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  1. Easy small modification to Eastman 305 fretboard extension

    It turned out that my "sweetspot" for picking on my Eastman 305 was right over the end of the fretboard extension. Unfortunately, this resulted in a lot of annoying noise from the pick hitting the...
  2. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    It's not just Stu Mac, a lot of places are charging more for shipping. For the last two years I have noticed many places charging more. They are paying someone to pack the box or envelope and...
  3. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    I agree with your assessment of the eco choice of paper vs. bubble wrap. However, your admonishment of the writers dislike of Stew Macs shipping costs might be a little strong and certainly...
  4. Re: Stewmac shipping outrageously expensive and NOT eco-responsib

    Just so I understand this, throwing out paper that breaks down and goes away in a landfill is less eco-responsible than using a bubble wrap plastic product that will never break down in a landfill...
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    Old Ironsides

    Just stumbled down a rabbithole on youtube and have spent the last hour listening to the Navy band Country Current. Their bluegrass is really good, in particular I like this song:
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    My view, for me, is that one's second mandolin should be the very best that can be afforded (and appreciated), what ever that is. In other words, i do not believe, after the first mandolin where you...
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    Re: Wayne’s World of Mandolin Channel?

    Wayne just posted a pretty sweet video on the blues scale stuff and he jams on some really cool stuff too with a drum machine beat.
    Check out the Stanley mando he is playing too, pretty sweet sound...
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    Re: D'addario strings (Consistent breakage)

    Well, I would ask, who taught you to play mandolin? How did you learn to string a mandolin? Did you take lessons? You say you started playing 35 years ago, well before the internet went mainstream,...
  9. Don Stiernberg Trio, "It Could Happen to You"

    Every ten years or so I'll post some new videos to my ancient YouTube channel,page, (whatev) This one here is an old Burke/Van Heusen number, played by everybody from Bing Crosby to Miles Davis. If...
  10. Re: Trouble with open chords and open E string

    I don’t think there’s a “secret normal”.

    Playing clean chords on a fretted instrument is not easy in the beginning. I can remember vividly as a pre-teen learning to play my dad’s guitar. I had two...
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    Re: Howard and Jethro

    I've been a fan of Howard Levy since I don't know when, allthough it might have started when Jethro himself said "Donnie you know who the best mandlin player is? It's Howard Levy! I'm just glad he...
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    Downbeat Readers Poll

    If you subscribe to the free newsletter, you can vote. https://downbeat.com/readers-poll

    I wrote in Jethro Burns in the Hall of Fame category, and Don Stiernberg in the miscellaneous instrument...
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    Re: Garcia guitar Grisman mandolin

    You might like this album as well.
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    Chris Thile Livestream

    Chris Thile has a livestream concert this weekend on Sunday: https://www.caramoor.org/events/chris-thile-summer-20/

    I just saw this on his Instagram and thought I'd share!
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Now that the summer outdoor season is upon us, I bought a pair of those wrist sweat bands that basketball players use. I got the idea after a sweaty, 2-hour farmers market gig last summer, and just...
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    Many people are saying.
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    Re: Anybody know anything?

    I have some amazing fantastic people, they know everything. They've told me they know everything. And they're doing a fantastic job. Incredible job.
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    Re: Donations to the Cafe

    Thanks. Useful to know that the Cafe gets more money from one chunky donation than from lots of small continuing ones. In addition to a donation that I have made from a recent sale, and one that I...
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    Re: Donations to the Cafe

    We don't accept credit cards so do not have a single one on file for anyone. No desire to go down that road. PayPal charges a modest fee for a donation but it's just part of business, and it's a...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Yup, same here. Armrests on both of my F-style mandolins, in addition to pickguards and ToneGards. Keep my body parts from deadening the instrument. To my ears it works.

    And I do like that...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I love them. Never had one till I bought the Collings MT that came with one, now I have one on all of my mandolins. Keeps the edge of the mandolin from cutting into my arm, so it's a comfort thing,...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    Helps me keep my hand away from the bridge.
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    Mandolin Art

    Found this at Pinterest and had it enlarged to 12” 18”186822
  24. Experience Aids Creativity--Study of Jazz Guitarists

    Observing brain activity and comparing experts with novices, players' improvising was recorded and graded by other experts. The level of creativity was judged and compared with activity in left or...
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    Re: Good resources to learn arpeggios

    Looks like my account isn't hooked up to my email, or I haven't been checking it much the past week or so, thanks for the tips! I'll be sure to work it into my practice "routine"
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