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  1. Re: Campanella two-point (How to make an accent on due?)

    I bought a mando online whose E strings hardly sounded. Following the advice of several people here at the cafe, I took it to a luthier and had him fiddle with the nut.

    Now it plays just fine.
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    Re: Picks

    Ugh! I've tried and tried, but I just cannot stop using the pencil-style guitar-player's grip and get used to the mandolin monkey-clutch.

    I'll give a big triangle another try, but, oh, man, mando...
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    Re: Picks

    PS - This past week I've been using a Dunlop Dawg (mellow) and a Dunlop 1.0 Big Stubby (snappy) a lot. So far, of all the flatpicks I've tried, I like them best. Comfortable, and the tips stay aimed...
  4. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    Patient: Doctor, you gotta help me! I can't get a date!

    Doctor: You're ugly.

    Patient: I want a second opinion!

    Doctor: Okay. You're stupid, too.
  5. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    A: Playing mando makes me smart.
    B: Being smart makes me play mando.
    C: My mando playing will drive you away if you're smart.
    D: Your mando playing makes my ears smart.
    E: None of the above.
    F:...
  6. Re: Here's why you are an amazing mandolin picker but still dumb

    Never trust a writer who uses "postively impacts."*

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    *Much less "meta-"!
  7. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    I'm picturing a geese frat party.

    Not pretty.
  8. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    Same here. (See #7.)

    I throw myself into it. The wannahears and don't-wannahears sort themselves out promptly
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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    I'm with Bruce and Jeff. Fat, heavy strings give me a warm, mellow sound. Thinner, lighter picks sound brighter and more sparkly. So the choice depends on you're taste, the tune you're playing, and...
  10. Thread: Who?

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    Re: Who?

    If you like Pete Stampfel you'll love me.
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    It clearly can be done. Great examples above. But to me, piano and acoustic guitar are the only instruments that sound complete played solo.

    I once heard Paul Simon play "Sounds of Silence" solo...
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    Re: Which bridge?

    Thanks, gang! That helps.
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    Which bridge?

    I bought an old oval-A Gibson Junior recently. It needs a bridge. I'm thinking of either a Stewmac or a Cumberland Acoustics.

    There's a big price difference. Is there a big sound difference?
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    Re: Picks

    I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but with mandolin much more than guitar, different picks have different sounds. Thick, heavy picks are warm and mellow, thin, light picks are bright and...
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    Re: Picks

    =o•
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    Re: Picks

    I've tried a lot of mando picks: big, small, fat, thin, triangle, teardrop.

    What I like using best: one Dunlop medium plastic thumb pick and two Dunlap .15 mm nickel finger picks. Faster tremolo,...
  17. Re: Any other Big Muddy owners out there?

    My second mando was a rosewood Mid-Missouri. Wonderful, magical instrument. But I don't keep instruments forever. Now I have a couple of other cool mandos and will probably sell one within the year....
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    Re: Trip to Nashville

    Was there a few years ago. The Nudie suits at the Hall of Fame and the poster shop across the hall are fun. But you're right: Downtown is an overcrowded ghost town.

    Artisans sold me a defective...
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: What I don't know could fill a book. Thanks!

    In fairness to me, "won't often," isn't "won't ever." Now skyooz me while I give those links a listen. . . .
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Try mountain music. Same notes, but not as many.

    Bluegrass is to folk what death metal is to rock. Loud, fast, and relentless. Kentucky has racehorses, the rest of Appalachia had work horses. The...
  21. Re: What if I bought the wrong instrument?

    You're probably a Myers Briggs P, a perceiver. I am, too. We're the kind who like browsing but often regret buying. Other people, J's (judges), make fast decisions and feel good about getting them...
  22. Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    PS - Just found your post above and see you took my advice before I gave it. Good going. Enjoy!
  23. Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    When I'm given (gifted?) an instrument, I just say thanks, keep it, and enjoy it.

    If you're worried about scratching it with your nails, a pick, or picks (is your strumming really that brutal?),...
  24. Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Tell that to my sister's crowd. She lives in North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Once when I was visiting her, she took me to the local Saturday morning jam. Four or five guys had capos on...
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    Re: Economy or alternate picking

    I think so, too. On a squareneck guitar, if I remember right, raking is damping all but the final, highest note. Doing it hard and loud is called an angry rake.
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