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    Re: Mando and guitar string question

    Why do you need medium diameter? Lighter (thinner) strings will sit fine in the bridge and nut if properly cut.

    My good friend who repairs guitars and regularly has to reset necks on old guitars...
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    Re: Mando and guitar string question

    Gauge always matches tension for similar materials. Bronze, nickel, monel, and flatwound have nearly identical tension for identical gauge. Silk and steel are lower tension in the wound strings,...
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    Re: Odd problem with treble pairs

    Taller frets might invite too much pressure but that would be kind of random in effect. If your pitch difference is consistently in one direction, the strings may be at different heights at the...
  4. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    Compared to violin, mandolin is easy to amplify. Granted, the peculiar tone of an F5 is more of a challenge than a flat top guitar, but I will point to Drew Emmitt's Nugget F5 with Baggs bridge that...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Some handsome instruments, none have enough strings.
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    Re: Different Plectra

    Yes, I use a lighter pick for electric. Dunlop Ultex .60mm and medium .73mm for acoustic. Same profile, standard flatpick.
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    I predict you will not see an electric 10-string mando. Slight chance of acoustic, around 3%.
  8. Re: What's Your Favorite Instrumental-Mandolin Album?

    Hamilton de Holanda “Jacob Bossa” for updated virtuosic and sensitive renditions of Jacob do Bandolim favorites.

    And my favorite Don Stiernberg album is “Mandoboppin!”
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    Re: What's The One That Got Away?

    When I became interested in a 10-string mandolin I saw a Buchanan briefly listed on Ebay. It sold, and I ended up ordering a new one (and two more).
  10. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvisin

    What we don’t know is if the two accomplished improvisers ever tried composing solos at home while developing their improv chops. Given that many of us have tried learning transcribed improvs, it...
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    The easy, go-to shapes like 2-2-4-5 or 0-0-2-3 (A and G) are very spread in tone and don’t easily fit into the other music. Especially for punchy chopping, close intervals on the low strings is...
  12. Re: Replacement pickups for Vorson electric uke to mando conversi

    Light tone on the E happens naturally. More important than the magnet touching (the pole piece is in the field, touching not necessary) is how close the pole piece is to the string. Instead of...
  13. Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    I had chance to play through the predecessor to the MicroPro at a jazz jam, using my Almuse in a gaggle of horns. Sweet tone and plenty loud, gentle clipping in the overdrive channel for smoother...
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    Re: Improvising

    I would venture that you need to learn/store a lot more than a solo break for every tune.

    I find a riff or solo appealing, and then try to learn the interesting bits for myself. In order to have...
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    Next-generation Wood?

    By stripping out lignin and compressing with heat, a new form of wood is strong at micron thickness, something like 20 times better numbers than natural wood.


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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Allowing a curved fingerboard limits how low you can go if you need the high range to speak clearly. The action height that is ok in the low frets may bottom out when playing past the 10th fret or...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    One can play jazz on any instrument, but some work better than others. (Please, no bagpipes, oboe, bassoon, french horn, or harp.) For me, 10-string blows away my violin or viola. Not only easier to...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    I use that collection of notes plenty in jazz and blues, although the raised 7th is likely to only be a passing tone heading towards the tonic.

    The bass line for “Born in Chicago” is 5,7,#7,1 (8)....
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The blues style is more than a minor pentatonic scale. It was codified by guitar players, and the familiar riffs use the G and B strings for bending, especially for the slightly raised minor third,...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    The challenge is not the strings or the scale length but the body that is too small for a satisfying C course. I use .048 on a 14.25” scale, but the body of my 10-string is about 50% larger in...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    We need to distinguish jazz blues from delta and Chicago blues. Jazz blues is jazz on a 12-bar blues chord progression. “St. Louis Blues” does not share much with “Born Under a Bad Sign”. What is...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    An easier genre to enter as a classical reader is choro, which uses written charts and is optimized these days for mandolin.

    But you might look into playing English Country Dance. There is a San...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    When learning, whether a passage in a tune or a technique alone, you of course pay attention to the aspects you are working on. This could be technical or timing/phrasing. The eventual goal is to...
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Of course it is confusing at first. I first tried five-string violin, which was tricky but I got used to it. Five-course mandolin is much more useful than 5-string violin and well worth learning.
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    Re: What strings for 10 string Bandolim?

    I would use .010, .015, .022w, .034, .048. One of my 10s likes a .011, another likes .009. My Buchanan’s scale length is 14.25”, or 360mm, and I believe the Brazilian 10s are similar, perhaps only...
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