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    Re: Monel strings - what to do, what to do?

    I tried the Martin monel strings on an F5 style mandolin a few years ago and in my opinion they sounded weak and hard to hear compared to both the Curt Mangan monels and the D’Addario monels. Of the...
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    Re: Doug Unger Mandolin??

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    1984 Doug Unger F4 style mandolin
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    I have played with the strap over one shoulder and with the strap around my neck and I never had any problems either way. I slightly prefer to wear the strap around my neck but I don’t really notice...
  4. Re: Gibson Must Now Face Antitrust Litigation in Heritage Case

    But not from actually playing them.
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    Re: B.B King box on mandolin?

    The BB Box is based in part on major and minor pentatonic patterns. Niles Hokkanen, who posts here occasionally, wrote a pentatonic mandolin tutorial with the mandolin patterns called The Pentatonic...
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    Re: Bill Monroe’s mandolin and other Loars.

    In Neil Rosenberg’s book Bluegrass A History, in the photo section between pp. 124-125, is a 1945 photo of Bill holding his “newly acquired” Loar. The mandolin looks new, complete with pick guard and...
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    Re: Monroe Mandolin Camp 2021

    Among all the terrific classes and other events at the MMC this year, it was great to see and pick with Don and Dan and so many other old friends again and to meet Shaun and so many other new...
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    Re: Starting to see the difference

    Playing the dobro is like playing the guitar with one finger. My dobro playing got a lot more “linear” (in Allen’s well-chosen word) after I got serious about playing mandolin.
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    Re: Right arm placement

    In my view, positioning your picking arm the way you are is fine, perhaps even ideal. Coming in straight over the tailpiece and straight over the bridge and strings (without resting on them) centers...
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    Re: Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    Thanks to all who have replied. I have had MOP tuner buttons for years with no problems. I just replaced a set of Gotoh tuners with pearl buttons that were the original tuners on a 20 year old...
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    Mother of Pearl Buttons for New Gotoh F tuners

    Does anyone know of a domestic source of mother of pearl tuner buttons that will fit the shafts of a new set of Gotoh F style mandolin tuners? An MC thread on this subject last year had a...
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    Re: Pick orientation to strings

    My forearm comes straight over the tailpiece and bridge (with wrist slightly arched so there is little or no contact with the bridge) and my pick hits the strings flat so that the plane of the pick...
  13. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    In my case it took some listening to the old time pickers and singers to get used to this sound. The first time I heard a record of Tommy Jarrell fiddling (many years ago), I thought his intonation...
  14. Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming!...

    Please keep the interviews by Michael Eck coming! The Scott Napier interview is another in a series of interesting and rewarding reads. The narrative introduction was informative and very well...
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    Earl Taylor is one of my all-time favorite mandolin players and bluegrass singers. His style was if anything even a little bluesier and minimalist than Bill’s, and his very distinct notes pop right...
  16. Re: Sparse mando and guitar examples aka taste lessons

    Here’s another Foghorn-related recording: Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, Oh Do You Remember; very tasteful guitar and mandolin accompaniment to lots of great songs. It has the old time feel.
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    Re: Quarantine Collaboration - (and appreciation)

    That’s a really nice collaboration! You both sound great-lovely tone and really creative melodic ideas. The pace suits the tune well and all the playing, rhythm, melody and harmony, is fresh and very...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    I think it’s OK to use whatever sounds good and helps the song or tune. I often use two finger chords on the 3d and 4th strings because I like that sound and because I don’t have to move my left hand...
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    Re: NMD Late 70's Ibanez 524?

    Thanks for the great pictures. I think that is a fine looking mandolin! And I see nothing wrong with that scroll. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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    "Lost Girl" Virtual Jam

    Some of my friends and I enjoying a nice old time number...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCjX0FZug0
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    Re: Eric Weissberg

    Eric Weissberg was a wonderful and inspiring musician who played many instruments at the highest level. There was a time not long ago when he, Bill Keith, and Billy Faier all lived in Woodstock NY,...
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    Re: We need songs for these times

    Chris Brashear, "The Day Coronavirus Came"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78BRNm-ZjnM
  23. Re: Mike Compton+Norman Blake Live performance video Gallop t Geo

    More of Narmour & Smith’s music, as well as the source recordings for the tunes on “Gallop to Georgia,” may be found on two CDs of Narmour & Smith’s recordings, Document Records DOCD 8065 and 8066....
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    Re: Marty Stuart's ex-Loar?

    In response to William, I played the Mavian Loar when Bob had it. It’s the nicest sounding Loar I have played (and I have played some very nice ones). When it appeared at Carter’s I told my wife...
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    Re: 2019 Monroe Camp Sept 18-22 Roll Call

    I will be there. Don G, I look forward to meeting you. We may know some folks in common. Your video was terrific.
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