Re: Hearing the pulse in mando music
When I took a workshop with Jesse Cobb last February he spent some time speaking about the "pulse" too. I think I've always kind of subconciously understood to do it, but never fully considered what it was until he brought it up. I think it is more common with fiddles, which is something he mentioned, but it can be done powerfully on mandolin as well. The way Jesse described it was accentuating the downbeat on every stroke when playing lead... obviously when playing mando chords the accent is on the upbeat. I think it gets more complicated than that in real life, but for getting started hearing/playing it "pushing" the note on the downbeats starts to give it that feel. He mentioned Brittany Haas (fiddle player) as a good example of this, which I can agree with because I've always liked her fiddle playing for that very reason. Just yet another example of how bluegrass is more than just 3 cords and a bunch of notes over top...
- 2004 Macica A
- 1952 Selmer Centered Tone
- Eastwood electric mandola
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