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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Hmmm, that gravitational force must have been stronger about 10 years ago, I was in the east bay area and somehow got sucked in. Sunspots, or magnetic reversal (solar maximum) perhaps???
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    If you know your pick thickness, you can also use that for the same purpose. It's approximate, but my Fender Heavy (about .9mm) just sticking under the 8th and 7th strings at fret 12, and just...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    John, not to discount this completely, but almost exactly the same discussion occurs frequently regarding METAL PARTS among pre-war banjo enthusiasts (tone rings, tension hoops and flanges) and...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Sorry to hear it happens to you too, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one... I get what you say about "focused relaxation", for the first time in 8 years I'm double checking my posture while...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    It was at a good jam so there was a degree of excitement going on, plus it was a loud jam so I was very concerned about mandolin volume; I probably wasn't paying attention to posture as well as I do...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Hmmm, that works very nicely for Jill...

    Unfortunately for me, it's almost exactly the posture I was using in tremolo when I jammed the high string under my index fingernail multiple times...
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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Great point, thanks for bringing it up Br1ck!!! I just went through this yesterday, and I suspect most of the mandolin community is also experiencing it.

    We're all looking at weather changes...
  8. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Yea, a lot of people online talk about getting hand and shoulder injuries playing double bass and I'm very careful about this. Because I play other instruments and don't want to compromise my hands...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    My transition to a different pick hold and posture is working out nicely. I love the smooth fast transition from single-picking to tremolo. And I'm finding all kinds of nuances with pick angle that...
  10. Thread: Thick Picks?

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    Re: Thick Picks?

    Ok, someone's got to say it...

    Fender Heavy!!!

    (Lots of chord-melody double and triple stop tremolo work.)
  11. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    I'm going from the opposite direction, I build the chords first for backup support, than find the melody or close-melody within the chords which my left hand is already forming. Coming from deep...
  12. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    My order of succession has been:

    1 Banjo (1970)
    2 Flute and Piccolo (1974)
    3 Mandolin (1975)
    4 Fiddle (1985)
    5 Dobro (2000)
    6 Double Bass (2018)

    I played violin, recorder, harmonica and...
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    Re: Is my MAS dead?

    A few months ago my wife and I drove up to Seattle and went on an Alaska cruise and I was for the most part offline for 2 full weeks. When we got back, I had no urge to watch the Cafe' Classifieds...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    This is true and it is good to be aware of. But, bending may or may not be necessary depending on how the tailpiece is mounted on the mandolin.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, my James...
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    There are lots of reasons to change a tailpiece... Re-stringing convenience is the most painfully obvious one, but there are others. I had the standard Gibson stamped tailpiece on my 2002 F-9 for...
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    Re: Olive oil staining on top?

    Good about the shop cases. Remember, it could have been a plumbing flood from the kitchen or the bathroom. This was a relatively easy lesson, glad everything worked out.

    I think we've all heard...
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    Re: Naked Bridge Post Is Shredding My Palm

    Since this is bridge post problem is a problem caused by another problem, if you care about this mandolin it might be best to get the neck fixed... Then you don't have to butcher the post.

    If...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    I have a number of good friends who have that "tripping" look in their eyes when they try to play my mandolin. It's like the right side of their brains just regressed back to 5 years old and they...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    ... And, it should also be mentioned that moving successfully to a non-standard tuning requires a large degree of independence, musical knowledge and musical skill of the player...

    Very likely,...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    I do a lot of single-picking (vs. tremolo) chord melody work up and down the neck... Probably similar to what you refer to as chromatic. I use a lot of barre chords, which also allows me to do a...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    I always tune my mandolins to GCEG (open C, chord-melody C, taropatch C, etc.). I use standard G and D strings but replace the A and E strings with .017 and .015 plain strings to provide better tone...
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    Re: $200 to dress mandolin frets? Ouch!

    $300 for fret dressing and a nut is high. I'd be curious what the charge would be for fret dressing by hand rather than with the PLEK machine.

    When I had my mandolin re-fretted with Gold Evo...
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    Re: Capo for Ovation

    Many banjo capos are also labelled for use with mandolins. I have a Shubb and a Paige. Both work equally well with both mandolin and banjo, although I no longer use either of them. I carry them in...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    I just got back from a long weekend of jamming, and have firmly decided to change how I hold my pick. This is after having jammed the high first string into the quick under my index fingernail 4 or...
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    Re: Attaching pickguard w/ velcro

    I agree 100% with having a backup mandolin, that's why I have my MK... But, I like my backup mandolin to be setup the same as my primary mandolin so I can go from one mandolin to the other without...
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