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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    THANK YOU for this.
    NPR's Morning Edition played this today between some news pieces and I racked my brain to remember what it was. It's exquisite. Found NPR site that listed song snippets they...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Thanks for posting this Sherry, I think it’s an important lesson. Here’s the quite well known now vid on tremolo.


    It’s an exercise I don’t do often enough, after about 25 minutes of practice...
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    Re: And just like that...

    here's some tips:
    what you have now is a combination of mandola(bottom four strings)and mandolin(top four). The challenge from the luthier side is that mandolas use a longer fret scale than...
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    Re: And just like that...

    That would depend on how much space you need to fill, and how "electric-vs-acoustic" you want to sound. Guessing that the 5-string is a solid-body, therefore going for a more "electric" sound?
    ...
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    Re: And just like that...

    Very nice! Congratulations!

    Regarding amp and effects pedals-not sure what your budget is, but probably the easiest and most cost effective way to jump in on effects and upgrade your amp at the...
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    Re: And just like that...

    get an EQ pedal. Even a cheap one makes a difference.
  7. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    I think your question of "how do you power through" is not the right question. There are some times you can "power through" for a short period of time, but you pay for it in the long run. I have...
  8. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    For me that can occur if my enthusiasm to learn gets ahead of me. I solve it by stepping back and focusing intently on one particular skill or technique. I work on that technique with an emphasis of...
  9. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    I agree with Woyvel, trying unfamiliar stuff works.
    I also sometimes dramatically reduce practice time. I'll do just 3 - 5 mins each day but with complete focus. This stops me getting frustrated and...
  10. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    This is one of the reasons I have multiple mandolin-family instruments (flat- vs arch-top, piccolo mandolin, mandola, OM). When I experience the ennui you are describing, I pick up the instrument I...
  11. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Try something totally unfamiliar, like playing, or just listening to, music in different genres, maybe not even usually associated with mandolin. If you're accustomed to learning by ear, maybe try...
  12. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Take some lessons. A good teacher can help with a nudge in the right direction for your style and level of ability. We have all been there ... be patient and play on.... R/
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    Chris Thile Livestream

    Chris Thile has a livestream concert this weekend on Sunday: https://www.caramoor.org/events/chris-thile-summer-20/

    I just saw this on his Instagram and thought I'd share!
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    The Best of times; the worst of times.

    Hi all. I’ve been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 I’d never touched a mandolin. The Café quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton,...
  15. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    Congratulations, Jesper. Mel Bay just announced a special discount on the book in the Classifieds through March 31. Here's a link to that on their web site. Use Discount Code IMPROV30. The cover,...
  16. Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation

    Hi Bluegrass mandolin pickers and improvisers!

    I’m Jesper Rübner-Petersen, the author of “The Mandolin Picker’s Guide to Bluegrass Improvisation”.

    Ten years ago, on February 17th 2010, my...
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    Re: Peace by Sarah Jarosz

    Can't wait to get home tonight and try this out. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Speed is mental. Yes it is technique up to a certain point, but after that it becomes mental. For instance JeffD talks about leaving fingers down behind each other, we know that the milli-second that...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Here is a different take-

    The dirty little secret is that playing fast is not all right hand. And if playing a tune fast is seeming like an athletic event, there are other things to attend to.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    probably been said a million times here but play at a speed you are comfortable with - with a metronome.
    Its kind of like push ups and sit ups, you do 10 push ups one night you are not going to see...
  21. Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Kentucky or Eastman depending on your tonal preference. A used A model of either brand should suit your needs. R/
  22. Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Watch the Cafe a classifieds and buy with a 48 hr. approval window. If you don't like it you are only out shipping both ways.
    Your money will go much further buying a used A style. If you do choose...
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    Re: What do you recommend for a second mandolin?

    Try to find a used KM 150 or a Stradolin. Happy hunting!

    Or, if you stretch it to 400, buy a new KM 150 from a cafe sponsor who will set it up well for you...
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