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    Tchaikovsky on mandolin

    I've been playing around with two very different Tchaikovsky pieces, both of which I think work nicely on mandolin:

    P.I. Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young/Children's Album (Op. 39, 1878)
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I found just the opposite. I think I would have found the fiddle much easier if I hadn't been playing mandolin and been in the folk music community for all those years. The reason is I developed a...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    My experience, for the little it's worth:

    I started on mandolin about four years ago, and then picked up an acoustic guitar, an electric bass, and, most recently, a fiddle.

    The mandolin was...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    There was a time where I could not play guitar. My fingertips would go numb. I had to play something so I bought a pedal steel. I took lessons, practiced like the devil, and amused myself for two...
  5. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I'd had an interest in learning mandola for a while, too, so when the opportunity arose recently to acquire a Pono prototype tenor-uke-bodied mandola at a good price, I went ahead and bought it,...
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    New to me Mandolin day!

    Hi there! My name is Jeff and I am new to the forum and a newbie on mandolin. I started a while back and could play some basic chords, but hadn't really dug in till I was hired to play for a...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    These are real questions taken from a Orchestra Conductor’s examination. 10 points for each answer.

    Jethro has been playing electric bass in a rock band for 12 years, three months and seven days....
  8. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    So far, none of my customers have asked for a flat fretboard. I've done compound radiused fretboards entirely, flattest was 10" at the nut and 14" at the bridge, the most extreme was a 4" radius at...
  9. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    shop via trusted instrument vendors such as ,ThemandolinStore, Avenue Guitars, Elderlys, Gregboyds, musicemporium. All will have a return period and all will tell you to the best that a human can,...
  10. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Buy used from the Cafe classifies and ask for a 48 hour return with you paying shipping both ways if the mandolin does not tickle your fancy.
  11. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    Mandolin never happened for me even after years of trying.
    Mandola is just perfect in every way.

    A non musician woman a few weeks ago asked me why my mandolin had a deeper voice.
    It was nice to...
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    John Cohen 1932-2019

    This posted on Facebook by John's son Rufus:


    A few weeks ago I played with John and David Amram at an informal gathering at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. I have played with him at various...
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    Just a happy trio.

    I just figured out how to post pictures so I thought I would share this happy trio.179819
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    A new bass owner sought out a teacher. At the first lesson, he learned how to play one note. A week later, at the second lesson, he learned another note. He failed to show up for the third lesson....
  15. Re: For All Of You On The Southeast US Coast

    After seeing images of the storm’s destruction in the Bahamas, I’m at a loss for words. I hope you continue to be safe, John. While I am unable to physically lend a hand, my prayers continue for all...
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    Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    You mean the artist works one?

    I am a subscriber.

    While has some intro material, it pretty much assumes you can read music and have some facility with mandolin already.

    It's strengths...
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    Re: difficult audiences: Some bluegrass friends were playing at a local hospital a few years ago, going from room to room. They popped into one guy's room and played him a song. As they were leaving...
  18. For All Of You On The Southeast US Coast

    I hope and pray for your and your loved ones’ safety. Please let us know how you are doing as you are able.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    So several years ago my band played a gig at a local church. After we had finished the folks started going downstairs for some coffee and cake. A woman came up to me and said "Those were some of the...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Our band was originally made up of 3 guys all of which were somewhat long in the tooth. The youngest is 62 and I'm the oldest at 75. We called ourselves "Three Old Men Desperately Seeking...
  21. Re: Combination sound hole and a special carve?

    Personally, I can't stand baby $#!t brown traditional mandolins. Over the years I've built hundreds of experimental, non traditional instruments. If you are going in that direction, you have to...
  22. Re: Bach: Suite D-Dur (BWV 1007), Prelude

    Sometimes is easyer to tune cars and trucks...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Ha! the version I heard was 'why don't they switch to C natural and resolve the discussion?"
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Heard this one yesterday:

    Why is everyone protesting the G7 summit, couldn't we just switch to C natural?
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    Here's one I just heard yesterday: What's the best pickup to put on a banjo?

    An F150 :))
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