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    Re: Finger placement

    You might try practicing some scales without looking at your hands. That could help you get the feel of where the fingers should go. A couple of years back I remember someone suggesting practicing in...
  2. Re: Need assistance with identifying bowlback!

    Be sure to use only extra light strings to prevent damaging the instrument.
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    Re: 3/2 Time Pick Direction

    I'll add my two cents, too. In 3/4, the quarter note gets a beat and the eighth note gets a half beat. In 3/4 we typically use DUDUDU for the eighths.

    In 3/2, the half note gets a beat and the...
  4. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    The author has an interesting background! I see she is just publishing a book called Wayfaring Stranger. Here are a couple of quotes about her I found.

    “Emma John is a writer and editor on...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    Good question! Could be bone. Anyone know?
  6. Re: Bruno and Sons bowl back restringing question

    I’d go lighter. Something like GHS A240. Ultra light rather than light.
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    I’m no expert, just a Calace owner, and it seems like a good price! Mine is a bit older, had been restored, and I paid a bit more. I understand the doubts about authenticity but Valbert’s seems...
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    Re: Calace mandolin, 1926 - value?

    A very similar 1929 just showed up in the classifieds. NFI on my part. The one in this post looks very clean for its age.
  9. Re: Sheet music for Jimmy Martin’s Mr. Engineer?

    Here’s what I hear. It’s a pdf that should display if you click on it.
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    Re: “So Long & Thanks For All The Fish”

    It’s available in MuseScore here: https://musescore.com/user/7392086/scores/1844531
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    Cafe member David Mold did this slowed down version.
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    Re: Rawhide pick stroke advice sought

    Here is a video of Bill playing Rawhide and his right hand is visible. I see a lot of up and down. I don’t see much of the all downstrokes technique.
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    Re: Mando-free zone

    Peter Sawchyn and Brian Dean are great Canadian builders!
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    Re: Dancing On The Light

    Ignore the 15ma and play it in first position! It sounds fine and is much easier. It's in Em, the relative minor of G, so you were on the right track. The piano left hand is playing arpeggios on...
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    Re: Dancing On The Light

    Pretty tune! Looks like there is sheet music for sale at this link. NFI on my part.

    https://richarddillonpiano.neucart.com/dancing-on-the-light-pdf-sheet-music
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    Re: help identifying a tune

    Don't think that is Devil's Courthouse. I think it's Ride the Wild Turkey.
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    Re: Old 12 string bowlback info

    Looks like an Oscar Schmidt mandriola. You can see the “OS” on the pick guard.
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    Re: Sean Brackens Jig Anyone have Tabs ?

    There’s standard notation over at thesession.org.

    https://thesession.org/tunes/11033
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    Re: how to separate tremolo notes?

    Great examples from crisscross! I read an explanation that I find helpful. It is like a singer taking a breath. Sing the same note for four counts. You didn’t interrupt your breath, right? That’s a...
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    Re: Recommendations for a music stand light

    I'm happy with my LEPOWER 14 LED Music Stand Light. 3 levels and very bright on high. USB rechargeable. Charge lasts a long time. Works well on my average size stand, but the clamp is a bit large so...
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    Re: Don't go Gregory

    This sounds like it to me. https://youtu.be/gJUd6TZj1S0

    I found a similar title, "Don't go to the Dance, Gregor" by Oksana Sowiak. I hope this helps!
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    Re: Pick Choice and Dynamics

    I was in the same workshop with Takumi! He is an amazing player. First time in the US. To go a bit off the pick topic, he covered six different tremolo techniques.

    1. Grip - hard or soft
    2....
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    Re: I don’t really know what I’ve got!

    Heavier strings can damage a bowl back because they are not designed for that much tension. It is best to loosen those until you get lighter strings.
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    Re: Advice on First Mandolin

    Setup is really important. Elderly will do that well. NFI.
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    Re: Tuning Mandolin without a tuner

    Tonear, you probably know this, but just to be sure, a perfect fifth is at the seventh fret. So the G string, 7th fret should be the same as the open D; 7th fret D string should be the same as the...
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