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  1. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    As far back as the early 1970's I was taught that the correct term is "pick up notes" for the notes that , as you say, lead into another measure.

    This was in New Orleans in context of school...
  2. Re: Bandurria (12 string Mando) tuning in fifths?

    Yes they are traditionally tuned in 4ths.
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    Re: Removing the Florida extension

    I use every fret on my mandolin, all 29 of them to high A.

    "If you don't play above the 6th fret... why not scoop from the 7th and be done with it."

    That's my feelings about this issue!
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  4. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    It's not always about the thickness alone - the stiffness of the material matters too.

    A .72mm Ultex/Ultem pick is quite stiff.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Actually, when you are strumming, your hand is loose and free - can you also pick with your right hand that unanchored? There's no need to change your hand from strumming to picking lines by...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Please consider that I come from a different style but do know and have heard your style mandolin playing for decades. I can even play a little like that! But I'm an really Italian-style based player...
  7. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    All of my music teachers forced us to study keeping good time by using a metronome.

    The jazz teachers also had us use the metronome set to click on beats 2 and 4, so we could learn to swing in...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    I'm curious is you ever watch mandolin players in other styles - like Italian players.



    I use the top of the instrument on my bowlback and flat-top mandolins and when playing archtop mandolins...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    This is pretty much what I am suggesting in my other post.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    yes!
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Working on good alternate picking AND tremolo go hand in hand. Tremolo is just fast picking on a static pitch (or pitches) and fast picking is tremolo with moving notes.

    It's the same right and...
  12. Re: Arpeggios - tips and tricks to play these well and how to use

    Good thread!

    One arpeggio "trick" is to use two string pairs - the G and D string, the D and A strings, and the A and E strings - and use fingerings that make a chord arpeggio on each pair of...
  13. Re: Recommend some beginner Blues / Jazz Blues Lead Sheets

    Almost all those tunes are in the links I posted. Also includes Bb and Eb books for other key versions of tunes.

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    Pay attention to her ideas about chord arpeggios and...
  14. Re: Recommend some beginner Blues / Jazz Blues Lead Sheets

    Perhaps it would be better to improvise off of the chord changes.

    Anyway here is a link to jazz fakebooks:

    https://www.swiss-jazz.ch/partitions-real-book.htm
  15. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    "swing-curious" ....love that term, and will use it in the future.
  16. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    Thanks for the thought-provoking clarification.

    I suggest starting with the recordings of Dave Apollon. He was a popular vaudeville act before Bluegrass was even invented.

    "but not much in the...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Great point - listening skills, particularly while playing and more-so while reading music.

    Thanks.
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Hmmm...

    Classical training should include serious ear training. like sight-singing from that same sheet music.

    I mean, the Italians invented solfeggio hundreds of years ago, and it was basic...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    With all respect - did you ever play in a jazz big band? and read a new tune...and have a 16 to 32 measure solo over chord changes you've just seen? (and heard?)

    It happens.

    But yes, knowing...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Both.

    I play many folk tunes by ear; I read music for classical style and for learning new tunes I have not heard.
  21. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    Really? Narrow in scope? you have all sorts of mandolin genres:

    Classical
    Italian
    Irish Trad
    other "Celtic" and British Isles music
    Greek music
    Russian/Eastern European
    Klezmer
    Choro
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    I can understand the frailing/clawhammer folks , to a certain extent they don't play much way up the neck past the 12th fret anyway.

    I have never seen guitar players remove upper frets.
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    Re: Remove Frets & Scoop

    So how does a "newbie" know that they are never going to use the upper register frets?

    I can understand folks that have been playing mandolin in certain styles long enough to know they are not...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    That depended on the gig - there were certain situations I wanted a spare mandolin in case of even a string breaking during a show.
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    No, jazz players love BBQ too.
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