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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    I use the notation software MuseScore, using a drum track. It has the advantage that I can write beats for tunes with uneven meters (e.g. Gankino Horo: 2/2/3/2/2), which most metronomes won't do....
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I dislike music that is faster than I can think - that says more about me than the music. It is why I tend not to listen to much bluegrass, and prefer to listen to scottish rather than irish...
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    try this


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDgHUj8sJaQ

    Whilst not precisely the same, the third movement comes uncannily close to the original Gruber composition, at least in spirit.
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    And this here is the original accompaniment for the a cappela arrangement, if I'm not very much mistaken. A rare find indeed!!
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    Re: Mandolin sighting!

    Another Taylor Swift song with no mandolin:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbcspcpInPY
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    Re: Homemade Casein Picks

    At last! someone who is really making casein picks, rather than using galalith, which is polymerized casein (that's what the formaldehyde stage is for). Of course, I'm being pedantic and facetious...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    In my 42 years or so of playing I have had the sum total of one lesson, and have only seldom opened a mandolin-related book. I am incapable of playing bluegrass (fortunately it's not something I wish...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Sorry to disagree, but how a string intones depends upon its length, mass and the tension it is under. That is why if one changes to a lighter or heavier set of strings one has to move the bridge,...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    If you mix string gauges, you will have intonation issues. I no longer use T.I. strings because they have become too expensive for me - I now use Fisoma Supersolos, which are also a flat-wound string...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    stevo58, as I mentioned in my previous post, I used PrintMusic before switching to MuseScore, there was a learning period, but it wasn't too long - helped by the fact that there are a lot of forums...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    I've been using MuseScore for 4 or 5 years, and of course there are little things which could be better, but isn't that the way with all software?
    As far as I know, it's the standard software used...
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    Re: Seeking a bridge pickup for my Eastman 515

    The Fishman bridge pickups are piezo pickups.
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    Re: Seeking a bridge pickup for my Eastman 515

    We're getting a little OT here, but pops1, it sounds to me that you are describing a condenser pickup, rather than a piezo, which would be "two conductors separated by a layer of piezoelectric...
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    Re: Seeking a bridge pickup for my Eastman 515

    Before shelling out for an expensive pickup, I would recommend you buy a cheap piezo pickup like this one:...
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    Re: Sheet Music Generator

    I tried scorecloud and found that I had to spend so much time editing that it was quicker just to record what I was playing and transcribe it myself. In contrast to cobalt, I do find it helpful to...
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    Re: Galalith poker chip pick

    How refreshing to read someone calling this material by its proper name! (rather than referring to it as casein, the protein from which galalith is made is named). Some years ago I bought a 2mm sheet...
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    Re: sanding/scratching picks for better grip

    A drop of tincture of propolis on each side of the pick makes it slightly sticky, you can then hold the plectrum as loosely as you like, and it will never slip out of your hand.
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    Re: Why do you like the picks you like?

    I make my own - about 10 years ago I bought a sheet of galalith (what is here referred to as casein), 1.75mm thick. I cut out the shape I like (more or less the fender 351 shape, with the business...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon, I think you are asking a metronome to do the opposite of what it is designed to do - which is to teach you to play strictly in tempo. Subtle variations in tempo and phrasing are a human thing...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    I have my doubts that there is a metronome app sophisticated enough to do what you want - in your video, the frame drum is playing 4/4 and the jingle (no idea what it's properly called) is playing in...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    My solution is to use MuseScore to write a single bar of the rhythm I need, using wood-block or snare drum as the instrument. Then set it up to repeat hundreds of times. The tempo can be varied using...
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    As Miles Davis is reputed to have said to John Coltrane "Don't just do something, stand there!"
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    Re: Accompanying a guitarists who tunes down

    Tuning my mandolin down (or up) by as much as a semitone results in disastrous intonation issues which can only be (partly) solved by moving the bridge, which I wouldn't attempt in the middle of a...
  24. Re: Small mixer with great mic pre's and great phantom power.

    I would suggest you look at the MG series from Yamaha. I have an MG 10 that is connected to my computer and an MG16 for live work. I've used them with large diaphragm mics, both expensive and cheap,...
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    Re: Tuner...not Tuners

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    Electronic tuners have their place (loud environment, in front of an audience when it has to go quick, etc.), but if one abandons the basic skills required to hear whether one is in tune or...
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