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  1. Re: Do great looking mandolins have to sound better?

    There are. One word: Fylde
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Yes, but that is not because of the wet box. It's because the box is tuned in equal temperament, while a fiddler likes to have pure fifths for the sake of resonance between strings. Mandolin players...
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    Right, I've experienced that difference even in Irish sessions. It's an ambivalence normally reserved for banjo players.
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    Re: Wet Tuning?

    I am. Exactly my cup of tea.
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    Re: Question for UK Members re. BREXIT

    There was a moment when I considered buying what I could from Roger Bucknall while it was easy.
    But in the end I decided that I would not let my financial timing be controlled by a PM who cannot...
  6. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    What? Can you post an example of something played in this tuning?[/QUOTE]

    I do everything in wet tuning. But the OM lends itself to it much easier than the mandolin.
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    Re: Astor Piazzola on Mandolin

    I like that lonely A-style among all the bowlbacks.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    "all the tunes"? Memory needs concentration. Do not play 10 tunes from tab, but play one from ear over and over, until it haunts you and you hum it in your sleep. When you reach that point of not...
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    Re: Giraffe Bone Nuts

    The first question occurring to me is What Are the Properties of Giraffe Bone that Make It a Desirable Nut Material? - and frankly, I guess there are none, which makes any other question about it...
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    Re: Better than a metronome

    A Viking variation on the theme...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnDLNSoOuoQ
  11. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    I could say a lot about the benefits in getting used to playing for your worst critic, i.e yourself, but I found a Tee shirt that says it all.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRtEhAq7xP8
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    That's what popcorn was made for ;)
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    Re: Verisimilitude

    Thanks for making me learn a word I didn't know before.
  14. Re: When did you realize mandolin was your primary instrument?

    I've often told this story, but here goes. After a youth darkened by unvoluntary violin lessons, I had stopped playing music altogether. After graduation and after having moved for my first job, on...
  15. Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    On the plus side, with that break angle it's probably inaudible.
  16. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Plateaus are neccessary phases of procedural memory reorganization. Once that is done, a sudden leap in ability is sure to come, if you just don't give up.
    It's much like that "weeds" scene from...
  17. Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    We are all divided on this.
    Personally, I like the scroll because it uses misplaced stylistic elements to mock the violin, which I was forced to learn to play in my youth and have hated ever since....
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    That seems to be the central question, the fog we are all groping about in. Once we agree on a test of musicality, we can start opining wether passing that test can be learned.

    But I wouldn't be...
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    Re: The perfect T-shirt

    I always wondered if there is a submarine counterpart to playing the accordion to cows.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I would have called it a mandukulello.
    But the center tuner feels weird in my mirror neurons.
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    I had a different acoustic deja-vu, and I think I know what Bratsche's next challenge is going to be... ;)
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    Re: Suddenly feeling old

    ... and naturally distressed!
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    Not the worst point to start. Steeleye Span comes to mind...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    What's wrong with novelties? The OM is at least as good for song accompaniment as the guitar, it can be fingerpicked, it can be wet-tuned.



    Melody playing with lots of doublestops is what I do....
  25. Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    As for the age spectrum, I suspect there is a filter at work here. After all, this is not electric guitars.

    Assuming you start playing at an age when the mandolin slowly looms out of the mists of...
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