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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 13, 2020 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are There Any Players Out There?

Great post Earl!

Absolutely. Echoing what flow mentioned, 58 years of accumulated wear and tear make picking up one of my guitars or mandolins a lot more enjoyable than stepping into a muay thai ring to fight a kid 40 years younger - even if it was just sparring.

So far, campfire picking at a music fest or Friday night picking circles at the local farmer's market has been the extent of playing publicly. Haven't made the jump to a "real" band, but my buddy and I get together every couple of weeks to work out new tunes we've been listening to. We could pull together a short set of maybe 15-20 tunes and have a lot of fun with it.

Most recently, finding the music of Townes van Zandt (yes I am embarrassed to admit that) has motivated me to learn how to Travis pick. I don't have it down yet, but "I'll be Here in the Morning" sounds really damn good on the new Sinkerwood D18.

And with that, time for more practice.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 13, 2020 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are There Any Players Out There?

Townes? Nothing to be embarrassed about, I have more appreciation for his songwriting every time I hear another Townes story. I've taken a few shots at Travis picking, bet never quite mastered it, but desire to. I like Matt Smith's approach to teaching. https://youtu.be/REYoCUsd3L8

I've really had an interest in sinker wood for numerous reasons, including musical interests. Down this way, they're pulling cypress and oak. Not great musical quality, but some beautiful furniture wood.

I think the next post will be a resource primer for home recording. There's some great technology and reasonable prices....so it's a start. Thanks for chiming in! (BTW, I just scored an Eastwood Mandocaster - it's fun as hell!)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 13, 2020 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are There Any Players Out There?

Hope this works....



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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 13, 2020 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are There Any Players Out There?

Sweeet! I saw where that wood was retrieved in Belize - and could be from as long ago as 1880. I bet it sounds spectacular!

My favorite dread is an 81 Yairi Silverlark, which is kind of weird. It's walnut and spruce. Def different tone. I imagine it was really crisp when new, but has aged nicely....