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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    Is it considered "relic'ing" or distressing if you remove the finish off a mandolin neck? Or can it be considered simply a playability improvement if you like the feel under your hand? Because I did...
  2. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    I see there are two books called Chop Wood Carry Water. Its this one I read, many years ago. I see now another one, different author, but similar message. Spiritual fulfilment in everyday activities,...
  3. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    tough problem, radical solution. join a karate class. if you find a good one, you would go from "I am not sure how to make a fist" to "I have learned how to learn this complicated kata step by step,...
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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    Volume along with a hollowbody instrument is going to feedback no matter what pickup you use. The hollow body is what's causing it not the pickup as the instrument itself is resonating off of its...
  5. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    As I read this thread, I get an image of the people I've trained, over the past 45-50 years. Often the missing ingredient, for those who don't progress, is accountability.
    To put a "why" in place:...
  6. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Great advice from folks. I think, however, there is one thing to add.

    I think it kind of gets in the way to think of practicing as an activity whose purpose is the improvement of a different...
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    Re: Feedback on a magnetic pickup

    I think magnetic pickups will be a lot less likely to have feedback, but they will sound very different, more like an electric guitar.

    If you really want to kill all feedback, a solid body...
  8. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    Thanks, Charlie. I have a copy of this book on order :)
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    Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    It boils down to personal preference.
    I vote for honest play wear.
  10. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSGLOLsuTo
  11. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    I have a Garber Special made for me many years ago: https://www.gbase.com/gear/vega-garber-special-1916

    it just needs the addition of a meatball strip.
  12. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    Not quite a signature model, but when Rigel offered to make me a custom model using one of eight CT110 birds-eye maple bodies that they'd made and set aside, I went with midnight blue with ebony...
  13. Re: How much of a difference in sound does string gauge make?

    Some of the newer mando's today are not made for heavy gauge strings ....most are made for mediums and therfore not a problem for light gauge ..but be careful before using heavy gauge it could lead...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    To greatly simplify guitar chords, there are five basic major chords with open strings, what are commonly called the cowboy chords. Those are C, A, G, E and D. There are three basic minor chord...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    While learning the shapes can be useful, longer term, knowing the sounds associated with the guitar chords is more powerful, to me anyway. Especially focusing on the root chords, the open G chord,...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    Now, that is funny! :))
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    There are karaoke style youtube videos that teach how to play rhythm guitar for lots and lots of songs. You could watch a video like the one below and follow along with your mandolin.

    My advice is...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    Pete Martin shared these one time if you ever get into jazz.

    203275
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    I started playing my own form of fingerstyle on guitar as a teenager, and it's been the most comfortable and expressive way for me to play anything with frets ever since. It's not that hard on...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    Oh come on! It's not something "brand new".

    I've been using right hand fingers for 40 years, usually in the hybrid Tele pick+finger(s) style of guitarists like James Burton, Richard Thompson,...
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    Re: Finger style mandolin

    It's a highly viable technique that is largely unexplored.
    Have at it and enjoy. When you get good at it, pass on to others what you have learned.
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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Aesthetics aside, the tuners you have are probably fine and the tuning problems are more likely the string nut.
    If you, or a good set-up person if you don't consider yourself to be one (or don't...
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    Re: an aesthetic question

    It's a snakehead with worm over tuners so they should be the modern spacing, so yes, they should fit.
  24. Re: Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    Hear! Hear! I agree. After scoffing about the crazy amount of money to spend on a pick I finally decided to give it a try and have been using the blue chips ever since.

    Billy

    Ps, while I love...
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    Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    So a while ago I packed away my mandolin to focus on my guitar playing. While doing so, on a lark I spent the money on a Blue Chip pick, a TAD 60. And I enjoyed playing my guitar with my Blue Chip...
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