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    Re: Fingering Technique

    Whatever gets you where you want to go, with the goal that you're still in good position to play whatever comes next.
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    Yeah, when I hit a rough place I find it helpful to slow down, analyze my fingering and try to discover the most efficient way to solve whatever issue I'm having, even if it means playing or starting...
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    If you have one, I can't think of a good reason not to use your pinky.
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    Re: Changed back to nickel-silver frets

    I think it's way more likely that sometimes our perception is deceptive.

    Humans are funny creatures, we can be biased in all kinds of ways that are not apparent to us, that may not even seem...
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    Re: Orville Gibson in sartorial splendor

    A man after the late Craig Sager's heart . . .
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    Re: Piccolo Mandolin Building Project

    Something funky going on between the tailpiece and the bridge on that one . . . but I'd love to hear what it sounds like.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    I have "worked up" solos. I don't write them down, but if they're good (or if they have good parts) I memorize them so I can play them again. YMMV
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Sonic, you wouldn't be in the UK, would you? "Sycamore" in the UK refers to Acer pseudoplatanus whereas in the US that tree would be called Sycamore maple (still a confusing common name).

    Plain...
  9. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    John, I think you might find that a better player who has put it the time to develop their touch above the 14th fret might actually appreciate the narrower fretwire up there. I certainly appreciate...
  10. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    My Hamlett A has regular size frets 1 - 14 and narrow frets 15 - 22. I don't remember noticing the difference until after I had owned it for awhile, probably because I don't routinely play up that...
  11. Thread: New Frets!

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    Re: New Frets!

    Good to hear - my '21 A2 needs a refret and I was wondering if SS fretwire came in that teeny size.

    I was also wondering if I should stick to that size or go with "normal" size SS frets. I don't...
  12. Thread: Mahogany Neck.

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    Re: Mahogany Neck.

    If you have a jack plane, Chris Schwarz is your friend. Tune it, get a spare iron so you can have one for rough work and one for jointing, shape the rough iron with a 8" - 10" radius and the iron...
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    Re: Kudos to our administrators and moderators

    Excellence is no accident; there is no doubt that all the folks who administer and moderate this site work hard to keep it that way. That they manage to do it so elegantly and nearly invisibly is a...
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    Re: One Mandolin - forever...

    I don't foresee getting rid of my Hamlett A or my '21 A2 (especially since I FINALLY solved the buzzing issue with that old pick guard). I absolutely love the sonic differences they afford and have...
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    Re: Condino Brazilian rosewood mandolin #164

    I dig the wood binding and especially the ribs and non bound Braz back. I want to see more of that unfinished neck!
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    Re: The Hollies - Look Through Any Window

    So last night I watched S1E4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (and one of the things I really like about this series is the music - wide ranging, excellent production values, consistently makes me want...
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    Re: Steve Winwood "Back in the high life again"

    It's in the key of D on the record, and not shockingly, he does it in C in the video. It's crazy high to sing it in D, even if you're Stevie Winwood and you once did.
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    Re: The Hollies - Look Through Any Window

    So by the time of this clip (1965) they must've been either strongly influenced by the Beatles or managed by someone who encouraged a similar look. Never could get used to the jackets without...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I had this revelation also on guitar, and it has really enriched my musical life. I was copying some of George Harrison's fills and licks off Sargent Pepper (the bit following Bil - ly Shears that...
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    Re: Gibson F-9 repair project

    Aluminum saddle? Interesting
  21. Re: Appendectomy: Trust Your Gut (some mandolin content)

    I know from experience that toughing it out can be a bad mistake, and STILL my boneheaded will triumphs (at least temporarily) over common sense when it comes to a trip to the ER . . .
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    In addition to playing (or playing with) the melody, I shamelessly steal ideas, licks, phrases from others. Not only mandolin, but any instrument. Fiddlers can be a huge source of musical ideas...
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    Re: Post a picture of what's on your bench?

    Osage orange neck?

    Very nice
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    Re: Old photos - a hodgepodge of musicians - folkies +

    And somehow I can't help but see Keith on the back of the Stones album in Dylan's left hand . . .
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    Re: Hazelnut tree wood

    Redbud wood is fairly heavy and hard, in my experience. I'll be interested to hear your experience when you cut those logs . . .
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