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  1. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    Thanks, Jim, you were right. The teacher e-mailed me back and said not to worry and he'll have sheet music to hand out :) I can handle anythi... scratch that. I can handle a lot, if you give me...
  2. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    Wow - you're a big help :) I did it. I'll let you know what happens - thank you sooooo much.
  3. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    Good idea, Jim. Just sent an e-mail describing my background and fears and feeling for ways to prepare. Couldn't find the actual instructor, but 2 people listed as working in "education". Gave...
  4. I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    So... I listen to the supposed "Scandinavian" channel on Pandora. It's got about 1 Hardanger fiddle song per hour, and the rest of Irish and Celtic. I'm 50% Norwegian, 0% Irish but my inlaws are...
  5. Re: Nordic/Finnish/Swedish folk music recommendation

    I love these ladies:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnmzefUICOZxKpDTdOjUHqvP9_651Nx6t
  6. Re: Why are good mandolins more expensive than good guitars?

    On the plus side, for $15 I can get 8 fresh strings that make my Walmart Special sound great, while for $120 I can get 4 viola strings that only sound marginally better, but I eventually anyway...
  7. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    I won't go so far as to say "fixed" but I improved the worse of the 2 and left the others.

    I probably didn't need to, I left it alone almost 20 hrs and both were spot on in tune.

    And yes, it's...
  8. Re: Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it rui

    Wow - so much help! Thanks everyone :)
  9. Amateurish string change execution - can I keep, or is it ruined?

    Last June I did my first string change. I was very skittish and it took days, and a group peptalk from forumites.

    I watched a video to refresh myself, then jumped in.

    It was much easier BUT I...
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    Re: Again with the picks

    Not sure where to ask this, but sure it doesn't warrant a new thread, so...

    Does anyone know where to find the length/width (not thickness) of picks? I have 2 that I love, but 1 is very small and...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    New from Amazon: ...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    I picked up a viola in 1983 and just discovered the mandolin about a year ago, so be careful. If you encourage me I'll go back to confusing myself with a new new instrument and I finally got the...
  13. Thread: "Powerful/Loud!"

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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    I had been a really great viola player and loved my super loud viola. I took a long hiatus while getting my career established ("day job" not music related). I pulled it out about 6 months ago and...
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    Re: Forgive me....for I have sinned.....

    When I discovered there's a tenor banjo and that this thing is tuned like a viola, it was hard to resist the impulse to find and try one. So far so good.
  15. Re: What's the weirdest MUSICAL thing you've ever done?

    idk if this is weird, but 30 years ago at orchestra camp my quartet coach gave us Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - we were insulted. She said if we proved it was beneath us she'd give us something better. ...
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    Re: Nirvana/Temple of the Dog?

    So the Temple of the Dog song is easy as Stompbox suggested - but I don't like what I've done with it so far (that bass note sounds like it's under a blanket) and think this might be my first foray...
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    Re: Nirvana/Temple of the Dog?

    Thanks for the encouragement - found a couple of easy versions online for guitar - and I can read enough music to fake it from there - figured I'd share:
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    Nirvana/Temple of the Dog?

    I'm looking to play "In Bloom" (more like Sturgill Simpson than Nirvana) or "Hunger Strike". I'm kind of a crummy singer, but I can sing those songs so I thought I'd try to play along.

    Does...
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    Thanks - since I'm not close to ready for a better instrument anyway - I'm going to take the thoughts shared here (by you, Markus, some others) and drop the passage with the 5-lines above the staff...
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    Thanks, Markus, maybe I'll look for a chunk of the passage that can be brought down an octave without sounding abrupt.
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    Jeff D - I think it's set up right - my teacher is the tech at the shop so he's tweaked the bridge before when I was having trouble tuning. Whether it required something minor that he could do in...
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    Re: Very high notes on a budget instrument

    I'll try, but he's not a bowed instrument guy. Mainly guitar, but I've only played a year, so he's my guy. I'm mentally up to this because *I'm* the viola player, so I didn't need to learn to read...
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    Very high notes on a budget instrument

    My teacher gave me a Paganini violin piece with make believe notes (5 ledger lines, lol, he's lost his mind). He's not expecting me to get through it any time soon. In fact, I won't have a lesson for...
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    Re: f-hole/oval/hybrid question

    I understood a little of this and then googled a bunch of terms from it - so thanks - I learned something :) (still don't understand it all but understand a good deal and learned something - it's...
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    f-hole/oval/hybrid question

    Hi.

    I am just curious about jargon - this question is of no immediate consequence to me. I tried searching the forums and couldn't find the answer.

    I see people looking for F4/F5 "hybrid"...
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