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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    I'm sorry, what's "PHN"?
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    A / Am / A7 chords?

    Killing myself (on CGDA tuned tenor) over that 4 2 2 4 form and its permutations. [Whining] Isn't there something else in 1st or second position? [More whining] Its too haaaaard!
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    A while back I mentioned that I found a particular visual presentation of complex theory beyond my comprehension. I also mentioned that I am a sucker for excellent graphic presentations of complex...
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    Re: "tinny" A string?

    It can also be your ear. Personally, I have trouble with the treble "e" on mandolin. No problem on the note in a lower register. But it just grates on me on the mando. It's screechy, not tinny. ...
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    Re: New flat top mandolin

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! And that sassafras mando sounds terrific.
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    Re: A Successful Failure

    I didn't exactly graft an OM neck on a tenor uke body, but I did change the tenor uke body to accomodate the additional stresses and the additional strings. The problem didn't have anything to do...
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    Re: A Successful Failure

    That's my strategy too, until I'm forced to do something else. Maybe the only reason I got to it was that right behind it is an acoustic bass guitar that I want to finish, so that I can build a...
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    A Successful Failure

    Last night I decided to give up on my reconstruction of a guitar-body tenor uke/octave mando/mandola that I've been working on for years. I owe a great debt of gratitude to many of you--too many to...
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    Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    Wait--Did you mean LEARNING MULTIPLES at once or PLAYING multiples at once (as in one man band) ?
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    Re: Doubt about a banjo for Bluegrass

    I tried to tune my 5 string banjo to GDAE and CGDA. Didn't work. I'm not that great with moving from to instrument or tuning to tuning, so maybe it just didn't work for me.

    But I think there...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    YES! My point. It's descriptive not prescriptive, and certainly not generative.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Catmandu: unusually, I wasn't talking out of my hat. The scientific field of study is called"semiotics." You can't talk about language without it. To do so would be like talking about "bodily...
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    Picking pattern chart

    Does anyone know of a chart that shows pick-picking ("flat picking") patterns and or finger-picking patterns? This has become my next hurdle in my struggle for mere competence. Videos don't help...
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    Re: Learn to play multiple instruments at once?

    If you're going to do this-- and unless you're a prodigy with stringed instruments I'd advise not-- then choose instruments all tuned in 4ths (guitar and bass guitar) or all tuned in 5ths (mandolin...
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    Re: Time Sensitive: Your opinions needed ASAP

    There's an FAA reg that universally allows all instruments that will fit in the overhead to be carried there. Search the forums; it's cited somewhere. It's also universally true that airlines think...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Hey, listen, I do compliance work for businesses, and even though I have decades of experience as a regulator, my compliance clients almost ALWAYS know more about the law than I do. And they're also...
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    Re: Playing with wrist/thumb pain

    I had this problem for a while. It was so bad that I found a physical therapist in Atlanta who had experience in dealing with--get this--stringed instrument musicians. It seems that he'd done PT...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    DaveGinNJ: It's true that the rise of Amazon (and Walmart, and Sams, and Costco) have coincided with the demise of small business. But the reason Amazon, Walmart, Sams, Costco et al are rising...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    To quote Sara Palin: "How's that workin' out for ya?" Wouldn't'a thought they'd be interchangeable applied to either ... uh ... instrument.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Sorry, not true. There's no symbol involved, other than the sense of "signifiers" (grossly "words") "symbolizing" "signifieds (grossly, "things" and ideas). Semiotically, there's no difference...
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    Re: Mandola string heights?

    Thanks, Marty. Just what I needed, when I needed it. I was starting to fit the bridge today.
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    Re: Are People Buying Less Mandolins Now?

    I want to defend the Deering Goodtime. I bought mine something like 20 years ago. Rock solid. Simple, well made, versatile and sturdy. I have never had any problem with it through all my...
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    Re: Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    I'm a lawyer, I used to worry for The Man, and I used to play banjo. There are a lot of people who would say that that ship sailed a long time ago.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    My point, sir, was to respond to what is implied by this statement two pages above: "If you have to guess about writing an effective sentence, then you can't consistently express yourself well....
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    Ordering strings--any luck recently?

    I need to order some cheap mandola strings. I tried to order just strings from a certain vendor who will go unnamed, who sat on my order for a week without shipping. I ended up cancelling. But I...
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