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    Re: Method book recommendations

    Lots of good books and videos but I would recommend taking a lesson or two from someone who plays mandolin as their main instrument. They can get you started off with good technique and give you...
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    Re: Northfield Mandolins

    Hi Aaron, welcome to the Cafe. Glad you like the Northfield, I’ve had my F5M for going on 6 years now and I still love it, enjoy!
  3. Re: Low-cost cases/gigbags that FIT WELL for an Eastman 315

    Look around for the best price on a Gator XL case, lightweight and the hard foam provides more protection than a gig bag.
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    Re: Surviving Lockdown

    Nice job to all! Your secret is safe with us...;)
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    Re: Monroe Style

    The first time I heard Bill’s mando solo on Sittin’ Alone in the Moonlight I was like..Chuck Berry must have listened to Bill Monroe.
  6. Re: How to use more right wrist and minimal right arm?

    Hi Gina, I recently had to reset my right hand as I was getting too much arm into my playing. I just had to slow way down and remain aware of when I was doing it and work to quiet it down. I ran...
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    Re: Monroe Style

    I too like the staggered 16ths and practice working them into tunes as much as I can. To answer the que you would follow the chord progression so in the case of Blue ridge cabin home in G, play the...
  8. Re: Is there a reason for the fretboard extension without frets ?

    Wow, beautiful mando! I have a mando with an unscooped Florida, pick click means I am inserting the pick too deep when playing so I use it as a reminder to have my pick glide over the strings.
  9. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    Lucky for me hubby has a spendy fly fishing habit so when I rediscovered guitar and then mando he was so supportive he even bought me a mando for my b-day a few years ago...hmmm, my b-day is coming...
  10. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    Just wanted to add that one could use the flat 3rd over the major chord, something that Bill Monroe did frequently...
  11. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    Yay, glad you got it and yes should be a 4 not 3...
  12. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    Yeah, he calls it the skipper - not in this video but in others he’s done. He goes over it at 4:37

    It crosses strings, here it is in notes and frets - keeping in mind you have to go up to the...
  13. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    He doesn’t do tab, what exercise are you talking about? He does what he calls the skipper which is skipping a note so...132435465761...etc (talking scale tones not frets) YouTube has a slow down...
  14. Re: Best exercise source for fast accurate picking?

    Folded scales and a metronome help you work on accuracy and speed. 1231 2342 3453, etc.

    This video gives alot of ideas, start slow and then mix it up with double picking, triplets, and 16th notes...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    For D7 good ol’ 545x is not a huge move off the C chord and you can always do a diagonal 7th chord, in this case for D7 it’s 5432 or just use 3 of the notes...the mando generally doesn’t have to be...
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    Re: Down Up help

    Try this article... https://www.flatpick.com/category_s/1900.htm

    I would also check out the Beg. Mandolin course at Peghead Nation as it probably goes over this and it’s not very expensive. I...
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    Re: Pandemic Reading

    The Bill Monroe bios by Ewing and Smith are good. The book “Come hither go Yonder” by Bob Black was good. The Ralph Stanley and Louvin Bros books are good too. “Will you miss me when I’m gone” is...
  18. Re: FedEx — wow — can’t follow directions; fakes receipt signatur

    Good luck, a strongly worded letter didn't do much before a global pandemic and holiday season. It's taken 3 weeks for some stuff to get to me that would have normally been 2 days with no updates to...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    So sorry you have to go thru this JB. Prob won’t make you feel better but we found some in hallway and LR...if u can, get the vacuum and go over everything then throw the bag out. Just gotta keep...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    The bugs generally are in places where they can feed. I know they were in your mando case and mando but they will leave those areas to seek out meals. I would guess they are not in the tapes,...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    The company that does the heat treatment can advise what can survive the treatment, oil paintings, alcohol, instruments, etc can’t go thru it. I don't think they do tenting like they do for...
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Tough, tough problem for sure. We had to deal with this a year ago at my MIL's house...did the heat method several times and what a pain to move all the things that can't be exposed to the high...
  23. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    A fun tune for sure! I don't have anything particularly flashy but I find I play it different every time.
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    Re: Not all is bad about Covid :-)

    Glad you 2 got Covid-lite, a friend of mine would say it's pretty bad but she's in a coma on a ventilator for the 2nd time so can't speak right now.
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    Check out Banjo Ben's site, if you join it's like a 2-fer as you can access mando resources as well.
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