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  1. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    i would suggest checking out Bob Smakula's shop in WVa also. a well regarded shop that does rehab on old instruments and it gives you something with built in mojo, but plays as nice as a modern made...
  2. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    I'd always vote for a 19 fret tenor banjo meself - I started out playing 17 fret tenors and once I switched to 19 fret I far preferred the string tension on them and I find it facilitates playing...
  3. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    Great to witness your journey!

    Slight tweak… changing the strings doesn’t keep the tuners working well. It’s the strings themselves. They have a lifespan and eventually don’t stay stretched to...
  4. Re: Tips on getting more volume out of a 3 week old Mando?

    There is a way to determine if a ToneGard will be of any benefit. Sit or stand facing into a corner of the room, like you were being punished. This way you hear more of what the audience hears. Play...
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    Re: Porch Pride

    I swear I read that Jesus said to love everyone.
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    A tip thatís helping my clarity and speed

    Iím pretty excited, so I wanted to share this. Everybody has different ways they like to do things. I just wanted to share what is really working for me.

    Iíve only been playing about 6 mos. I...
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    Re: Reading music

    Alfred's Learn to Play Mandolin will simultaneously teach you to read music and learn the fret board as well as muscle memory on your fret hand.
    As per my humble opinion, and surely many here will...
  8. Re: Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    Hey Mark,

    "A bit long-winded" yep - sometimes I don't know when to shut up ;)

    Thanks for wading into it - there really is a lot of useful stuff mixed in with the BS.

    And here's some...
  9. Re: Shout-out for Duke Sharp's Garageband Theory book

    Thank you Tim, that's high praise! Very glad to hear you're enjoying it, and I very much appreciate you taking the time to say it in this forum!

    My name is on the cover but I got loads of help...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    Here’s a little musescore trick.

    If you want the TAB for an abc file that you are going to import into musescore do this first:

    Using Plugins -> ABC import: paste the abc file into the window....
  11. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    It would be remiss not to mention "Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza" Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Buck White, Bobby Osborne, Jessie McReynolds, Ricky Skaggs, Frank Wakefield & Del McCoury.
    & the...
  12. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Mike Marshall and Chris Thile “Live Duets” is pretty awesome.
  13. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    These might be hard to find, but they are my favorites:
    "Little River Stomp" by the Buckhannon Brothers
    "Old Time Mandolin Music" by Clyde Curley and the Oxymorons
    "Mandolin the Cow Camp" by Skip...
  14. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    There are, of course, so many to choose from. But what came first to mind for me are:

    1. David Grisman Quintet - I bought my first mandolin immediately after hearing this debut classic.
    2. Back...
  15. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Manzanita - Tony Rice
    Anything Grisman
    Gator Strut - Mike Marshall
    Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza - This is a who's who of the earlier generation of pickers. ALL mando except Del on rhythm.
    In...
  16. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Led Zeppelin IV
    R.E.M. Green
    Garcia/Grisman
    Cowboy Junkies The Caution Horses
    David Grisman Quintet(first album)
    Bill Monroe and Doc Watson /Live Recordings 1963-1980
    Butch Baldassari, John...
  17. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    Anything by Bill Monroe but otherwise, “Tides of a Teardrop” by Mandolin Orange.
  18. Re: What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I too love classic country and honky tonk. I mostly play that on doghouse bass, but for great mandolin recordings I always recommend Bela Fleck's 1987 recording "Drive". Sam's playing on there is as...
  19. What are your favorite albums featuring mandolin?

    I have many that are amongst my favorites. The genre of music I most currently enjoy playing and listening to is 40’s and 50’s country & honkey tonk and I try to listen to all the great mandolin...
  20. Re: Getting Small Chubby Hand/Wrist to Reach Around

    Check out Mike Marshall on Mandolin Tips on you tube.
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    Free PDF's of Technical Exercises

    In the spirit of helping each other get through this period of increasing downtime and decreasing income, the pdf's at Mando Scales are now free.

    (And, if you get a few down enough that you want...
  22. Re: Sirius Radio Replaced Bluegrass station 62 with 24/7 Dolly Pa

    If you have Amazon Prime, there are several bluegrass stations in Amazon Music that you can listen to if you have bluetooth in your vehicle.
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    Re: Mandolin or Keyboard?

    Storing laundry on a keybaord! What a waste! That is what banjos are for.
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    Re: Fingerboard Diagram

    Here is a way I suggest for folks to learn the names of the notes on an instrument:

    First, you need to learn all 12 note names in music.
    A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb...
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    Re: Fingerboard Diagram

    Here's my chart that shows the intervals of the major scale in all 12 keys. Everything that can be played can be analized using it.
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