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    Re: "Brain Flatulence" when playing

    What has helped me is to play/practice in different rooms of the house, in different parts of the room, facing different things in rooms, playing outside, playing with lights on/off, playing for...
  2. Re: An (incomplete) list of recorded black mandolinists

    Arnold Schultz, the blues guitar player referenced above, that influenced Bill Monroe and let a young Monroe accompany him during some gigs, also played with a black mandolin player named Walter...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Iím not going to feel bad for Amazon. Their policy was designed to take sales away from businesses they drove out of business. And if one wants timely shipping now with Amazon, they have to pay $120...
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    Re: Am I being to Critical on New Mandolin

    Everyone is different, obviously, but I would frankly welcome the depression in the finish/wood as a sign that the manufacturer didnít cake the finish on so thick as to rob it of tone.
  5. Re: Marshall Wyatt talks about Bill Monroes time in Raleigh NC

    Loved it. Thanks.
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    Re: Gigs Cancelled - Health and Safety

    Yeah, events are being cancelled or attendance is being restricted left and right, so no assisted living gigs for me in the near future. I understand these restrictions as the elderly and otherwise...
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    Re: Why so many glossy finish mandos?

    A satin finish looks cheap in my opinion, in person up close. It looks like a half built instrument, like the builder ran out of funds or patience and said, "Let's just get this thing done and out of...
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    Re: Left hand position

    The light came on for me watching the Northfield videos with Mike Marshall and Emory Lester. Great music and up close video. What did I notice? They move/rotate their hand around quite a bit. They...
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    Re: 2020 NAMM Show Report

    Here's video of the Gibson mandolin pictured above and another (Gibson Fern I'd guess) in action. Go to 1:55 for mandolin exclusive jamming and brief mention of the mandolin being a new varnish model...
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    Re: Pre NAMM discussion

    In the race to claim the most authentic Loar era spec and graduated F5 mandolin ever produced, the new Gibson management team confirms that indeed, using DNA collected from the inside of a 1924 F-5...
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    Re: Brought home a Buckeye!

    Cool story and congrats. And although I graduated from HS in Ohio and went to college in Ohio before transferring to LSU and then UW, I've grown to detest OSU to the point where I couldn't enjoy...
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    Re: Disappointment = MAS Cure

    Well, to update, the amount from the bank card isn't back in my hands yet. But something positive did come of this.

    I went to use the various gift cards on a new order as five of the six cards...
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    Sweet. Congratulations.
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    Re: I just made a realization!!!

    Haha. Yes, indeed. "O come, O come E..ma..a..an..do..lin, release the funds from my..eye wall..allet."
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    Re: Useful Tip For Changing Strings

    Yeah, I thought about using a capo. But I changed strings two days ago and thought the main problem was the roundness of the loop hole. So using the same needle nose pliers I cut the excess string...
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    Re: Dr. John Cockman interview

    Well done. Before picking up the mandolin, I started seeing a pattern. All of the best flatpickers also played the mandolin, even if casually so. Clarence White. Doc Watson. Norman Blake. Steve...
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    Re: Because of course she is....

    Haha. I don't need Spotify to tell me I listen to Clarence White a lot more than anyone else. It's not even close. Even my soon to be 3 year old daughter knows who Clarence White is and wants him on...
  18. Re: Gibson Ricky Skaggs Distressed Master Model - My New Mandolin

    Sweet mandolin.

    Frankly, I wish the finish on all instruments was weighted more towards maximizing tone than protecting an unplayed appearance. I think manufacturers know there are a lot of...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    Listening to the portion about the test for whether playing music alters cellular building blocks (or something like that) which then makes visible the soul of a person makes me wonder about...
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    There was a great interview with George Gruhn that came out in an article this past summer. Gruhn identified three classes of guitar buyers; players, collectors, and speculators. He placed the value...
  21. 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: 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: 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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    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...
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