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  1. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    But how does it sound?
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    Re: Jams around Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Depends on how far you would want to drive with the traffic madness on I-95.
    There are plenty of jams in the D.C. metro area. Check out the dcbu.org calendar.
    There is also a Sunday jam in...
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    Re: Bridge fitting..

    Normal?
    No, this is terrible!
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    Re: Arm rest a good aid for begginers?

    IMHO, how much benefit you get from an armrest also depends a lot on the bridge height and/or arch of your mandolin top.
    I have used the McClung for years and it definitely gives me a more...
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    Re: Beginners bluegrass book

    IMHO, a good introduction with technique and tunes is Dix Bruce's
    Getting Into Bluegrass Mandolin
  6. Re: Has anyone used ıı book by Robert Banc'alari 'J. S. Bach fo

    I would say that most pieces in this book are upper intermediate to advanced. There are some shorter and easier pieces, too.
    As to your second question, I am not good and knowledgeable enough to...
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    Re: Mando Store to try before I buy?

    MelodeeMusic in Sterling (DC suburbs) has a reasonable selection, including some nice Webers. Check their Website.
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    Re: Cheering during live performance

    Exactly! Especially when a solo (break) at breakneck speed lasts only a few seconds anyway, half of that gets drowned out. Don't know if the artist really likes that.
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    Re: Light strings and thin picks

    There is an instructional video by the late John McGann called Sound Fundamentals. In this video he demonstrates the difference in tone and volume of picks. He says:
    "My belief is that thicker picks...
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    Re: Hoffee Vs. Austin Calton

    I bought a new Calton about 3 months ago.
    Storage is scant. That's the price you pay for the very compact size of the Calton.

    I like everything about it except for the latches. They are so hard...
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    Re: Bluegrass Up the Neck...

    First off, this is a great book.
    Then, it is hand-written and of small format (unless it has recently been republished differently)
    I scanned it in, enlarging the pages to letter format.
    And now...
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    Re: Oktoberfest/Bavarian folk music

    As promised:
    The bands usually speed this up towards the end so the dancers can swirl faster and faster.
    Unfortunately, I messed up the faster part and cut it out.:grin:
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    Re: Oktoberfest/Bavarian folk music

    Well, I think it's high time that a Bavarian weighs in here...
    1. When we talk about Oktoberfest, we mean THE Oktoberfest in Munich. Other fests are just beer fests. Here in the US any concrete...
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    Re: Tennessee Waltz

    I learned this double stop version in D from the Janet Davis book:
    And it has been played in this key in jams I go to
  15. Re: Pentatonic scales over which major scales?

    Many of us are apprentices. Sometimes apprentices need guidance, a framework ...
    The Pentatonic Scale is an excellent starting point for finding all the other notes you need to discover the sounds...
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    Re: taking a break at the jam

    What's wrong with Pentatonic scales if you are just starting out and don't know the songs? Many of the song melodies are right there in the notes of these scales. With the Pentatonic scale you will...
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    Re: Falling apart

    Had it in the left pinky. Two injections (yes, very painful) helped for about a year each. But they do not recommend more, because that would damage and weaken the tendon. So I got surgery in...
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    Re: Monroe Style

    ?????
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    Re: Who is headed to Swananoa in August?

    I was there in 2015, but work got in the way 2016.
    So I made another try and preregistered for this year.
    Hope to see you all and play with you in August.
  20. Re: Want to learn Italian style mandolin music

    Obheek, one of the features of Italian mandolin music is a nice tremolo.
    Two of the most popular pieces are
    O sole mio
    Torna a Surriento
    This would be a good start, IMHO
    There is plenty of...
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    Re: Which BG Breaks Are A MUST-LEARN?

    Mandocrucian: "The "MUST-LEARN" solos are etudes."

    IMHO, some of the best "etudes" can be found in Mandocrucian's little book "Bluegrass up the Neck".

    I have never transcribed a solo of the...
  22. Re: Syncing Audio and Video on cameras/phones - no mando content

    So, are you talking about multi-tracking or just recording yourself playing the mandolin?

    I do the latter all the time and would hate to mess around with syncing.

    I have used the very...
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    Re: Classical vs Bluegrass

    Has the OP told us what kind of music he/she wants to play on the mandolin?
    Does he/she have any experience with other instruments?
    Or have I overlooked this information?

    And, when it comes to...
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    Re: The search continues...

    There must be hundreds of thousands of people watching right now ! :mandosmiley:
    I have problems viewing the video.
  25. Re: Wappen Style Mandoline (made in Bravaria )

    And I read that this was made in Bravaria [sic], which would rule out a luthier in Markneukirchen ...:confused:
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