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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Bach on 5-string mini-cello (redundant?)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbH3JYfRjOQ
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks for listening.

    The key is body size, in my experience. Tom Buchanan's acoustic 10-string is 14.25" scale but substantially larger than his 8-string mandolins. A smaller body does have more...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    I feel that with half the string length, doubled strings are an obvious way to go. Eight is not enough, though. Here's a couple of tunes with my Almuse 10-string, a Beck cover and an original, from...
  4. Re: Stiff right elbow after much tremelo - what am I doing wrong?

    Ideally, tremolo should come from the wrist, but if you need a fast one, arm tends to join in. Some of us are faster than others, and perhaps don't chase a fast tremolo, instead try for grace,
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    Thile uses a closed fist but holds the pick high on the shoulder, which gives him reach. Brazilians are more likely to use the fingertip grip -- Dudu Maia explained he changed his grip from the more...
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    Re: Amplification

    Any EQ will be fine. What was your approach to using a Fishman bridge? Results depend heavily on the EQ/amplfication string, and also the performing context.
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    Re: Amplification

    K & K can yield a nice tone on some instruments, but that is a contact piezo that is placed on the top, near the bridge (inside or outside), but won't give you freedom from feedback to the extent an...
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    Re: Amplification

    Undersaddle is the way to go in a loud band, but no pickup is like a microphone, that is, a good representation of the acoustic tone. So you need capable multi-band EQ. I recommend the Boss GE-7. For...
  9. Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Bob would offer the record store as a venue, and I played there in the mid-2000s with Zach Brock, promoting a jazz fiddle recording I produced with Zach. Bob offered us a contract, which we accepted....
  10. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    "Beatles '65" made me want to play pop music, complicating my classical-music progress.

    It was a couple of years before I figured out how to play Lennon's opening guitar part in "I Feel Fine".
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    There is a reason violins don't have varnished necks, just sealer. Chin rests help holding a violin but originally were to protect the varnish.

    Folks who play occasionally may never cause much...
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    Re: How high do you go

    My Buchanan 10-string stops at 17, and I rarely use even that, 15 being the likely limit. Even on my 20-fret electric I rarely use even the 15. More likely I'll use 13 for a high F on a jazz tune,...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    I feel like I should be able to come up with several, but am not succeeding. Gloria is close. More than one song uses that sequence. The Four Tops' "Reach Out" uses the minor V instead of the VII,...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Dudu Maia writes choros, and his "Simples Assim" is fine work from his trio. But he released a music-minus-one collection of Jacob choros, both performed by him and with mandolin absent. "Viva Jacob...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Hamilton released a fine album of all Jacob choros, with a mix of other instruments joining him. He uses a 10-string mandolin made for Jacob, which is a sweeter tone than his Ribiero, to my ears.
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    Re: Some help with electronics please

    At the McDonald's, open your email with your phone and download the zip file. Then, the PDFs and zip can be transferred directly to the tablet using AirDrop, an Apple feature by which the devices...
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    Re: Gibson doubleneck

    Oy, cringeworthy demonstration by doofus with obligatory backwards ball cap. Demonstrations of electric guitars don't try to play Doc Watson fiddle tunes on them, typically just piling on overdrive...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I think the main reason worm-over is the common setup is it offers more room for left hand when playing in the low frets. It moves the tuner button farther away, while keeping peg shafts as close as...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Sitting too high in the nut seems certain. Try the visual deflection test I suggested. It should look about the same, whether you are fretting from open to first fret, or (holding down first fret)...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Nut looks high to me. If you have a feeler gauge the clearance at the first fret for the C pair should be around .010" or so. Visually, observe what deflection you see when holding down the first...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    The bridge could, I presume, be angled more. But the effect of bridge location is mainly in the higher frets, while the first few frets are barely affected. Much more likely a cause is too high nut...
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    Re: Dialing in live sound-monitors, mics etc

    Why not continue using the dynamic mic for the house sound but a pickup for your own monitoring? The JJB contact piezo is very inexpensive.

    (Personally I use an undersaddle pickup, careful...
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    Re: Mandolin world vs fiddle world

    Steel strings, like the wire E all violinists use, require fine tuners. Even fiber-core strings like Dominant can benefit.
    That said, there are pegs carried in metal sleeve bearings one can install....
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    Re: Gear for Electric Mandolin

    Lots of love here for Quilter amps like the (admittedly pricey) MicroPro. I played through one at a jam with my electric and was impressed. I used the overdrive channel for a smidge of clipping,...
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    Re: Any Café Members in Northern Virginia?

    If you insure it for a substantial amount UPS will bury it in a nest of bubble wrap and it will arrive in perfect condition. I've shipped guitars with them. Four mandolins from England arrived at my...
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