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    Re: Bluegrass Festivals This Year???

    See you there, Mainer.
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    Re: Blackberry Blossom

    I learned BB using an ascending pattern over the descending scale of the melody. In a jam last year, I heard a professional musician use a descending pattern over the descending scale. It's an...
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    Re: Roland White death

    I went to his class many times at camp. It was usually 15 minutes of East Tennessee Blues and 45 minutes of Bill Monroe stories. Those stories were the best. Stories from the bus. He taught...
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    Re: This feels like a scam

    Can't stand a thief. CL is infamous for these guys. Cash only, in public, local sale is the way to go.
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    Re: The Kesh Jig :)

    Well done!
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    Re: To be or not to be (a bluegrass player)

    I'm in a Bluegrass band......so, yes. I'm also in a trio that plays folk, Irish, Scottish, fiddle, and country tunes.....so, no.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Here's a clip of our band The Knob Creek Incident

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx97cmVUL8E
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Cazadero. John Reischman version.
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    If only Niles would stop beating around the bush. :)) Of course, he's right. There's no way I can play a tune that's not in my head already. I think that's true for most of us. Maybe classically...
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    Re: Monel strings

    I use them both and like them both because they last so much longer than plain 74's with my sweat chemistry. I had an unusual thing happen when I changed the last set of monels though. Both E strings...
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    Re: David Surette's health

    He's a fine man and a great musician. I've learned a lot from him. Triplets, trills, right hand jig patterns. Today I'll play some tunes I learned from David and be thinking of him. Sending positive...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    You can drive a car without knowing how it works. But knowing how it works enhances the experience and appreciation for what it does.
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    Re: Ear training apps

    I use Earpegio.
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    Re: Wait A Minute- Seldom Scene

    The original recording is in B. Herb is now singing it in A. (We're all getting older) My group does it in G. Play it where you're comfortable singing it. Chord progression is 1-5-2m-4-1
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    As far as the tune is concerned I generally follow the chords first and sing the melody line of thought. By sing I mean hum or LA LA La the melody to get it in my head. To learn the words I find that...
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    Re: Patrick Sky RIP

    Fond memory. 1973 at the military academy listening to Songs That Made America Famous. Laughing our butts off. "In the draft board here we sit...." It was hilarious because of where we were at the...
  17. Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad

    The Chieftains and The Boys of the Lough.
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    Top Crack Affect on Instrument Value

    What is the impact on the value of an instrument with a professionally repaired top crack if the tone, volume, appearance etc. are apparently unaffected?
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    Re: How high do you go

    Sometimes I want to sound like a woodpecker on a tin roof, but not very often. I have gone up to the high D on the E string on Kentucky Waltz but only because Grisman did it.
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    The G run. Used as fills, tags etc. She says can't you come up with something else? As I silently mouth the word no....
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    Re: Mandolin stands

    Stands are important on the stage for switching instruments, alternate tunings, different instruments etc. I keep them on a stand at home for ready access and I do a lot of switching around at home...
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    Re: Mando upgrade - opinions sought

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    #1877

    Welcome to the club!
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Road to Spencer
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    Not an expert on temperament but I was forced once to attend anger management classes. I heard Bryan Sutton say that he tunes to the key he's going to record in. e.g. if the tune is in C then tune...
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    Use them all the time. Once you get into extended chords you can play any chord you want if you ignore the root. Let the bass guy play that note.
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