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    The Joy of an OM

    I’d like to share an experience that might inform someone else on their quest towards whatever musical goals they pursue.

    I’ve played mandolin for a long time, have owned—and sold—numerous fine...
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    My new and first electric mandolin!

    Boy oh boy! I unexpectedly got an Eastwood Mandostang for Christmas and I'm having a blast! For some reason, I jumped right into playing jazz standards (I used to study jazz guitar back in the day)...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Bluegrass, and mandolins, are not the only genre/instruments that struggle with this. The guitar (and bass) worlds are full of shredders that may have taken technical capabilities to an extremely...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    FWIW, typical fast bluegrass drives my wife absolutely BONKERS. After 2 minutes or so (most often in the car, where she can't walk away), her pulse & blood pressure are matching the music's BPM......
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Medley12,
    No, you are not alone. I like Bluegrass, but I play mostly old time fiddle tunes, which can also be played pretty quickly, but they are intended to be dance tunes, so playing faster than...
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    Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Ok, I know I’m pretty new here. I’ve quickly made a couple of friends, not looking for any enemies. I do not know if what I am about to say is some kind of heresy or not, so please forgive me in...
  7. My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    Well, at least a portrait of my two favorite mandolins :mandosmiley:.191015
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    A good Slaid Cleaves song for 2021

    From one of my favorite songwriters (so he's pretty much unknown) Slaid Cleaves:
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    someone's gotta say it

    Happy New Year all! :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Advantages of Guitar Bodied Bouzoukis?

    I'm sure others have heard him say this too, but Tim O'brien says the advantage is in the airport.
    The case looks like a guitar case, and he says when someone in an airport asks "hey, what's in the...
  11. Florence Reece, "Which Side Are You On?" for solo octave mandolin

    This is my solo arrangement of Florence Reece, "Which Side Are You On?" here performed on an octave mandolin made by the late Walt Kuhlman. It is the third movement of a suite entitled "Protest...
  12. Invention in C Major BWV 772 Nugget F5 and Northfield Octave

    Just got done listening to Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall's CD of Bach inventions and felt inspired to play one. You can even watch it in 4k!



    Enjoy and keep on picking!
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    Re: Big Sciota

    Here is a transcription of Sam's first solo on that recording.

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  14. Re: Finding a strap with holes the right size for my mando.

    Just buy a hole puncher in the right size. https://shop3992.hstatic.dk/upload_dir/shop/huggepibe-red.w610.h610.backdrop.wm.png
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    Recent A model Mandolin

    Here is a recent A Model mandolin of mine - I don't make as many of these as I do my Celtic F mandolin, but they're really great.

    ...
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    Re: 3-Part Chris Thile Master Class online

    The live stream was a disaster indeed, but no problem with buffering the archived show.
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    Parlour King 8 string OM

    Been on with a pair of Parlour Kings' recently - the one relevant to this part of the forum is the guitar on the left. Its a torrefied sitka and mahogany 8 string Parlour King octave mandolin. 22"...
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    Re: Mandola or Mandolin?

    Measure from the nut to the 12th fret. A mandolin would measure ~6-1/2”-7”. A mandola is longer like ~8”.

    What does that label read on the back of the headstock?

    Also that upper area of the...
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    Many people think the player has a big influence on tone. I’ve played several mandolins belonging to pros and I still only sound like me.
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    Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Peter,

    Austin makes a great two point mandolin! I have had offers to sell mine but its not going to happen its a keeper as they say. Believe me it sounds just us good as it looks!! You will be...
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    Just so I understand this, throwing out paper that breaks down and goes away in a landfill is less eco-responsible than using a bubble wrap plastic product that will never break down in a landfill...
  22. mandolin orange-Unknown Legend (Neil Young cover)....WOW

    just found this one, huge ND fan here, so this is so neat

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWW3KkTWn94

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWW3KkTWn94
  23. Re: Need Help w/Chord Chart Search Term

    Thanks, David. I found this to get me started.188547

    For others who may be interested, there are lots of these to choose from if you Google "harmonizing scales."
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    Re: Need Help w/Chord Chart Search Term

    What you need is an explanation of how to harmonize a scale, in this case starting with the major scale.

    So if we are in C, the basic chords are:

    I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii diminished, and back...
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    Re: What's your favorite mandolin resources?

    1. Check the articles, links & studies under the Learn/Listen tab here at the cafe. Mandolin Cafe is my favorite hangout for all things mandolin. You can also join a social group for projects to...
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