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  1. Re: Now that I have actually tried playing one.. a few questions

    fwiw, i've noticed that my callouses from playing the mandolin are not the same place as my-husband-the-guitar-player. once your callouses shift, you may find fretting higher than first position a...
  2. 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: Silverangel custom green 2-point

    wow. that is spectacular.
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    Re: Hello from France !

    welcome to you! enjoy the mandolin and glad to see you on the cafe!
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    Re: RIP Arthur Stern

    so sorry to see this. i, too, appreciated reading his posts on the cafe. a real loss to all the communities he touched.
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    Re: Happy Birthday, Jim Simpson

    happy birthday!
  8. Re: Another D'Aquisto inspired art-deco mandolin

    Whoa. That is amazing!
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    Re: Warm up song

    usually hornpipes; alexander's most recently, and a couple of arpeggios.
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    Re: Another newcomer

    If you think O'Neill was very particular about what he considered Irish tunes and what he considered "not," you should wander over to session.org for those discussions. They'd probably out-O'Neill...
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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: Newbie found a mandolin

    Bowlbacks have their own fan club (you can find a lot of the members over at the classical portion of the cafe) and they can give you lots of information, including the history of instruments that...
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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...
  14. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    Some of the strings on my instruments are years old but mostly because I don't play them any more. For the instrument I play regularly and my backup, changing them depends on use and season. Since I...
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    Re: A couple of new mandolins

    Lovely both of them but i really like the second one. Yes, please upload some sound files if you would. I'd love to hear them!
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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...
  20. 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: Post a picture of your band!!

    A group of us for Make Music Day June 21. Same group (mostly) from a few years ago but we've aged a bit! and i believe we've activated our anti-grav. sorry it appears to be upsidedown.
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    Re: Mandolin teachers

    what kind of music do you play? or are you looking for a beginning teacher?
  23. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    I'll just mention that what may be a keeper for one piece of your life may change as time goes on. I have a lovely set of instruments that were keepers for years until arthritis changed what worked...
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    Re: Key/Mode for Irish Sessions

    I've occasionally been in a session where a tune is played in one key and then moved up for effect (and although it isn't traditional, we play Ashoken Farewell in C followed by G i believe), but...
  25. Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    Like coming to mandolin, I began backward. I listened to Steeleye Span, Pentangle, the Corries and suchlike but had no idea they were Irish trad. To me, they were just great songs to learn with some...
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