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

    No of course not.



    I think approximately zero extent. Most musicians with any experience are pretty critical, and not easily bedazzled.



    Of course there are. Quite a few examples. And in...
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    Re: Help: Looking To Buy My First Mandolin

    I am not going to presume to recommend a specific instrument or course of action. I'll just share some ideas, for you to do with as you would like. If my comments don't apply, perhaps they will help...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    While it is true we can't look in two places at once, almost nobody stares continuously at their hands. So I think it quite possible to fulfil your obligations as a musician to catch the smiles of...
  4. Thread: Mandolin Banjo?

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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Oh my goodness. Banjolins. I have played a few.


    * Are they much louder and/or more cutting than a decent bluegrass mandolin?

    Yes. Very much so. With great power comes great responsibility....
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    Re: Mandolin armrests - Yes, No, Type?

    I wear a terry cloth sweat band on my arm, like some tennis players use, whenever I am playing with short sleeves. Keeps the sweat off the instrument, and is much more comfortable than the edge of...
  6. Re: Anybody fixed this kind of left thumb aggravation?

    There are specific kinds of physical therapists and occupational therapists that deal with musicians and their experiences. If you can find one of those you can probably get some real advice. You can...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    While you are correct, I disagree. :)

    It is my personal opinion that in ensemble performance, in most cases, I am not responsible for every darn note in the chord. Some guitar or banjo or maybe...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    The mandolin is an ocean, with infinite pathways traversing its surface. You don't need to learn them all. You only need to learn how to get to where you want to get to, and how to get either back...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I see that I have already responded with everything I think about the subject. But I continue to want to be helpful, and if the original poster Sherry, or anyone else, has an ahaaa moment from...
  10. Re: Changing Keys in a Song...Can Someone Help Me Understand it?

    I think this is a great idea. Both of these books are very useful in answering specifically what you are after.

    You are asking the right questions.

    Any musical instrument is an ocean of...
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    I kept a journal, hoping it would help motivate me and track my progress. What I found is that I was wasting practice time journaling. And that I could tell if I was improving by how much better I...
  12. Re: Who thinks a Mandolin Cafe Patch would be a Good Idea?

    I am no judge of what would be a good idea. That said, I would by several.
  13. Re: Another pick story, making steel strings sound kinda like nyl

    The pick choice makes a large difference for a mandolin.

    This article is very very informative.

    http://jazzmando.com/tips/archives/000718.shtml
  14. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    I favor a slower pace that allows singing along.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNLHnmj4GDU
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    Re: Hi, I'm new to this

    There are many "cheat" chords, that will do the job under certain circumstances. I cheat all the time when not playing solo in an ensemble. I figure I am not responsible for every darn note in the...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    A quote and a story:

    Taylor Swift was asked how many guitars she has. She quipped that she didn’t know, and it was her experience that those who know how many guitars they have do not have that...
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    Could be a great mandolin. Could be someone's (if not your) forever mandolin.

    I had a 1984 Flatiron mandola of the same family. And I loved it.
  18. Thread: Price Tag

    by JeffD
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    Re: Price Tag

    How to decide which great luthier to go after. Well play a bunch of mandolins, at shops, at festivals, at jam sessions, and see what you like. Then, I would recommend checking out the cafe...
  19. Thread: A Fig for a Kiss

    by JeffD
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    Re: A Fig for a Kiss

    We know the tune as "Gurgling the Churn". I like kissing more than gurgling.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I am both Jim's Monkey Mind Collector and Allen's Accumulator.

    I might also be like the ants, who individual go about their particular tasks, making the decisions in front of them, oblivious to...
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    Re: Eastman MD305 = AMAZING!

    I'm sorry, but this just cracked me up. Someone else (who was it?) once posted that if you can't hear the difference you can save a lot of money.

    That said, the MD305s I have heard (never played...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    Its a decent enough idea. In certain areas it is common enough to see musicians shaped like bowlbacks. Myself included.
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    Re: New Build: 13 inch scale Flat-Top

    I am confused. Maybe because I have started the egg nog early.

    What we have here is a small flatty standard tuned mandolin, kind of the larger brother of the piccolo mandolin described in the...
  24. Thread: Going backwards

    by JeffD
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    Re: Going backwards

    My experience (which is fine to consider but hardly to be applied uncritically), is related to bad habits and non-standard techniques I had either acquired or not fixed. Be it pinky planting, not...
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    Re: Leaning Toward Old Time Fiddle Tunes

    Just be sure that when you add grass licks you are playing in a bluegrass jam. An old time jam don't want no grass licks. :cool:

    Actually I play in a few jams that would not turn away a bluegrass...
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