Not me. I donít associate the A style with a modern look or music. I think of A styles as truly old school, turn of the (previous) century. I associate F styles with the 1920 Loars and later Ferns. ...
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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    What has helped me is to play/practice in different rooms of the house, in different parts of the room, facing different things in rooms, playing outside, playing with lights on/off, playing for...
  7. Re: An (incomplete) list of recorded black mandolinists

    Arnold Schultz, the blues guitar player referenced above, that influenced Bill Monroe and let a young Monroe accompany him during some gigs, also played with a black mandolin player named Walter...
  8. Re: Eastman MD-315 vs Gibson Doyle Lawson

    I have an Eastman MD515. About four or five months ago I bought a used Gibson Alan Bibey.

    The Eastman sounds good, but itís easy for me to hear and feel the difference. The Gibson vibrates much...
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    Re: Winfield Cancelled

    Yeah, all of the big fairs, music festivals and similar events seem to have been canceled through August in my state, Wisconsin. According to the radio news report, organizers think so few people...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Iím not going to feel bad for Amazon. Their policy was designed to take sales away from businesses they drove out of business. And if one wants timely shipping now with Amazon, they have to pay $120...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Everyone is different, obviously, but I would frankly welcome the depression in the finish/wood as a sign that the manufacturer didnít cake the finish on so thick as to rob it of tone.
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    Re: 2013 Gibson F5 Fern

    Sweet! Congratulations on that beauty.
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    Weber introduced a couple of new mandolins at Winter NAMM (Road Dog and Pronghorn I believe) with the Evo Gold frets. Martin has been making the Modern Deluxe series guitars with EVO gold frets for a...
  14. Re: Marshall Wyatt talks about Bill Monroes time in Raleigh NC

    Loved it. Thanks.
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    Re: Beginner getting into Bluegrass

    For bluegrass music, buy the 2 CD set of Bill Monroe called Anthology. Less than $20. Iíd advise caution on judging Bill Monroe by what you might find on YouTube. Iíve seen plenty of YouTube videos...
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    Re: Reduce costs pleased

    I don't think manufacturers can afford to lower the prices at which they sell their products to the retailers. And the retailers are probably strapped in where they are as well.

    I also wouldn't...
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Yeah, events are being cancelled or attendance is being restricted left and right, so no assisted living gigs for me in the near future. I understand these restrictions as the elderly and otherwise...
  18. Re: Anybody planting trees? Share your stories!

    Very nice!

    I planted three thorny honeylocust trees on my land August of 2019. It'll be interesting to see if they make it through the winter. These trees drop a bunch of pods in the winter and...
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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    I'm now using a Dunlop 3.0 Flow. I never thought I would use such a fat thing on either a guitar or mandolin, but it's overtaken my BlueChip TP1R60 and my Primetone 1.5 for mandolin and guitar. I can...
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    Re: Used Gibsons

    Haha. That sounds like my brother and his wife. He'd always pay cash and never take a box home she might later find in the recyclables.

    Upon reflection I think the question I was looking to...
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    Used Gibsons

    Actively searching for a used Gibson, I've noticed a dynamic that makes me pause, ponder, and wonder what I might be getting into. Just off hand I can think of two ferns, an F5 custom, and a...
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    Re: This Repurposing Thing Has Gone Too Far

    Wow. They couldn't pay me $35 to take it.
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    A satin finish looks cheap in my opinion, in person up close. It looks like a half built instrument, like the builder ran out of funds or patience and said, "Let's just get this thing done and out of...
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    The only way you'll know for yourself is to take your Eastman with you and go try out other mandolins. Swap back and forth.

    I did that with my MD515. My Eastman sounds loud, full, and sweet ......
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    Re: Left hand position

    The light came on for me watching the Northfield videos with Mike Marshall and Emory Lester. Great music and up close video. What did I notice? They move/rotate their hand around quite a bit. They...
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