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  1. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    I would need to start removing about the 11th fret!
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    Re: Ever just love the sound of your mandolin?

    Yes.
    About once a week.
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Arpeggio Workout

    Maybe something changed, but the link is showing me price as $24.95 .
  4. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    I don't disagree with that DavidKOS.

    My idea, as a picker of mostly, but not only, fiddle tunes and such, was that the bursts of a few seconds that he has currently attained would serve as a...
  5. Thread: Tremolo Tips

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    Re: Tremolo Tips

    First of all, I think if you can do it for a few seconds, that is a good start.

    Most tremolo is really only in bursts of a few seconds.

    So work from that - play a simple melody with a burst of...
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    Re: Mandolin Mashed Finger Pics

    What Montana Matt said.

    No gigs, no festivals , no pub sessions, no musical house gatherings since March.
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    Re: Steve Earle on the Outlaw Country Cruise

    Like this not-green one?

    https://www.npr.org/2018/08/02/634925816/steve-earle-the-dukes-on-mountain-stage

    I can't read the logo.

    Did Daniel Gilchrist make him one?...
  8. Re: Possible podcast/youtube weekly series - copyright problems?

    There's at least one excellent video of Slickville (Twin River rag) , from the book, on YouTube by Jordan Ramsey.

    I believe as Simon says, that Jack has shared the sound files.
    (I've had the book...
  9. Thread: Scottish Reels

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    Re: Scottish Reels

    That looks right Aidan.

    The "scottishness" or not would come in the rhythm or accompaniment. Or Shetland-Ness, since it's a Tom Anderson tune.

    And Shetlanders are certainly not averse to a bit...
  10. Re: OK, we've done nut width, but how about neck depth and shape?

    I've just got an Eastman 815, bought remotely since we can't travel far at the moment.
    I'm struggling a bit with the V neck and will have to adapt or it will get painful.
    The narrow nut width isn't...
  11. Thread: Scottish Reels

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    Re: Scottish Reels

    It's very hard to play Robertson's Reel without it coming out a bit bluegrassy.

    I was at a session in Ireland last y..., I mean 2019, and played a Shetland set, finishing with Robertson's and the...
  12. Thread: Bad habits?

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    Re: Bad habits?

    Actually, if I was playing that progression using all two-finger chords, it would depend on which versions of the chords.

    The G and the C could be played on 2nd & 3rd frets (1st 2nd fingers) or...
  13. Thread: Bad habits?

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    Re: Bad habits?

    I just measured my (newly-acquired from COVID non-travel savings and equipment sales) Eastman 815 , (not killer price but definitely not cheapo) nominal 1-3/32" nut, and the distance at the nut from...
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    Re: ? Changing strings

    Capo works for me too.

    My eyesight isn't the best and I struggle with the E string especially.

    Holding the tension on the wraps while trying to poke the string through the hole is a bit...
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    Re: Plans for dark mode?

    They do it on The Session.org and I don't like it.

    At least they fixed it (I checked just now) so the music notation appears in light mode - it had become unreadable.
  16. Thread: RIP Tony Rice

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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    RIP.
    His lovely work on Tone Poems CDs really showed what a musician he was.
    I had heard his name for years but not really listened before then.
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    Re: How Many Like Blonde Mandos??

    Blonde just doesn't look right to me.
    I prefer dark wood tones.

    Having said that, the sound is the thing and thus I have a blonde topped Coombe mandolin with a gorgeous darker Tasmanian Myrtle...
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    Re: why no carbon fiber mandolins?

    I have played one owned by a friend.
    I also tried some carbon fibre instruments at the late Stan Jay's Mandolin Brothers store.

    They have lovely bright and clear tone. Good depth too.
    ...
  19. Re: Ceccherini 10 string mandolin in Belfast, advice needed

    Greetings from snowy Scotland.

    What a great thread this has been to read .

    Belinda, how lovely that your mandolin arrived back today!

    Nick mentioned the Jack Tottle book.
    I still have my...
  20. Thread: Work distraction

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    Re: Work distraction

    Heh. I just swivel my chair and reach.
    Making sure the video and mike are muted if I'm on a Teams call :-)
  21. Thread: Work distraction

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    Re: Work distraction

    I must admit, you made me look around and ... whoa! How did that happen?


    https://i.imgur.com/zeaeSxj.jpg
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    Re: Kentucky 150 Europe?

    I guess we're assuming that costs from UK to Greece will be higher after Brexit, but if not, I just bought an Eastman 815 w/ K&K pickup from Eagle music of Huddersfield, England.

    They have a good...
  23. Re: Who thinks a Mandolin Cafe Patch would be a Good Idea?

    I know Nick. Unfortunately shipping of 1 mask at $24 costs more than the mask.
  24. Re: Who thinks a Mandolin Cafe Patch would be a Good Idea?

    I had a Mandolin Cafe sticker on a couple of my hard cases , along with several festival and luthier stickers, but pretty much always use TGI Extreme (sorry for plug) gig bags now.

    I guess a...
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    Re: Kentucky 150 Europe?

    Hi Claire,

    although Kentucky mandolins are often reckoned to be as good quality and value as Eastmans, for some reason you see very few of them in EU and UK, whereas there are plenty of Eastmans....
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