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  1. Thread: Playing Solo..

    by Caleb
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    I’ve only ever played solo since I know hardly any other musicians, and therefore never took the time to learn a common repertoire (e.g. fiddle tunes). I play many O’Carolan pieces, old standards...
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    Re: Love Bluegrass but....

    Yes. I've often thought of Bluegrass as the "hair metal" of acoustic music because of the fast playing, so many notes, etc. I admire people who can do it (I can't), but to me it gets old pretty...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    I mostly play guitar and keep mine tuned down a WHOLE step, and have been doing so since discovering this about 20 years ago.

    Yes, part of it is vocal range. Many songs in G, C, etc. are just...
  4. Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    The family aspect of the deal makes it awkward and potentially messy, since, right or wrong, there are usually at least some kind of strings attached to gifts like this, and getting rid of it will...
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    Re: Different picks for different instruments

    I’m a better guitarist than mandolinist and am a believer in keeping a lot of different picks around. For guitar, some songs need a lighter, more airy touch, so I’ll ease up and grab a thinner pick....
  6. Re: Guitar (not mando) Advice for what to do with it

    That’s a cool guitar and from a maker I’d not heard of. I would personally keep it because it’s not every day that one is gifted with a beautiful guitar. You could always use it to explore odd...
  7. Thread: NMD Eastman 305

    by Caleb
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    Re: NMD Eastman 305

    That's a fine instrument that could easily be a lifetime keeper. Play it in good health.
  8. Re: Thoughts on starter fiddles/transitioning to fiddle

    To me, the fiddle/violin is THE superior stringed instrument, and I admire anyone who can play it. Even though the fingerings are the same as mandolin, etc, I can't get used to odd way of holding...
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    Re: i love playing mandolin

    Best thread title ever.
  10. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Just a follow-up on this... My wife, son, and I learned this song and performed it over the weekend. It went over great. We ended up just doing it with two guitars since singing in a foreign...
  11. Re: podcast FB Journal, Craig Korth, his '23 F5 loar, and much mo

    I listened to this episode a while back. That guy is a fascinating character.
  12. Thread: Older Eastmans

    by Caleb
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    Re: Older Eastmans

    I owned a 2006 505 model for a few years. A very good mandolin but not a great one. When they came out with the 305 models, I played a couple and they both had more character than my 505 (even...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    The time I'm referring to was around 2001-2003, so it's been a long time. I admit that some of the comments were fun to read, but it didn't make for a welcoming environment.
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    I remember HC; I used to read a lot there but never joined. Maybe I dropped in during its dud phase, but I remember it being a very rough crowd. Many times I saw people get ridiculed and called...
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    Re: Like this site but for guitar....

    It would be cool if there was a guitar section here since so many here play guitar, but then it wouldn’t be the Mandolin Cafe anymore. :cool:

    I often use the AGF’s search feature when I want to...
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    Re: Eastman MDA315 mandola! Yes!

    A few months ago I got very interested in the mandola. I have even spoke with a builder about a possible custom order, though I’ve still never seen a mandola in person or (obviously) played one. As...
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    Re: Because of course she is....

    Collective Soul was apparently my favorite artist in 2019.
  18. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    In all fairness, there really are some instruments that just do not work well with old strings. Example: my Larrivee guitar will not stay in tune with old strings, but my old Takamine does not care...
  19. Re: I put new strings on and positioned the bridge myself

    Many loathe changing strings, but I actually enjoy it. It not only feels good to be competent enough to do things for myself, but it’s part of the pride of instrument ownership to me. Kind of like...
  20. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Well, for someone whose third language is English, your use of it here (along with good punctuation) is flat out great. I wish I could do the same in French. I've messed with it off and on for a...
  21. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Wow, must be my American ears because I can’t hear it.
  22. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Thanks, all, for the help. Before posting my request I looked up the lyrics online, and it seems like with a lot of old songs, there are several variations. So thanks for saving me lots of time and...
  23. Re: Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    Thanks. I’ll work from this and see how it goes. Much appreciated.
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    Where do all the Mandolin Cafe decals end up?

    Here’s mine by my computer.
  25. Need some help from a French-speaking mandolin player...

    My family dabbles in French and our French teacher is throwing a musical Christmas party. She has asked my wife and I to perform this song in French:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVAK5ILc9zQ
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