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  1. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    I sometimes check that forum. Good info!

    Many of the modern Chinese instruments have mechanical tuners that still look like the old simple wooden pegs but have hidden gears.
  2. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    Quite true!



    I certainly agre that lack of technique definitely limits expression on a musical instrument.

    Technique is a means to a musical end.
  3. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Probably so.
  4. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Oh, this it this shape - cool, those are usually decently made. No specific decal under the tailpiece/bridge area as in the pic?

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/WzkAAOSwdndd95h6/s-l400.jpg

    enjoy!
  5. Thread: LiuQin

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    Re: LiuQin

    Congrats, Jim, I think you'll be just as happy - if not happier - with a ruan than a liuqin. Both work as "Chinese mandolins" but the ruan has a larger soundbox, and yours looks like a good...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    That's right, I guess I forgot about the Ab bop versions.
  7. Thread: Pick Question

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    Re: Pick Question

    One other issue is the stiffness of the material used.

    I prefer a .73 or so Ultex or Ultem, with a sharp point. It's very stiff, though.
  8. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    I don't recommend tuning a mandolin up. That's just my opinion, though - technically you could use under gauged strings and tune it up. I'd use a capo first, and I rarely use capos.

    I have tuned...
  9. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    True...but mandolin is made to be played in ANY and ALL keys.

    Now, if your arrangement needs particular open strings, a capo may make sense.
  10. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    You guys make good points:

    Any playable mandolin is OK to learn on.

    Bowlbacks are wonderful instruments, but need a bit of special care.

    You can play any style of music on any sort of...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    Almost all the horn jazz bands I worked with (including decades in New Orleans) played the tune in F, beginning on a D7 chord.

    Many string bands - including Gypsy jazz groups - play it in G,...
  12. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    Just to show what was the way to hold a mandolin in the old bowlback-era books:

    https://www.themandolintuner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Holding-the-mandolin.jpg

    Plus, one can stand and...
  13. Thread: Old Mandolin

    by DavidKOS
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    Re: Old Mandolin

    just the order I typed them



    It's not playable at all.



    Mike's right, no way to get that to play.
  14. Re: Should a Beginner use a Marco Rebora Mandolin?

    Oh, wow, I get to go first...

    Well, I am in the minority of folks on this forum that love bowlback mandolins. I tend to play more Italian and other music rather than the style on the video, but...
  15. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    Mike, that's why I wanted to know the real string height at the 12th fret. Like you, I've seen too many bowlbacks with a solid neck to body connection - but the neck and block had shifted enough to...
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    great advice, but there are a couple possible issues with that too:

    Not all "experienced players" agree on what is proper technique

    You have the exceptional players that can play well in spite...
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    Re: Hornpipe rhythm

    I guess that's similar to "strict tempo" playing?
  18. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    It looks like a very rough home repair - which is why I asked about the playability, as that repair is a red flag, as JeffD pointed out correctly.

    Since you are not a player, perhaps you could...
  19. Thread: Old Mandolin

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    Re: Old Mandolin

    How is the neck? Is the action comfortable to play? just curious....
  20. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    So, you must like Zydeco and Cajun music, imported to New Orleans by our Cajun country cousins.
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    Re: Santa Lucia, mandolin quartet (with score)

    "Santa Lucia" may be a cliche tune, but that's because it is a great, memorable melody. Sorry we disagree, Rob.
  22. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    Yes, it means it is not built like my Vietnamese "French" style mandolin seen in my avatar pic.
  23. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    I worked at Lark in the Morning (the original one) for over 15 years, and have taught at Lark Camp since 1991. I've played a lot of Irish bouzoukis, 4 and 5 course, long and short scale, and heard...
  24. Re: Old, quite unique flatback. Does anyone know anything about

    Does it also have a second lining inside the side f holes?
  25. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    You didn't ask about Greek bouzouki players...like me.
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