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  1. Finding a teacher when you have very specific musical interests

    Background: I bought my first mandolin about 8-9 years ago, learned my way around the fretboard on my own, then finally signed up for private lessons almost a year ago (early quarantine). My...
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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    I've tried the M100, M150, M200, and Dipper in 1.2 mm. I like the asymmetrical design of the Dipper, because you have both a sharp point and a more rounded point on the same pick. I plan to order the...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    Yeah, to add to Medley12's comments, I would say shape, edge, and material are all just as important as thickness. Try a bunch, and if you change what kind of strings you're using, try em all again!
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I'll have to check out that Acrylux; I hardly ever stray from Dunlop.

    I had a similar reaction to the Americana. What a bizarre pick! It is quite thick, but then it tapers off substantially. The...
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I picked up one of the basic Cumberland armrests recently, having never used an armrest before. I play seated and use my forearm to steady the instrument. Going in, I thought the armrest would...
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    I've been curious about octaves for a while now. I play mostly classical/baroque, and I would love to try out some cello transcriptions on an octave. (Why OM instead of mandocello, you didn't ask?...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I just tried the Wegen Dipper in 1.2 mm, and it's pretty great! I'll probably try it in 1.4 as well.

    I've also tried all three thicknesses of the Wegen "mandolin" picks (M100, M150, and M200), but...
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    No need to buy packs of three. I order individual picks through Strings by Mail.

    I've tried out a lot of different picks, and every time I try new strings, I go through all my picks again to get a...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

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    I'm almost finished with this first round of strings, and I decided to broaden the scope of my comparison. I took into consideration some of the recommendations made here (i.e. Curt Mangan...
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    Re: Classical mandolin album library list

    Not a mandolin album, but I think MCers will appreciate this one:

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    I revisited it this morning, and I was just blown away. It's a really good time :)
  11. Re: Telemann - Con Tenerezza from TWV 41:D3

    Do you have any recommended texts on realizing basso continuo parts? There are so many pieces written for melody + bc, and it would be fun to try those out as a mandolinist with a keyboardist,...
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    Re: Stupid string question

    I just restrung my oval hole with La Bella silvers yesterday, and I also hated them at first. I think they're starting to open up, so I can't really tell which way it's gonna go.

    In my experience,...
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    Re: Violinist- New to Mandolin- Any Advice?

    I second the recommendation for Eastman oval holes, as well as the recommendation for trying out a bunch of picks of varying shapes and thicknesses. Strings by Mail lets you purchase picks...
  14. Re: Skill Progression/Benchmarks, MAS and Instrument Upgrades

    I bought my first mandolin about eight years ago. It was kind of an impulse buy, and it was maybe the second cheapest option available. It seemed OK to me at the time. I actually remember going into...
  15. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    The JackTrip website, which jefflester shared earlier, has a really great explainer on internet latency. As others have noted, there's no getting around it, but there are ways to minimize it.
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    That's OK, I'm also too scared to change strings or the action height myself! I have a great luthier a couple miles away from me, so I just take my mandolin to him whenever I want anything done,...
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    Re: On Line Lessons

    Are there local teachers in your area offering private lessons over Zoom? For instance, I'm based in the Bay Area, and I'm taking online lessons through the San Francisco Community Music Center. I...
  18. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    This looks pretty promising! Have you tried it out yet?
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Peterson has a "sweetener" for mandolin, but I haven't used it. Does anyone know if it is intended to produce a wet effect?
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    Re: Classical mandolin album library list

    After a cursory Google search, it seems the only surefire way to get more Calvo CDs is direct from the label: https://www.lafollia.com/commande.html
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    Re: Gertrud Tröster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    I think I've listened to Tröster's Nakano album three times in the last two days! Truly amazing. I think I'm going to try learning Drei Studien (as they are seemingly the most approachable of these...
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    Re: Classical mandolin album library list

    Has anyone listened to Florentino Calvo's recordings on La Follia Madrigal? I really enjoyed his performances of François Laurent's Quatre courtes pièces (from Mandoline), and Heinrich Konietzny's...
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    Re: Mandolin Editions of Classical Pieces

    Thanks for sharing! I'll check this out.

    Just another thing I wanted to throw out there for others' consideration: since I read treble and bass clef, but not alto or tenor clef, I'd love to see...
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    Re: Mandolin Editions of Classical Pieces

    Mel Bay and Hal Leonard have a pretty substantial selection of mandolin arrangements/tab of various classical works, but it seems they're mostly in the realm of anthology/sampler. I'm sort of a...
  25. Re: Fingering suggestions, Telemann Violin Fantasia No. 1

    Thanks, Jim. I think you're right—that is probably what a violinist would do. That first chord in m 39—w the 1 on Eb, 3 on D, and 2 on G—is already pretty stretchy for me, so I'm not sure I have the...
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