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    Re: Pick for Classical Music

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    Here are three that I am using: The Red Bear Neapolitan is a light gauge. The Apollo pick was designed to "Eugene's" specifications. The third is a Wolle pick from Germany. I am a novice at...
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    Re: Your favorite Patreons?

    David Benedict has a Patreon site full of all sorts of good stuff
    https://www.patreon.com/davidbenedictmandolin
  3. Re: Best rechargeable LED music stand clip-on light?

    I purchased this one a couple months ago and like it so far.

    Vekkia Professional Musician 3000K-6000K Super Bright 19 LED Music Stand Light, Clip On Orchestra Piano Lights, 9 Levels Dimmable...
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    Re: Losing Your Place

    Here is a link that has a section on memorization:

    https://www.musiciansway.com/practice/

    It is something that I am not very good at. I know it takes as much practice to memorize a tune as it...
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    Re: Refinishing a German Bowlback mandolin

    I think I agree with those that say leave it as is. The finish just might be too new and those swirls might disappear after a month of playing. I wonder if part of the issue is that people don’t see...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Try practicing a few measures at a time without the music in front of you. Once you can play those measures without referring to the sheet music , add a few more until you can play the whole tune...
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    Re: recommend me an acoustic bass

    188452How about the Guitarron ?
  8. Re: How can I convert unsearchable PDF files to searchable PDF fi

    To search pdf's you need the full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro, not just the reader. PDMan mentioned that it can be purchased as a monthly subscription, Adobe also offers a free trial.
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    Re: Where to find a Roman/Ranieri Plectrum?

    Its not a Roman/Ranieri plectrum, but I did just get this Neapolitan plectrum from Red Bear
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    Re: ABC Converter?

    I also used to use mandolintab.net. When mandolintab was suspended I purchased a copy of TablEdit. I am still learning how to use it, but I did manage to convert some abc tunes to standard notation...
  11. Re: Luthier for Fouchetti-period mandoline? Or Bortolazzi style?

    Rob: When I researched your post, I noticed that Martin Jonas did a lot of recordings of Fouchetti. Martin is quite active on Mandolin Cafe.
  12. Re: Luthier for Fouchetti-period mandoline? Or Bortolazzi style?

    Here is another link:

    http://www.mandolino.it/Costruzione.htm
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    Re: St. Joseph's Day

    I have been working my way through John T La Barbera’s book on Southern Italian music, and just got Carlo Aonzo’s book on Northern Italian. I also found the links to Rudy Cipolla’s music. So, I...
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    Re: What strings are you currently playing?

    I use Martin .010 -.034 on my Martin mandolin but am interested in trying something different. I have thought of using Thomastik, Dogal Calace and Elixir. I want to find strings that work well on...
  15. Re: Review: Carlo Mazzaccara Lucia bowlback mandolin

    Tim, that is a nice review. I have been admiring Carlo's mandolins for quite a while
  16. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

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    These have been the picks I have used most often. The shape of the middle pick was ideal, I switched to the blue tortex because they are readily available. The primetone gives the warmest...
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    Re: On holidays. Forgot my pick!

    use your pocketknife to carve one out of a small piece of wood
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    Re: Mazzacarra Lucia model mandolin

    If you have not been following Carlo's sites, his more recent builds have been the Classico A style. He has also been building mandolins and mandoloncello from the mozzani school. Currently he is...
  19. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    I would think there would have been a lot of Italian folk mandolin music being played in New York City before Bill Monroe’s time. I wonder how much of it has been documented.
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    and what is the best way to hold a pick for Italian style tremolo ?
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    Re: Gibson Army Navy label source?

    Here is an interesting article that might help:
    https://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Reference/Make_custom_labels_for_your_guitars.html
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    Re: 2019 Tune-A-Week Project

    They sound great Jill. I am amazed at how fluid your playing is, and that you can post a tune every week.
  23. Re: Does anyone get depressed or even semi-suicidal when they hea

    Yes, recordings can be harsh and unforgiving. They highlight every flaw, which makes them useful for learning. Making good recordings also takes some knowledge and practice.
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    Re: What is a Celtic mandolin?

    That is a nice mandolin. I also was admiring its choice of top wood. I like a lot of the mandolins that are called Celtic, both carved and flat tops.
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    Re: Calabrese 'folk' tunes

    https://soundcloud.com/brian560-mandolin/alla-carpinese-and-guitar

    I am also trying to work my way through John LeBarbera's book. Here is my first try
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