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  1. Re: Ellis Reserve A-models in the classifieds

    Who needs a fancy strap-holder? Ellis As and twin points float all my boats! Those three have some great looking (and sounding, I'll bet) wood.
  2. Mine on order -Frank & Dirty Kitchen always drive...

    Mine on order -Frank & Dirty Kitchen always drive a tune & have great vocals! Looking forward to the entire album.
  3. Re: A Few More Enharmonic Movable Chord Shapes

    Mark: That shape is very useful in yet another context: Emaj7-9. I often use the bottom 3 strings of this shape in a variety of ways. Move it up to 4-4-5-X and you have B Minor (Root - 5th -...
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    Re: New Ellis Mandolins at Music Emporium

    The Ellis shop delivers on looks that look almost as good as they sound. I currently own a twin point and that is a keeper! Wish I'd never sold the A model I had previously. At current prices,...
  5. There are many good notes on this CD. Even...

    There are many good notes on this CD. Even though the tracks were recorded in isolation, the whole project swings and sounds very spontaneous. And somehow Mandolin Cafe forgot to thumbnail Don -...
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    Re: Guitar flight case in overhead?

    If you are risking the Russian roulette of getting your guitar flight case into overhead storage, I'd strongly recommend detuning and carefully packing padding (extra socks, underwear, etc) around...
  7. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I can't find it on a quick search, but somebody posted a fair bit ago about using some kind of weighted bag attached to the butt end of the mandolin that was designed to adjust for the weight of the...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Digging 2 ft deep postholes in Carolina clay by hand over a weekend and setting the posts in concrete. It took 3 days before I could uncurl my fingers. And yeah, 85 lb bags of concrete are a lot...
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    Re: Song Breakdown: Swing 42

    "Lady Be Good" is the swing tune most often heard at a bluegrass jam.
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    Re: Chord Finder App

    A low tech solution is to use the Chord Finder section in Mandolin Cafe. More chords than you can shake a pick at are listed there.
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    Re: Well, that was gone rather fast....

    Somebody saved my wallet. I love 2-points & was slow on the draw!
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    Re: Song Breakdown: Swing 42

    Matt: This tune is one of the gateway drugs for gypsy Djazz! Nice breakdown & glad that you use Emin7b5 in the 5th measure of the A parts. Many charts have vanilla Emin7 or C9, which tripped me up...
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    Re: Metallica: Enter Sandman Solo

    That ain't no part of nothin' - where does the banjo fit in? Good job on a non trad tune!
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    I was going to suggest opening any Real Book for C instruments - tons of tunes in F! It is kinda fun to open a Real Book at random and sight read tunes.
  15. Swaang that music! Great tune, well executed.

    Swaang that music! Great tune, well executed.
  16. Re: Holding on to your personal Holy Grail mandolin

    Despite having a holy grail instrument, let it never be said that in the great vegetable market of life I never sneezed a few tomatoes. I love surfing the Cafe ads for mandoporn!
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    For those who love changing strings

    A harp mandolin on Ebay:
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  18. Re: Holding on to your personal Holy Grail mandolin

    A pre-owned Nugget A-5 Deluxe fell into my lap 2 months after my wife died. A very emotional acquisition, because she had OK'd a Nugget purchase and I was on the prowl for months before she became...
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    Re: Natural / Blonde Gibson F5s?

    If you will only settle for a Gibson F5 with a flowerpot on the headstock & blonde finish, contact David Harvey at Gibson to inquire about a custom build. I don't know his contact info, but he is on...
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    Re: Strap it up!

    You can buy new 48" leather shoestrings or an old belt at a thrift store for chump change. A leather shoe string can be used by itself, or you can do a simple braid with the second shoelace that...
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Melody - rubato

    I've learned a lot from The Don (Stiernberg), and his chord-melody course on Soundslice is well worth the price of admission:

    https://www.soundslice.com/users/DonStiernberg/courses/
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    Re: Ready For The Times To Get Better

    Plenty of guitar transcriptions on-line. Usually played out of an A minor position, capo'd on guitar to suite the vocalist's vocal range. Here's one example in A minor:
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    Re: Replating a vintage National mandolin

    The guys at National Guitars work on vintage Nationals all the time; at least they might be able to give you some answers, or do the replating themselves. One of my friends has sent several vintage...
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    Re: Asleep at the Wheel

    CarlM & Pops1:

    I was in a guitar-heavy vocal trio 1970-74 that eventually morphed into Just Family & Friends- a 6 or 7 piece Country Rock band. Rad played keys, I played guitars, pedal steel...
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    Re: Asleep at the Wheel

    I used to play in an Iowa City group back in the 70's with their current keyboard player, Rad. He was a dynamic player back then. The Daily Iowan profiled us under the headline "Still miles from a...
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