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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    I agree with your choice to leave the nut out of the graphics. I think it would just cause more confusion, especially for beginners.

    I see why others suggest making the fingering charts vertical,...
  2. Re: Trouble with my mandolin not agreeing with my straps

    I use this wider dobro strap: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051UNCWW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?th=1

    First I tried tying at the neck/body joint and found that the headstock was...
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    Re: Advantages of stereo matched pair?

    MontanaMatt is correct: the primary purpose of a matched pair is to do either "XY" or "AB" stereo recording, so that you don't have a tonal imbalance between the left and right. (See...
  4. Thread: Dawgology

    by JeffLearman
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    Re: Dawgology

    Hey thanks! Nice to see that "Dawg Jazz / Dawg Grass" is finally available again. It's one of my favorites but hasn't been available for a long time. Fortunately I still have a digital copy from...
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    Re: Guitar flight case in overhead?

    If they don't let you carry it on, you check it at the gate. It gets hand-packed below. After landing, it's usually in the jetway, along with the baby strollers as mentioned above. They give you a...
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    Re: Guitar flight case in overhead?

    I'm surprised anyone finds any extra room in the overhead these days. Every flight I take, they're all full the the brim, with no empty seats. I can't imagine lugging a dreadnought onto such a...
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    Re: Jam Etiquette re: Playing Mandolin Chords

    After trying all the above, also consider arpeggiating. That is, just play the chord notes one at a time; let 'em ring but only as long as that chord should be heard. This can fit nicely with...
  8. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    Bingo.

    Occasionally adults have asked me about starting to play a (first) instrument as an adult. I'm always optimistic, but my reply is something like this. Children learn to play much more...
  9. Re: Gibson Must Now Face Antitrust Litigation in Heritage Case

    They're only "forgeries" if they carry a dishonest label. That is not the case here. They may be "copies" but that is an entirely different thing.
  10. Re: HELP! I'm Running Sound For the (sort've) First Time

    Just remember: the sound guy is the first to arrive, last to leave, lowest paid, blamed if it sounds bad, ignored it if sounds good, and heads home alone. Other than that, it's a great gig!

    Sound...
  11. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    I agree with the suggestion to find someone to play with regularly! Next to finding that dopamine trigger, it's probably the biggest single ticket to steady improvement.

    Except, perhaps, finding...
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    I understand the desire for a wider neck. I'm fine with standard size for mando (not sure why) but on guitar I sure wish I could get a Martin HD28 with a wider neck. I love this guitar, but despite...
  13. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    If the problem is playing faster (even if your top speed isn't very high), there's good thread or three thread for that.
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  14. Thread: Rythm

    by JeffLearman
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    Re: Rythm

    No kidding. Of course, it's because the word has two meanings; one being related to timing, and the other being related to role (lead vs. backup.) And usually, folks are taking this second meaning....
  15. Re: How long does it take to get over fumble fingers?

    Yeah, forever. However, I suspect most of us saying that should also notice that over the decades we've slowly raised the bar. Possibly the same perfect-to-fumble ratio, but what we're doing keeps...
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    Re: Blues scales

    The fun part about the blues is you can start with the basic blues scale (1 b3 4 b5 5 b7) and play all day over all three chords and it works pretty well with most blues, be it in a minor key or a...
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    Re: Standard Chord Shape Series

    I'm really looking forward to seeing the other pages! This is the equivalent of what guitarists call the "CAGED" system, basing barre chords on the corresponding open chords. For example, the first...
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    Re: Earplugs for loud session?

    I second the recommendation for these Etymotic earplugs as a great low-cost solution. I've been playing at too-loud blues jams for decades and these really help. In addition to reducing ear strain,...
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    Re: Standard Chord Shape Series

    If you're trying to appeal to a general audience, I'd avoid calling a minor 7 chord "minor dominant." That term is pretty much only heard when discussing music theory You could put it in a...
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    Re: How to hold the pick

    This post: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/135165-How-to-hold-the-pick?p=1603809&viewfull=1#post1603809 has some good pictures, and shows half of the range I discuss above. Any of them...
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    Re: How to hold the pick

    In over 50 years of playing guitar with a number of folks at different levels and with different styles, all I can say is that the best players use the whole spectrum, from what I was taught at one...
  22. Re: Just saw this note in classified section: What does it mean?

    OK, I see that (according to Wikipedia) "Prior to October 2015, Venmo prohibited consumer-to-business transactions on the platform. " After that it got more complicated. So, the policy made sense...
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    I don't understand why Venmo is blocked. Who says it's not for commercial transactions? I don't use Venmo, but I just looked at the site and they sure seem to encourage commercial use. Am I...
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    Re: 1924 Lloyd Loar at Elderly Instruments

    In general, buying things like art and antiques in hopes that their value will increase is a bad investment strategy. While there are plenty of success stories, they're far outweighed by the...
  25. Re: This just showed up in my inbox re: Gibson guitars

    I understand the sentiment, but consider:

    * Copyright is pretty much the only way most artists, authors and songwriter can get paid for their work.
    * The author isn't paid every time the book is...
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