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    “Mama Tried” Saturday Jam

    For your Mother’s Day weekend, here’s my take on Merle’s classic (with a little of the Dead’s take thrown in there)- hope that you like it!

    https://youtu.be/fzBkvM_Y2C8
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    Re: Flatiron A-5 Artist, 1,500 should I get it?

    Hello everyone,

    Mandolin arrived earlier this week so I have had it for a few days now. I did take it to a couple of shops and had a few people look at it. The two "mandolin specific" luthiers...
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    Re: Flatiron A-5 Artist, 1,500 should I get it?

    Thank you for the feedback everyone.
    It helped me make as informed of a decision as I can given my current level of experience when I purchased late on the 13th.
    With the lutheirs evaluation of...
  4. Star Spangled Banner — mandolin orchestra style

    Play ball—but first, play your mandolin! Opening Day of the baseball season has us feeling patriotic—and maybe longing for a gig at a stadium somewhere. We've loaded the mandobasses, and all the...
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    Re: Hands on with a Zeta acoustic mandolin

    It's what they call a staircase...
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    Re: Hidden D'Addario Micro Tuners....

    I've got a better idea. No offence to you Scott but this issue drives me nuts. Why not take the tuner off when your not tuning. There is no reason on earth for pros ,or amatuers for that matter, to...
  7. Excellent video on chord tone improv.

    Its in Eb but the concepts are very clearly explained.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-KzfB7vfFA&t=544s
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    Re: Sweet Georgia Brown

    Hi Gary,
    the great thing about playing the mandolin(greatest instrument in the world) is that by virtue of being tuned in fifths, the layout of the fretboard, scale, mode and chord...
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    Gary Vessel Interview

    one of our own gets some nice ink.

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/california-report-luthier-and-picker-gary-vessel/
  10. Re: A good reason to have more than one mandolin

    For me, mandolins are like good fly rods and steel bicycles. Impossible to own only one
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    Re: Your first great mandolin

    I had inherited an old Rex bowlback from my great uncle, and became infatuated with the sound of the mandolin. Very quickly, I realized I needed something better, but I was broke. What to do?...
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    Sound of the American Mandolin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv5E7OlKI5k&t=2061s
    Sure everyone else has seen this but I just tripped onto it. Pretty cool.
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    Re: Apollo picks -- another option for you

    I've tried a couple of the Apollo picks and liked them a lot, though I much preferred the casein to the PEEK. I made a short video on guitar, but my impression of them on mandolin was much the same....
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    Re: Santa brought a new tailpiece!

    He showed me some designs and I chose one for the cover and one for the body piece. He was willing to customize the designs, but I loved what he already had. The biggest issue was whether to go gold...
  15. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the very best to you

    Hi all:

    I know this Christmas and Holiday season won't be the best for everybody, but I'm still wishing you just that; the very best possible.

    People here have shared everything from wonderous...
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    Setup, Setup, Setup!

    Early last year I acquired two mandolins, a Collings MT, brand new from TME, and a lightly used black faced MTO from a Cafe member. Both have 1 3/16” nuts. They are dimensionally identical, but...
  17. Thread: Main Strength

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    Main Strength

    (not sure how interesting this is, but I felt like writing it today)

    It was 40+ years ago that I (at about 14 years old) was given a junky old mandolin from my grandfathers attic. After arming...
  18. Thread: Mandolin stands

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    Re: Mandolin stands

    While I have a stand that hangs the mandolin by the headstock and is quite stable, forget the brand. Saying that I only use if for a concert at an opera house, every where else it's the case. Only...
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    Re: Harmonized scales

    I sure do Niles! Any serious improvisor has spent a lot of time on scales. BUT not just straight up and down, doing them in MANY patterns. You see the notes of the scale better in your mind if you...
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    Mandolin Sleigh Ride

    A classic holiday tune.


    https://youtu.be/jWoEo2ckgHg
  21. Re: Ricky & Marty Play Bill's Mandolin on "Big Night"

    I've gotta say my highlight was Carlene and Marty at the end too. Will The Circle Be Unbroken has been the closing song of so many bluegrass festivals and events in my life - hearing those two play...
  22. Re: Breaking down "the old home place" mando break

    First time I saw these, Wayne really brings the concept to life from the perspective of an actual "learner", as opposed to an accomplished player, which is a refreshing change. His real world...
  23. Ricky & Marty Play Bill's Mandolin on "Big Night"

    You've got to check out the recent hour and a half show filmed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum which is now on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCKUUSntqWQ

    Some legendary...
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    Re: Cafe versus Craigslist

    And even those texts are sent as impersonally as possible. Generally, the text you may have sent to a friend will be returned, encircled in quotation marks (" "), and preceded by the words, Liked,...
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    Randy Wood's Music shop

    Been meaning to post about this for several days and keep getting side tracked.

    I just spent a week + on Saint Simons Island on the southern coast of GA as a make-up vacation for our annual trip...
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