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  1. Re: Anybody fixed this kind of left thumb aggravation?

    Maybe there's more to your technique than you're letting on...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    For D7 good ol’ 545x is not a huge move off the C chord and you can always do a diagonal 7th chord, in this case for D7 it’s 5432 or just use 3 of the notes...the mando generally doesn’t have to be...
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    Re: Keeping a practice journal

    Yeah, I'm lucky that I live rurally and my other half has good ear plugs!

    I'm using a Word Doc "notebook" template - and the tabs for each section are:

    - A list of tunes I'm re-learning (I have...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Hi Sherry. Just a few thoughts regarding chords. I played guitar (and sang) in a bluegrass groups / jams before playing mandolin about 20 some years ago. I still play guitar but not as my main...
  5. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    Yes. Then take that to an image editor like Paint.
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Sherry, I’ve been following this thread for awhile now and I have to agree. Hate is a strong word, but I surely prefer not playing chords. I can do it. I just rather not. I use the Og’s method. The...
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    Simple and cheap (I don’t have one so I can’t guarantee its quality): phone holder
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    I have one I picked up on Musician’s Friend...fits either a phone or an ipad. Search on tablet holder and you should find some options.
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    There are dozens available to attach a ‘phone to a bike; perhaps one of these would work but it depends on how you can attacch itvto the music stand.
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    I have a music stand with a steel plate and mobile with a magnetic cover/frame.
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    I have an inexpensive phone holder in my car that clamps onto the air vent fine. It should work. Just do a web search for "car air vent phone holder" and you will find several options.
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    Re: Phone Holder for Music Stand

    I use a small phone tripod attached to the back of the music stand with stretched old bicycle inner tubes.
    Doesn’t look so pretty but works great.
    10 seconds to detach it and use it as a tripod...
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    Re: Writing out Tab

    The notes in TAB are the position on the fretboard. There is no need to indicate accidentals. And besides you are providing the standard notation which you have that indicated.
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    :mandosmiley: I would only add that for the pitch change part of the procedure, one can use Audacity instead of Amazing Slow Downer or Transcribe.

    I've used Audacity a few times on old field...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    On my android phone, which is my preferred tool for the job, I use ASD and Spotify. In Spotify, create a playlist named something like "Songs to Transcribe" and add any songs or albums I want to work...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Amazing Slower Downer is amazing. One of the best programs for music ;)
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    Me and Bobby McGee

    Did this up today. I'm working on my video editing skills... I thought the combo of open (strumming and filling) mando worked well with fingerpicked guitar.

    Here: https://youtu.be/X8T3tO8DywA
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    A lot of people when they begin either try to learn the entire song all in one chunk or to learn one note or a few random notes at a time. Neither way works well. learning one note at a time or...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Sing the melodies to yourself. Especially as you are learning them. You can’t play it if you can’t sing it.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeN57i-nCIs&feature=share
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    FWIW, when I go to a jam there are a lot of songs that I don't know, and I'm not at a point yet where I can intuitively put the melody together like some folks. But with being able to find my way...
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    Re: Las Vegas Music Scene

    I live in Reno, but Nevada has a very odd/arbitrary rule that only "ambient" music is allowed. The definition of ambient music is somewhat opaque, but essentially means that you might find a band...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    IMHO, based on my experiences as both a student and a teacher, teaching is an art. A good teacher does not have a one size fits all method. He or she strives to understand how each student learns...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Sherry, I agree with bigskygirl; there's a lot to be gained by listening or even thinking about music. I'm acquainted with some of your musical tastes. You might enjoy and be inspired by Peter...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Hours on end of practice is not required to advance, practicing exercises in small segments is still practicing and sometimes just play and have fun, it doesnt have to be all practice all the time. ...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Yes, agreed, it can help to narrow the technique, and get through the wall. Basically, your top tremolo speed is probably your top possible speed for tunes.

    Another trick, connected to Mark’s...
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