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    Re: Mandolin/guitar collab

    Nice steady playing, a good start. But just MHO, but if you are going to play out with Irish trad, you are going to need a faster tempo and all the typical trad ornaments, like this video. The really...
  2. Re: String preferences for Collings MTO oval mandolins?

    I am partial to 80/20 bronze strings on ovals. I think they bring out that characteristic, chime-y, bell-like sound.
  3. Re: Octave Mandolin/Irish Bouzouki - how to choose first instrume

    I had a Hora OM years ago. It had no neck reinforcement except a neck as thick as a baseball bat. And the top sank. Also the tuners were awful and they were non-standard spacing for replacement. Not...
  4. Re: Making the A and E strings less "pingy" and general newbie re

    Agree with all that has been said. I would try heavier strings. I would go with Phosphor Bronze or Stainless Steel instead of 80/20. And a rounder pick and steeper pick angle will help. But mostly,...
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    Re: Music store etiquette?

    I can't see that would be a problem as long as the tuner did not mar the finish and the tuner was obviously not merchandise. Good stores keep their instruments pretty close to in tune. The big box...
  6. Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast - Interesting Approaches?

    Start actually drinking whiskey before breakfast. You will come up with your own unique version. Or you won't care. Works either way.
  7. Re: Practicing Mandolin with out a mandolin....

    The first thing I would say is that listening can be learning. When I can't play, I listen to what I am working on. The more you can get the sound in your head, the easier it is to do on the...
  8. Re: Standard Notation for the Tab-Addicted Mandolinist

    I had that book and was not impressed with it. Joe Carr's Reading Standard Music Notation for Mandolin and Fiddle is a nice, basic book on the topic. ...
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    Re: John Wynn Mandolin

    You do remember correctly. McReynolds expressed an interest in Wynn's work. Wynn made four mandolins, took them to Jesse and he picked the one he liked best. A mandolin instructor I had in St. Louis...
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    Re: Measuring Humidity... What's a Guy To Do?

    I use an Inkbird humidity controller. It turns my humidifier on at 46% and off at 50%. It will give an alarm at 45%. From what I can tell, it seems pretty accurate. I tried calibrating it with the...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    Bought mine from the House of Musical Traditions in MD.
  12. Re: Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    Good observation, but in the documentary, he was clearly talking about acoustic guitars.
  13. Great quote about instruments from Gordon Lightfoot

    I just watched the new documentary "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind," which I highly recommend. It is excellent.

    He says something that really grabbed me about the guitar sound he goes...
  14. I took a short workshop with Jody at a music...

    I took a short workshop with Jody at a music festival in Missouri in the early 2000's. Minute for minute, it was the best mandolin instruction I have every had and I have take workshops from some of...
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    Re: Notation/Tab Softwares

    +1 for TablEdit. I have used it for many years. It handles MIDI and ABC as well as TEF files. It has some quirks, but I pretty much know them all by now. Also, there are so many users on this site...
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    Re: Tone Gard - Comfortable ?

    I resisted them for years, thought they were silly. I finally decided to try one this year and I have to say I like it. Volume and tone are noticeably better. It is not uncomfortable. I think if your...
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    Re: Guitar Center

    And what will all those 16 year old kids do who shred with the amp on 11 in GC all day long? They'll be out on the streets and may get into trouble!
  18. Thread: OM strings

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    Re: OM strings

    No, the other way. A wound A will need to be farther from the tailpiece. The way to think about it is gauge of the core string. So, for a plain A to be at the same note, same scale length and similar...
  19. Thread: OM strings

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    Re: OM strings

    If they work, it is because the scale is longer than a mandola, roughly 25% longer. Longer strings at a similar tension, lower notes. I would use of one the many online string tension calculators to...
  20. Re: Skill Progression/Benchmarks, MAS and Instrument Upgrades

    I had been playing guitar for about 20 years, both acoustic and electric. I never felt that much interest in moving up the ladder to more expensive guitars. I wound up in a church group with four six...
  21. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    I held off getting a Tone-Gard for many years, thought they were silly. I finally gave one a try this year. I gotta be honest, it really makes a difference. I am a convert.
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    Re: Tuning issues - Octave Mandolin

    It is not going to go sharp if the string is slipping on the peg. It would go flat, so winding is likely not the problem. If the string is going sharp, the nut slots may be pinching the strings. You...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    Those are two misleading generalizations. I have had top stress problems with both an archtop and a flat top. It depends on the bracing. There are builders who make 10 string flat-tops and they do...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I would say more bright.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    All I can say what has worked for me over the years.

    As people have said, listening to tunes will help you remember them. Very important.
    Try to learn to "sing" the melodies with nonsense...
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