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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    In response to William, I played the Mavian Loar when Bob had it. It’s the nicest sounding Loar I have played (and I have played some very nice ones). When it appeared at Carter’s I told my wife...
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    Re: D'Addario Strings - Ask Us Anything

    D’Addario now packages all eight of the strings coiled in pairs in one sealed plastic envelope. I too have a hard time taking off the gummy colored paper tabs without bending or kinking the unwound...
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    Re: 2019 Monroe Camp Sept 18-22 Roll Call

    I will be there. Don G, I look forward to meeting you. We may know some folks in common. Your video was terrific.
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    Re: What tune is this?

    Chilly Winds Of Shannon, a Bill Monroe tune that Bill recorded on Jimmy Campbell’s recording Pieces Of Time. That was one of Bill’s last recording sessions.
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    Re: Monroe's "Fiddle" Shuffle

    Jim’s description above of the fiddle shuffle is what I think of also-the rhythm is an eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes (2/4 time). This is also the basic clawhammer banjo lick. As to the...
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    Re: Leon Redbone - RIP

    I saw Leon Redbone in November 1978 in Poughkeepsie as the opening act for Tom Waits. I had not heard of him but I was extremely impressed with his singing, guitar playing, and his material. I ran...
  7. Thread: Playing level

    by Andy B
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    Re: Playing level

    Another skill that belongs to “advanced intermediate” and “advanced” players is the ability to kick off a song (vocal number) with a kick off that is in time, makes it clear to the rest of the group...
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    Re: A Couple of Greenbriar Boys

    I always enjoyed John Herald’s singing very much. The Greenbriar Boys recordings just sparkle and so much of that for me was John’s powerful voice. For many years I lived near Woodstock and got to...
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    Re: The end of my playing days.

    Ivan,

    Thinking of you, hoping for the best, and wishing you well.

    Andy
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    Re: D'Addario Monel Strings !

    I have tried the Mangan monels as well as the Martin monels and the D’Addario monels 74s. I prefer the D’Addarios. To my ear they are a little louder and have slightly more old school tone than the...
  11. Re: 2012 Kentucky KM1000 Varnish Question from a Newbe...

    FWIW, my thoughts are: That’s a beautiful mandolin, and if it sounds as nice as it looks you got a great deal for $1,300. You might be hard pressed to do as well should you sell it and later decide...
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    Re: Question for Grassers

    Heard at this year’s Monroe Mandolin Camp: In the Monroe lexicon, both “tunes” and “songs” can be referred to as “numbers.”
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    Re: which Monroe tunes to learn?

    Monroe’s 1960s recording of “Paddy on the Turnpike” in G is a good one because it has a lot of classic Monroe techniques in it. It’s a good follow-up to “Wheel Hoss.” The 1950s recording of “Pike...
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    Re: Going to Woodstock

    I was there yesterday visiting with Bruce Ackerman, one of the exhibitors who is also a virtuoso in the Travis guitar style, and Paul Beard, builder of exquisite resonator guitars. If you love guitar...
  15. Re: What’s the hardest tune you can play on mandolin? (Or family)

    In 2011 I learned the mandolin accompaniment to the one aria in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni that features mandolin. I had to memorize it because I was on stage in the character of a street musician...
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario monel

    To my ear the GHS Pure Nickel (medium light) strings sound very similar on my F5 to the Mangan monels. I have not tried the D’Addario monels yet. I like the GHS nickel strings a lot and they cost...
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    Re: NMD: Rattlesnake F-5 "Loar"

    Very nice old-school sounding bluegrass mandolins and they like monel strings, which seem to emphasize the old Gibson sound. Good luck with yours.
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    Re: Bridge not perpendicular

    I too use Dale’s technique. If the bridge or the saddle has gradually tipped forward from string tension this will often cause it to straighten up. I usually feel a very slight pop and then it’s...
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    Re: Definitive Versions of Fiddle Tunes

    There is no one source for standard straight forward versions of the standard repertoire fiddle tunes. However, when I was starting on fiddle tunes for mandolin I found “The Fiddlers Facebook” had...
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    Re: Bluegrass up the neck

    There is theory in the examples which you can learn, and it never hurts to know what you are doing and why it works. But once you play the patterns for a while, you’ll discover ways to incorporate...
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    Re: Bluegrass up the neck

    I found it the most useful and practical way to learn basic bluegrass mandolin other than lessons with a good teacher. There is a lot of material. Take it slow and don’t worry if you do not want to...
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    Re: B, Bb, F and all that

    The bluegrass box idea (movable patterns) is elaborated on at greater length in a book/cd combo by Niles Hokkanen called “Bluegrass Up The Neck.” It explains the most common double stop and scale...
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    Re: Attention Pipe Smokers

    Ivan, I never fired up the pipe in the office, but I did smoke cigarettes there, which did not enhance my popularity. Mike, I still have a Butz Choquin pipe I bought in Paris in 1973. When I quit...
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    Re: Attention Pipe Smokers

    Ivan, your post with the picture of the Balkan Sobranie tin brought back a lot of memories. I quit decades ago and am very glad to have done so but in my misspent youth I did enjoy it.
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    Re: Supreme Court

    I like to think that Justice Breyer is a Bill Monroe fan.
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