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    Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Scruggs tune Dear Old Dixie incorporates it. The end of Kentucky Waltz and Beaumont Rag use it. So does Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia though that one is not exactly bluegrass.
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    I have never heard any particular reason behind the choices of locations for position markers on any fretted instruments. I am not even sure when it got started.
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    Re: Is this a Depression-era kit mando?

    The darker color blocks are where position marker dots would be. Frets 3, 5 ,7, 10, 12, 15. This is the convention for mandolins. Guitars will have a dot on the 9th rather than 10th.
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    Chords and backup get neglected even though 80 percent of your time in jams or performance is spent doing it. The number system and knowing I-IV-V chords is a huge thing for playing with others. ...
  5. Re: Help with new Mandolin - Allieno Di Venaccia?

    The bridge should not be glued it place. It is just held in place by string pressure.
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    Re: "Tyrolean Lute Mandolin- 1850s"

    And probably more significant is the fact that since its back is completely missing it is unlikely to sound better than a cigar box let alone a Gibson.
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    Re: Need help identifying old mandolin

    Here is an old thread with a picture of a Sovereign mandolin and logo. The logo does not look like it.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/75434-Sovereign-Mandolin
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    Re: Soon to make my first Mandolin

    Get Graham Macdonald's book the Mandolin Project if you have not already.
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    Re: What's up with that truss rod?

    Carving that out enough to get a socket on the nut would probably weaken the neck so badly it would break before long. That is a mess.
  10. Re: What did you goof up when building your first mandolin?

    That makes me feel a little better. I did the same thing. That drawing is still in current editions. It is a confusing print page.

    Also my neck angle was too low so I slipped the back and...
  11. Re: Dead Sounding Strings - Do I have a bridge issue?

    To add to what pops 1 said, that much gap between the bridge and top will make a massive difference in the quality of the sound. That is not just a little bit wrong. That alone could cause the...
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    Re: Persimmon mandolins?

    According to the Woods Database it has similar stiffness and density to Brazilian Rosewood with slightly lower crushing strength and modulus of rupture.
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    Re: I went and did it!

    Here is a song to go with the name.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMg3aOfco8E
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    Re: I went and did it!

    There is a Twelve Step program for that. The first step is to admit you have a problem.

    "Hi. My name is Carl and I own some banjos."

    We are still working on it.
  15. Thread: Summertime

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    Summertime

    The audio on this was created for an online sound production class. I hope you all enjoy it. There is some mandolin and bouzouki content in the accompanying slideshow also.

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    Re: Left hand thumb soreness

    Good set up is essential. If he has not had the new mandolin set up by a professional the original poster should at least check it and have it set up if it is too high.

    But pressing harder than...
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    Re: Left hand thumb soreness

    I will second Matt Bruno's recommendation about checking to see how much pressure you have been using. That exercise of touching the string and gradually increasing pressure till you just get a note...
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    Re: R.I.P. Dennis Caplinger

    He taught fiddle the first time I was at Kaufmann Kamp. About halfway through the week during one of the shows he picked up a banjo out of the blue and played the hottest version of Panhandle Rag...
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    Re: RIP Nanci Griffith

    Saw her at an outdoor show about ten years ago. It seems like yesterday.
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    Re: Picks....a different angle.

    I have.
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    Re: Late Night Trashy Mandolin Music

    I have been working on Winin' Boy Blues on guitar lately. The full Jellyroll Morton lyrics certainly occupy the trashy category. Have not gotten to trying it on mandolin yet. I guess it was...
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    Re: Broken Gibson A mandolin- 1903

    Is there any evidence for it having been beaten half to death by a scorned woman with a fire poker?
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    Re: Picks....a different angle.

    Serious guitar flatpickers do not use much, if any thinner picks than mandolin players. Gypsy jazz players, in fact, use MUCH heavier picks than mandolin players, often 3.5 to 4 mm. The only...
  24. Thread: Sarah Jarosz

    by CarlM
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    Re: Sarah Jarosz

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fziK7dCVAdk

    One of the YouTube commenters said she had to be a good sport to go along with whoever proposed that song. The producer for the show came on and said...
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    Re: Action high - but why, I cry!

    He cannot play it in a boat, he cannot play it with a goat
    He will not play it here or there, He will not play it anywhere
    He does not like green mandolins and ham
    (unfortunately Sam I am,not)
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