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  1. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    And the angle at which you strike the strings with it matters a lot as well.

    bratsche
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    Aww, Jeff, that put a lump in my throat! I also credit what limited handiness (and some of the tools) I have to my late Dad - and that sounds just like something he would have said, too! :)
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  3. Re: Question for notation-reading CGDAE-instrument players

    I prefer option C. Am I the only one who likes it, other than Jim? I don't even play piano, or have my low CGDAE instrument yet (being built right now), but it is the easiest one to read, for me. ...
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    Re: Hearing Horns in Solos?

    I dunno, some insurance companies have horns (on their heads).

    Actually, though, a mandolin sounds most like a double-coursed banjo, let's face it. ;)

    bratsche
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Vocalists always hate to hear this, over the intercom before a performance:
    "Ladies and gentlemen. five minutes! Will all musicians and singers report to your places, please!"

    bratsche
  6. Re: The long, arduous journey of Silverangel #438 - with a happy

    Wow, what a story! So glad it ended happily. (Had to look up that country - I knew it was on the African continent, but not sure exactly where.) You should nickname the mandolin "Swazi"!
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Cancer sucks. Lost our Benjy to it a month before he'd have turned ten, three years ago in June. He was our alpha cat, and definitely one of my "best buds" over the years. He's in some of my...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Music was my favorite subject in school, and I hated and grudgingly slogged through math, mainly because I could see no practical relevance for anything beyond basic arithmetic. It's fascinating...
  9. Re: The best thing about ordering from Pinegrove leathers

    Hahaha! I got that same email when I ordered some Marmite. From (or through) Amazon, no less! :)

    bratsche
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    To clear up a possible misconception, all of us who read don't have our "heads down" in the sheet music, precluding eye contact. To the contrary, eye contact is absolutely vital to good ensemble...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I agree with you! And would wish to point out the "issues" that can be found amongst the non-reading musicians, as well. There is definitely another side of the story.

    The small ensemble that...
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    Re: Uther my cat..

    Seven cats here too, but have had at least two dozen in my life thus far, and have been there where you are many times. It's never any easier. Each one is unique in his/her own way, but the "best...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    I can learn things by ear, but if I'm in a hurry to learn them, sheet music works so much faster. I sight read quite well. Memorization for me is just a natural by-product of repetition. If I play...
  14. Re: Do you ever sing the notes of a tune while you play it?

    "Whatever." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lD7Ig4yAqc

    bratsche
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    But we classical violists are all right, aren't we? :disbelief: :))

    bratsche
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    I think she's saying that because she's a classical violinist! I've found it's most common for classically-oriented people to use one main instrument, in contrast to players of other styles and...
  17. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    My imagination must have been working overtime - I envisioned the poor, suffering commas and periods staging their own independent revolt by distancing themselves from the hideous bolding.

    ;)
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Well, it was worth a re-post, as I don't think I'd seen it 7 years ago, or maybe I did but forgot. ;-) Anyway, yes, I saw the vacuum cleaner and know that joke (probably heard it as a viola joke),...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Oh my gosh, that is hilarious, you made a "tree of banjo jokes" fretboard? I love it! You are a funny, creative guy. I had to import and enlarge it to see all the great detail. But still, being a...
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    Re: pointless pick

    Many years ago before I had much picking experience, the points of my picks would get stuck in the strings easily, so I fashioned a few picks that were completely round, which suited me nicely for a...
  21. Re: Mando Acquisition Syndrome and the Mandocello

    I succumbed to mandola acquisition syndrome and got 6 of them, still have 5. I've often imagined playing one that was an octave lower, and wished I had something in the cello range, but a Mandocello...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    I think that's true. I always wanted to practice, even as a kid. Violin lessons were 100% my idea, coming from a family of non musicians. I probably never reached my potential, but I seldom had...
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    Re: An extra finger can be incredibly handy

    Wow, I would've thought "photoshop" if I hadn't watched the video. That even beats the webbed-toed girl I remember in a childhood swimming class!

    bratsche
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    Re: We're not so weird...

    Well, remember, eBay started in 1995 as an idea for collectors to buy and sell Pez dispensers. Founder Pierre Omidyar began eBay as a favor to his girlfriend.

    Little before my time, but not by...
  25. Re: Third string out of tune below the fifth fret

    That sounds pretty severe, and I suspect you'll need a new, possibly custom saddle. I have a very nice flattop mandola made by someone with impeccable credentials, but the bridge was just not right...
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