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    Re: Really need to work on my right hand

    Playing fast is 95% mental. When we have to play fast we tend to tighten up and fight it. Try to relax and roll with the beat enjoy and quit fighting it,you are capable of playing faster than dance...
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    Re: Metallic String Buzz

    How close are the pairs of strings they could be vibrating against each other,usually more pronounced on open strings.
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Ron Thomas of Dry Branch Fire Squad says if we all learn to read music we won't need instruments or concerts. Just hand out the written music and we'll all know the song.
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    Re: Looking for My 1st Mandolin

    Lapk all I was saying was if money is real short it would be a mistake to waste any on an unplayable instrument, just to have one 2 or 3 weeks earlier. The comment about dieing with the most...
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    Re: Gibson F-5 on eBay?

    Late 60's early70's Gibson couldn't even make a banjo. This was about the time I was learning mandolin and I remember very well that for a BG mandolin you had to find an old Gibson or find a hand...
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    Re: Best Bluegrass Band Single Microphone?

    When our BG gospel was together we used a ribbon mic and a tube pre-amp. Why? It was state of the art 1st gen bluegrass and the " tone " of the music was similar.
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    Re: Three Beginner Questions

    He who dies with the most mandolins wins
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    I would think it more work to fret the Florida than scoop it but regardless it is a matter of choice. Ray just blocked off the end of my Dearstone, no Florida like it fine, my Kentucky 900 has...
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    Re: Looking for My 1st Mandolin

    Purchase in haste, repent in leisure. Kentucky orThe Loar A's can be found in your range if you don't get in a hurry. I doubt if you are going to learn the mandolin between now and the start of...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    I didn't say it wouldn't work, but of all possible ways to make an A chord why would one even suggest split strings to someone new to the mandolin. Yes it would work IF one was very precise, IF the...
  11. Re: Newbie here, suffering from analysis paralysis

    You can do your own set up just remember, if a 32nd on an inch works for a guitar a mandolin needs at least a 64th. The short scale and "twin" strings make everything about a set-up more critical....
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    Re: Looking for My 1st Mandolin

    Do yourself a favor and listen to these knowledgeable people and stay away from Washburn. I bought a Washburn mandola to enter into mandolas. Made a fairly good instrument after I done considerable...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    if someone is telling you to make an A chord by planting a finger between the G and D string, noting one of each pair and hoping the sides of your finger will kill the other two, my recommendation...
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    Re: Mandolin Setup Advice

    Get Rob's book and do it yourself. If you can set up a guitar, you can set up a mandolin. Because of the short scale and twin strings everything must be more precise. This is where you come in spend...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    We're at the point of repeating now.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    That's why I love Mandolin Cafe
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    Re: Help comparing Kentuckys for upgrade!

    I know where you are. Years ago I had a very good Aria mandolin that I payed $400 for and was in a position to spend about $1000 to upgrade. Only problem everything I played in that range was no...
  18. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    I can also agree in principal with Gibson, but while we are going historical let's look at why the F5 was so universally copied. I've been a mandolin nut since a kid and remember if you had the money...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    What are we talking about. I thought "harmonics" were the "chimes" at various spots along the string, the strongest at the 1/2 point, next at the 1/4 and 3/4 etc. How do you change that to set...
  20. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    Balance to me is the mark of a good to great instrument. Even tone can be personal preference. Most of what you list can be easily corrected or just gotten use to. My best mandolin is a Dearstone, no...
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    Re: Tuner that works for setting intonation?

    I'm not following something--why do you need the tuner to pick up the harmonics? I tune the 12th fret to the harmonic by ear, then check at 5th fret octave to next string again by ear although I can...
  22. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Mbruno you are right about chording to fit the situation. I am a diehard BG'er but I don't play only chop chords rhythm for one thing as Mr Burns said it would bore me to death.I do disagree with...
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    Re: For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    Yes those soldiers allowed us to continue to be free Americans, and I thank God for them but I also thank God for those that are serving our country right now. These men and women are carrying on...
  24. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    We are getting way to technical for a newbie. The Monroe chop chords are essential to bluegrass and should be learned. Those in the "I can't" crowd are right they can't because they won't. As someone...
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    Learn the chop chords, they are not hard except for the stretch which will develop with practice. Trying to "cheat" to make it easier really cheats no one but you and eventually you will have to...
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