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    Re: keeping the mando off your stomach

    What's essentially the same discussion is following two threads. On the other thread, entitled "tone guard" Mike Edgerton said: "Take your tenor and hold it up against your belly and face into a...
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    [QUOTE=jefflester;1757104]The Godin still has significant volume when played unplugged, might not be what you want for late night quiet practicing.


    Sorry, Zakry, Jeff is right. The Godin is loud...
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    Re: Recommendation for an electric?

    I'm happy with my Godin A8. Technically, it's an acoustic mandolin with a built-in electronic pickup. It's solid and long lasting, with a better sound than many mandolins of the same price, but it's...
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    Re: A novel thought. Pay the Artist

    Ditto for Canada.
    Don't know where I got this comic, Mandolin Cafe?

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    Oops, I didn't pay for it! :(
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    Re: Pinky independence

    I've been using Pete Martin's pinky exercises for a few weeks now, and find them quite helpful. My mandolin teacher noticed the difference.
    If the links don't work, search YouTube for "Mandolin...
  6. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    I'm with Jeff on this. However, bands with a goal of making money often feel that they have to offer something apart from what the regular musicians in their area do, e.g., outstanding playing or...
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    Re: Inexpensive starter mandolin advice needed

    And then someone says, "if you add a few hundred dollars to your absolute maximum price, you can buy the Acme Deluxe, which is a much better instrument."
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    Re: Flying with a mando

    Many moons ago, my wife was flying across the Atlantic with her fiddle in the luggage compartment. The fiddle was more or less in tune. The strings tightened further during the flight and snapped the...
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    Re: Doubling on Mandolin and Fiddle

    What you need is a fiddolin (this came up on Mandolin Cafe before). Watch closely when Wayne switches at 1:31, and you'll see that he has only one instrument. If the links don't work, search YouTube...
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    Re: Snacks for Super Bowl party

    Isn't "Super Bowl" somethingK-Tel used to advertise on late night TV? "You can eat from it! Mix in it! Store food in it! Wear it for a hat! Use it for haircuts!...!" I never understood why Americans...
  11. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    I'm glad it worked out, Heady. I came to mandolin from fiddle, so I understand what you're saying about chording. Unlike a great many mandolin players, I find if easier to pick tunes than to chord...
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    Re: Ottawa Mandolin Club Starting Up

    Hi, Jennifer.
    You may have seen Barry's reply on the other thread (Celtic, U.K., Nordic, Quebecois, European Folk). The group didn't work out for various recent (e.g., a small number of people with...
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    Re: Hard Times - Blues tabs?

    Three instructional books with tabs, from easiest to hardest, are: Joe Carr's School of Mandolin: Blues; Steve James's Roots and Blues Mandolin; and Rich DelGrosso's Mandolin Blues. DelGrosso's book...
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    Re: Del McCoury & Friends

    Thanks. I enjoyed that. Canned Heat based this song on "Bull Doze Blues" by Henry Thomas (1928). Canned Heat's flute replaced the quills, African-American panpipes. No mandolin on Thomas's version...
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    Re: Quite ill with a trach and a feeding tube

    Heal!
    All the best,
    Ranald
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    Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra video

    I was listening to CBC radio last night and was treated to a piece by the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra, which I didn't know existed. The orchesta seems to be oriented toward Ukrainian and other...
  17. Thread: Merlin dulcimer

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    Re: Merlin dulcimer

    I know this is an old thread, but if anyone's still interested, Merlin prints books for under $10. Books 3 & 4 are Christmas carols, and an earlier one contains French-Canadian folk tunes. I bought a...
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    For lots of material on and links to blues mandolin, check out the Blues Mando group: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=99
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    Re: Why So Few Resonator Mandolins?

    I'm with Jeff. I can't really justify buying another mandolin at this point, already having an acoustic, an acoustic with with a pre-amp, and a banjolin, which I find especially good for older blues...
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    Re: Acoustic Engineer

    And how does Casey Jones fit into the discussion?

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    Come all you rounders, if you wanna hear
    The story 'bout a brave engineer.
    Casey Jones was the rounder's name,
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    Re: Acoustic Engineer

    I'm a folklorist, who studied hard for a couple of decades, attended numerous lectures by experts in the subject, read and was examined on a great many books and essays, went through three days of...
  22. Re: I registered for a group class and am getting nervous

    I admire the steps you're subjecting yourself to in order to learn. I've felt nervous in group lessons too. The stage between beginner and intermediate is a difficult one. You either take a class...
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    Re: Country and Blues

    Thanks for the tip. I've been practicing this afternoon, and found that following Chuck's technique gives me a better sound -- which isn't surprising. I saw "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" many moons...
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    Re: Country and Blues

    For electric-mandolin blues, check out Yank Rachell, Johnny Young, Rich Del Grosso, and Lino Muio (for a start) on YouTube.
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    Re: Greek strings

    Thanks, Greg. I always like getting more musical and cultural education, and I enjoyed the music, especially all those cousins-of-mandolins played by masterful musicians. I grew up partly in...
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