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    The Mike Compton Interview
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    The Mandolin Cafe's message board members engage bluegrass and old-time master Mike Compton for an extended interview.

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    As usual, Mr. Compton is accessible, inciteful and modest. If you don't know his work, you are doing yourself a HUGE disservice.

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    What a nice interview. I did a workshop with Mike and he is every bit as nice and warm as you have reflected in the interview. Thanks for the great work.

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    i hate to gush, but how great is this? It's fourty below outside, but i can sit with a cup of coffee and read this great Mike Compton interview.

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    Wonderful interview, there are many great ideas and inspiring moments in the piece.

    Mike is so honest and forthright, what a braeth of fresh air.

    Love ya Mike.

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    terrific interview! very interesting reading. much to think about. Big thanks to David McCarty and of course, to Mike Compton. Nice.

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    A few years back I spent a week at California Coast Music Camp, where Mike was one of the instructors. He's a real down home, good old country boy.

    He was teaching advanced mando, which turned out to be too much for me. So, I switched to flatpick guitar class with Wayne Henderson (another good old country boy). Quite a "second choice".
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    Good interview. Some really good instruction, too, right there for the taking. Thanks Mr. C.

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    Another great interview guy's..thank you Mr.Compton...for your time,insight and instruction..what a treat...Great job.
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    that was a great birthday present thanks

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    Great resource, Scott.

    I'll be busy learning "Jimmy fell of the Wagon".....
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    I'm really enjoying this interview series and this has been my favorite so far. Probably because Mike describes approaches he uses intentionally to which I aspire. I also liked the instrument discussion as I took the message to be to 'get a mandolin to which you like to listen' as opposed to others expectations.
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    Great interview.

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    Very informative, and cafe was well represent with great answers to questions.

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    A number of years ago while I was working for the big G, I asked Mike about becoming and edorsee of ours. He just looked at me a bit askew and said, "I've already got a good mandolin. Why would I want another one?" I was both a bit suprised by his comment and also quite amused. I appreciate his love for 'enough'. I worked with a number of artists that were what we referred to as "instrument whores". I will NEVER name names, but Mike's honesty was certainly refreshing and compelling.
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    i got to see mike a few months ago up close, when our bands were booked together - i had always heard about his great right hand technique, but it was really eye opening to see how smooth it really was - there are so few people playing the mandolin that way and its refreshing.

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    Thanks Scott. I really appreciate the work you put into this.
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    This series is becoming an absolute treasure! I was expecting 10's, but these are 15's. The amount of time and thought that the musicians are giving to their answers is unbelievably generous.
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    Quite a coincidence, the same day I registered to go to Mike Comptons class at Sore Fingers Week, this interview came up, and made my expectations even greater!

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    Mr Compton's insights into a philosophy of and how to think whilst playing the mandolin are invaluable. "Rythym meldody" can't say I have really heard that phrase to describe something so fundamental! This is great stuff and a testament to the quality of the cafe that people like Mike are willing to share their thoughts via this forum. Well done as always to Mr Tichenor!
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    Great interview. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions Mike. Your music has always inspired me. I'm going to go back and read it again. Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Joe View Post
    A number of years ago while I was working for the big G, I asked Mike about becoming and edorsee of ours. He just looked at me a bit askew and said, "I've already got a good mandolin. Why would I want another one?" I was both a bit suprised by his comment and also quite amused. I appreciate his love for 'enough'. I worked with a number of artists that were what we referred to as "instrument whores". I will NEVER name names, but Mike's honesty was certainly refreshing and compelling.
    i think Mike would rather be thought of as a "music pimp"...

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    Thank you Mike for taking the time to share your unique take on mandolining. Your experience and ability to share some of your insight is a valuable resource to the mandolin community. As always my hat is off to Scott for his efforts to make the Cafe' a place musicians can find new ideas and inspiration.

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    fabulous! true talent. love the addies though. *insert smilie face*

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    Agree about the added performance clips...greatly enriching, repeatable for all of us now a bit smarter for having read this.

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