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  1. Thread: Double Standard

    by DougC
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    Re: Double Standard

    There should be an easy way for a beginner to access all of the previous threads.
  2. Thread: "Soft" Pick?

    by DougC
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    Re: "Soft" Pick?

    Thanks everyone. I'm surprised that there are so many options.
  3. Thread: "Soft" Pick?

    by DougC
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    "Soft" Pick?

    I'm wondering if anyone makes a pick that mimics the sound of fingers on strings? Not fingernails but the 'fleshy part' of finger tips.

    Just tried finger picking an octave mandolin and I love the...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    The 'trick' is in seeing that there is gradual progress. Some people record themselves and listen to it months or even years later. Personally I just tell myself to 'stuff the criticism' and have...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    In re-reading this, I think J.C. Bryant is just looking for other methods in learning. Not necessarily for a classical piece.

    So skills in reading and in understanding musical structure, and...
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    Re: Stolen mandolin recovered.

    It is so nice to hear some good news.
  7. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    O.K. THIS chart might help.
    187614

    The more you do, the better you get. (Talk is cheap. Hard work pays off.)
    Believe me I've been embarrassed more times than I can count. Ha, ha.
  8. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    There are many ways to understand music notation. One can get lost when there are so many variables. So it is important to define your situation and your tactics.

    In my case I often become like a...
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    Re: Wood identity question

    There are some real wood experts here and I'm no expert. But I would not call this wood birds' eye. Interesting pattern however.
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    Re: jams with friends during covid

    My wife is a violin instructor at a well known music school and she was asked to conduct the class of about 15 people indoors this fall. The school moved the class to a small auditorium and they...
  11. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    This chart might help.
  12. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    The 'disadvantage' is that the mandola is lower in pitch. So most of the notes are below the treble staff on ledger lines. (and that is where the alto clef lives...).

    This is hard and confusing if...
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    Re: Help with case color

    Dirt. Scuffing, grunge. I suppose I would consider what the case is made of, and how it handles 'scuff' marks.
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    Re: Recording App for Android

    Attached (below the video), is a 'music notation file with TAB". The regular staff is on top and the TAB below.


    And yes, EVERYONE would like the app to play it with sound too.

    This would...
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    Re: Recording App for Android

    Does Soundcorset Tuner and Metronome read music notation files or TAB?
  16. Thread: Dammit!

    by DougC
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    Re: Dammit!

    Yeah, you have to damage the picking hand, not the finger board hand. How do I know?...........
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Oh no! There they go, jumping up and down again and raising their hands.
  18. Re: Article: First 15 Lessons - Mandolin: A Beginner's Guide

    Ten Bucks?

    Looks like a lot for this kind of money.


    Certainly a value for a beginning student.

    (And they use TAB too!)
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    Re: Just an observation

    I support Mel Bay as much as anyone. However it would be nice to see another now and then. Hal Leonard comes to mind. (Mel Bay did not publish my book so I guess I have a grudge. Ha, ha.) Regardless,...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Thomastik 174's are on my Collings mandola. Medium gauge I believe. (when in doubt, go for medium. Then you know which way to go if you want a change.)
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I use Thomastik 154 mediums on both my MT and custom Mt2. They don't cost that much if you consider that you would buy 3 or 4 sets of regular strings before the TI's wear out.
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Sometimes my comments really 'strike a nerve'. Oh well. Without it however, Explorer may have never mentioned the great work he's doing with Gypsy Jazz on mandola. That is VERY COOL.
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    You are certainly welcome Gypsy. Everyone is helpful here.
    I might add however that looking at books and charts is about as exciting as reading a dictionary! Interactive software helps. But...
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Since that book has been out, others have made similar (and easier to understand), books and software programs. One called the Absolute Fretboard Trainer is outstanding....
  25. Re: Replacing a Collings tailpiece with a James tailpiece

    I learned a trick right here on Mandolin Cafe that solves the stringing problem. Bend the string end slightly on the loop with your thumb nail. That creates a little spring action onto the tailpiece...
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