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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    Guitar is by far my main instrument, too. And though I have several electrics, the folk guitar is the only one I reach for. Still, having a mando and other instruments is dern handy when, for...
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    Re: Got my first mando:)

    Nice! Now go practice!
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    Re: New Player at age 63

    All good advice. I'm the same profile — old guy, been guit-picking since I was a teen, only been playing mando five or ten years. (Whos' counting?)

    Two additions:

    - Set-up needs to be more...
  4. Re: New bridge and/or pickup recommendations

    Lot of people who know more than I ever will steered me to Cumberland Acoustics bridges and K&K pickups. I like 'em both.
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    Re: Good pick for starters

    I tried all kinds of flatpicks and hated 'em all. Finally put on the fingerpicks I use for guitar. Now picking's a tropical breeze.
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    Re: Where did you find your last mando?

    Right here.

    At least I think it's my last mando. . . .
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    Re: Mandolin As A New Direction

    The worst possible person to compete against is yourself!

    I'm about your age, and I just play my instruments because it's (a) fun and (b) my favorite way to socialize. If I wanted to be star,...
  8. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Thought I'd done just about everything worth doing, but I still haven't milked a chicken!
  9. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    I'm the other way around. Decrepitude is just what I needed to get going! I didn't start gigging until I retired, which freed me up to play. The virus put a big crimp in it all, of course, but before...
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    Re: Humidity in Case vs Room

    I humidify the room. I don't get around to playing instruments that are in their cases, so I keep four of 'em, including the mando, on stands in the livingroom. (Luckily, my wife thinks they're...
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    Re: Mandolins as a work of art

    If you're ever up in Boston, visit the Museum of Fine Art's antique instruments room. MFA certainly thinks they're works of art.

    And they periodically have concerts where the instruments get taken...
  12. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    Well, Dave, now you know. Most of us don't fuss much about it. So you don't have to, either!

    I put a lot more thought into figuring out what material I want to work on. Songs I know well, to keep...
  13. Re: multi-instrumentalists: how do you manage your time?

    I don't. I just play whatever I feel like playing.

    But I don't often play instruments that are in thier cases. They have to be handy to get handled.
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    Re: Why play Mandolin?

    Hi, AndSo!

    I've played guitar for a long time. A few years ago (five? ten?), a friend asked me if I wanted to buy a mando. I said, "No, thanks. I'm a guitar guy."

    She said, "Fifty dollars."
    ...
  15. Re: How to get songs by ear... When you have no ear?

    All the suggestions above are great.

    I have a visual brain, so learning scales works best for me. I can picture them.

    I play with a guy who hits the same wrong note in one song constantly,...
  16. Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnVrjFSE1hA
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    Re: The newest hot mandolin accessory!

    Yeah, heard from my stepdaughter in Minneapolis yesterday. Vi-brrrrrrr-ato, indeed!

    - - - Updated - - -


    To beat the heat!
  18. Re: Logic Pro: Best effects for mandolin recording

    EQ and reverb.

    I'm not a pro, but I've recorded a lot tunes on my digital Tascam and use the same effects on all my instrument tracks: plenty of EQ to separate their sonic slots and usually just a...
  19. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    I take my best and my worst. It's the same mandolin.
  20. Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    What? No polkas?!
  21. Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    As Jim said . . . .

    =O]
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    Re: internal pickup

    Yeah, I go around the strap when I play electric. Especially a Strat, which doesn't accommodate a right-angle thingy.
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    Re: internal pickup

    I used to be in a band that practiced in a converted garage. It was a pigsty, with all kinds of cables and cords all over the floor and gear stacked and shelved and dumped everywhere.

    I hated it...
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    Re: internal pickup

    I like right-angle plugs, too. But there's an advantage to straight: If there's a tug on the cable, like, say, from someone tripping on it, a straight cable is more likely to just pull right out than...
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    Re: internal pickup

    True 'nuff! See #10.
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