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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    I am avoiding over-preparation.

    D.H.
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    Re: Prodigal Son

    Thanks - I took out the t-word.

    D.H.
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    Prodigal Son

    Back-porch style version of a blues/gospel tune with vocal, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. A.k.a. "That's No Way to Get Along".

    I started with the Stones but soon drifted far from the shore.
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    Re: Willie O' Winsbury

    Thanks - I haven't heard the Gordon Bok version, though one of my grad school roommates was a Bok fan and I saw him a number of times in the 70's.

    My take on it comes from Pentangle (including...
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    Re: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder "Hooray Hooray"

    Ry seems to use mandolin mostly as an occasional flavoring these days. His previous album started off very promisingly, but didn't feature mando very much:

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    Re: Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder "Hooray Hooray"

    Haven't played the CD in a week or so, but as I recall, there's only one track with mando.

    D.H.
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    Re: Willie O' Winsbury

    I recently got a copy of The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs by Steve Roud and Julia Bishop. They discuss both the text and melody of most of the songs they include. There's quite a range of...
  8. Re: Brian Aldridge and Dry Branch Fire Squad

    I saw Dry Branch Memorial Day weekend - two Loars on one stage!

    D.H.
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    Re: Describe your MAS progression

    In 1983 I got a Kentucky KM150, 1985 a Flatiron A5 Jr, 2000 a Ryder EM44, 2015 a Gibson A. Still have all but the first. That's it (so far).

    D.H.
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    Re: Applying paper labels

    https://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question137770.html
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    Re: Applying paper labels

    So, could be either way.

    Thanks for satisfying my idle curiosity on a random Thursday.

    Next: How do they get 8 great tomatoes into that little bitty mandolin?

    D.H.
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    Applying paper labels

    I was looking at Steve Carlson's signature inside my old Flatiron. and it occurred to me to wonder how labels are put inside instruments. Are they put on before the top is glued on, or are they...
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    Re: Jam Etiquette re: Playing Mandolin Chords

    I don't play the 4 finger, 4 string chop chord often. I popped a ligament in my ring finger and both it and the littlest are slow on the uptake. If I want a chop (not always), I play 2 or 3 finger...
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    Re: Mandolin Cafe Milestones

    500

    I was hoping to get there in December, so as to make it an even 20 years, but I've been loquacious lately.

    So what do I win?

    D.H.
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    Re: Clip On Tuners / What Cha Got ?

    I used to use Snarks exclusively, but the ball joint cup is pretty prone to breaking, so I've been replacing them.

    I have a TC Unitune, but only one (and several instruments), so I keep a Fender...
  16. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Electric mando starts about a minute in (acoustic starts it off). The electric has chorus and reverb on it.

    I don't use the electric too much, but it's pretty distinctive.

    D.H.
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    Willie O' Winsbury

    An old ballad, here done as an instrumental (too many verses for me to sing) with mandolins, guitars and bass.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-875085466/willie-o-winsbury-1

    As usual, the origin...
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    Re: Cover of Gillian Welch's "Acony Bell"

    Good job instrumentally and vocally!

    As I am a botanist, I have been long familiar with the story of the "loss" and refinding of Acony/Oconee bells (Shortia galacifolia):...
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    Chief O'Neill's Favorite

    Irish tune with mandolin, guitars and bass.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-875085466/chief-oneills-favorite

    Some versions of this tune, such as this one, flat the 3rd and 7th in some phrases,...
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    Re: John Barleycorn

    Yeah, that's definitely a different tune. Good one, though.

    D.H.
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    Re: John Barleycorn

    Doubly posted by accident
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    Re: John Barleycorn

    That makes sense - both the JB melody used by Traffic and, more so, Star seem to be related to the Dives and Lazarus melody, a common slow-ballad tune.

    I seem to have trouble keeping more than...
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    Re: Favorite stand?

    Cooperstand - here at Sweetwater, but sold by many: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CooperstdPM--cooperstand-pro-mini

    I bet one of these would work pretty well, too:...
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    Re: Got A Problem: Too Many Cucarachas!

    Another M-Cafe, namely Mudcat, loves to chew over song origins and lyrics.

    Here's one of their several discussions of La Cuc; this one went on for over a decade (there's no zombie penalty on...
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    Re: What's in public domain these days?

    Which leaves out the Carter Family and Robert Johnson, unfortunately. Lots of old ragtime and jazz tunes would be over the copyright horizon, though.

    D.H.
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