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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Maybe I could buy your tossed TI C string for my octave banjolin that I want to tuned to EBF#C#. Maybe it would work as the E string for me.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Actually it's really only the G string that is a little bit wonky tuned this way. I can also tune it to F and use the 2nd fret with a capo. Or heck, I should try tuning just the G string up to F so...
  3. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    If money was no object and tone the only goal I would practice all day instead of working.
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I carried a McNally Strumstick on a plane in its soft case (which unlike the picture in the link was green and has no giant logo on it). TSA did not hassle me. They asked me what it was and I just...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I love my octave banjolin. I think it sounds nice. I think accordions are great--a band in a box. The trumpet player in my high school jazz band had his choice of girls.
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    Strings for EBF#C# tuning

    Would there be an appropriate weight of strings, at least the lower two, to use to tune my octave banjolin down to EBF#C#? It's a bit buzzy on especially the string tuned to E (the G string...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    I bought a used Gold Tone Octajo. It is essentially an octave banjolin or if you prefer, a double-course tenor banjo.

    I find it easier to play because I do not have to press down so hard to get a...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    I went to a house concert to see a trio of a fiddler, a mandolinist (who was the featured performer) and a cellist. Only the mandolin was amplified. She played either in front of a mic or an electric...
  9. Re: Unexpected things/benefits about playing mandolin

    I struggled (and still do) with fiddle for years but was able to play old-time music on mandolin pretty easily. Because it actually sounded good when I played mandolin, I became a respected and...
  10. Thread: Ocatjo

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    Re: Ocatjo

    It's not so much I want to mute it for quietness, I just want it to have that plunky sound.

    With the capo on the third fret it doesn't feel too big anymore.

    I recorded myself. I'm not a musical...
  11. Thread: Ocatjo

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    Re: Ocatjo

    And my ukulele capo just barely fits. Now I can tune it down and put the capo on so it's just a bit easier to play. I put it on the third fret.

    Now to figure out should I take the resonator off?...
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    Re: Ocatjo

    There is absolutely no way to carry it on my scooter. I put my fiddle in a backpack but this thing has a 12" wide body and doesn't even fit in my biggest backpacking backpack. Jeez, one more goddam...
  13. Re: Ukulele Chords Played on Mandolin: Something is Wrong

    If somehow you have your mandolin tuned in 4ths like a ukulele instead of in 5ths like a mandolin, then it still wouldn't sound the same as a uke. And I can't imagine how on earth you would tune up...
  14. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    Here is a video of a guy who really knows how to play playing a gigantic thing called an Octajo. The scale length is over 22". I just bought one. Watch his left elbow in this clip. In a second or two...
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    Re: Ocatjo

    I borrowed a car to go see my dad and in a town half way there I bought it.

    I am really concerned the only way to move this thing around my own town is going to be by borrowing the car every time....
  16. Re: Long term planning for 1st mandolin and uke GDAE in the meant

    I have a soprano uke and the distance between frets is the same as my mandolin. I have other instruments with greater distance, including an octave mandolin, and although it is difficult to go from B...
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    Re: Ocatjo

    It doesn't have a strap at all (yet--I have a strap somewhere), but even with a strap, if you are sitting down to play it, it's going to be on your lap. I kind of like it without the resonator but...
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    Ocatjo

    I just got an Octajo used from Craigslist. It's like a combination octave mandolin and banjo. It has metal strings, but apparently you can also put nylon strings on. It also has a resonator.

    It's...
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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Hey Explorer I have a regular strumstick, the "Grand" which is tuned DAD. It's diatonic, not chromatic. It's so long it's really hard to play fast. I should just try to learn chords on it. Sometimes...
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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Yeah, it's just like playing the flute or whistle. I'm really liking this tuning, but I can't seem to train myself to not play the B with my pinky like I always do, and it's more of a mind-twister...
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    3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Is there such a thing as a 3/4 of an octave mandolin? I turned a strumstick ukulele into something tuned in 5ths, DAEB. The D is an octave lower than a regular mandolin. The distance between the...
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    Re: How to play mandolin faster

    Metronome training is just like strength training. I did some strength training for a while. I started out being able to squat around 80lbs. I added a little bit of weight each time I went to the...
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    Re: Higher Education for Mandolin

    If it were me I would study ethnomusicology, start a classical mandolin club on campus and/or teach a recreation and leisure class on the subject. Then if I decided to go on to grad school I'd work...
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    Re: Random note generator

    Wow, that would be a fun programming project.

    I wrote an app like that once but it doesn't play the random note. It just gives a random number that is associated with a note on the instrument...
  25. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    I carried a strumstick on the plane last time I flew. It's about as long as a mandolin, but not as wide. I shoved it under the seat in front of me along with my backpack. It's my backpacking...
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