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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    My straps are left attached, partly because I more often than not practice standing, and partly because it would take extra effort to remove them, past the strap locking arrangement. Even sitting, I...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Thanks for listening.

    The key is body size, in my experience. Tom Buchanan's acoustic 10-string is 14.25" scale but substantially larger than his 8-string mandolins. A smaller body does have more...
  3. Re: Stiff right elbow after much tremelo - what am I doing wrong?

    Ideally, tremolo should come from the wrist, but if you need a fast one, arm tends to join in. Some of us are faster than others, and perhaps don't chase a fast tremolo, instead try for grace,
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    Re: Amplification

    Undersaddle is the way to go in a loud band, but no pickup is like a microphone, that is, a good representation of the acoustic tone. So you need capable multi-band EQ. I recommend the Boss GE-7. For...
  5. Re: Bob Koester Chicago Jazz/Blues Producer Passes

    Bob would offer the record store as a venue, and I played there in the mid-2000s with Zach Brock, promoting a jazz fiddle recording I produced with Zach. Bob offered us a contract, which we accepted....
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Dudu Maia writes choros, and his "Simples Assim" is fine work from his trio. But he released a music-minus-one collection of Jacob choros, both performed by him and with mandolin absent. "Viva Jacob...
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    Re: Choro listening recommendations

    Hamilton released a fine album of all Jacob choros, with a mix of other instruments joining him. He uses a 10-string mandolin made for Jacob, which is a sweeter tone than his Ribiero, to my ears.
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    Re: Gibson doubleneck

    Oy, cringeworthy demonstration by doofus with obligatory backwards ball cap. Demonstrations of electric guitars don't try to play Doc Watson fiddle tunes on them, typically just piling on overdrive...
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    Re: Worm under, Worm over? A visual guide.

    I think the main reason worm-over is the common setup is it offers more room for left hand when playing in the low frets. It moves the tuner button farther away, while keeping peg shafts as close as...
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    Re: Help with mandola strings pls

    Nut looks high to me. If you have a feeler gauge the clearance at the first fret for the C pair should be around .010" or so. Visually, observe what deflection you see when holding down the first...
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    Re: Gear for Electric Mandolin

    Lots of love here for Quilter amps like the (admittedly pricey) MicroPro. I played through one at a jam with my electric and was impressed. I used the overdrive channel for a smidge of clipping,...
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    Re: A Question for the Theory Geeks

    The chart is perfectly sensible and readable. I would notate it exactly as you did.

    Ab minor to G major is a cool move and not illegal.
  13. Re: Did LR Baggs make a mandolin pickup 30 years ago?

    Baggs did make a bridge pickup, Don Stiernberg's Nugget has one, as does Drew Emmitt's. Both sound fabulous with no special EQ. You may be lucky and have the same model. They do not sell one now,...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Donnie gives us a long list, Bill Frisell says learn one tune. Both are correct, you have to start with one tune, but you have to learn lots of tunes. The first tune will show what the basic idea...
  15. Re: Octave mandolin e-string general question

    The amount of down-force on the bridge affects the top's response, and a high-tension string might constrain top movement. Singles at JustStrings (GHS) cost 50 cents each between .013 and .015"....
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Benjamin's advice is good.

    It's a good product, looks to me. You won't waste your money.

    As a general rule, to practice a particular rhythm you need to play or sing it slowly enough that the...
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    Shenandoah Medley from 5x 2

    I updated my medley, which was first inspired by Bill Frisell's CD "Good Dog, Happy Man". I follow a version of Shenandoah with Frisell's title tune, and then add John Scofield's "The Boss's Car"...
  18. Re: What is the name of the piece Mike Marshall is playing?

    I might be wrong but it sounds more as if he is riffing on a generic chord progression. Because Mike is so musical he can riff beautifully on anything.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I have always been a one-instrument player, only one guitar in my rock days, only one viola in orchestra days. I own two acoustic 10-strings from the same maker and two electric 10-strings. This only...
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    Re: Setting up a new Asian-made four string

    The basic principles apply. Go to emando.com for string sets and info.

    I would ensure the nut is low enough -- with such a short distance to the next fret the deflection angle is steep, risking...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    Hamilton de Holanda published his 24 Caprichos, which are written for and performed by him on 10-string mandolin. To my knowledge these are the only pieces expressly for 10-string. You can download...
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    Re: Solo Recordings - 1 Mandolin

    I have a release waiting to be listed at CD Baby, of unaccompanied 10-string. Any day now. Title will be "5 x 2".

    Selections include Bach, Choro, Folk and Jazz.
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    Re: Recording through the Bach Cello Suites

    Nicely played!

    The short scale and the more tension-reactive A strings make mandolins sensitive to dimensional change from humidity shifts. I remember Tim O'Brien making this complaint about going...
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    Re: Tortoise shell pick alternative

    I can well imagine shell has an interesting tone, at least at close range. But that is not a sufficient reason for me. I also think Fender celluloid sounds good, but it wears out too quickly. Because...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Instead of graphite look for a tube of powdered Teflon. But going sharp can be because you generate humidity, and the mandolin expands slightly.

    However, differential intonation across frets...
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