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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I think the thing that the OP seems to not understand is that you can buy any acoustic mandolin and just have someone install a pick-up, or you can do it yourself. Just to toss out a simple...
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    Re: Price increases coming soon or already here

    I wonder if there was a legitimately significant upswing in mandolin buying last year. I know that guitar sales were at record levels in 2020, and I feel like I heard similar things about pianos and...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I don't get it - those just seem to be cheap acoustic mandos with pick-ups. If you want an electric mandolin I'd suggest going to emando.com and seeing what he's got listed. Also, there is a section...
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    Re: Vice grip fingers

    Just out of curiousity, other than REALLY enjoying playing in Bb, why would you spend any significant amount of time playing first fret barre chords. First fret fretting sucks on the mando ;)

    I...
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    Re: Distortion on mandolin

    I loved when Jeff Austin would put the distortion on his mando. No #######' clue how he got that sound.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2pMzgIQCJI
  6. I did two courses via Artistworks. Nathan East's...

    I did two courses via Artistworks. Nathan East's bass course was really bad. The guy is a world class player, but the course was just soooooo bad. The Michael Daves bluegrass vocals course had...
  7. Re: Anyone Else Using Chris Henry's Monroe Video Lessons?

    I agree with some of what you're saying. For reference, I've been playing about 15 years. Back around 2014 spent a year running through and memorizing the Joe Carr Monroe book and have 3-4 years...
  8. Re: Anyone Else Using Chris Henry's Monroe Video Lessons?

    It sounds like some of the rougher edges of the first bundle of courses have been sanded down, so to speak. Good to hear. I agree with you wholeheartedly about the content - I spent a couple of...
  9. Anyone Else Using Chris Henry's Monroe Video Lessons?

    I noticed he was doing a new series on the Monroe lineage with both David McLaughlin and Mike Compton participating. The new series also features fewer instrumentals and more breaks for vocal tunes,...
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    Re: Tremolo shoulder

    The other thing to consider is that tremolo motion can be different depending on context. If I'm playing Ashokan Farewell, the tremolo is going to come almost entirely from my wrist, but if I'm...
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    Re: Artistworks question

    I can't speak to Mike's mando lessons on ArtistWorks, but I've been less than impressed with Michael Daves' bluegrass vocal course and Nathan East's bass course. Nathan's course is embarassingly...
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    Re: Another source for Backup Tracks

    Probably worth pointing out two of the better known free options in guess some folks reading this thread don't already know about them.

    Flatpick Apprentice

    Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    My beer fridge freezer always has large ice cubes, though I'm actually partial to ice spheres made in Tovolo molds. Why not...it's fancy and I'm making them for my own pleasure :) I've gone down...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    I've been a rather obsessive cocktail geek for about a decade now, so I'm actually pretty pissed I missed Chris digress at length on mixology :)
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I've tried to be pretty conscious of wrist angle, though recently I've taken to playing classical guitar style while sitting to REALLY insure that the wrist stays as far away from a 45 degree angle...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    I've tried a few braces for sleeping. Still trying to find one that doesn't hurt the area between my thumb and index finger. Perhaps TMI, but I'm a side sleeper who almost always keeps both hands...
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    Re: Wrist Tendonitis?

    Thanks for passing along that URL - lots of good info there. This has only been going on for a couple of months, so I don't think it will take years to heal, but, like I said, I'm guessing I will be...
  18. Re: NY Times profiles Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Co.

    I know nothing of their instruments, but they picked a great name.
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    Re: Lesson Structure / Approach

    Not an instructor, but I've played a while...which probably counts for little, but...anyway, here's my advice. You need to be a bit more assertive in terms of what you're expecting. Yes, it is a...
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    Wrist Tendonitis?

    I'd love to hear from anyone who's dealt with this. Around about August I started getting pain in my right (picking hand) wrist that kind've spread up to the middle of my lower point of my palm and...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    Tempted, but... Thile is obviously a genius musician, but from the interviews I've seen and read, he frequently seems to sail off into rather "out there" explanations for things. I don't hold that...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Mugger (holding a gun): Your money or your life!
    Jack Benny: [Silent]
    Mugger: Your money or your life!
    Jack Benny: I heard you...I'm just thinking it over.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    So, you played one rather obscure budget pac-rim F style mando and decided you don't like F styles in general? I got news for you, if you don't like the sound of the F style TKD, you likely won't...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    But at that point, aren't you basically just using tabs? I mean, if you're using standard but introducing marks to show which string, fret, and finger to use...well...that's tablature. It just...
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    Re: Bluegrass Mando Lessons??

    Greg Horne's beginner mando book is excellent. Everyone should probably start with Mike Marshall's fundamental DVDs. After that, I'd also second Sharon's Peghead Nation courses. Admittedly, I have...
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