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    Re: Anyone taking online lessons?

    Real-time feedback is great, no doubt. The loop between output-feedback-input is instantaneous.

    To me, recorded feedback has some distinct advantages over real time, even with a longer wait for...
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    Re: Anyone taking online lessons?

    if it's critique and feedback you need, then I'd recommend ArtistWorks. Sounds like just what you're asking for.

    What can be better than Mike Marshall reviewing your video uploads and spending a...
  3. Re: Free Online Mandolin Workshop - Brainstorming

    Tone.

    Whatever one’s playing level, and whatever grade of mandolin one has, what are the checkpoints of technique, mechanics, etc., that help pull the best possible tone out of the instrument as...
  4. Thread: Tonegards

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    Re: Tonegards

    While Tonegards can and do prevent belt buckle wear and other types of damage to the back of a mandolin, they can also *cause* damage if handled clumsily.
    I've already put a few fine pinpoint nicks...
  5. You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    You’re at the vet with your dog, waiting in the examining room, and you notice how that grain on the door looks awfully nice for the back of a mando...
    ...
  6. Sticky: Re: An invitation for members to use their real name

    Please change callmegina to Gina Willis
  7. Re: What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    Even my "modestly appointed" NF5-S is pretty darned fetching, especially since this particular one has a back made from a single piece of wood:

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  8. Re: Straight Up Strings by Siminoff - any thoughts or experiences

    How long did they last for you? (I typically find my D'Addario phosphor bronze strings need changing after a month to 6 weeks of daily playing).
  9. Straight Up Strings by Siminoff - any thoughts or experiences?

    Curious to know more about this brand of mandolin strings, which its maker says are "engineered with compensated down pressure for optimum balance."

    Caleb Klauder endorses them and he sure sounds...
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    Yes to this! Learning a new instrument is such a long and challenging journey that it's essential to nurture that passion, that initial spark that inspired you to start the journey in the first...
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    Re: How to choose a mandolin teacher

    Amen! In my naive youth when I learned bluegrass guitar, I wasted years acquiring tune after tune and developing the ability to flatpick them blazingly fast, but never having any idea what I was...
  12. What's the diff between Northfield NF5S and F5 models?

    Just curious, that's all.
    I see references to both and I've never seen any detail on what the "N" means.
    Are they two distinct models?
    Or is the "N" simply a newer version of the same model?
    How...
  13. Thread: Woodstock

    by Gina Willis
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    Re: Woodstock

    Was just shy of my 13th birthday in a particularly miserable summer of my young life, as I recall (very awkward age, had just finished summer school having flunked 7th grade math, and right after...
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    Re: Ellis F5 Fern at Gryphon

    Why face-down on the strings?
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    Re: The Mandolins and Beer Podcast

    Mike Compton would be someone I'd really like to hear on your podcast, too.
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    Re: Fingerboard Diagram

    I was thinking how cool it would be if there were a mandolin neck -- just the wooden neck but actual size -- with wire frets and strings so it would have a realistic feel -- and little...
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    Re: Fingerboard Diagram

    I was thinking how cool it would be if there were a mandolin neck -- just the wooden neck but actual size -- with wire frets and strings so it would have a realistic feel -- and little...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Hey Bernie, I appreciate your admiration of Jeff -- but please be careful before pronouncing people dead (and of AIDS, no less!).
    I played in a little band with Jeff in the summer of 1983, and he...
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    Re: Mandolin Influences

    Being a NY suburbs kid in the '60s and early '70s, I never heard a mandolin -- except perhaps when Dean Webb of the Dillards appeared on "The Andy Griffith Show" as one of the Darling brothers. But...
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    Re: Song Writers???

    I haven't written enough songs to establish a real pattern yet, but...

    One song I wrote had the lyrics come first (inspired by an old graveyard epitaph).
    I never did find the musing to set it to...
  21. Re: If you have Scroll Envy and $299.00 this has your name on it

    Moderator's Edit. Please refrain from personal commerce on the Forum as per Posting Guidelines.
  22. Re: Trying to start an intermediate Jam in Sonoma county. I have

    If it’s going to be bluegrass, then ... Yes yes yes!!

    I’m an advanced beginner (14 months in, practice hour a day, lessons from Mike Marshall on ArtistWorks) and I need to start playing with...
  23. Re: Best app for generating natural-sounding guitar rhythm tracks

    Does anyone know how to find a simple boom-chuck-chuck 3/4 waltz RealStyle (i.e., real instruments, not MIDI) for Band in a Box?
    Or, alternatively, just a RealTrack of a real guitar playing that...
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    Re: Going to my first BG jam

    My very first jam as a mandolin player (just 14 months in) was yesterday with *ahem*...

    Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka and Michael Daves.

    ...along with a dozen or more other pickers who were...
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    Re: Really need to work on my right hand

    I'm still pretty new at the mando myself (just 14 months in), but I recently read something that might be apropos:

    Someone asked Bill Monroe how he played so fast.
    "I'm not fast; I'm quick," he...
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