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    Re: Coleman's Cross

    That is a lovely pace for learner's to reference - might be easier for folks on YouTube to find it if in the title it's clarified that it is Coleman's Cross the jig - example: "Coleman's Cross (jig)"...
  2. Re: Just Ordered my First Mandolin, Advice?

    Also check out the free online lessons Baron Collins-Hill provides over at https://www.mandolessons.com
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    I think proper technique breakdown is a GREAT one for a beginner/intermediate workshop - it'll help save attendees so much grief further down the line. Lack of appropriate technique can really...
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    Re: Strings for sore finger tips

    One other thing, make sure you're not pressing down too hard when fretting notes - if you have to press down hard then that could be your sign that your action is too high. But even with perfect...
  5. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    Tips for when you go try banjos out: bring a lighter pick - for tenor banjo playing something in the range of .60mm - .72mm works well, and pick down near the bridge (good rule of thumb is 1-2inches...
  6. Re: First instrument(s) suggestions - mostly Irish/celtic/folk

    I think the ones you mentioned are all good potential first mandolins - I'd also add Eastman to that list. If you're able to play any in person that would help as far as figuring out if the neck...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Interesting to note that the kind of ensemble playing that the Chieftans played a part in popularising would be something that Tony MacMahon later lamented as moving people away from the appreciation...
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    Re: R.I.P. Paddy Maloney

    Sad week for trad music as box player Tony McMahon died a few days ago as well. Oddly enough, when I heard about Tony's death for some reason the thought popped into my head wondering was Paddy...
  9. Re: What are your thoughts on Deering Tenor Banjos

    I'd always vote for a 19 fret tenor banjo meself - I started out playing 17 fret tenors and once I switched to 19 fret I far preferred the string tension on them and I find it facilitates playing...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    What a beaut that F-2 is and what a great pair it and the Straddling are! I reckon you're going to have many happy years of picking with the new acquisition!
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    Re: Screamin' CL deal on a (very worn) F2

    Enjoy Sue! Some of the best old Gibson I've gotten a chance to play had replaced parts/lots and lots of honest wear - it's how they sound and feel to play that matters! Have a great weekend with your...
  12. Re: Two hornpipes: Pat Galvin's and Cuckoo's Nest

    Irish Tune info lists "Pat Galvin's" as an alternate name for "The Homeruler", which was written by Frank McCollum (always like to give credit to the composer when we know who it is), from Antrim,...
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    Re: Warm up song

    It'd be "Dancing Eyes", a great Sean Ryan jig - I usually start with some scales and some warm up exercises from one of Enda Scahill's books, and then launch into this jig - for me it's a great warm...
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    Re: Case options for flat top

    Nice case!
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    Re: NMD Gibson A-1 from 1912!

    Comhghairdeas - nice looking old A there!
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    Re: Do You Baby Your Mandolin?

    I don't mind honest wear from playing it regularly on an instrument, but I do always keep all my instruments in their cases - I have an enthusiastic Beagle, flagstone floors and live in a 150+ year...
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    Re: Strings For Mahogany Back Mandolins

    I had a mahogany back and sides mandolin (Weber Gallatin F) and loved it's sweet sound - as Jim mentioned above, not sure you'll have luck getting maple style punch out of it, but my vote would be...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I always use a strap whether sitting or standing when playing. Same goes for my tenor banjo and tenor guitar. With the acoustic guitar I only use a strap if I'm playing standing up. I find the strap...
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    Re: NMD - Peter Coombe classical flattop

    Congratulations, lovely mandolin and really enjoyed that waltz as well!
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Also auto correct changed "thumb" to "them" in the first sentence - I meant to write "....there seems to be a lot of thumb showing above the side of the neck.."
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    Re: Dagger Gordon CDs

    Great stuff, will definitely head over to Bandcamp to get some of those!
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Looking at your first two photos, the ones of hand position, it struck me that there seems to be a lot of them showing above the side of the neck - I grabbed my mandolin to compare and I would...
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    Re: Vice grip fingers

    You mention your arm getting numb and fingers locking up - have you had any lessons with an experienced mandolin instructor? Less than ideal technique can lead to issues with the hands and arms and...
  24. Re: buying second hand (expensiive) instrument on Craiglist

    I've purchased pricey electric guitars, amps and drum kits via craigslist over the years when I lived in the States and I've never asked the seller for a receipt, mainly because like myself, many...
  25. Re: US Made Mandolins "around $1500" (a...hopefully...helpful lis

    Northfield Calhoun comes to mind.
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