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May 15th, 2006

08:52 am - Midwest Mandolin Festival
Anyone finding themselves in the wilds of Indiana on June 3rd and 4th might want to check out the 2nd Annual Midwest Mandolin Festival.

Details here: http://www.mandolindy.com/Second%20MMF%20Performers.html

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April 20th, 2006

01:25 pm
rogue mandolins:

what does everyone think?

i got one a few months ago because it was dirt cheap and because i'm primarily a guitarist and i wanted another instrument. it seems pretty ok to me.

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March 13th, 2006

09:34 pm
Any tips for mandolin travel on airplane? Is it a small enough instrument to pass as a carry-on? What is the best way to ensure that nothing happens to it (especially if I have to check it)? Etc. Thank you. :)

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January 16th, 2006

05:09 pm
Last night after much debate I decided to part with 30$ and go see Mike Marshall and Chris Thile do their mandolin duo thing. To put it mildly, they were fantastic. It was just them on stage sitting in chairs and playing mandolin. Mike also played mandola and mando-cello during the performance. It was a rare opportunity to see such world class musicians up close and later meet and talk to them. They were both very friendly and outgoing but declined the invitation to the after party in room 154.photoCollapse )

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January 12th, 2006

11:43 am
Hi.. I'm a new player. I come from a musical background dominated by the upright bass for the past 9 years and electric bass for 5 years prior to that. Fueled by a personal discovery of The Ditty Bops (<3 <3) and Nickel Creek over the last year, I opted to take the plunge and learn mando. I can't seem to get enough of it though it's been quite a change.

So, Hi. My name is Tess. I'm a professional pin-up model and side show artist, though I think the mandolin is taking over.

I inherited a 6 year old Epiphone a-model mando from a friend who "just happened to have a couple lying around", and I can't seem to put it down for too long.

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January 7th, 2006

05:12 am

hi there! i'm from siberia playing mandola a few years. i try to create my own style of playing and compose original music for this instrument.

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December 25th, 2005

04:48 pm

Just got my mandolin today and frankly, I have no idea how to tune it. I realize that there are 2 strings per note and they are supposed to be played at the same pitch, but is one supposed to be higher than the other? Which one? i have worked on the low G and as it sits, the left string is 1 octave higher than the right... can somebody tell me what the heck I'm supposed to be doing before I mutilate this poor beautiful instrument? HOW DO YOU TUNE THIS THING?


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December 21st, 2005

11:06 am
Hi all!

Seven-year guitarist, brand new to mandolin, just found out that after a good solid year of begging I'd be getting one for XXXmas.... so would some kind gent care to point me in the direction of THE BEST resources for complete morons/beginners, preferably online?

Current Music: Andrew Bird

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November 12th, 2005

10:14 pm - Radim Zenkl
Spent the morning at a workshop by Radim Zenkl, and then caught an afternoon concert. A lot of talk about technique. I came away with some things to work on. Nothing to revolutionize my playing, and probably nothing that would make for any readily noticeable change in my playing or sound, but still some things to work on.

The concert...well, I guess I'd say that Radim's playing is more introspective than I care for. Sounded borderline New Age to me. He can pick the hell out of the thing when he wants to; the highlight was when some locals joined him on stage, and he played some swing. I'd hoped to hear him play some other instruments more. He played a mandolin, and a single-strung mandola. The mandola was a beauty, I must say. But I wanted to hear his mandocello, and his bouzouki, and I was really curious to hear his nylon-strung mandolin.

But now I'm home, and I'm working on some stuff, and that makes it worth the time.

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November 8th, 2005

10:19 pm - question
Hey, have any of your ever had this problem: My strings are acting weird. My E-strings in particular will play fine when in an open position but sound out of tune and flatter when I hold down the strings. I thought it might be my strings, so I restrung the mandolin with a new set and it still does this. I recently had the Nut at the top of the neck replaced and I thought this might be contributing...If anyone has had a similar problem or can steer me towards a solution, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.


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