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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    Because of the ban on political content in this forum, I won't get dragged into a discussion of "Woke" chords!
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    Re: Parrot Party

    This Cracker wants that Polly! Play on, Dawg!
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    Rootless chords are kinda like those knives in your kitchen. Are they for slicing a tomato, or murdering your spouse? Yes, it just depends on the preceding setting, the direction one is traveling,...
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    Re: 5ths tuned chord progression source?

    When I was first getting into swing mandolin about 20+ years ago, I photocopied lead sheets for songs my guitar-playing friends were into (eg: "ALL of Me", "Out of Nowhere") and built chord...
  5. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    However, if you don't tune your mandolin, it sounds like there are more of you! Just not louder.
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    Re: Crossrock Mandolin Cases

    After lugging my Calton around a Mandolin camp, I bought a CrossRock fiberglass case in order to have something a bit lighter that provides decent protection for my instruments. CrossRock didn't...
  7. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    Steve:

    I hadn't seen many postings from you recently and thought you might be up to something. Looks fantastic & look forward to the videos. This goes beyond non-traditional shapes - we've been...
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    Re: Jack Tottle's book

    Like Musicofanatic my first mandolin was a <$50 Harmony Monterrey I bought in a pawn shop and I plinked around on it and played Levon style mandolin until I bought the Jack Tottle book in 1974. That...
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    Re: he's at it again

    All that beautiful music AND a bow tie, too!
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    Re: Bourgeois M5A Mandolin

    I played 2 at IBMA and given the crowded exhibition hall, about all that I could tell was that they were set up well, had good wood and finish. Played one at Elderly and thought it sounded better...
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    Re: Joel Murtinger?

    I know nothing of the builder, but that is an interesting and unique cutaway design. I'd be interested in ho w it sounds and plays.
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    Re: Pentatonic Scales Primer

    In my playing, I often hit a lot of "accidentals".
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    Re: Favorite Mandolins You’ve Owned

    I'll go:

    1993 Nugget A5 Dlx - my #1 always for tone and "feel"

    Tie: Sorensen Sprite and Ellis twin point

    2003 Duff F5 - X braced top

    '23 F2 that John Hamlett restored from the dead by...
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    Re: Guide Fingers - Mandolin Techniques

    Matt-

    I think this lesson should be very informative for the mandolin player who is starting the journey of learning movable chords. In fact, it is something I still do when encountering a...
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    Re: Ellis Reserve A-models in the classifieds

    Who needs a fancy strap-holder? Ellis As and twin points float all my boats! Those three have some great looking (and sounding, I'll bet) wood.
  16. Mine on order -Frank & Dirty Kitchen always drive...

    Mine on order -Frank & Dirty Kitchen always drive a tune & have great vocals! Looking forward to the entire album.
  17. Re: A Few More Enharmonic Movable Chord Shapes

    Mark: That shape is very useful in yet another context: Emaj7-9. I often use the bottom 3 strings of this shape in a variety of ways. Move it up to 4-4-5-X and you have B Minor (Root - 5th -...
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    Re: New Ellis Mandolins at Music Emporium

    The Ellis shop delivers on looks that look almost as good as they sound. I currently own a twin point and that is a keeper! Wish I'd never sold the A model I had previously. At current prices,...
  19. There are many good notes on this CD. Even...

    There are many good notes on this CD. Even though the tracks were recorded in isolation, the whole project swings and sounds very spontaneous. And somehow Mandolin Cafe forgot to thumbnail Don -...
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    Re: Guitar flight case in overhead?

    If you are risking the Russian roulette of getting your guitar flight case into overhead storage, I'd strongly recommend detuning and carefully packing padding (extra socks, underwear, etc) around...
  21. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I can't find it on a quick search, but somebody posted a fair bit ago about using some kind of weighted bag attached to the butt end of the mandolin that was designed to adjust for the weight of the...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Digging 2 ft deep postholes in Carolina clay by hand over a weekend and setting the posts in concrete. It took 3 days before I could uncurl my fingers. And yeah, 85 lb bags of concrete are a lot...
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    Re: Song Breakdown: Swing 42

    "Lady Be Good" is the swing tune most often heard at a bluegrass jam.
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    Re: Chord Finder App

    A low tech solution is to use the Chord Finder section in Mandolin Cafe. More chords than you can shake a pick at are listed there.
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    Re: Well, that was gone rather fast....

    Somebody saved my wallet. I love 2-points & was slow on the draw!
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