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  1. Re: Distressed Mandolin and Regular Playing

    For looks, it's relicking. For function, it's modding. Sounds like you swing both ways.
  2. Re: The Dilemma of Motivation, Attention Span, and Practice Regim

    1: People who love woodshedding improve. Those who don't don't. It's a simple as that.

    2: There must be a reason why you don't turn off your phone and computer, but you havent said what it is. If...
  3. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    Yes, I thought about that. Lots of signature instruments have a "signature" inlaid, say, on the fretboard. I don't want that. On a guitar, the headstock plate is a option, but mandos don't have...
  4. Re: Your favourite manufacturer offers you a signature model

    GREAT QUESTION!

    My oval A covers most of my waterfront. So this'll have to be something highly different.

    So I'm thinking, a Harmony-style batwing resonator with:

    - spalted maple top.
    -...
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    Re: Guitar Chord Photo Flash Cards

    How about just learning some guitar chords? It's the perfect excuse for getting a guitar.
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    Re: an aesthetic question

    Ordered the ivories.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    And I don't think anyone mentioned this: Get a metronome!

    A cheap wind-up one is all you need. Use it regularly so it becomes a habit. I'm sure others here will second that emotion.
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    There are some exquisite boutique string companies around, and over time you'll probably try some of them. For a beginner, a good baseline set is D'Addario Lights.

    D'Addario is the industry...
  9. Re: Just tried a Blue Chip pick on my mandolin

    I know a guy who worked at the Capitol Grill in Boston, where business people would routinely order $400 bottles of wine and not finish them. So, of course, the staff would.

    I asked him if they...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    And you have one big advantage over a lot of us latecomers, CJD: You don't have to unlearn years of guitar habits!
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    I knew a classical pianist who was completely flummoxed by stringed instruments. The idea of using two fingers one on your left hand, one on your right to play one note was utterly unreasonable...
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    Re: Honest opinion sought

    What Stopstop said!

    Why is your head telling you to get a plywood mando? I don't get it. But I'm a heart-follower, myself.
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    Re: Honest opinion sought

    Guy says, "Doc, I can't get a date. What's wrong with me?"

    Doctor says, "Well, you're ugly."

    Guy says, "I want a second opinion!"

    Doctor says, "Okay. You're stupid, too!"
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    Another new old guy here. I started in maybe my late fifties. All good advice above. I'll echo three bits that I've found especially useful:

    - Keep your body relaxed hands, arms, shoulders,...
  15. Re: Looking for recommendations on a 20s Gibson oval A

    All good thoughts above. I'll just add my experience.

    After one cheesy and two good mandos, I came around to your way of thinking and thought the right axe for me could be a twenties Gibson oval....
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    Re: Original Mandolin Tunes

    I usually write with a guitar on my lap. I think I've only written two with a mandolin on my lap. Good additions, for what it's worth.

    Both are Americana. One I haven't recorded yet. One, "Maggie...
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    Re: Mandolin is guitar upside down?

    I sure do! It made getting started on mando a lot easier. The chords are all right there. And without the guitar's half-step-lower second string to skew the scales, it makes chord patterns and scales...
  18. Re: My First Mandolin- A Keeper or keep looking

    PS — So the short answer is: both.
  19. Re: My First Mandolin- A Keeper or keep looking?

    Not only that, but your tastes will change and, most importantly, your ear will improve.

    The differences in guitar tones are obvious, even to the untrained ear. Not so mandos. They all sound sort...
  20. Solved! Follow-up to "A pedal tuner question"

    A lot of you gave me suggestions on what to do about a pedal tuner that wasn't tuning. I asked the same question at another forum, too.

    Four ideas kept coming up:

    - Get a better power source....
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    Dueling mandos

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGNIuTuTWTQ
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    Re: What to pay for an old Gibson

    They're right.

    But I have an alternate theory: The guy, who doesn't overall seem to be real bright, assumed I have a smart phone. At 1:00, our meeting time, he emailed me to say he was running...
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    Re: Clip On Tuners / What Cha Got ?

    I just got one because they said they are.

    They're not.

    My Son of Snark is just a bright, and it's easier to use because you don't have mess with little hinges, avoid unnecessary buttons, or...
  24. Re: Advice on purchasing my next mandolin(s)

    If you want to find someone to talk you out of buying two instruments, go to a motorcycle forum!
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    Re: Have tips for a songwriting course?

    That's my advice, t

    I spend time at the Writer's Block forum at www.tdpri.com, and it's amazing how many songwriters do it on their DAWs.

    I love home recording, but I'd never try to record a...
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