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  1. Re: “The Dark End of the Street” Saturday Jam

    Just so's you know, you just inspired me to plug in my electric and play Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey", Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and "Don't it make my brown eyes blue" as made famous by Crystal Gayle
  2. Re: “The Dark End of the Street” Saturday Jam

    One of my favorites, too, nice work, and as Duke Ellington would say, I like the way you wear your hat.
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    Re: Flat Wound Strings

    I use Fisoma Supersolo flatwounds. Here in Germany they are about half the price of Thomastiks (which I used to use until they became so insanely expensive). I would recommend them, but don't know...
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    Re: Chord Questions

    No C in that chord - I preferred your first suggestion. It is the kind of chord that crops up in "The Real Book" that almost everybody ignores.
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    Re: Chord Questions

    No such beast as a GmC7 chord - spelt out it would be G, Bb,C,D,E,G,Bb - if anyone fancies naming it, have at it!
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    Re: Chord Questions

    What we are discussing here are so-called Slash Chords, which were invented by the erstwhile guitarrist from Guns'n'Roses...

    Levity aside, if you are playing with another chord playing instrument,...
  7. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    If you're going to drill a hole, drill a serious hole, a hole that really matters, that makes a statement...
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  8. Thread: Amplification

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    Re: Amplification

    It is worth pointing out that amplification is never only about just making an instrument louder, some tone-shaping is always involved. If you were able to take the sound of your '22 Gibson and ramp...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

    The names I have been known to call my instrument (and myself) whilst practising would be deleted pretty quickly from this forum.

    That is a good thing...
  10. Re: How to Keep a Headstock Tuner from Damaging Your Instrument

    The mere idea fills me with dread.
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    Re: If You Use MuseScore

    Sherry, in a word, no.
    An alternative way to mark the entire text is to click on the first bar to highlight it, then holding "shift" down, hold the right direction arrow down, you will see that the...
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    Re: If You Use MuseScore

    It's worth knowing that MuseScore can open any midi file and display it in standard notation. That means you can search for a song or tune title with the word "midi" behind it and will have a good...
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    Re: If You Use MuseScore

    Not everything works perfectly in MuseScore, but given that it is freeware, I think it is a fantastic tool and have been using it for years.

    One workaround is to use the up/down arrow keys and the...
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    Re: Dialing in live sound-monitors, mics etc

    I share Pit Lenz's view, but if you enjoy playing what I refer to as "Wallpaper Music" in loud environments (and I mean enjoy, not just that it's better than sitting at home watching reruns on the...
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    Re: Muso Mirror for Practice

    If you can watch yourself in the mirror whilst playing, what do you need the dots on the music stand for? It seems overpriced and unnecessary to me.
    True story: when I started out performing in a...
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    Re: Favorite Metronome

    I use the notation software MuseScore, using a drum track. It has the advantage that I can write beats for tunes with uneven meters (e.g. Gankino Horo: 2/2/3/2/2), which most metronomes won't do....
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I dislike music that is faster than I can think - that says more about me than the music. It is why I tend not to listen to much bluegrass, and prefer to listen to scottish rather than irish...
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    try this


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDgHUj8sJaQ

    Whilst not precisely the same, the third movement comes uncannily close to the original Gruber composition, at least in spirit.
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    Re: Seasonal Sight Reading Challenge

    And this here is the original accompaniment for the a cappela arrangement, if I'm not very much mistaken. A rare find indeed!!
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    Re: Mandolin sighting!

    Another Taylor Swift song with no mandolin:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbcspcpInPY
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    Re: Homemade Casein Picks

    At last! someone who is really making casein picks, rather than using galalith, which is polymerized casein (that's what the formaldehyde stage is for). Of course, I'm being pedantic and facetious...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    In my 42 years or so of playing I have had the sum total of one lesson, and have only seldom opened a mandolin-related book. I am incapable of playing bluegrass (fortunately it's not something I wish...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    Sorry to disagree, but how a string intones depends upon its length, mass and the tension it is under. That is why if one changes to a lighter or heavier set of strings one has to move the bridge,...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    If you mix string gauges, you will have intonation issues. I no longer use T.I. strings because they have become too expensive for me - I now use Fisoma Supersolos, which are also a flat-wound string...
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    Re: MuseScore software

    stevo58, as I mentioned in my previous post, I used PrintMusic before switching to MuseScore, there was a learning period, but it wasn't too long - helped by the fact that there are a lot of forums...
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