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  1. Re: One of those days - string changing woes

    A sharp bend on both sides of the peg should prevent slippage. I never have to do above/below.
    I attach the string to tailpiece first, insert through peg with some slack (1-1.5") bend both sides,...
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    Re: Today's favorite stomp box...

    My current rig, using it with my jazz trio.

    My amp is a lightweight bass amp head, so no reverb or distortion built in. Carbon Copy is actually analog echo, nice tone and low current draw. King...
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    Re: Intonation woes

    I have dealt with this on my instruments, and I understand some makers shorten the fingerboard. I speculate the cause is not too-long fingerboard but the behavior of the string bending over the nut....
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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: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    To trim the beginning and end of a video you should be able to do that either in your camera or your smartphone.
  6. Re: 4 string or 8 string that's the question....

    A cavaquinho is four strings, as is a ukulele, and they sound small. Domra is also single-strung. The doubled strings add some loudness, but also add stability to the tone, as the strings in a pair...
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    Re: Mandolin 8 string or 4 string

    I am firmly in the doubled-strings camp. Owning both 5-string and 10-string electrics, I grew certain my little Ryder 5 would be improved as a 10, and it now is such.

    There is a technique for...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    Bach on 5-string mini-cello (redundant?)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbH3JYfRjOQ
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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...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    I feel that with half the string length, doubled strings are an obvious way to go. Eight is not enough, though. Here's a couple of tunes with my Almuse 10-string, a Beck cover and an original, from...
  11. 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: Pick orientation to strings

    Thile uses a closed fist but holds the pick high on the shoulder, which gives him reach. Brazilians are more likely to use the fingertip grip -- Dudu Maia explained he changed his grip from the more...
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    Re: Amplification

    Any EQ will be fine. What was your approach to using a Fishman bridge? Results depend heavily on the EQ/amplfication string, and also the performing context.
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    Re: Amplification

    K & K can yield a nice tone on some instruments, but that is a contact piezo that is placed on the top, near the bridge (inside or outside), but won't give you freedom from feedback to the extent an...
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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...
  16. 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....
  17. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    "Beatles '65" made me want to play pop music, complicating my classical-music progress.

    It was a couple of years before I figured out how to play Lennon's opening guitar part in "I Feel Fine".
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    Re: Dr. Arm for Mandolin

    There is a reason violins don't have varnished necks, just sealer. Chin rests help holding a violin but originally were to protect the varnish.

    Folks who play occasionally may never cause much...
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    Re: How high do you go

    My Buchanan 10-string stops at 17, and I rarely use even that, 15 being the likely limit. Even on my 20-fret electric I rarely use even the 15. More likely I'll use 13 for a high F on a jazz tune,...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    I feel like I should be able to come up with several, but am not succeeding. Gloria is close. More than one song uses that sequence. The Four Tops' "Reach Out" uses the minor V instead of the VII,...
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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: Some help with electronics please

    At the McDonald's, open your email with your phone and download the zip file. Then, the PDFs and zip can be transferred directly to the tablet using AirDrop, an Apple feature by which the devices...
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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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