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    Re: Double Stops Question

    I found this book to be effective, and a delight. For both fiddle and mandolin.

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  2. Re: Do mandolins respond to playing at the dusty end?

    I suspect intonation is a big part of it. A decent mandolin will have good intonation way up the neck in the nose bleed frets. Violin helps the player not at all up there, and getting it right would...
  3. Thread: Mandolin 'dogs'?

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    Re: Mandolin 'dogs'?

    There are a few that I have tried that were not to my liking, but I would not call them 'dogs'. One I purchased on line for what I thought was a great price, and it turned out to be a factory second....
  4. Thread: Gratitude

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    Re: Gratitude

    It depends...

    Lots of brands, lots of styles, range of quality, range of price.

    What kind of music are you chasing, what kind of sound, are you going after, how are you intending to play. Many...
  5. Re: How do you think of the fretboard - closed patterns or just n

    Eventually you have to do it all. And eventually you will find yourself doing it all.

    I started in first position, (using open strings) because I was impatient to play some melody with others, and...
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    Re: Double Stops Question

    I use double stops all the time, where a harmony may be needed. Its very mandolinny, but I don't think of it as exclusively bluegrassy.

    Hammer-ons and slides are more bluegrassy, IMO, and can have...
  7. Re: New to mando...coming from guitar...where would you start?

    In a way it depends on what style of guitar player you were. If you were a chord-centric player, for example, you come with the prejudice that the melody is someone else's job. That music is a...
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    Re: Are Music Store Prices Firm?

    :))

    We don't count the accumulation, we weigh the commitment. :cool:
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    There is no voodoo about it. Any instrument where the back of the instrument vibration is an important part of the sound AND where the back can get damped by holding it against your body, would...
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    Re: How Would You Play This Double Stop?

    I might be tempted to try the G above on the E strings. Harmonies above the note can sound pretty cool on mandolin.
  11. Re: I decided to hang it on the wall: it might be safer there

    "Wall hanger", as I came to learn it, is a derogatory term, meaning a mandolin more appreciated for how it looks than for how it plays, either because it has been compromised or because it always was...
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    Re: Pros/Cons - 4 vs. 8 strings

    My experience playing electric is that the problem isn't making the right sounds as much as it is controlling or eliminating the wrong sounds. A four string electric seems much more manageable in...
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    Re: Method book recommendations

    There are many mandolin method books, both old and new. As well as a tonne of exercise books if you include exercises for violin students. They all are good, and have specific strengths the others...
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    Re: Concerning Hobbits

    I absolutely agree. (And I do not believe most mandolin owners, players or not, have tuned into the cafe.)

    I was looking at having a luthier make me a double necked mandolin/guitar. I think it...
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    Re: How Do You Play Angeline the Baker and Why?

    There is no virtue in playing it in closed position, and no vice in playing it in first position. What ever sounds best to you.

    Closed position has the advantage of being portable up and down the...
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    Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    Now here is a crucial point. I believe that a lot of MAS really originates from experiencing this wonderful feeling of the first time with a new mandolin, and saying, "What??? This can never happen...
  17. Re: Mandolin sheet music in standard notation only: where is it?

    Masking tape.
  18. Thread: Your Wegen Pick

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    Re: Your Wegen Pick

    I am not sure the majority opinion matters much. The way you pick, the mandolin you have, the venues you like to play in, the type of music you like to play, all are a part of what choice you make....
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    Re: your mandolin ownership history

    Controversial comment:

    Unless you are a little crazy, and lack perhaps a little balance in your life, you ain't never gonna get any good at the mandolin. I have found that the amount of playing...
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    Re: Whats this tuning called, any YouTubes?

    I have done that for some ragtime playing, and the results are pretty cool. It is a pain to do and so I would pick a second mandolin to be kept that way. Anything to justify MAS.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I agree not at that price. But, engaging in a little thought experiment, I don't see anything that precludes it having an excellent voice. So what if we were to know somehow that it sounded great....
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    Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    I am not sure I am on board with "the one" idea. I have fallen in love with specific instruments, but unlike dating, I have never seen a need to be exclusive. And I have purchased the last mandolin I...
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    Re: Seeking Grandfather's record

    I have thought there was enough information hidden out there in hundreds of different archives it would be cool to bring it all together and publish book on detailed and exhaustive history of...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Great advice. Especially #1. And to get anywhere eventually #3 is a must. I dipped my toe in jazz mandolin, and I was not ready.
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    Re: National Kazoo Day

    I have always wanted that on a resume: quality control manager at a kazoo factory.
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