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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    I used those grey, floppy nylon picks for 50 years! Like you, it was learning the mandolin that turned me away from them, and for the same reason. Floppy picks are a waste IMO.
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Exercise in Eb/Cm

    Just a suggestion ... here is a fun track to play with as an exercise in Eb/Cm. I realize this won't be appealing to everyone because (1) Bob Dylan, (2) spiritual. This is a song...
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    Re: How thick of a pick?

    For a good while now, my favorite picks have been JT's Pix, Style #2, blue polycarbonate at 1.2mm and Wegen white TF120 at 1.2mm and Wegen black TF140 at 1.4mm, and I'm Jonesing to try the Wegen...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    Eric, it would be interesting to hear more about the experience you describe with Am. Iím assuming that context is everything here. Down the neck in Am is
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  5. Re: Is this Gibson A-5 model familiar to anyone?

    Overdubbed now :)
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    Non sequitur, ya think? I don't think A. L. Smart produced many gumbies :)
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    Re: Washburn Mando info please

    Hey Bubby, I can't see anything on it with a search, so I can only offer my opinion. For more than that, you should contact the Washburn folk.

    M1S is an A style mandolin. The "S" would indicate a...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I think both sides of the current argument have valid points, sometimes we argue past each other. In my own life, thinking about chord tones has helped a great deal to learn the real estate of...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I’m a sucker for that minor modal sound. The scales for F and Bb are familiar because I like Dm (F) e.g. Bach’s Invention #4, and Gm (Bb) e.g. Sam Bush’s Poor Richard’s Blues. Dm is a great sound for...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    that’s nice

    fiddle sounds like a horn section, only better!
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    Re: Ibanez Buyer beware

    Formica is a name brand, HPL is what the product actually is, regardless who produced it.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Really Learning The Mandolin Fretboard ... Meaning, to have a fluid knowledge of the notes you can play all over the fretboard; or, knowing the notes of the fretboard. Certainly, understanding the...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    I know it seems unhelpful, but honestly I believe the only answer to this is practice.



    That is all you're asking, and all you need to solve the reading problem. You know the notes of the...
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    Re: Flying with a mando

    Don't check the mandolin as baggage so gorillas play football with it ... carry on, and store in overhead. Never heard of de-tuning one except when it's being shipped (as freight). Don't treat it as...
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    Re: Loar tail piece pin

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    +1 on this!

    One of the best practical tips I've gotten from the cafe over the years. No more worries since I saw Mike or somebody posted this a long while back and I executed it a few...
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    Re: No more EXP74's?

    Good feedback here, mostly positive feedback for the XTs it appears. I just used my last set of EXP74CM, so time to order now.
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    Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Brushing the bridge with it is okay, but firmly planting in one place on the bridge would be a good way to restrict yourself and stunt your playing, I think. Be loose and give yourself some freedom...
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    Re: Is Baby Ben a traditional tune?

    I think you should ask James if you want to be certain, and if he actually wrote it, he'll probably give his permission for use. James may be tough to reach via internet, he's old school and as far...
  20. Re: Flatiron, A-5 Artist Mandolin 1997 Thoughts?

    Good advice.

    Not many cases where I would buy under those conditions. I've been a seller of various items over many years, and I only sell with the return option. As a buyer, I have purchased...
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    Re: Russian Domra ID

    Nope (sorry) but chiming in just to say that the folk art against black gives it a really cool vibe IMHO.
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    Re: New Washburn 'Timeless' F-5

    BTW, I re-read this short thread. I mentioned in an earlier post that I preferred the Washburn M106SWK over the Eastman 315 I had owned. In regards to my own mandolin journey, I should update to say...
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    Re: New Washburn 'Timeless' F-5

    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    I think that folks did read the ads that were available back in April 2018. You have a point about the "aged wood" ... some people seem to believe that "aged wood" in...
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    I've played some high end mandolins, and I love some of them. Would love to own one or two or ten of them. I have a Washburn M106SWK that I play every day.

    I've found that I sound equally lousy on...
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