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  1. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    A long time ago. I was in high school band. Playing woodwinds.

    Socially, guys were getting more attention if they played guitar. It was the time between playing Neil Young and playing James...
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    Re: Late Night Trashy Mandolin Music

    I keep a notebook of tunes that I write out as soon as I have learned them. I bring it with me to most jams. Late Night Trashy Mandolin Music is the cover title of the notebook.
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    As I understand your question, the audience is composed of folks not familiar with the musics that naturally feature a mandolin. My experience is that unless you know the three chord versions of the...
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    Re: Buy without trying

    :)

    If we ever meet up I will get the first round of adult beverages.
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    Re: Buy without trying

    I think you have a good strategy, keeping to trusted sources.

    I would totally disagree with two points you have made. I comment because I would like to give everyone who reads this thread...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    I think the answer to most of the questions quoted here is to get an coach (tutor, teacher, instructor) to help. We are living in a golden age of access to great teaching, from anywhere in the world,...
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    Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    When I do not feel motivated I check in with my philosophy.

    Am I comparing myself with others, instead of comparing myself with where I was?
    Do i have some kind of crazy idea a of an...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    I learn classical music from the sheet music. I do not think learning a classical tune is the same as memorizing a classical tune. Learning the tune means I can play it well from the music.

    I...
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    Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Go to a jam and play with other people.
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    Re: Learning to play with one less finger

    I had a similar experience with a different finger.

    At a certain point I was experiencing excruciating pain in my index finger and the back of my hand, and upper wrist, after playing only for an...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I think we really need to distinguish between a jam, and a performance ensemble.

    The distinction I make is that the primary purpose of participants in a jam is and aught to be: playing music with...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    double post
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    First off: the standard bluegrass chords are not always the most beautiful sounding way to play the chord.

    That said: If the person is playing all strings two finger chords it means he/she is...
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    If it is of any interest or helpful, the first fiddle tunes I learned were, in particular order.

    Over the Waterfall
    Liberty
    Petronella
    Old French
    St. Anne's Reel
    Morpath Rant
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    Re: the first 3 tunes you learned?

    I took up the mandolin, not so much to be a mandolinner, but because it was distinctly not a guitar. Lots of my friends at the time were going guitar, and I have always been a contrarian.

    The...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    I treat arm rests like pick guards. If the original instrument as designed has one, I keep it on. If it doesn't, I don't add one.

    Some of the arm rests are such beautiful pieces of art I worry...
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    Re: What are you playing the blues on?

    National RM-1
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I hold it pretty much the way Mike Marshall says in his iconic "on mandolin tips" video.

    I have tried slanting the instrument a little forward as well, and that makes a great difference. I was...
  19. Thread: Why use capo?

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    Re: Why use capo?

    To me it is like a fire extinguisher in a car. Having a fire extinguisher in your car is a good idea. Having a car that needs a fire extinguisher, not so good.

    Using a capo is great. Having to use...
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    Re: Four Finger Chop Chords and the Pain!

    I avoid four finger chop chords where they provide no advantage. I play three finger chords (one open string) and I can chop them, and I play double stops.

    My theory is that I am not responsible...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    A set of skills and a mindset combined in me and propelled me to much greater musicality.

    The skill set were fairly pedestrian things. Volume control and dynamics, paralleling the speed of my...
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    Re: Wide Nut Mandolin

    I would try someone's wide nut mandolin and see if it makes any difference at all to you.
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    Re: Are tenor guitars slightly evil?

    Slightly?

    I think tenor guitars have a niche, and I sometimes wonder if it is a niche for those who play mandolin who did not come from a guitar background, and secretly or not so secretly want to...
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    Re: Arm rest. Y or N?

    It protects the finish of the instrument, especially in the summer when we wear short sleeves. I use a terry cloth wrist band like tennis players use, worn a little higher up my left arm. Works the...
  25. Thread: Grommets

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    Re: Grommets

    If you want to see if grommets will make any difference, try a piece of leather for a week. If it doesn't make a difference, neither will grommets. If it changes anything, grommets will change the...
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