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    Re: Right hand wrist position

    I think your right hand position looks normal.
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I used to think that A barre chord was really difficult, and same with the thumb - I was never sure if it should be around the back of the neck like a classical guitarist (it shouldn't) or if I could...
  3. Re: Hand position, and proper way to wear a strap?

    Yes, thanks for bringing this up. In that same Mike Marshall video (not the YouTube video but the DVD from which that is taken - which I have), Mike says that all these "rules" go out the window...
  4. Re: Hand position, and proper way to wear a strap?

    The mandolin neck should not be palmed. It should rest in the area right at the base of the first finger. Sort of the padded area of the hand right below the first finger. Also, you should not use...
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    Re: D'Addrio picks?

    My personal opinion is that casein picks click more than Blue Chip material (i.e. I get more pick click with casein).

    They are also more brittle and will not last as long (they are not resistant...
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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    Peghead Nation is awesome. They let you switch course up to twice a month, so I pay for one course and browse around a little. I have no experience with Artist Works, so can't compare with that. I...
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    Re: another "flying with my mandolin" thread

    I agree with sblock, volume is meaningless. The dimensions are what the airlines are getting at. They want to limit you to a carry-on luggage that they know will fit in the overhead compartments. ...
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    Re: another "flying with my mandolin" thread

    It's easy to have a plan B: be nice if a problem arises. Most of the time, if you're nice, the flight attendants will accommodate you (put your mandolin in a closet or something). Worst case...
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    Re: another "flying with my mandolin" thread

    I fly with my mandolin all the time with no issues. I get on as early as possible to make sure I have overhead space. The only way they would make you check your mandolin was if there was no...
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    Re: Considering a Blue Chip Pick?

    For me, BC picks are just as much about the feel as they are about the tone. I don't think there tone is that much better than any other pick out there. There are some picks that I think have just...
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    Re: Question about minor scales

    My old guitar teacher always used to say the following with respect to which notes are the most important when improvising (in order from most important to least important):

    1) The notes that make...
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    That's what I was saying as well. Pointing out that some players play that way, but the OP should not try to do it that way.
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    Alternate picking on the mandolin is very important and you want to make sure you are doing this correctly. Think of your right hand as your metronome going up and down with the beat (1 & 2 & 3 & 4...
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    You are correct, they are advocating for two different approaches that look very similar. Caterina is advocating for a pick hold that is closer to the pad of the finger or maybe the "corner" between...
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    Re: Essential Mandolin Techniques.

    Here you go!


    https://youtu.be/JofcuQg56-I
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    Re: Instruments, Cost & the Placebo Effect

    Alex Orr, you're right! Maybe we should talk about Blue Chip picks instead... ;)
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    Re: What the

    I'm pretty sure Chris Thile and Julian Lage have a solid grasp on music fundamentals and theory ;)
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    Re: What the

    Why would they?
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    Re: Scales--my new morning friend

    Different patterns. Like up in thirds (so up a third, down a second on the way up and down in thirds on the way down). Up in threes and fours. For example, 1,2,3,2,3,4,3,4,5). There are a bunch of...
  20. Thread: Red Bear picks

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    Re: Red Bear picks

    There has been a recent thread where we're discussing Fender Tru-shell picks. They are made from casein, the same stuff used to make Red Bear picks as far as I can tell.

    Has anyone compared Red...
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    Re: When you learn something important

    I work on a computer for my job, so I have a lot of keyboard time under my belt. I always used to look at the keyboard when I typed. About 15 years ago, I wondered if I could type without looking....
  22. Re: It's time for many in the north to start humidifting.

    A large evaporative humidifier works great if you can't attach one to your furnace. They work way better than those small room humidifiers. They can be a little noisy (a fan is required to induce...
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    Re: To use one’s pinkie or not part 2

    I always use my pinky, except when I don't. In those cases I use one of the other fingers :)
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    Re: To Pinkie or Not Pinkie is my Question

    Here's the answer for St. Anne's Reel. For the record, I'm a proponent of using the pinky. But when I saw this video I liked the way this sounded better. So I shift up to hit the B now. Although I...
  25. Re: How do you answer "what is that thing?", when playing a mando

    That is funny!
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