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  1. Thread: Sight read tab?

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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Truth be told, most of the folks who play oldtime/bluegrass music can neither sight read tablature nor sight-read staff notation at tempo! Instead, we can manage to read the one or the other system...
  2. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    DavidKOS -- Yes, I think you've made an excellent case that standard musical notation is not all that hard to learn, and it's certainly true that that small children can be taught to read it, and to...
  3. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    This is just wrong, in several ways. Many people in this thread have pointed out that tablature is easier to learn, and especially so for many beginners. It is simply untrue that notation is...
  4. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    First and foremost, let me dispel a canard: Tablature doesn't lack rhythm!

    Tab players might lack rhythm, but so, too, might players who are working from standard notation. In fact, rhythm...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    Sherry -- I'm delighted to learn that you like your instructor, who is a classically trained, professional violinist. It's great to have a teacher with whom you have a good rapport. But you need to...
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    Re: Sticky stuff in octave mandolin case

    Does anyone in your vicinity do artwork, or photo mounting, and use a spray-can based adhesive? In my experience, the overspray from these cans can get lofted easily into the room air and deposited...
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    Re: Assessing wood grain of standing trees

    You can't tell at all!
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    Re: Well set up beater mandolin??

    I you already have a decent mandolin, then NO, you don't need to get a "sacrificial" Rogue that can be chewed! That's a step backward. Instead:

    1) Store your fine instrument in its case. You...
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    Re: source for small, mando-sized strap button

    I tend to prefer the look of wooden or ivoroid strap buttons to the plated, all-metal ones. You can use the same size as for a guitar. Stew-Mac carries a whole assortment of these (NFI), and they...
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    Re: Pomeroy Website Hacked?

    Try clicking on this link: http://pomeroyinstruments.com/
    Or just type in "pomeroyinstruments.com" into the browser box. It worked for me just now.
    On the other hand, if you go through...
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    Re: Repairing Veneer on an 8-string Kentucky

    You didn't say what model it was, or even post a picture! That makes it harder to offer advice.

    That said, unless I'm mistaken, Kentucky mandolins (even their budget KM-150 model) have solid wood...
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    Re: Gibson String Height

    As a rule of thumb, I like my action at the 12th fret to be just high enough to slip my BlueChip CT55 pick between the fret and strings, making light contact. The idea of using your favorite pick as...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    Wow -- that was a lengthy philippic! Since the OP has now decided to leave the Cafe, I guess he he won't get to read my conclusion that he's being awfully thin-skinned, defensive, and short-tempered...
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    Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    Buying and installing a new bridge is overkill and unnecessary, and it is certainly not the way I'd recommend to fix this type of problem. Nor would I reach for the superglue, either! In the RARE...
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    Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    James tailpieces, like the one found on your Northfield Big Mon, rarely rattle. And their covers are hinged, not removable. But they do have small O-rings in them that fit into some oval-shaped...
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    Re: Ideas for what could be rattling on Mandolin!

    The various suggestions made earlier in this thread are all excellent. Be sure to rule out the obvious candidates, and do that carefully. But you also could benefit by hearing a "baseline" for what...
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    Re: Minimal contact arm rest

    There are fundamental differences between a violin chinrest and a mandolin armrest. In particular, the violin chinrest has a fairly complex (sculpted) curved surface, designed to raise the chin above...
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    Re: In honor of Mr. Bill Monroe...

    Bluegrass "as it should be"?!? Aw, c'mon! Who gets to decide that? You? This seems guaranteed to cause a stir. :mandosmiley:

    Unless, of course, this is purely a parody designed as clickbait. ...
  19. Thread: Double Standard

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    Re: Double Standard

    Of course, the meanings of words can change slowly over time -- and sometimes, even more quickly. That is part of the the nature of a living languages. For example, the word "gay" carried a very...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    Yow. Well, let's go to the computer and see: a 0.049" diameter C string at a ~13-7/8" scale length (the standard mandolin scale length, not the mandola scale length) will be under just 16.4 lbs of...
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    Re: CGDA tuning on Mandolin?

    Get a mandola. Contrary to what you wrote, they are not THAT hard to come by. On the contrary! I just went to the classified section of the MC and I counted over 20 of them for sale, right now! ...
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    Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    Oh, c'mon!! This is just Internet trolling. Shame on you. You seem to be trying to get a rise. Folks on the MC really shouldn't take the bait. Of course, you're welcome to dislike the aesthetics of...
  23. Re: Gibson opposes Collings' headstock trademark registration, ci

    I would push back against this, at least a little. I don't think it has anything to do with employing lawyers or sharp business practice. On the contrary. BlueChip is simply patenting an original...
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    Re: diminished value from a repair?

    As other have said, NO, this is not exactly what we would refer to as a "cracked headstock." And NO, it is certainly not "structural" either, as it in no way affects the straightness of the neck,...
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    Re: Song books for women?

    No, you don't really need to find a song book with entries in "women's keys." Besides, there ain't no such thing! A contralto will tend to sing in a completely different vocal range from a soprano,...
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