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  1. Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    I was there. Long time guitar player later on picking up the mandolin. I'm 6'1", though, with average to large hands I suppose. I went with the Eastman MD 515. It felt wierd at first, but I got the...
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    Re: Year old mandolin

    I love the worn in look on well used musical instruments. I can't wait to wear a spot through the sunburst finish on my D-18GE, and I like the grey clouded appearance that's starting to develop on my...
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    Re: Almost Heaven.. Surprise, Arizona!

    Never played one myself, but I have read multiple accounts of Gibson Master Models that started out as disappointments (given the initial price) but then opened up and became absolute monsters with...
  4. Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Two books and CDs I found beneficial were 1) Steve Kaufman's Four-Hour Bluegrass Workout For All Instruments and 2) Bluegrass Jamming on Mandolin: Tips, Tunes & Techniques, by Wayne Erbsen.
  5. Re: I think something's wrong with my mandolin.

    Did you play the lottery?

    On the rare occassion mine doesn't need tuning, I feel luck is on my side and that I should rush to the store and buy a Powerball ticket.
  6. Re: Sierra Hull and Billy Strings, Grey Fox June 2019

    Great stuff. And it reminded me of the thread that started a month or so ago asking if anyone else ever confused the beginnings of various fiddle tunes as many sound similar.

    You could see at the...
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    Re: Vulfpeck - Thile appearance

    Thile always struck me as genuine, as an artist who lets the music completely take him over in every way to the point where he doesn't care one thousandth of one percent what anyone else thinks of...
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    Re: Jam etiquette

    I was leading a song in a circle jam while playing guitar and called out "fiddle." I couldn't remember any of the fiddlers' names but nodded to one guy in particular. Well, all three fiddlers heard...
  9. Re: Rhonda Vincent among celebs used by scammers

    I went to a Cyber Security Conference/CLE on Tuesday. The sophistication and tech that hackers use blows the mind. Frankly, if people knew the real threat of online activity it would chill people's...
  10. Re: How to choose a good F style mandolin when you are miles from

    Be very careful about falling into the try before you buy trap, especially regarding new
    instruments. A few months back a guy thought he could do that on a new Martin Authentic guitar from a very...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    The solution/cure to the performance problem you identified is much too complex, expansive, and detailed to write about in a simple post. If you really want to improve in this area you should read...
  12. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Call me a contrarian. I found it unwatchable. I couldn't stand 16 minutes of the one I saw. There's no way I could endure 16 hours.

    We should loop it for all detained enemy combatants. They'll...
  13. Re: Sierra Hull and Chris Smither Live show

    Nice video. Each time I've seen Sierra Hull play (on Youtube) she seemed to curl her pick hand fingers in and made a noticeable fist. In the portions of the video I watched, which was just recently...
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    Re: Thumb Pick

    I once thought about doing that-using thumbpicks. My skin chemistry is such that picks of all sorts get super slippery. Some say BlueChip picks get grippy when warm. Not for me. Still slippery.
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    Re: Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    A documentary on Bluegrass left out Clarence White? Seriously? That's like doing a documentary on Woodstock and leaving out Jimi Hendrix.
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    Go to 5:35. Collings voices their tops.
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    I don't think this is the exact article I read regarding Weber's practice, but it briefly touches on it.
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    People do it or have it done all the time on finished guitars. They shave the braces until the top responds the way they want it to. Weber does the same on some of their mandolins. I can't imagine...
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    Re: Collings Sampeling

    Based on what I was told by a dealer, on what I read, and what seems reasonable, I think the more expensive the model the more attention is given to voicing/tone tapping the tops. I read on the Weber...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Asking for "something more" than the chop leads me to think your jamming buddies want you to embellish your playing with brief flashes of artsy strums and lead lines.
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I use double stops to 1) fatten the tone of lead lines and spruce up solos and 2) to find my bearings in a melody without resorting to fingering a full chord shape.

    I generally slide into double...
  22. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I think condenser mics unnecessarily get a bad rap from many. I've played through my mic, a Blue Baby Bottle SL, in live gigs where many said it shouldn't work.

    However, 1) you have to get the...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Yeah, that Pete Martin video helped me, too. And although I prefer a D chord chop with the E string silent, chopping isn't the only way to use chord shapes, even in bluegrass. So it's beneficial to...
  24. Re: Hypothetical high dollar mando purchase question...

    The part of your post that caught my attention was the little part where you said you don't know what the right instrument is. I'd say step one has to be finding the answer to that question by...
  25. Re: I know that tune... um... how's it go again?

    No need to be embarrassed. If the fiddle tunes are that similar no one will probably notice, and some might even say, "Hey, that was a neat little twist you played there." Haha

    In my book,...
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