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  1. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    With ITM and other Celtic musics, the style of mandolin doesn't matter, but I will say that sustain and volume really are something you should be looking for. Some of the newer "celtic" mandolins are...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    so sorry to see this. another of the great ones gone.
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Jim Simpson

    happy birthday!
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I sit all the time and I don't use a strap. I've never actually found a way to use a strap that doesn't get tangled up in my hands, throw the balance off, end up falling off my shoulder or move the...
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    couple small things to add to the general advice: string weight and material can be a thing and the callouses you have for guitar aren't in the right place for mandolin.

    The double string of a...
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    Re: Nut Width Preference?

    Before osteoarthritis hit my fretting hand, I, too, didn't think much about nut width. But I found that a wide -- and occasionally even a so-called standard -- nut width gave me shooting pains up my...
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    Re: Beginner Lessons philosophy/discussion

    I'll point out that if you decide to spend the money on a good teacher -- and i feel about that kind of like I'd choose a doctor or dentist, i'd prefer someone who is better at their job than someone...
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    Re: Newb's first day

    Welcome to the mandolin and the cafe!
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    I will put in a word for Mel Bay. Mel Bay has a bunch of "teach yourself" titles including mandolin. It's designed for all ages so it's simply written, has lots of illustrations, gives basic...
  10. Re: Considering a trade - is it me or the mandolin

    Age and osteoarthritis was the reason i moved away from many of my instruments to the ones with smaller/thinner necks, so yes, it's certainly a thing that gets done. And it put me in line for...
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    Re: Celtic Mando vs Bandolim

    I've played a Sobell (a long time ago) and while it was a lovely instrument, I remember it as being relatively heavy. My bandolims are pretty lightweight compared with the Sobell. Don't know if that...
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    Re: Blind test of 6 different bowlbacks

    I came to this late and liked different instruments than others -- I liked 1 best with 5 a very close second, but i was judging on probably inferior speakers. I found that I decided my own likes...
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    Re: gigs .... starting to return?

    One in late March, two in July and a Music on the Porch kind of thing in June. And our weekly slow session is (slowly) restarting.
  14. Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ...

    Musician acquaintance of mine posted this on Facebook.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc7HnCRDa7Q
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    Re: Pig Jicking?

    The bottom line is that as long as you're playing the jig with the correct rhythm, whatever works best for you is what you use. Using DUD DUD is, iirc, supposed to give you the right rhythm because...
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    Re: Wind

    This brightened my day. thanks!
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    Re: What are you looking forward to?

    Live sessions. We used to have the option to play a different session nearly every night of the week. And "band camp" -- and all the other stuff like visiting with family. I've seen my granddaughter...
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    Re: Check out my new truss rod cover.

    that's just cool!
  19. Re: New to mando...coming from guitar...where would you start?

    It's already been noted that a mandolin is not a little guitar played upsidedown. Hand position is also not the same as guitar. Good guitar technique is to have your hand perpendicular to the...
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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    There are certainly dogs out there, but i think a small portion are actually fine instruments that just don't work for a specific player for one reason or another, or as Chuck Leyda said, a dog at...
  21. Re: How do you think of the fretboard - closed patterns or just n

    I'm like Tim Logan, I look at the music and my fingers are where they need to be. But that's how I learned to read music. You can't find patterns or look at your fingers on a flute, say, you look at...
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    Re: Waiting for mandolin setup?

    just a caveat -- if you find the instrument really hard on your fingers or hand and really tough to play, get the setup sooner rather than later. there's no reason why you should suffer because the...
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    another cartoon

    because somehow i can't seem to add this to another string. sigh.
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    Re: speaking of Conch shells

    I'd think that any archeological dig should include more than just sociologists. This story shows why. it's too easy to just dismiss stuff you don't understand with "oh, it was just garbage that...
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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    I don't know about Dagger -- he'll chime in on which pick he uses -- but most of the celtic mandolin players i know use a medium weight relatively thin pick with a point since ITM mandolin is a...
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