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    Dennis Vance receives double transplant

    Very good news. Zach sent an email this morning that Dennis received his double transplant yesterday and is now in recovery but awake. Zach posted that here. I had received a call from Dennis on...
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    Re: F-Style vs A-style ergonomics...

    I started out playing mandolin with a preference for f styles as many newbies do (and many seasoned pros). It didn’t take long for me to discover I could get a much better A style for the same money...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Hi all. The Pomeroy arrived yesterday (thanks to The Mandolin Store). It's beautiful. And it has the clarity that I was hoping for and that will make it better for old time jams. The neck (not...
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    Very well said!!!
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    Re: Process of learning a classical tune

    Eugene covers this quite well. Unless this is 12-tone or other complex modern music it should work the way that any music would. I also feel though that if you get the piece memorized in your year...
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    Re: Girouard Mandolins

    Just updated! The builds are nearing completion, I'm starting to see light at the end of this 3 year long tunnel!
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    Thank you, Eastman

    On Saturday (three days ago) I unpacked a five year old Eastman mandola that I purchased used. Tuning it up, I noticed a problem with the bridge saddle intonation cuts. Saturday night I contacted...
  8. A. Vivaldi: Concerti con Molti Strumenti Jacob Reuven & IMS

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

    The Israeli Mandolin Soloists is a chamber ensemble composed entirely of plucked string instruments. Yaki Reuven, an artist who in recent years has been...
  9. Re: A tip for improving your playing in one hour...

    I agree billyk- I think my longest love affair were the cello suites (on gtr)
  10. A tip for improving your playing in one hour...

    Do what I did and try playing J.S. Bach Cello Suite 1 Prelude for an hour, with all of its unusual timings, and movements across strings in short sections, and (for me) completely counter-intuitive...
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    Re: When to switch Positions

    Position is mainly the choice of the player. Some passages would be unplayable in first position, and the choice would be obvious. Some are just more comfortable because one prefers the different...
  12. Re: Practicing what is hard in pursuit of effortlessness

    I like what you wrote in your previous post about how you practice; I could have said many of the same things, so you saved me having to type them out. The main differences between us seem to be...
  13. Re: More Bad News/Press for Gibson's Electric Guitar Division

    Gibson's problem is actually two words...
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    Re: Tom Petty In Critical Condition

    Here's some Tom Petty--with mandolin content, even. Heartbroken.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJl0pe-DWy8
  15. Re: CA Bridge vs stock bridge: A/B comparison (w/ video) For scie

    Never used anything but CA bridges on my builds and my personal mandolins...nuff said
  16. Re: New VS Old Strings Sample Recordings (D'Addario EXP74 vs EJ74

    I'm in the minority, but I love the sound of new strings. Sometimes they take a couple of hours to settle in, but after a couple of weeks it's time to change. I do have corrosive hands, but over...
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    Re: Bach Fugue from Sonata in G Minor TAB

    I find that Bach pieces often require sustain. As a rule there is not much tremolo in Bach pieces however rules are made to be broken! Generally I will try to choose fingerings that will enable...
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    Re: Bach Fugue from Sonata in G Minor TAB

    Chris Thile's recording of this suite is absolutely impeccable.
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    Another "c" word comes to mind in addition to "community" and "culture" with respect to the mandolin. That word is "connection." Whenever I hear music played that has a mandolin in it, my ears...
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    Re: Is there such a thing as a "Mandolin Culture?"

    Keep in mind that the mandolin is such a minority instrument. There are likely many more left handed flat pickers than mandolinners out there.

    Well I have no data to support that but it seems...
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    Re: New CA bridges

    I have a CA on my 815V blew the doors off
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    Re: You don't know a fiddle tune until...

    I doubt that there is a handful of players, professional or amateur, that know a fiddle tune if all that is a requirement. Even those that make their living playing must enjoy playing for the most...
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    Mission Impossible Theme

    The famous main theme from the soundtrack of the movie "Mission Impossible", in my arrangement for solo guitar. http://www.chitarrarte.it


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DPRCAqr4wY
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    Re: What's up at Gibson?

    Gibson was downgraded because of their debt load. They expanded too much during the years when they had money to burn, mainly from selling Les Paul models and a few other popular models, mainly...
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    Re: Bach E Major Prelude fingering

    Here it is again, just a little faster, don't mind the buzzing frets and misplaced fingers. This is more closer towards the Thile version...
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