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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Mandolin: Octave Stringing?
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2013, 08:30:28 PM »
Just FYI, I've added a tag for "octave strings" to this and a couple other threads. See tags at the bottom of the page.

edit: and merged two octave string threads.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 08:35:01 PM by uncle bud »

Offline frailer24

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2013, 09:03:56 PM »
Thanks a ton, UB!
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Offline mr mando

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2013, 06:20:46 AM »
I think we discussed octave strings in the "Grind So Fine" thread.

Just found the thread on the lyrics board: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=5133.msg39751#msg39751
« Last Edit: February 07, 2013, 06:31:19 AM by mr mando »

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2013, 09:46:42 AM »
And a big thank you, Mr. Mando.
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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2013, 02:35:48 AM »
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I believe Yank strung it like a twelve string with the thin string on the bass side of the course, but after about a year of that set up, I switched them as an experiment so that my pick hits the fat string first on a down stroke, which I prefer the timbre and feel of for some reason.

Didn't Yank Rachell play with upstrokes? This would mean he also hit the fat string first.

Offline Lastfirstface

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2013, 09:03:35 AM »
I have also read that Yank Played with upstrokes,  which is part of why I switched mine to suit my downstroke playing (mirroring his setup). My previous rambling post doesn't really get that across, but that was what I was going for.

Offline pete12string

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2013, 09:28:17 AM »
I'd like to try the octave string thing on my mandolin.  I've been using Light, 10-38 gauge.  What would be good octave gauges for the .038 and the .024?

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2013, 11:42:04 AM »
just go a little heavier than what's being used for the 1st and 2nd courses. if the 1st course is a .010, use .011 or .012 as the octave on the 3rd course. if .015 is being used on the 2nd course, use a .016 or .017 as the octave on the 4th course.

no rules - go with whatever feels and sounds best and stays in tune (kind of).

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2013, 11:55:11 AM »
What kind of strings would you use for octave stringing a mandolin banjo?

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Re: Mandolin octave strings
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2013, 02:53:24 PM »
I'd use the same guidelines as for regular mandolins - whatever works for the A and E courses, just a little heavier.

 


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