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  1. Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    Try holding something comfortable like a wine bottle cork with the last three fingers while you practice.
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    Re: Slow Jam Tips Needed

    Here's a link the Taborgrass site Josh mentioned above. Go to the Music page and there's a ton of chord charts, lyrics and tab for a whole mess of standards. There are also good info pages on jam...
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    Prayer for Dennis @ The Mandolin Store

    For those of you so inclined, I would ask that you keep Dennis Vance in your prayers. He is facing some medical issues that must be addressed in the near future. I do not wish to, nor do I intend to...
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    Re: Dylan on bluegrass in the New York Times

    I don’t think Bob’s knocking anybody. He’s simply answering the question asked. “Have you ever thought of recording a bluegrass album?” I think his answer is out of respect to bluegrass, the Beatles...
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    Re: Iwamoto F5 mandolin #118 in progress

    All finished and ready for shipping!

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    Re: How much do you practice?

    About a hour a day on the weekdays and probably 2 one hour sessions on the weekend. I'm trying to be more focused on practice and setting goals. Working on about 2 fiddle tunes a month. I should be...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Northfield is not an Asian import company. It is not a business entity that solely purchases items from an external country and separate business entity and then resells in the U.S. for profit. The...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Agree Daryl, Ive had mine going on 5 years now and love it! Not sure why some insist on disparaging the shop because the facts are that its an American based company producing high quality...
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    Re: Northfield F5S arriving soon

    Northfield arrived today! Ben Clark is a great dealer, he packed the Mandolin very secure. Fast shipping and gave me a very nice leather Mandolin strap to match the Northfield. My first impression...
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    Re: Northfield F5S arriving soon

    Yea, I purchased the Amber Northfield. I too have been eyeing for a while and thought I better pick it up because who knows when you’ll find another for sale. I watched a couple Video lessons where...
  11. Re: Ricky Skaggs and Dailey and Vincent Saturday Night Opry

    It was good to see them together. And good to see the Opry live back on TV. This Circle channel has been doing some great documentaries. Don't miss the ones on Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. ...
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    Re: Shelter-in-place (NMC)

    1. Check the internet for musical instruments that I don't need and can't afford.
    2. Write some new songs.
    3. Nap
    4. Watch DVD reruns of classic old TV shows (F-Troop, Lone Ranger, WKRP In...
  13. Re: How to approach practicing and improvement?

    Update for those who might be interested: I had my first lesson with a proper mandolin teacher, and it was an actual revelation, I'm so disappointed I didn't do it earlier.

    He gave me a few tips...
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    Read Me First

    The old Forum software has been reinstalled. But I wasn't done meddling just yet. I saw some things in the other version and decided they had their place here so changes have occurred in the...
  15. Re: “one announcement we're privy to that will rock the industry”

    If it's an active internal preamp (and the earlier Zeta mandolins had that, I think?), then it means a removable battery to power it. That's easy for an acoustic guitar, because you can replace the...
  16. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    There's no better time than now to engage with music and idealism.
  17. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Alan, enjoy your journey! Ask any questions you may have so you get what you need!
  18. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Yes, if you don’t enjoy the journey you’ll not succeed in even modest goals. If I had to start over, I’d fing a teacher and get started on the right track when I realized my left hand was not going...
  19. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    FYI ! I have no musical ability and never played an instrument ! At 63 and a half years old I decided I wanted to play the mandolin ! Fast forward and I will be 73 next month . I play in a band...
  20. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    The Mandolin Cafe board will be sending a representative from the daily practice committee for a surprise visit to your home to authenticate your mandolin progress.
    If you can drive your spouse...
  21. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    1. I love this :D
    2. It won't take you ten years to reach your goal
    3. I made a similar deal with myself... When I can play the mando live and not sound like a guitar player playing the mandolin,...
  22. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Retirement will kick start an accellerated process for sure. I’ve gotten comments like how good I was for only playing three years, to which I reply, forty years of flat picking guitar got me going,...
  23. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Hi Alan, I started at 58, and now about to retire 8 yrs later at the end of this month, happy with my progress, but still striving to improve. This is what I have done: Keep my instrument out of...
  24. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    Go for it Alan! You have made the perfect first step . . . just remember to let us know when you do your first gig!

    Listen, learn, play and enjoy!
  25. Re: Just to put myself on notice for some accountability...

    I started as well to play at age ~57, this is my 1st and only instrument. Eight years later, I’m still having fun, playing in jams, with friends and with a band. My goal, which I am still...
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