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  1. Re: Recent visit to Carters, and also to Tyler White’s shop

    Here’s a few pictures I took of my new Tyler White F5
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  2. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    That's fun, :grin: I love it! :mandosmiley: :cool: :) Here's the embedded video:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbA4_5Wba2U
  3. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Are you sure about that?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbA4_5Wba2U
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    Re: In praise of mandolin builder Matt Ruhland

    Here's a little sample of #37. The tune is "Monroe's Farewell to Longhollow."



    https://youtu.be/gVlcd98NqT0
  5. Re: Recent visit to Carters, and also to Tyler White’s shop

    Yes it is! I got it on Wednesday, and it does look amazing! I haven’t had much time to play it, but I like it a lot so far. After a few hours of playing, it already sounds up to the liveliness of my...
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    Re: Sierra Hull plays a Duff octave mandolin

    If anyone is interested, I transcribed that video for my own practice (and in preparation for the Heiden Octave I should be getting any day now).

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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Wood flute is in D. The F natural (first finger, right hand) on a metal flute (keyed in C) is an F# on a wood flute.

    I grew up playing Boehm flute (but only casually as my primary was sax), and...
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    I can't remember exactly how the fingering differs (I once had a Gemeinhardt silver flute a long, long time ago and it didn't "stick"). Look online for fingering charts and that well tell you. There...
  9. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Ah, okay so you're already playing within the genre, good. One alternative to pipes you might consider while saving up for a set, is "Irish" flute. It gets you into a similar range of expression with...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I found just the opposite. I think I would have found the fiddle much easier if I hadn't been playing mandolin and been in the folk music community for all those years. The reason is I developed a...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Busking?

    Traditionally, building was how one would enter playing the pipes or clarsach. I was about ready to do this myself until I finally found one on ebay that I could afford..
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Go for it! While they kicked my butt, and I stopped taking lessons after 2 years, its still fun, and unique to play.

    My piping teacher told me that it takes 21 years to be a piper: 7 years of...
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    Go for it! You can make it more affordable by starting with a chanter, then adding drones later, and finally the regulators.

    As for the time needed... well, you can probably play scales on the...
  14. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I truly enjoyed this video of Mike Katz playing the Scottish smallpipes with Mike Whellans on harmonica.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui5h_ip_Un8
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    My experience, for the little it's worth:

    I started on mandolin about four years ago, and then picked up an acoustic guitar, an electric bass, and, most recently, a fiddle.

    The mandolin was...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Type in metronome on Amazon. They range fro 16$, got mine on sale for closer to ten on up even some swinging arm types for 35 on up. The one I have as a dial and you turn it to the bpm you want itnis...
  17. Re: Review: Feeling Handmade A style mandolin Solid Spruce top"

    I took the Feeling mandolin along to the bluegrass pick again last night. When I was leaving, Gary, the musician in charge who heads the pick up came over and said to me again: "That mandolin really...
  18. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Well I did it! I found an awesome deal on a new (as in I am first owner) Gibson Custom F5g! The mandolin was built in 2017 and signed by Dave Harvey. I was able to compare it to 2 other Gibson F5gs...
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    Bluegrass Bumper Sticker

    I don't know if this has been shared before - but I saw it yesterday and thought it was great:

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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    And Michael will be celebrating his 75th trip around the sun a week from Wednesday, October 16. I know that well, since we were both born on the same day but about 150 miles apart and I have referred...
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    Re: Michael A Lewis Mandolins

    My apology to all for dropping out but my Life circumstances dictated that I must. Six years ago my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer, and the ensuing medical issues and doctor appointments...
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    Re: Campanella Mandolin

    I bought a used Due this summer and this A440 about a week ago

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    Probably the best oval hole I’ve played or owned. I played some tunes with a friend this afternoon, and you could hear the...
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    Campanella Mandolin

    I got a 2018 Campanella mandolin recently. It's basically an A-440, but with f-holes (shown on his website with an oval hole). I have owned a lot of mandolins, and played a lot more. This may be the...
  24. Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Sounds perfect for Cajun music:popcorn:
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    I almost bought a Chapman Stick at one point in my electric guitar phase. I backed off when I realized that it's basically a string version of an electric keyboard without dynamic range, like a...
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