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    Re: Insomniacs? Asians?

    I can't be there for that all the time. Sometimes, I have to attend a session and actually play (and afterwards instantly fall asleep). :grin:
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    Re: Unusual mandola

    weird proportions - reminds me of a Sumo wrestler seen from behind.
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    Yes, but Tommy Peoples is no longer with us. You'll have to pick up the baton. :cool:
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    Re: Temperance..... Jig!?!?

    Well done, Gunnar, and compliant with tradition - there are existing pairs of reels and jigs that work this way, e.g. Leitrim Fancy and Round the World for Sport.
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    The Irish seem to be masters of it. Here's Jon Kenny:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1u3eRDUYbM
  6. Re: A word of encouragement (but maybe not)

    I'm game. Woodshedding and watching videos of others playing is in-cave musicianship. But going out and really playing with others and in front of audiences is the real music whose shadow you did...
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    If I ever did that, milking bulls would be the least of my problems, just as long as I have a banjo by my side :cool:
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    Re: Finally, a use for a banjo

    Someone may come up with a similar idea for Frankfurt Stock Exchange - I always wondered why there is a
    cow and a pig...
    https://statues.vanderkrogt.net/Foto/dehs/dehs161.jpg
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    It happens. The Irish flute player Ciaran Carson recommended practising while lying on your back, partly to find the correct embochure position more easily, partly to prepare for dizziness.
    I wonder...
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    It's quite clear: "Oh, you brought your new - wait, I'll get it right this time - ukulele!"
  11. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    technically, if it was stolen in your dream it didn't show up :whistling:

    I have this recurring dream that I am supposed to go on stage with a band none of whom I know, they have a table full of...
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    Re: What has your mandolin been called?

    My OM has been called a guitar, a Portugese guitar, a ukulele, a banjo, a bouzouki, a mandolin. One BG musician saw the case and asked "four strings or five strings?" I shrug that off.
    Once they...
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    Re: Some days are like that . . .

    Most people need hours in a bar or a gym to achieve that. We're lucky to have a much healthier approach at our command.
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    Re: Uh oh THE Gibson may have a problem

    this seems to follow the French pattern of Gibson les pauls...
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    Re: Disappointment

    Disappointment with the dollars still in your pocket is better than disappointment without. You read the writing on the wall. You did right.
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    Re: If You Don't Perform In Public....

    Public performance has got nothing to do with it. Audiences are not staffed with instrument experts, so you can take your laminated cheapo to Carnegie Hall and raise everybody out of their seats with...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Threads are not glued, they are wound.

    http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Strings/Strings/StringsViews/pbronze.jpg
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Just when I was wondering about cool new grammar I didn't know before :))
    But we don't want to be perfectionists, do we? ;)
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    Interesting story. In all those years I played a TB it never occurred to me to tune the head :disbelief: since it would be out of harmony with the majority of notes I played anyway. Talking about...
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    Re: General Mandolin Post

    There is no need to feel driven into perfectionism just because others talk about it.

    However, if the feeling arises anyway, it might originate from something else missing or not good enough in...
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    Re: Tone right

    just when I thought "thanks to cataclysmic events keeping our attention focused on important issues we didn't have a Tonerite thread in years", this happens:crying:
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    We have a Steinway in our living room. Just come over and we'll have a jam, but check your airline's cabin baggage regulations first. And prepare to tune your Steinway a quarter step down, because...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Two disjointed parts of memory involved here: music goes into procedural memory, words go into declarative memory. The same person can be good at memorizing one and bad at memorizing the other. This...
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    Re: Loud, or Not So Loud?

    there was a time when I did that, too. But I preferred the passenger seat, because of the free acoustic monitor facility aka the windshield.
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    Re: Takamine mandolin

    Since Takamine is the name of a mountain in Japan, the Japanese probably say "tack - a - meenay".
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