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    What痴 your favorite drink that accompanies your mandolin playing?

    For me, it depends on when I知 playing.

    Weekday night after the wife and kids are asleep, I値l have a tea on the side.

    Weekend morning or afternoon, I値l have a fresh cup of coffee.

    Weekend evening, a Woodford Reserve bourbon
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    Mando Esq, you and I would get along just fine, but I’d have to rotate between Woodford, Basil Hayden and Blanton’s. Let’s get our 515’s together and pick.

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    Fall. Sunday. Football on TV. Mandolin. Tumbler of Black Label with one ice cube.

    And if I can take the wife into making a big pot of meat sauce and another big pot of angel hair pasta, well it just doesn't get any better than that.
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    Water or tea, depending on the time of day. Ice depends on the season
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    Before 5, it’s green tea. After 5, it’s a single malt with a few drops or water back. I don’t play any better, I just think I do
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    If I'm playing in the morning, it's gotta be a cup of tea, in the afternoon water, in the evening whiskey, and in the pub ye can't beat a pint of Guinness.
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    Depends on location. In a pub session, it's a pint of Guinness for starters, Coke for the remainder (I've trained myself to say "Coke" while playing, normally being totally unable to utter anything coherent in that situation). In a Jamulus session, it's a dram of Single Malt Scotch.
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    The only time I really need a drink is during recording.

    I do about 5 takes then stop, and jump up and down waving my arms around while hyperventilating making gasping sounds.

    Then when that’s done I drink half a pint of sparkling mineral water and eat an expensive mandarin or clementine. If they aren’t available then it’s bottled lemon juice, honey, banana and coconut sauce and some garlic.

    It works!

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    Espresso and red wine.

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    I am very partial to playing at a brewpub surrounded by friends, so it’s usually an IPA or stout.
    At home usually a Woodford or Makers.

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    During the week, coffee left over in the morning pot. On weekends, Stillwater's most beautiful beer in the English language, Cellar Door.

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    When traveling thru Ireland on my bicycle I liked sitting in at Pub sessions with the locals .
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    At the local Scottish/Irish session in a brewpub it's a nice dark stout. Or two.

    At home for the daily afternoon practice it's either a cup of hot Oolong tea or a glass of house wine later in the afternoon. I feel it's important sometimes to practice with a similar degree of light inebriation as in the session, for consistency.

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    For me it's mostly:

    While working - coffee / water
    At a jam - gin and tonic with lime in a tall glass or a beer (usually Bodhizafa or Manny's from Georgetown Brewing)
    When playing a show - whatever the free tickets get me and water
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    If it's in the evening and in a place that is appropriate, I usually drink beer, whatever 6 pack caught my eye at the grocery/ liquor store.

    I also have water but I pretty much always have water with me since i live in a very dry place.

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    Bourbon. IPA as needed for hydration.
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    Dry Asian Pear Wine, of course.
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    Vodka, and lots of it.

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    Most of the time for me it's cold black coffee or ice water. I like craft beer just fine but it tends to fill me up.

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    Thinking about it further, when I do a couple of hours of heavy exercise on the octave then my fret fingers do begin to cramp up.
    If I’m trying to record and it isn’t working then after a certain time it definitely isn’t going to work. It’s this tiredness that sets in.

    So, if just considering the physical/muscle memory side then I imagine the best beverage would be something that long distance runners would drink.
    Isotonic, vitamin C, something?

    The psychological/emotional side is another thing. The tunes I play best (I think) are the ones where there’s a relationship to a certain set of emotions, often an event or a person. I guess if you have an emotional connection to a certain beverage, or drugs even, then that’s one way it could work for you.
    Nationalism was mentioned earlier. Same thing. If you can use that to trigger your emotional state in some direction then it’ll appear in your music.

    People often think that sad, nostalgic tunes are emotional and that fast dance tunes are not.
    Untrue. It just depends what emotions (and what beverage) we are looking for.

    Well that’s my second post of 2 cents. Whatever your beverage, enjoy!

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    When playing at an English country pub, a nice warm beer
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    Buffalo Trace of Knob Creek neat . . . .
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    Morning - coffee, mid-day - tea, evening - beer.

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    I don’t drink alcohol at all, no not for religious reasons, I had a liver transplant back in 09, so I’ve been a tea totaler for 13 or so years. I don’t miss it. I like to get up really early, well before the sun comes up and that’s when I do most of my practicing. So, it’s coffee with too much sugar in it that I usually have in my cup.
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    I love playing in the morning so coffee it is for me.
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