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    Re: Solo Recordings - 1 Mandolin

    I have a release waiting to be listed at CD Baby, of unaccompanied 10-string. Any day now. Title will be "5 x 2".

    Selections include Bach, Choro, Folk and Jazz.
  2. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    The joke is because the viola doesn't work very well, but is appreciated anyway. I speak as a former violist.

    But the viola, in the other direction, proves that playability is more important than...
  3. Re: Tuning an "A" style Mandolin in G3 C4 E4 G4: String Suggestio

    You could get precise wth Graham McDonald's calculator page: https://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/stringxxiii.html

    But not hard to get really close. Starting with your favorite gauge for G3, say .038,...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    The pass-by scissor cut is the best kind. It leaves a less deadly end on the plain strings. Diagonal cutters leave what is really a tiny chisel point, guaranteed to penetrate.

    I do not cut against...
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    Re: Electric pickup noise at part volume.

    I successfully grounded/earthed the strings of my first mandolin, the acoustic-electric Fender. A wire (E string piece) tucked under the washer on the output jack ran to the endpin, where it...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Remaining tension is indeed an issue that I deal with. I usually just pick hard/loud, from both directions, to settle the A strings. I also do not use only increasing-tension tuning direction. I will...
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Nicely played!

    The short scale and the more tension-reactive A strings make mandolins sensitive to dimensional change from humidity shifts. I remember Tim O'Brien making this complaint about going...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I can well imagine shell has an interesting tone, at least at close range. But that is not a sufficient reason for me. I also think Fender celluloid sounds good, but it wears out too quickly. Because...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I dealt with a case in my auditioning days. It yielded to a three week course of ibuprofen, back when Advil was prescription-only.

    Reducing the inflammation allows healing because it decreases the...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    Well, it is the sort of thing I do. My personal arrangement for the song has moves like that. Guitar players of course do this regularly, and the tab is probably trying to sound like Paul's guitar on...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    More than one way to do that. Maybe explain what music this example is taken from.

    If at brisk clip I would just let index finger on second fret lean on the muted string. I do this a lot, using...
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    Re: Any one playing on Jamulus?

    From the Virtual Studio page:

    "It minimizes latency by using software and hardware that is optimized for the transmission of audio over computer networks. Most people who have tried it so far are...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Instead of graphite look for a tube of powdered Teflon. But going sharp can be because you generate humidity, and the mandolin expands slightly.

    However, differential intonation across frets...
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    Re: String heights above the pickups?

    On height in general, too close makes a splatty attack sometimes. Lower is a cleaner attack but may not yield the signal strength you want if driving distortion.

    On the other hand, you can, and...
  15. Re: Bach Cello Suites arranged for CGDA instruments/Octave Mandol

    I use the International Edition for viola, edited by Milton Katims, which are in alto clef.

    I ignore his bowings and fingerings, but prefer the voicing for the D major suite.
  16. Performers need audiences that can participate remotely

    As audiences at live events decline generally, and as the economics suffers, with tickets costly but earnings meager, virtual audiences could save live performance as a living.

    Almost no musician...
  17. Re: Microphone recommends for home studio recording?

    I looked at frequency-response charts and the polar patterns of some mics and chose the Shure KSM 32, a modern large-diaphragm design. It is very forgiving of angle, as the frequency response is the...
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    "I Will" -- CD preview

    The project is finished recording, should be done with mastering for release next week. Here's the final preview from the project, Paul McCartney's sweet song in solo arrangement. Single mic, Shure...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    Experienced and expert players will sometimes use the out-of-position finger for convenience or tone, but avoiding the pinky is handicapping yourself. Lots of fingering hurts when learning or...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    Jim Bevan's economic reply is probably sufficient, but I want to explain something for elementary students.

    Scales and arpeggios are like the alphabet and spelling rules. Those don't on their own...
  21. Thread: Estamos ai

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    Re: Estamos ai

    It's Portuguese, from the world of bossa, samba, and choro.
  22. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    Sheet music is likely to be an image. When I work up a chart and "print to pdf" it encodes as a jpeg or one other compressed image.

    An image editor might be the best approach. I've cleaned up pdf...
  23. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    I think you need a PDF editor. Acrobat is able to make PDFs but not necessarily edit another file.

    Photoshop allows importing PDFs and then you can edit as an image (at least my old version 6...
  24. Thread: Estamos ai

    by Tom Wright
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    Re: Estamos ai

    "No matter where you are..." you're swinging.

    Cool groove, sweet sounds from the Apitius.
  25. Re: Leo Kottke on 10-string -- "William Powell"

    Thanks for listening.

    I made sure it intonates well, of course. It would not be possible to use as a solo instrument without assuring well-behaved strings. 14.25" scale, gauges are .048, .034,...
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