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  1. Re: Best way to learn to play Smooth and Clean (not sloppy)?

    Excellent point. There’s a method called Principles of Rotating Attention (PORA). Bass teacher Ariane Cap espouses a form of this.

    Select a part of a song (a couple measures). Something familiar...
  2. Re: Best way to learn to play Smooth and Clean (not sloppy)?

    To learn to play fast, practice slowly.

    Many years ago I took classical guitar lessons and practicing slowly was held to be essential. A vital detail that’s usually left out of the “practice...
  3. Re: Does anyone have experience or advice about finger rehabilita

    Congrats on your progress, Steve! I think it was author James Baldwin who said, “Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.” My advice: be patient but be persistent.
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    Re: Beginner Mandolin Questions

    I’ve been playing mandolin for a year, now. I’ve done several online workshops (Matt Flinner, Tim Connell, et al.) and they’re wonderful but there are nuances in playing that are hard to convey in...
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    Re: Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield

    I’ll be within 200 miles of it (in Palm Springs) while it’s happening but I’ll be too occupied there to make the trip to Bakersfield. Another time, I hope.
  6. Thread: Pick Depth

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    Re: Pick Depth

    One instructive feature is hearing speedy tunes slowed to the degree where you hear how far off tempo/time they can be yet still sound good at normal tempo. It’s not a perfect world, even at the top.
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    Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    It’s normal to check the tuning each time you pick it up to play. Whether or how well it stays in tune varies from one instrument to another, varies with weather changes and with several other...
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    Re: Do I round off my bridge or stop touching it?

    As Moms Mabley used to say, “Do what you want to do. But KNOW what you’re doing.” An entry-level or intermediate mandolin I wouldn’t hesitate to modify to make it more playable. A high end instrument...
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    Re: Do I round off my bridge or stop touching it?

    When I bought my octave mandolin (my first mando) the sharp edge of the bridge annoyed me awfully. I took it in for a setup and asked the luthier to round it a bit and since then it’s been a treat to...
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    Re: Blue Chip CT55 (and other Xmas ideas)

    A nice floor stand for a mandolin could be a suitable gift.
  11. Thread: Workshop feeback

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    Re: Workshop feeback

    + What are things you hate about live workshops? Do you think there's a way to eliminate those things?
    Attendees who ask inane questions (picks, strings, chord fingerings, finishes) or drone on...
  12. Thread: Eastman fans...

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    Re: Eastman fans...

    Somebody did!
  13. Thread: Speed Exercises

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    Re: Speed Exercises

    The maxim of “Practice slowly to play fast.” is based on the principle of teaching your hands to play accurately before accelerating. If you can’t play something well at a slow tempo then practicing...
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    Re: Picking Hand Exercises

    I’m sure that I have something similar in my stack of gettin’-round-to-its but this is really flexible and I like it!
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    Re: Soares'y Guitars octave mandolin

    A 23-foot scale would be a stretch even for most octopus! Talk about neck dive!

    Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident has played a range of electric mandolins with many of them being octave...
  16. Thread: Speed Exercises

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    Re: Speed Exercises

    See post #2.
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    Re: Do you insure your instruments?

    Check your homeowner policy, though. If you ever gig for pay your instruments may not be covered there.
  18. Re: Does anyone have experience or advice about finger rehabilita

    When you inquire about PT you should also ask about one that has experience with musicians. They’re, unfortunately, hard to find even in big cities. It won’t be necessary for the basic recovery of...
  19. Re: 3 Favorite Mandolin CDs (not by Bill, David, Ricky, Sam & Chr

    OK, we’ve got a slug and a half of albums named here over the past twelve years and no one has yet compiled ‘em into one comprehensive list. With a super scoop of apprehension I submit my...
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    Re: Future octave mandolin player question?

    You’ll have to decide how you want to approach learning a new instrument. A year ago my first foray into instruments of the mandolin family was, and still is, an Eastman MDO-305 octave mandolin. It’s...
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    Re: Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    The ballot picks were not guarded by a mother hen so I’m sure there was fraud. We’re surrounded by banjo players, after all.

    I had a pretty constructive time hanging back and playing quietly...
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    Re: Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    Yer right, I blended right in! I spent several hours there today (Friday) and I’ll be back tomorrow. It’s a bigger gathering than I expected and I really enjoyed myself. My wife suggested that I...
  23. Thread: Polish folk song

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    Re: Polish folk song

    My family was all Swedish (I’m all American), a short boat ride from Poland where two of my cousins moved. My brother, near Chicago, married into a Polish immigrant family so all things Polish have...
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    Re: "Lost Soul Behind Bars" - NMC

    Great article! Great program they had, too! Thanks so much for that, Sue.
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    Re: Tygh Valley Oregon Bluegrass Jamboree

    This is great news for me. This is my first year of mandolin and it’ll be my first time at Tygh Valley. I’m an old guy with a hat and a mandolin so you’ll be easily able to spot me in that crowd....
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