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  1. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    So you don't have to scoop it nor do a "Floridaectomy":)



    Indeed, some of us do use those extreme registers.



    Many folks do what you did, since for many the "sweet spot" is found by...
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    Sometimes I use one as thin as 2.5mm!

    Gypsy jazz style is the only style I use a pick thicker than 1mm.
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Jeff, I agree with everything you said but one thing - tuning stability.

    If you are using a plastic head, a banjo (mandobanjo too) can be very stable in tuning.

    However, a natural skin head is...
  4. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    I can't complain - besides my wife is a musician too!
  5. Re: Rest Strokes - a means to an end, or part of regular techniqu

    Rest stroke techniques are also part of Gypsy jazz picking and in what's also called "economy picking" where successive downstrokes are used when possible rather than strict alternate picking.
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Great classic tunes....but only for certain styles of music. None of those tunes would work for the audiences I've played for, nor would be "flagship" songs for them...subjective indeed.
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    Re: Pick Thickness

    My choice these days:

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41HdONC1kML._AC_.jpg
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    It was a big hit in my Italian-American family, and I played that tune at over 10 years worth of Italian Cabaret gigs with a group of singers that performed under the name "That's Amore".
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    it works really well.

    One highlight of my early mandolin career was playing "Lara's Theme" on a bowlback mandolin as the soloist with the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, in lieu of a...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Thanks for seconding that opinion!

    And I've played my share of stuff like "Mala Femina", "Al Di La", and even "That's Amore"!

    Nice hearing from you.
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    No slackers in that group!

    Is it just me or do I hear some echoes of Dixieland banjo in that tune?
  12. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    That may be true, both in terms of one's ear getting used to those very high pitches, and for the instrument itself to "open up" its sound in the highest range.

    It depends on your concept of what...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Funny you mention "Maggie May".

    That song first came out at about the same time my Italian grandmother gave me my first mandolin.

    Although most of what I initially learned to play were...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Yes, those picks are a bit thin for my taste too. Not just thin, but not stiff enough too.
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    So as one that is NOT primarily a BG player, songs that I am expected to play are:

    the most common wedding tarantella and all the other Italian restaurant gig chestnuts like Santa Lucia, Vieni Sul...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    Very slight - the Dunlop picks are just a tiny bit better finished, but I can use either brand happily.

    I use this pick on most guitars (not for gypsy jazz, I use a thicker pointed pick for that...
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    Re: Polyetherimide plectra

    I've used both Clayton Ultem and Dunlop Ultex as a go-to pick for some time now. I prefer the standard size "sharp" shaped picks:
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  18. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    A great deal of classical mandolin technique can be applied to BG and other styles of music.

    a good example, the book by August Watters:
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  19. Re: Tip for using fingers on the high E string from 7th to 0

    Can you post a link to the sheet music please?
  20. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    There are classical mandolin pieces where long notes (often tied for measures )are played with tremolo; additionally one may need to change dynamics during these long tremolo tones.

    Thus there is...
  21. Re: Tip for using fingers on the high E string from 7th to 0

    I would too.
  22. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    Both - you need to develop the muscles, but that comes from practicing your technique. Dean Gray is right about using classical methods Like Bickford, Munier, etc.



    It's a lifetime skill but it...
  23. Re: Tip for using fingers on the high E string from 7th to 0

    It would depend on the particular piece of music - where is the next phrase, what is the articulation, etc.

    Typically I'd use 1-2-3-4 (or 4-3-2-1 if descending), but other factors could indicate...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Because the fast tunes are exciting that way, as in any musical style.
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    Re: A mando orchestra what am a mando orchestra

    ah...real, serious, but still fun CLASSICAL (ish) mandolin music.

    this is a serious, special, not folksy side of mandolin music.

    As a classically trained - but not a player of the most common...
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