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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    Well most that I have had or played look at least as good as they sound. The one exception would be the Michael Kelly F style Octave, which looked totally cool but was toneless ( or I at least could...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I agree with lowtone2, Bill Monroe was a great a mandolin player, and technically his stuff has its challenges. I suppose on the Cleveland thing I've been at plenty of jams where I could not keep up...
  3. Re: Creating a solo video with my own backing track

    There are some simple android apps for field recordings (J4T Multitrack is pretty good) that let you overdub, good for sketching ideas, even if that is how to play a simple tune. might be worth a...
  4. Re: Advice needed for complement to my Weber Gallatin F Mandolin

    interestingly enough I have both mandola and octave as Gallatin and Yellowstone, and I must say when played together the two have very complimentary tone, especially in the Yellowstones
    I agree the...
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    Re: Mandocello Wikipedia

    Thanks but it does mention players, notably Mike Marshall and Radm Zenkle,
    MMQ Ostroushko and the Blakes ( not mentioned) certainly had put out a lot of mandocello music ( arguably more than...
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    Re: The Discipline Era Transcriptions

    cool - I loved "I Advanced Masked" - and remember watching the video on MTV- thinking - "this is awesome" but never going after the album, the second Fripp and Summers I wasn't so crazy about.
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    The Discipline Era Transcriptions

    Just got this in the mail

    191413

    They have one staff line for each, Belew, Fripp, Levin,

    they even have Bruford's percussion notated out .

    I'd like to try Discipline with mandolins...
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    Mandocello Wikipedia

    I see Wikipedia now has an official mandocello page,

    Wikipedia Mandocello

    so the rumors are true, they do exist!

    However I think the list of 20th Century players of note could be expanded...
  9. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    I don't necessarily play classical all that much, but I do find the foot stand useful for anything bigger than a mandolin, and sometimes use it for the mandolin.
    I think my angle is more horizontal,...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    I never really thought about it when I was into guitar, but when I started playing mandolin, seemed the pick had more tone effect

    Dunlop Prime tone 1.5 sculpted is my go to these days, 1.4 is good...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    reading through this some of this, Yes, it makes a huge difference if you engage the audience while performing, its ok to look at the instrument just don't stay glued to it, I had a bad habit of not...
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    Re: Resetting Expectations on Quality

    It does amaze me the difference in tone and playability $1000 dollars will make, you do find this with other instruments, but to me it seems very pronounced in mandolin, of course the wood 'quality"...
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    Chuck very cool - great playing ( by all) on a wonderful Bob Abrams (hats off) creation.

    nice nice nice tone on that dola!
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    Re: Tony Rice and Norman Blake live

    I was there!
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    My original attempt at OM back about 25 years ago now, was converting an ovation guitar with a hole in the plastic back to an 8 string with banjo tuners added to the head, and customized bridge.
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    Good point Eric, Tony Rice pretty much used the same guitar for most of his recording / performance career ( tone poems a noticeable exception), John Reichman pretty much sticks to his Loar though I...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    catmandu2 no harm! no censorship! The aspiring kodger in me loves to spout opinions based on nothing but personal bias!
    I was a guitar player for a long time and I moved to mandolin (partly)...
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    Re: Mandolin Tuned as a Mandola

    its not really worth the experimentation, get a low cost dola or an octave and capo the 5th fret.
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    I think you are talking to the "wrong crowd" suggesting mandolins are limited in scope of applicability. I have 3 guitars, I almost never play them, I have 12 mando type instruments varying from...
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    Amanda - While I don't keep a regular journal, I also make spread sheets of tunes I am working on or want to work on, or simply those I have in the bag, I found playing with a group you instantly...
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    Re: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    Love that John McCutcheon Album, "if I was a FeatherBed" needs more air time
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Bob Clark I agree, while playing fast usually involves repetitious practice, playing slow "expressively" really take either an innate voice or years and years of experience playing and performing...
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    Re: Mandela to Octave Mandolin

    People claim octave mandolin tuning will work on 19" scale , but I believe you really need 20" minimum to get good harmonics

    The Celtic Star octave/mandolas (19") claim to work at either but I...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Arpeggio Workout

    i highly recommend it - i only wish the jam along tracks were longer in duration
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    Re: Which Mr. Grisman song is this?

    "Dawgmatism" off of DGQ 80' album - I believe there is plenty of tab out there for it ? Really nice chord progression in that.

    couldn't find the original on line but there is Dawgwood version and...
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