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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    :)) I hear ya. And yet, Jethro Burns somehow managed to get decent tone out of that red two-point. Say, maybe it had a brown undercoat or something? :grin:

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    Re: Light or Medium strings?

    In principle, there is more energy stored elastically in a heavier gauge string, when it's plucked by a given amount, than a lighter gauge string. So, all else being equal, a heavier gauge string...
  3. Thread: A Tone I Like

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    Re: A Tone I Like

    OMG, what is your problem, ColdBeerGoCubs?! Are you asking to get booted off this forum for your appalling rudeness? Why can't you dispense with the snark and treat folks with more courtesy?

    I'm...
  4. Thread: A Tone I Like

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    Re: A Tone I Like

    Jeez Louise. That was pretty darned rude of you, and unworthy of the Mandolin Cafe. I was being gracious, and not "giving permission" to anyone. How could you possibly come away with that...
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    Re: A Tone I Like

    Well, it's harder to get much in the way of volume, punch, or speed that way. The string tension on a mandolin is very high, and there are double courses. There are good reasons why the overwhelming...
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    It's a wonderful thing that you still love the sound of your Collings MT. It's great to "bond" with your instrument, that's for sure. Especially in these difficult times. I don't mean this in a...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    Hmm. I've always wondered what "dishonest play wear" would be. Distressing an new instrument might well qualify (to some, anyway) as being "dishonest," but it certainly can't qualify as being any...
  8. Re: Fixing wire loops onto Nylon (fluorocarbon?) strings.

    I agree with Multidon that your best solution would be to learn to tie a knot that provides slip-free loop in the end of the string. This is suoerior to trying to introduce various metal bits, and...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Sherry -- Something to realize, in case you don't know it already: three- and four-finger chords have the virtue that these forms can be shifted around on the neck of the mandolin. Once you learn...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Yow. I, for one, would be thrilled if Michael Cleveland showed up at a jam I was in. What an opportunity, to play with a musician of his caliber, in such an intimate setting! Fabulous!! And I...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Gotta disagree, sorry. We tend hear this comment a bit, but when done well, playing at fast tempos does not cause a loss of "expression." Expression is the ability of music to convey a given mood. ...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Thanks, Allen, for pointing out that in the years before "bluegrass" was even a word used with respect to music, Bill Monroe played in a duo with his brother Charlie. This was an oldtime-influenced...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    1. I'm afraid that the answer to your question is YES, you ARE being a grumpy old man to complain about this.

    2. Not all bluegrass music is played fast. Not even all of Bill Monroe's music was...
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    Re: ? Changing strings

    Yes, I do about 3 (sometimes 4, for thin strings) winds around the post under hand tension, then thread the loose end through the hole, and start cranking to bring things up to tension. You can get...
  15. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    A terrible loss to the musical world. He was a true giant of bluegrass/Americana music, and an inspiration to so many musicians in multiple generations. I remember hearing him play live with the...
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    Not so sure it's improving. "Silent Night" was composed by Franz Gruber. :cool:
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    Re: ? Changing strings

    Yeah, I used to use that method. I think most folks did, back in the '70s and '80s. It's fairly laborious and time-consuming. Years back, I switched to the method described at the top of this thread...
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    Re: Looking for a nice neck rest for re-strings...

    Like mandoid, I use my lap while re-stringing. The neck rests on my legs, and the body rests on an adjacent part of the couch that I'm sitting on, usually while watching a football game or a movie on...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    I hear you. You can often tell the key of tune from the LAST chord played, which usually shares the same name as the key (but there are a few exceptions). In fact, the very last note of the melody...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    It's perfectly possible to write bad -- or incomplete -- tablature. It is equally possible to write bad -- or incomplete -- standard notation, too! When perfectly good software is used to convert...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    No, No. I think you may have misunderstood much of what has been written in this thread. You indicated that you revived it because you wanted not just to slow down the music, but also to change the...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Mark is right: if you plan to change keys from the original, then video won't do you any good! You are not interested in a direct "transcription" of the piece, per se, as it's actually played....
  23. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    Be careful! The advice to look up and use tenor guitar string gauges is mistaken, in my opinion, for Chicago (or any other) tuning! The typical scale length of a mandola is 16.5". The typical...
  24. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    All the world is not a guitar. Learning to play the mandola -- tuned in fifths, CGDA -- could be a good thing, and expand your musical horizon. Many folks here on the Mandolin Cafe come from a...
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    Re: right wrist, rotate or up and down?

    It's not one or the other: it's BOTH!
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