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    Re: Northeastern Bluegrass festival

    Gettysburg is a little further east of Del Fest. They have one in May and one in August.

    The May festival (5/14 - 5/17) is the week before Del Fest (5/21 - 5/24).
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  2. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    Same experience here. I've been playing mando for a few years, but going back to the arpeggio exercises that are presented in the beginning this book has been eye (and ear) opening.
  3. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    That worked for me! Just bought the digital version.
  4. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    When I use that code, I receive:

    Invalid Campaign ID "IMPROV3"
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    So true ...

    I've met many great folks, and learned about other playing opportunities. I've even been asked to fill in at some gigs (who? me ?).
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    Re: Playing with others of different skill levels

    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm trying to improve and be the best that I can be. I think I'm still on shaky ground.

    I definitely don't want to discourage beginners (I was there). It's gratifying...
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    Playing with others of different skill levels

    I play bluegrass and folk-type music, and I'm fortunate to live in an area where there are plenty of jamming opportunities.

    The skill level of the other musicians runs the gamut from beginner to...
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    Re: Dorrigo Fiddle Tune

    Nice job!

    Gives me something to shoot for.
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    Re: Hello from Delaware

    Welcome !!!

    For on-line lessons, a good place to start is: www.mandolessons.com
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    Re: Back to guitar after mandolin break

    Long-time guitar player as well. Picked up mandolin a few years ago. I try to practice (play) both daily.

    I do think that playing the mandolin has helped my guitar playing, and my ear in general.
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    Dorrigo Fiddle Tune

    Has anyone worked out the George Jackson tune Dorrigo on mandolin? A fiddler friend of mine introduced it to me. I've found it to be quite challenging (I'm still working on it). Some unusual...
  12. Re: Intervals/Scale Ricky Skagg's Breaks on J.D. Crowe & the New

    I really dig this kind of stuff. It makes for great practice exercises and helps in building breaks.
  13. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    This is what I often end up doing, and I'm trying to expand beyond it. I find myself fingering intervals of the chord and basing my break off that.

    I feel that's it's a crutch, and that I should...
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    Same here. Lately been working on B-flat scale patterns in first position. It's a stretch and I was having some pain in the left hand palm area for a couple of weeks.

    I've tried to relax, and...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Easier said than done ;) . Pinky wants to move with the ring finger. I'm working on it ...
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    Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    I often polish my picks with automotive polishing compound. It makes them very smooth and helps them glide effortlessly over the strings.

    Lately my pick of choice has been the large triangle...
  17. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    I'll agree with the single condenser mic idea. I play with a group of folks and we do occasional gigs (farmers market's, parties, etc.). We have this Yamaha PA that has some level of feedback...
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    Re: Music Streaming service question...

    I'm pretty happy with Spotify. We have a family plan that allows up to 6 devices. I can find all the bluegass, folk and Americana that I want to listen to, or play along with. I like being able to...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    This thread really caught my interest. I've always relied on an open right-hand "floating pinky" style (guitar and mando).

    Today I made an effort to try a more closed right-hand while practicing....
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    Re: Web based backing track tool?

    I looked at iReal Pro. I may eventually switch since it's a one-time fee and available for Android too.

    What is the song library like? As you may know Strum Machine is centered on bluegrass and...
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    Re: Web based backing track tool?

    I see myself doing the same thing. It's huge help for me now, and I see improvements in my playing already. I'm sure I will eventually move on.
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    Re: Web based backing track tool?

    Strum Machine (https://strummachine.com/).

    I've been using it and it's pretty good. Not crazy about the subscription model though.

    It's simple to use, and has lot's of functionality for a...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I've been working with the Strum Machine backing track tool (www.strummachine.com).

    I put on a simple song that I know well (Angeline the Baker, or Bury Me Beneath the Willow) at a slow tempo.
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    Re: Tony Rice Interview April 9/2019

    I love Tony's music. It was interesting to listen to this conversation, but he sounds a little cranky :)
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    Re: Speed exercises with Chris Henry.

    I've incorporated these into my practice routine. They are very helpful.

    I recently used the pattern as the basis for a break during a jam and surprised myself.
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