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  1. New Tuning in Rehearsal

    Took the Altered Tele to band practice last night, and used it in tunes on which I normally play mandolin (acoustic). It performed well. It's naturally quite different than my Vessel F5, but the advantages are numerous.

    1) It's audible in a full band situation; no SM57 required.
    2) It goes through the same signal chain as my Mando(la)bird.
    3) It has greater range than a guitar.
    4) It's more versatile than the Mando(la)bird, it can cover some of my mandolin duties, ...
  2. Alternate Classifieds Views

    Every so often I'm reminded there are a lot of different ways of viewing the Classifieds that aren't readily available and obvious to everyone. although that information has been made available. Thought it worth sharing again.

    My preferred method has always been in full view mode, meaning you see 30 at a time, but you see the full ad, not just a text snippet like many people seem to prefer.

    Examples, and you can bookmark these for return visits:

    All Ads in Full View Mode ...
  3. A Kansas Nutcracker - Here We Go

    It's just like playing in a band, only a little larger. I mentioned in an earlier note the upcoming performances I'm involved in with this holiday favorite, done in our community with some mandolins in the orchestra. Last night was our first full rehearsal with just the orchestra.

    I've done this production before, but it was 2003 the last time around, and I'm struck by the simple fact that it really is a big band, and anyone that's been in very many bands knows this story.
  4. Onward

    Continuing to work-out the transition. Taking it slow. Also practicing some with my eyes closed so I can simply "feel it" instead of count on my eyes to "see it." Haven't touched that harmony part since day 1.
  5. Common Misconceptions About the Cafe Classifieds #2

    I've started this theme about the Classifieds because,well, they're such an interesting part of this site. Unlike the message board which I jokingly refer to as the Borg Collective--I can hear all the voices--the Classifieds are a silent operation that's discussed little, mostly misunderstood, and suffers from time to time from anecdotal observations not backed up by fact or hard numbers. But hey, it's just talk, and it's all good .

    "All of the action on the Mandolin Cafe is on ...

    Updated Dec-02-2008 at 7:51am by Scott Tichenor

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  7. MAS...a sickness for which there is no cure

    In relationships I've always been a reliable, monogamous person. But when it comes to instruments I tend to fall hard, going along with the crush until I'm committed, then slowly becoming distant...eventually breaking up when the next interesting mando walks by.

    MAS...that's my disease. I've had my share of instruments that were "just right"...but now they are just memories. And of course, that's where I find myself today.

    Some case history:

  8. There's other instruments in Choro besides bandolim?

    So like many of you I love choro music. My fascination with this Brazilian style has led me to many wonderful discoveries, such as Mike and Ham and Will Patton.

    I was lucky enough to track down my own bandolim from a cafe member:

    And I've been studying the style and learning tunes on mandolin. It's been great.

    But recently I started getting interested ...
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  9. Progress

    Got some time to watch the video this morning and finally take a good look at notation. I now have a much better sense of the tune and am working on getting the fingering down. Learning is not as difficult as in the past, but working through the transitions will be another story. The B part is played up to the 14th fret. Getting the timing of moving from first position at the end of the A part to fourth(?) position at the beginning of B, then sliding up to ninth position(?) is somewhat challenging. ...
  10. Notes from the Under-Weathered

    I am sick. A sickness that lingers to the point of insanity. A sickness so insipid yet tolerable, even workable. Not so debilitating that you miss work or important social obligations. No. You subjugate yourself to those responsibilities, while concurrently screaming inside "Let Me Sleep!"

    I have been sick exactly one week this morning. In celebration of this anniversary, this intolerable illness has decided to inflict a sizable headache upon my person, as well as ...