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    Re: Mandocello Wikipedia

    Perhaps a few notes of general information are in order.

    Wikipedia is a free information sharing resource created, edited, and maintained mostly by volunteers.

    It is easy to join and...
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    Re: 10 Questions for Alison Stephens

    Thanks for keeping this great interview in view, keeping Alison Stephens' memory alive. :mandosmiley:

    And as a PSA - I've been having a deuce of a time uploading a photo of Ms Stephens to her...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    BTW & FWIW, the builder (and Café member) Keith Cary is playing cello in the video, not his ingenious construction. :cool:
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    I think a resonator mandolin is a great suggestion. I looked for one for years while in my first jug band (a time period which predated the interweb, with its attendant assistance and ease in...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Spoons have a place, all right. In the kitchen drawer! :mad:
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    I must say, I never have. I can't even figure how that term is derived. Doesn't make idiomatic sense, nor even grammatical. Curious. :confused:

    The String Swing guitar holder uses the term "yoke"...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Yes, I do. Both will make you cry, but an onion is much, much quieter. And tastier.
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    There are suppliers who will put together custom sets of strings accoring to your wishes. One such, operated by a Café member, https://emando.com/ whose products I have used over the years, (NFI) has...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    I did not know that. I saw your mention in the OP, but didn't quite "get it." Seems to me the advantage of double strings is in trilling, which always sounds thin on a single-stringed instrument. To...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    Good point about the strings. Do NOT use bronze wound strings! :disbelief: The G and D strings will sound like a sawed-off shotgun! (As opposed to a normal shotgun.)

    Though it IS still a...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    As you may have surmised from the tone of even these few responses, they are often considered the "red-headed step-child" of the mandolin family - begrudgingly half-welcomed into the fold, generally...
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    Re: Hi Everyone

    Welcome to the Café! :mandosmiley: Always good to add another voice to the choir, or mandolin to the orchestra. (Look up "mandolin orchestras," if you wonder what that means. Fascinating period in...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Well ... There IS some virtue in avoiding looking down, although it has nothing much to do with playing, in general. In performance situations, as has been noted, it doesn't look good, or it seems to...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    Yes, good point - and I think, often overlooked. I find myself listening to myself playing, and how it fits with the other players, all the time. I mean, music is played to be heard, not just played,...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    It may not be that big of a deal, depending on the audience. I imagine nursing home audiences have lower expectations than the scene I have to deal with here. Here, if people have whatever issue with...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    I'm pretty much the opposite. At home, with no one else to impress nor influence me, ie, interact with, I'll watch what I'm doing all the time. In this context all that matters is accuracy, not...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Based on observations; that's my point. As I said, like taking a survey. The opinion of the survey-taker is irrelevant.

    I get the distinct impression that my opinion of this aspect of the...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Did someone say "Wagon Wheel?" Put $20 in the tip jar! :))



    From the notes:

    We have never done this song. Someone put $20 in the bucket and kept asking for it, for over an hour. So at the...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    CarlM - that's hilarious! Is that your doing? If so, hip hip hooray!

    The most I've ever been able to do with "Amore" is:

    When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie -
    That's a-messy. ;)
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Right. That is objective. It's like taking a survey. It's not what do you want to hear or play - subjective - it's what do they want to hear, what do they want you to play - objective.

    It's not...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Yeah, but ...

    The way the question is posed in the OP, it's objective or empirical in nature. Emotional responses are beside the point.

    Here's the article by Bill Graham about "The Man With The...
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    Re: 1000 posts!

    Ya see whatcha did there, cayuga red? You have to copy over the end quote code [/QUOTE], too, or the quote window won't operate. ;)

    Congratulations, Zach! Contribution, participation, that's what...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    No, no, signore! Ma grazie, mille grazie! People will be more likely to remember the singer than the subject. Secondo me ... ;)

    Perhaps if the man who plays the mandolin were to play "Mambo...
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    I beg your pardon, sir. Top 40? "Maggie May" was a monster hit. It was #1 simultaneously in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada (for six, five, and four weeks, respectively, for the first three), a...
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    Re: "What's That Sound?" Del McCoury jam

    I'm really impressed with that take on "With A Little Help From My Friends." Not the singing, or playing, although that's all fine. It's the cooperation. There are eleven musicians there, at least...
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