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    Re: Preferred wire cutters?

    When buying diagonal pliers from HF (really, from any hardware or home improvement store), look through the closed plier jaws closely to see if there is light coming through - IOW check that the...
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    Adieu to a friend

    Forty-four years ago I purchased a Gibson F-5, Serial #A17518, from Stutzman's Guitar Center here in Rochester. My first (turned out to be my only) bluegrass band had just broken up, but I knew that...
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    I’d agree that it’s confusing but, to me, the terms mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass are direct equivalents of the violin, viola, violoncello and bass and, therefore correctly named. I’m...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    This reminds me of an old story, probably apocryphal, about the violinist Fritz Kreisler. A patron had him over for dinner after an afternoon recital, and she served Kreisler a sumptuous meal. "Mr....
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    IMHO Michael Cleveland can play as fast as he wants anywhere he wants, would you want to see Hussain Bolt walk ?
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Never said that playing fast wasn't expressive. Just that there are those (in many genres) that concentrate on speed and forget the expression. For every John McLaughlin, Victor Wooten or Chris...
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    Re: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    All my old mandolins are much more aged than my new ones. I find this consistent across all makes and models.

    On the other hand, the new ones are much more recent.

    Jeez, I love...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Actually, the phrase came into general use from the title of a 1959 Esquire article by Alan Lomax.

    Bill Monroe -- and the Monroe Brothers before Bill started his own band -- used rapid tempos to...
  9. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    How should I put it? If I wanted the sound of a cheap mandola strung like a guitar, I would pick up the 12 string guitar I bought in 1964; although it must be 30 years since I last played it, but I...
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    Transcriptions

    I've just started uploading some of my many mandolin and fiddle transcriptions to my web site. Bluegrass, fiddle tunes and jazz as played by great players. You can find them at the "Transcriptions"...
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Since this is a banjo-bodied instrument, I'd also be looking at every hook and nut set, every shoe bracket and screw, everything on the body that could be loose and need to be tightened, plus any...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Learning to play by ear, learning to read tabs, learning to read notation, ... its what ever you don't do that is detrimental to really learning.
  13. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    What matters is developing a process to learn and play a tune that inspires you. What that process actually is doesn't matter.
  14. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    My comment was directed at Ralph (though I mentioned you, sblock, because he was replying to you) ... and I was writing in reference to this:

    "TAB in itself may not be harmful ... What may be ...
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    Re: Fret Size

    Not knocking anyone's preference or experience, but I'm having a hard time understanding how taller or wider frets could make anything more "cramped". Logic tells me that the scale remains the same,...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    I've found that when you cook brussel sprouts you should cook them the same way I cook Kale. I mix in a little olive oil as it makes both of them much easier to scrape off the plate into the garbage.
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    You forgot mandolins opening up/waking up :))
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    Re: Thile is the Messiah! The pick of Christ!!!

    That looks heavenly...

    But I prefer a Buddha Blue Chip

    Once I tried it, I was able to end my desires for all other worldly picks...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    A number of years ago, I learned a song on the banjo by tab that I had never heard, *Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor." It sounded kind of flat. A week later at a street fair, I bought a Doc Watson...
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    That's what popcorn was made for ;)
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    We can go and argue about mandolins opening up forever. The best violins and mandolins can be replicated and that is the art and science of a luthier catering for the taste of his or her market in...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    As early on as possible, it's important to identify your goals:

    If your goal is to play with people who play by using western musical notation, learn to use that.

    If your goal is to play with...
  23. Thread: Why Mandolin?

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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    the dead (aka Grisman).
    NGR. still a big Bush fan.
    Seldom Scene - RIP Duffy
    Hot Rise - Tim O'Brian's so great.

    I personally have an ear for melodies - they just stick with me. The mandolin is...
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

    Not just that - the resonators were developed in a time when the tenor banjo was the hottest version, not the five string. These banjos were played in horn bands. They had to be loud as all get-out. ...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    I have seen some Greek bouzouki music in TAB on Youtube.

    As for Arabic, Turkish, etc. music, I cannot recall seeing any in TAB, only staff notation. There may be some out there, but I am unaware...
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