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  1. Re: Holding an octave mandolin like a classical guitar

    I don't necessarily play classical all that much, but I do find the foot stand useful for anything bigger than a mandolin, and sometimes use it for the mandolin.
    I think my angle is more horizontal,...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    reading through this some of this, Yes, it makes a huge difference if you engage the audience while performing, its ok to look at the instrument just don't stay glued to it, I had a bad habit of not...
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    Re: Resetting Expectations on Quality

    It does amaze me the difference in tone and playability $1000 dollars will make, you do find this with other instruments, but to me it seems very pronounced in mandolin, of course the wood 'quality"...
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    Re: Trillium longscale mandola demo

    Chuck very cool - great playing ( by all) on a wonderful Bob Abrams (hats off) creation.

    nice nice nice tone on that dola!
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    Good point Eric, Tony Rice pretty much used the same guitar for most of his recording / performance career ( tone poems a noticeable exception), John Reichman pretty much sticks to his Loar though I...
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    Re: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    Love that John McCutcheon Album, "if I was a FeatherBed" needs more air time
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Bob Clark I agree, while playing fast usually involves repetitious practice, playing slow "expressively" really take either an innate voice or years and years of experience playing and performing...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Nice one!
    is there really any deeper catharsis than a snow covered plastic flamingo?
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    True and well put

    Except if you are Tony Rice
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    Re: Arch-top GOM - oval or ff hole?

    I have a Weber Gallatin 22" oval hole and a Weber Black Ice 22" F hole

    first there is already a huge tone and playability difference between Gallatin and Yellowstone so it is not perhaps fair to...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    IMHO Michael Cleveland can play as fast as he wants anywhere he wants, would you want to see Hussain Bolt walk ?
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    "Why is bluegrass always played so fast, and does anybody really still enjoy it once it hits groundbreaking speeds?"

    A. I believe BG is originally intended as dance music and the local dancing...
  13. Re: On The Hills Of Manchuria (I.A. Shatrov, 1906)

    Mandoboys with Peter Ostroushko do a nice mandolin quartet version of this, thanks for brining it back around!
    I believe I shall dust it off and see if I can get the bluegrass jammers to give it a...
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    Re: RIP Tony Rice

    On the whole 4 Jazz albums things ( while I love all the traditional stuff Tony did - it was the 4 Spacegrass albums that left my jaw on the floor) Wayne Benson talks about this music in length and...
  15. Trinquons Nos Verres (Let's Clink Glasses)

    from the Alan Stivell 1978 recording ‎"Journée À La Maison"
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    R I P Tony Rice

    Without a doubt one of the most influential flattop guitar pickers, he's been the go to bluegrass guitarist most of his career, midwifed Dawg and New Acoustic all while holding on to tradition with...
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    Re: Octave mandolins are totally addictive

    at the request of my loving spouse, I reduced the octave count from 3 to 2, but then I bought the Eastwood and so am back up to 3, and I think that is a very healthy number. Also have been checking...
  18. Re: "Squirrellian" 1st tune made on new Pava

    nice tune and great pickin!
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    Re: Pure joy in a shower of falling leaves

    Nice - very Grisman!
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    Re: New to OM--where do I start?

    Well if you like folk and bluegrass I have two words "Tim O'Brien" ... Tim has been one of the few players who uses an octave regularly.
    if you are into fiddle tunes those are a good place to start,...
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    Re: Bluegrass in the Backwoods

    nice picking, the exact same tuning peg problem happened on my mandocello recently ( wasn't the first time on that box) , to make matters worse I could not turn the screw out and wound up breaking it...
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    Puisque Belle dame m'eime

    Puisque Belle dame m'eime ( Because a beautiful woman loves me) is a secular piece from the 12 century Montpellier codex, and is one of the earliest examples of the notated triplet in Western music. ...
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Martin Wynne's number two, done in the Gerald Trimble style, mandocello takes the melody doubled on mandola, over an octave mandolin and mandola chord progression
  24. Thread: Mark is back

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    Mark is back

    in case you haven't been getting enough mandocello in your diet lately
  25. Re: Where have all the Irish bouzouki / cittern players gone to?

    Nick I don't disagree mandocello and octave seem to be the fashion these days, I myself went down the cittern path for a spell but really wanted to focus more on the classic mandolin family with 4...
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