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

    All my instruments get positioned like that with a strap, whether I'm sitting or standing. The neck, more vertical than most people use, leaves both my wrists in much more neutral positions,...
  2. Thread: OM fingering

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    Re: OM fingering

    When I started playing full fifths at a 25.5" scale length, I spent a *lot* of time mastering the exercises from "Getting into Jazz Mandolin" as written, visualizing the slow shift as "rolling"...
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    Re: Replacing Tuners

    When I recently replaced the tuners on an old Flatiron mandola, given that the strings had been changed just the day before, I marked the bridge edges and one long side with masking tape, and put a...
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    Re: To look at the mando or not?

    I look if I have to, usually when moving 7 frets or more up and down the fretboard.

    "Skating" by Vince Guaraldi, "Somewhere over the Rainbow," "'Round Midnight" by Thelonius Monk, and "Pure...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    I have a few different tuners for different needs.

    First, all instruments have a Planet Waves NS Headstock Tuner in the pocket, placed on the headstock for gigs and casual play. Pretty good...
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    Re: The Joy of an OM

    Congratulations!

    For me, 20" is the longest comfortable scale length for a mando-tuned instrument. I'm glad you're playing the heck out it!
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    Re: Mandolin Tuned as a Mandola

    I did this last week on my JBovier Army Navy pancake. I lucked out that the nut slots already fit the string set I had previously determined to fit the tension target (C - .044, G - .032, D - .022, A...
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    I can't turn off this device's tendency to autocorrect *after* hitting the submit button, which is frustrating. I also had the word "overbuilt" 'corrected' to "overheated" with regard to mandolin...
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    Re: Looking for a bridge

    With a zero fret, the nut is only there for string spacing. The strings should be resting firmly on the zero fret.
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    Re: Light or Medium strings?

    I have no idea why the word "overheated" replaced the intended word "overbuilt" in my post, but what's done is done....
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    Re: Curious about mandola nomenclature

    It *is* confusing. Hopefully this might clarify just a bit.

    US mandolin - UK mandolin. GDAE. Also sometimes soprano mandolin. Scale length around 14"

    US mandola - UK alto mandola. CGDA. Scale...
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    Re: Light or Medium strings?

    When I used to own two Eastmans when they had just hit the market, I set them up for ultra-light strings. They weren't heavily overheated, so they did well in terms of volume, and were playable all...
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    Re: Mandela to Octave Mandolin

    Hey, Dan!

    It's not just a matter of tuning the strings you have on there to a different pitch. You would need to change those strings to strings which have the tension you like, but at the new...
  14. Thread: A Tone I Like

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    Re: A Tone I Like

    @CB - I know what you mean.

    A long time ago, I was lucky enough to meet someone with good advice soon after I encountered hand/wrist problems playing guitar. "You don't actually need to pay dues...
  15. Re: Tip for using fingers on the high E string from 7th to 0

    Poul, since you directly ask for tips, have noted that your approach is too slow, and don't necessarily have access to any given physical book, I recommend you work on this resource for Four Finger...
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    Re: What's in your case?

    In the case on the mandola:

    Strap (with rubber washer to keep firmly attached)
    NS headstock tuner
    External piezo

    In case:

    Metronome
    A few pick, even though I normally just use nails
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    I actually did the change to have regular chord forms and scales everywhere on the fretboard....
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    Re: HELP with tuning

    I tuned and played guitar in fifths for years. Here's one topic.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/50620-Converting-6-string-to-full-fifth-tuning-my-experiment

    Due to physics, there's...
  19. Re: playing technique reason for string spacing and nut width?

    I'm going to note that once I get any instrument set up to my standards, I have no issues playing even full barre chords up the neck.

    A lot of players go for high action and heavy strings. I go in...
  20. Re: Practicing Mandolin with out a mandolin....

    I still build chords on the fretboard in order to fall asleep. I choose a starting note at random, and then start out with the root and fifth, the major and minor thirds, the various sevenths, the...
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    It could well be that my ears are sufficiently underdeveloped that the musical examples in the videos, as well as those I've found myself, are not very musical and don't actually sound as good as I...
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    I'm gonna admit, I have to plot out negative harmony on paper. Maybe someday it will become intuitive....
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    Here's what made it click for me.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHH8siNm3ts

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

    I hope this helps. Good luck!
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    Re: What have I got here? Bozeman Flatiron

    Absolutely.
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    Re: At long last, Davey Stuart custom tenor

    I know what you mean about a comfortable scale length. Looks pretty!

    Enjoy the neck out of it!
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