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  1. Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    Yes, I think that's often true. I think of the mandolin like a fiddle with no sustain more than like a guitar with no sustain. :mandosmiley:
  2. Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    Maybe snarky, certainly blunt but correct.

    In many cases there's an obvious finger to use for each note in a given passage if you want to making playing it as easy as possible. And yes, a total...
  3. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    I love your take on this, CarlM. Well said.

    My rather rudimentary technique means I stick to pretty much straight melodies on mandolin and just occasionally grab a double-stop when it's...
  4. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Some styles involve strumming all six or maybe five of six strings in between or along with melody notes.

    Other players grab two or three notes on the lower strings with their fingers while...
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    Re: D'Addario Nickel Bronze Strings

    I've never tried Nickel Bronze on my mandolin but on guitar they are initially pleasing because they have a crisp, clear tone where every note rings out nicely.

    But after a few days I'm like you...
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    Re: Reharmonization with bitonality

    Pretty neat stuff!

    Bill Frisell (with Ron Carter) does a great reharmonized version of You Are My Sunshine.
  7. Re: There has got to be something better than Tabledit, right?

    To paraphrase Ben Franklin or Winston Churchill or somebody..

    Tabledit is the worst tablature software, except for all the others.
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    Re: Apollo Mike Marshall picks

    I have Blue Chip, Wegen and Primetone picks in pretty close to the same sizes and shapes. BC in 55 and 48 (i.e. 1.4mm and 1.2mm), Wegen in 1.4mm and 1.2mm and Primetone in 1.5mm, 1.4mm and 1.3mm. All...
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    Re: String shortage!?

    I hope this isn't out of order but I have three sets of Elixir Nanoweb .011-.040 mandolin strings that are still in their original boxes but must be at least 10 or 11 years old. If anyone wants them...
  10. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    In the other thread allenhopkins linked to I was commenting that I naturally think more like a mandolin player and have to re-jigger my thinking to make it suit the guitar. Not the other way 'round.
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    Re: Foam rubber armrest?

    I use the Oasis sleeve, as well. I've got an arm rest on my mandolin so it's no so much for me about protecting the finish. I just sweat a lot and hate the feel of my sweaty arm kind of "squeaking"...
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    Re: Left Hand on Neck: Palm or Thumb

    Thanks John.

    I watched that video of myself (above) and played along with it a few times. After an hour or so I managed to get comfortable with holding my left hand like I used to do and it freed...
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    Re: My MAS is cured.

    If there's a mandolin somewhere out there that feels and sounds better than mine, I'd never be able to afford it. And if I had another mandolin that wasn't as good I'd never play it. So one does it...
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    Re: Starting to see the difference

    Every guitar player or teacher I've ever had an in-depth conversation with, it's been obvious that their brain is perceiving the instrument in terms of chords first. Melodies happen within that...
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    I am either blessed or cursed, depending on how you want to look at it, with acute hearing. I don't have perfect pitch or anything like that but I really notice when tuning is "off" sounding. And I...
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    Re: Tuner Recommendations

    I use the same app.
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    I personally have never been able to get any volume or articulation with a rounded pick. And I'm someone who plays flatwound strings and is fine with a pleasing, not very loud tone from my mandolin....
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    So we know it's "barf" and we know it's from "a clown" but they're not saying which clown or what he ate to make him upchuck (or "upchurch" as my late grandmother used to say it). Got it!
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    I just got the 1.3mm version of the beveled (i.e. "hand burnished") Primetone in a slightly smaller triangle size than the 1.5mm one. Don't know if it's the slight difference in thickness or maybe...
  20. Re: A few more questions about an Eastman 305

    All you know about the factory strings is they will probably sound OK to a wide range of people. There's no reason to think they'll sound better to your particular ears than some other type of...
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    Hey, I have that "pick-off" every time I sit down to play for more than 10 or 15 minutes. Whichever one of those two I start with, at some point I decide it's not sounding right so I switch to the...
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    Re: Bridge Saddle Sag?

    Excuse me if I'm not understanding saddles correctly but the one on my mandolin actually curves the other way. The D and A strings are definitely higher than the G and E (to match the radius of the...
  23. Re: Advice/Suggestions on characteristics of an ideal mandolin st

    As far as I'm concerned no buckles/metal/plastic, period.

    Rather than multiple holes in the strap for the endpin, maybe something like adjustable laces to let you lengthen/shorten it by an inch or...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I not only always use a strap when playing, mine always stays on my mandolin even when it's in the case. Guess it might as well be considered part of the instrument, for my purposes.
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    Re: Wegen vs. Primetone vs. Clown Barf

    To me the Wegan is a bit harsher, less refined sounding. The Primetone is cleaner, more open. Clown Barf is somewhere in between. Not as harsh as the Wegen but not quite as full sounding as the...
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