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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Jethro said in at least one show that his wife offered to pack his bags and cut him loose if she had to hear him teach one more student Sweet Georgia Brown.
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

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    Historical Note
    It has been said that Thomas Jefferson played one and was quite good at it.
  3. Thread: Down Up help

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    Re: Down Up help

    I went through that on guitar. I was having unexplained crash and burns in jams on songs I knew well and had played hundreds of times. At Kaufmann Kamp I had Russ Barenberg look at my picking to...
  4. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

    by CarlM
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    Here is Bryan Sutton's tribute from a couple of days ago.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XDwCBp52YA
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    Re: Picking both strings in a course

    Pick through the strings instead of lifting your hand or raising the pick out of the strings. Keep your pick motion in the plane of the strings as much as possible. It has to be worked on at very...
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    Re: Bridge post sources

    Typical bridge posts and thumbwheels are 5-40 thread. I believe they are available on Amazon.
  7. Re: Changing Keys in a Song...Can Someone Help Me Understand it?

    Here is where a little theory can help a lot. The key is the home note, the note the song or tune wants to end up with. One of the reasons for changing keys is as you said to fit someone's voice. ...
  8. Thread: Blem Mandolins

    by CarlM
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    Re: Blem Mandolins

    Yes I have heard those kinds of blemishes on Gilchrists, Loars, Dudenbostels, Montelleones, etc. It is amazing what seems to get past those guys. You would think top tier mandolin makers would have...
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    There are two ways to play simultaneous notes on non adjacent strings. One is the hybrid method where you hit the lower note with the pick as you pluck the higher string with your middle or ring...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    Even more important than on mandolin

    LEARN TO PLAY RHYTHM AND ACCOMPANIMENT!

    Before you start learning fills and lead learn to play basic open chord shapes C, A, G, E, D and F and how to use a...
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    Re: Not all is bad about Covid :-)

    There have been a lot of wonderful You Tube and Facebook concerts and videos as a result of things being shut down. One I have been following regularly is from Leland Sklar who puts out a daily...
  12. Re: Should I put a Mandolin Cafe Sticker on my Vintage Lifton Cas

    If you ever might sell it then it is probably a good idea not too.

    As far as stickers in general, i put stickers on cases to make them identifiable. I do not plaster the cases with them but I...
  13. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    That is a legitimate concern and an OHSA requirement in shops. I have had exposure to everything from asbestos to Trichlor to cyanide in shops I worked in. Mistaking an unlabeled bottle of acetone...
  14. Re: Confusing stuff in Mel Bay "Fun with Strums" book

    I am not sure if this is what is intended, but rather than playing the bottom note in these examples, it sounds a little better if you played the actual written note. Every time there is one of the...
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    Re: key of G: #G (0023) etc what does it mean?

    These are useful simplified chords to start out. The sooner you can transition to full four finger or three finger forms the better off you will be. None of these forms are really movable so they...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    See if you can slip a piece of paper under any part of the bridge feet. If you can then fitting the bridge may help it a lot.
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    Re: Why a carved top and bottom?

    A carved top mandolin is like an archtop guitar. One is not necessarily better but they are different in the sound they produce. Archtop instruments, including mandolins, have more of a focused...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s “Strawberry Point”

    Just to add a little more clarity and draw some connections. The name drew me to the thread because Strawberry Point is a town in Iowa about 60 miles north of where I live. There is a bluegrass...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s “Strawberry Point”

    A Google search brought up some information.

    This is from the site of Colby Maddox who was a fiddler from Special Consensus about the history of the tune.



    This is from Tom Ewing's book:

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    Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    There are no cheap and easy answers.

    JamKazam is probably the most user friendly. There is a program whose name I do not recall from Stanford that is supposed to be better as far as getting...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    A lot of people when they begin either try to learn the entire song all in one chunk or to learn one note or a few random notes at a time. Neither way works well. learning one note at a time or...
  22. Thread: Billy Joe Shaver

    by CarlM
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    Re: Billy Joe Shaver

    For anyone reading this who who may not know, Billy Joe Shaver died of a stroke yesterday, October 28.
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    If you are looking for a bluegrass instructor I can highly recommend Keith Yoder of Maryville, Tennessee. He is a multi instrumentalist and focuses on how to play well with others and on developing...
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    Re: Thile is the Messiah! The pick of Christ!!!

    Now you listen here!!! He is not the Messiah. He is a very naughty boy!!
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    Difficult week for musicians

    Johnny Nash, reggae singer who did I can See Clearly Now died yesterday,
    Along with Eddie Van Halen. Helen Reddy and Mac Davis died earlier in the week.

    It is a tough week.
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