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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    The joke about beginner bass players is happening to me in real life. I've always played mandolin and mandola, for my own amusement only. In August I bought a mandocello, and I've been playing tunes...
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    Re: Your favorite mandolin tuning tips?

    First of all, make sure the bridge is in the right place. If the mandolin was set up right, this will not be a problem. To check the bridge placement, compare the pitch of the harmonic at the 12th...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    Kaplah! I absolutely must start doing that.
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    Re: Unmarked bowlback mandola

    Thanks very much, Jim. I confess that I did not notice the zero fret until you pointed it out. Duh.
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    To learn to feel interesting and complex rhythms, try folk dancing. Thanks to doing that for many years, I'm quite comfortable with time signatures like 9/8, 15/16 and 25/16.
  6. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    The "Ode to Joy" in Beethoven's Ninth. In the first 20 years or so of my life, I heard it many times, but I didn't notice -- either because I was listening lazily, or because the versions I heard had...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    I didn't, until I got this new-to-me mandocello. It is a big, loud, resonant, beautiful but uncompromising instrument. It has a 25 3/4 inch scale and a 1 3/4 inch nut, so you either get your left...
  8. Re: Unwanted string noises with mandolin and mandola

    Is the size of the instrument a factor? On my newly acquired mandocello, the other strings vibrate sympathetically far more easily than on my mandola, or on the mandolin I used to have. The...
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    Unmarked bowlback mandola

    I bought this one used about 20 years ago. There is no trace of a label whatsoever inside. There are little holes where the tailpiece used to be, and there must have been a round insert of some kind...
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    Re: Help Identifying Instrument/Mandolin

    Ray(T) is right -- I can't see how this guy can be a luthier. A "luthier" mistaking a mandolin for a bouzouki is a lot like a mechanic mistaking a flathead V8 for an inline four.
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    Re: How many Mandolins to own

    That's quite a Craigslist ad. Two gongs, a taiko drum, and a subcontrabass sax -- this guy was packing heavy artillery. Just what you want if you plan to blow down the walls of Jericho.
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    How does a bassist count to three?
    One, four, five, one.

    "Knock knock"
    "Who's there?

    "Knock knock"
    "Who's there?

    "Knock knock"
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    Doc Watson also played with great fluidity and ease. About 45 years ago I went to a bluegrass festival where he was one of the headliners. After hearing a different guitarist play, another audience...
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    Timing and musicality -- my wife has a CD of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson duets (Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40064). When I listen to it, I always wonder why Doc doesn't take Monroe's mandolin and smash...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I just put a strap on my APC mandocello (bought very recently, 2 months ago), and it makes it far easier to move my left hand. I use the strap every time now. Of course, this is a big beast - 25 3/4...
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    Mandolin Cafe newbie, and NMD

    I discovered Mandolin Cafe only a few weeks ago, and I'm really glad to have found it. There is so much information, wisdom and fun here! Thank you so much for creating this place.

    I started...
  17. Re: Suggestions for Crooked and/or Polytonal Tunes?

    As recorded by The Irish Rovers, "St. Brendan's Fair Isle" has an enjoyable pattern of 5 bar and 4 bar phrases.

    Uneven rhythms, such as the 7/8 noted above, are also fun and interesting. For...
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