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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Some complex rhythms are difficult to translate to written page; too much nuance. All the advice about listening and absorbing are on the money.
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    Re: "What's That Sound?" Del McCoury jam

    That was some real fine genre crossing.
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Having started at “0” I looked down to watch my hands from the start, eventually reaching a point of finding basic chords without constantly looking. When practicing scales and melodic lines, I close...
  4. Thread: please help

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    Re: please help

    Or it’s a different color:))
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    Re: Light or Medium strings?

    After acquiring my previously owned Eastman 615, I made an inquiry to Eastman as to recommend gauge. Response: j74, (medium). Light strings might work OK, but they could make the sound less full.
  6. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    My brief exposure to classical techniques didn’t provide guidance on fast bluegrass style picking.
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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    The most basic free phone app available; audible clicks with adjustable tempo.
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    Re: Picking both strings in a course

    Interesting inquiry. When I first picked up the mandolin along with one of the how to play books, I found no guidance about picking through both strings. Eventually, it became clear that strumming...
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    Re: Bridge upgrade on new Eastman mando?

    My 2003 615 was noticeably improved by installation of a CA bridge. At the time, the experienced luthier told me it might or might not work out to my benefit. I won the coin toss.
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    Re: ? about Dunlop Primetone picks...

    I’ve done the same thing and have a few Primetone triangles with one rounded point. It provides some flexibility in playing.
  11. Thread: Beginner info

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    Re: Beginner info

    Additional sources for remote learning:

    Sharon Gilchrist at Peghead.
    https://pegheadnation.com

    Don Julin, Mandolins Heal the World.
    https://www.mandolinshealtheworld.com
  12. Thread: Price Tag

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    Re: Price Tag

    Not sure that comparing volume builders Eastman and Kentucky to one man shop Silverangel (Ken Ratcliff) is appropriate, other than the fact Ken builds a great sounding mando for a very reasonable...
  13. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

    Repair completed. Very slight “under lap” where back meets tail, maybe 1/32”. Discussed with luthier before repair: potential risk of popping something else with pressure applied to make a perfect...
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    Re: $1000 Budget - What should I get?

    Another vote for the most Eastman that fits the budget.
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    Re: 1 1/16" fret advice

    Different mandolins may require subtle changes in playing. I’ve experienced similar muting issues and have resolved them through a focused practice approach.

    But if all else fails, you’ll probably...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    This is what works for me: 1) listen, listen, listen to the recorded version; 2) learn and practice the chord changes, play repeatedly; 3) learn and practice the melody; I create my own “backing...
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    Re: Learning Mando - Udemy??

    You could check Don Julia’s site, Mandolins Heal the World. There’s Beginners Corner and much more when you absorbed some of the basics.
  18. Thread: Tuning up

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    Re: Tuning up

    Perhaps you could find an experienced player to show you how to switch keys by using common moveable chord shapes. And there are many instructors online if you want formal lessons and can’t find a...
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    Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    I had a similar experience with my Eastman, though I didn’t hate the sound prior to the change. The CA bridge definitely resulted in increased volume and improved tone quality.
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    Re: Great new videos from the mandolin store

    I’m with you, pops1. Sometimes I wonder why I picked the mandolin, because I’ve always had bass lines running around my head. One on my favorite things about my Silverangel is the thundering G. Well,...
  21. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

    Thank you for the insights. These are the responses I hoped for. I’ll update when the job is done.

    And Rob Roy, it does have nice sound, not as resonant as my Silverangel, but it’s enjoyable to...
  22. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

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    Blue tape isolates the area of separation. Looking down, the back appears to “underlap” the body at the tail, photo second from left. Perhaps due to string tension? I...
  23. Thread: Detached back

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    Re: Detached back

    Thanks John. Back is separated at the tail block to about 1/3 around on both sides.
    The gap isn’t open enough for me to detect interior condition.
    Instrument is 18 yr old Eastman 615.
    Binding on...
  24. Thread: Detached back

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    Detached back

    I need guidance on a repair. My mandolin suffered a jolt that resulted in the back becoming partially detached. What course of action should a repair tech be presenting to me?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Getting to play mando in my band

    Livin’ the dream. :mandosmiley:
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