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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    Thanks for all of the replies, gives me a lot of food for thought. I guess what I've learned from them is that there's no correct answer to the question, which I kinda thought was the case. As I...
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    Thanks for the reply. I guess I knew that the actual angle at which you hold the mandolin wouldn't make you sound like Monroe, I was thinking more along the lines of the angle that you hold the...
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    Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    I've dabbled with playing the mandolin on and off over the years, never really getting past the beginner phase. I've recently come back to it with a focus on trying to learn Monroe style playing. My...
  4. Re: Do I need a repair person who specializes in mandolins?

    Well, I picked it up from the shop last night, and it turned out great. Thanks for all of the advice guys.
  5. Re: Looking for a mandolin teacher in Harford County MD.

    York is about an hour away according to Google Maps. That's not out of the question, but if I could find someone closer, that would be even better. I thought maybe I would get luck and find someone...
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    I just heard from the guy. He said that I have a loose fret that he's gong to fix. He also said that there a a couple of other high frets that he's going to address. He said that he will file them...
  7. Looking for a mandolin teacher in Harford County MD.

    Hey guys, just hoping to find a mandolin teacher in Harford County, Maryland. I just move up here last year, I'm in Forest Hill. If anyone is giving lessons up this way, or knows of anyone that is,...
  8. Re: Do I need a repair person who specializes in mandolins?

    Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to look into one of those classes. I love the idea of being able to maintain my instrument myself.
  9. Re: Do I need a repair person who specializes in mandolins?

    Hey Willie - I'm in northern Harford County, probably about an hour from you. Appalachian Bluegrass is the shop I was talking about that's about 40 minutes away. I talked to them first, and they said...
  10. Re: Do I need a repair person who specializes in mandolins?

    That's a good point rcc56, thanks. I dropped it off at the local guys last night. He said he'll take a look st it and give me and estimate. I'll wait to see what he has to say and go from there
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    Thanks for the responses guys. I agree with you Sunburst, I just didn't know if there was any mandolin specific things to consider when doing a setup. I would figure that if the frets need to be...
  12. Do I need a repair person who specializes in mandolins?

    Hi guys. I just got a really good deal on a like new The Loar 520v. The only problem with it is that the G string buzzes on the 5th fret. I tried putting a little relief in the neck, and adjusting...
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    Re: How to start improvising - what do I need?

    Whoever mentioned that I was going to get lots of good advice hit the nail on the head. You guys have certainly given me a lot to think about. I do realize that as a beginner, I may be getting ahead...
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    Re: How to start improvising - what do I need?

    Jeff - I think improvising would be the correct term. I'll use my dad as an example again. He can put on a blues backing track and just start soloing over it. It no particular song, just jamming to...
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    How to start improvising - what do I need?

    I'm hoping that you guys could help me with learning to improvise. I know a few fiddle tunes, and a jig or two, but mainly because that's what I find in all of the instructional books. What I'd...
  16. Re: Just for fun.. Who are your top 5 living mandolinists?

    Mike Compton, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Norman Blake, Ronnie McCoury
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    Re: Working on Chords/Rhythm Playing

    I'll be following this thread closely. I've been looking for the same thing. As much as I love a good mandolin solo, what drew mw to the instrument is the precussive rhythm playing demonstrated in...
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    Can't Find My Way Home help.

    Hey guys, I'm pretty much a beginner on mandolin, and have been trying to get into figuring out songs by ear. I was working on Can't Find My Way Home last night, and got most of the rhythm down. I...
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    Re: Who does not play bluegrass?

    I don't play much of anything yet, as I'm just learning, but I'm mainly into the Garcia/Grisman and Tim Obrien type of stuff. I guess that would be old timey/celtic or something like that. I also...
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    Re: Best Mandolin Method Books

    I'm just getting started, but I'm using the Greg Horne book and find it very thorough and easy to follow. I really like how he teaches you the notes on the fretboard by focusing on the open position...
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    Re: Fretting hand placement

    That's what I've been going with too - it's much more comfortable to me
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    Fretting hand placement

    I was just wondering how you guys and gals place your fretting hand fingers on the fretboard. I seem to remember that in Chris Thile's DVD as well as Greg Horne's book, that they both show the...
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    Re: Help with my first attempt at modifications

    I'm not the original owner, but it's funny that she didn't even ask, and automatically gave me a price.
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    Re: Help with my first attempt at modifications

    Ok, thanks. It sounds like this is going to be something that I'm going to want to have done professionally. I called Martin, and got quoted a price of 240.00, so 100.00 quote from my local shop is...
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    Re: Help with my first attempt at modifications

    Is the pickguard curling something that needs to be fixed in order to prevent damaging the mandolin? In other words, if I was to leave it alone for now, would it just keep curling, possibly pulling...
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