...of songs I know or once could play before one of my recent hiatuses from playing. Count is up to 41! So why do I have such a hard time remembering a tune at a jam?
Just restrung my flinthill f style to the jm11 and when I fine tuned it with a snarc, sounds nice when strum open strings but when picking up from the d to a A sting seems one fret off. I retuned it to no avail. I am a beginner manolinist and thought by using better strings over the stock ones it would be a great step up, giving my basic skills the
chance to sound better. The stock G string had a dud sound to it. Is this a matter of just some strings make it sing and some just don't or is
Where do I find sheet music written for mandolin that is not primarily spiritual, bluegrass, and Old Time? I am new to this site and a recent mandolin player. I do not have and may never have the talent for playing by ear and need sheet music to learn new material. Since I'm not a naturally talented musician I also don't do vocals, so I rely heavily on melody rather than all chords. So where do I go to find material like John Denver or John Rivers or others?
OK, so The Onion probably won't be hiring us, but that doesn't mean we didn't have some fun. Some of the ideas we had that didn't make the final cut, left here for inspiration for 2014. So many ideas, only one April 1.
North Korea/U.S. tension subsides after Dennis Rodman delivers Deering Good Times 5-String banjo and copy of Mel Bay's Getting into Bluegrass Banjo to Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. If ever there were two oddballs begging to be Photoshopped together with a banjo...
Today was very strange day - I fainted in our fantastic subway where everything is fine, except the conditioner)) I passed three stations without conscious, but saw very beautiful visions. Earlier i didn't know how to call the next composition, but now I know - Star Trip.
At last I had new devices of which I so long thought! And now everything sounds! And there are so much opportunities!
And with it another lesson. The version of Bill Cheetam I learned (from lessons of all things) has the B part in the wrong key! Its more of a harmony line. I played it through once, thinking "that sounds off, maybe its my timing" and the second time I was like "oh dear". So I turned to the jam leader Ran Bush and asked him if I were in the wrong key. He chuckled and said "yeah, you have a jazzy thing going there" D'oh! But the Tuesday jams at the 5th String in Berkeley
So my biggest deficit is in numbers of tunes. Well, today's lunchtime walk to the 5th String Music store has helped fix that. I just got a copy of Dix Bruce's Parking Lot Pickers Songbook, with over 200 tunes. Its commonly used at the slow jams here in Berkeley so it will be especially helpful when I'm out here for work. Should keep me busy for a while.
Whoa, I see the version on Amazon has 225 songs! Apparently there is a new edition
At the slow jam at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Two lessons learned. One, smaller circles mean one calls more tunes, and apparently all I know are fiddle tunes in A. Second, I can mess up but find the tune again and carry on. Its ok. It doesn't bring the jam to a halt.
Also just got my first video feedback from Mike Marshall. All those years doing technical exercises have paid off. Now its time to learn. More. Tunes!