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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    This important distinction has been explained at least twice. The significance of the shorter neck (lower bridge placement) was explained already in #2.
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    It's a bit surprising that a builder working with Gibson designs should introduce a short scale ovalhole model contrary to the Gibson tradition. The standard seems to be 13 7/8 -- how much does your...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    Oh, really? Monroe recorded quite a few numbers on an F7 before purchasing his F5. He also did one session with a borrowed F4. Most people would agree that the F7 is closer in character to the F5...
  4. Re: 10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

    Well, this thread is about jazz, not the "old timers". And how does the snare drum enter a discussion about rhythm mandolin?
  5. Re: 10 Essential Jazz Guitar Chord Rhythms

    What works is something you can only find out in playing. Use your ears

    Oddly the chord forms in the first few examples are rooted -- in jazz you normally leave that to the bass player (and, on...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    As for the theoretical analysis it’s downright silly to give the solo in tab only. The chords are given in notation,to be sure, but if the C#7 is to be considered the dom of f#m, as the analysis...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    Indeed they are. That means the bridge is placed lower on the F4 than on the F5. The F7 is an f-hole with the shorter neck where you can see the difference in bridge placement very clearly.
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    "Don't know", well, then what do you know? How well did you know Bill Monroe?
    Did he know notation at all? Judging from Smith's bio he was familiar with shape notes from singing school but had to...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    But no one does, so what's your point? Roughly, theory is a sytematized collection of devices and concepts serving to unify and connect a multitude of special instances, and aiding one's orientation...
  10. Re: My band asked me to stop playing guitar

    Or practice more guitar.

    Seriously, what are the other instruments? Personally I could imagine playing the mandolin in a trio of bass, percussion and mandolin, requiring a very good bass player,...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    All the Things starts the same way as Fly me to the Moon, but in Ab: fm7, bbm7, Eb7-AbMaj. It's much more fruitful to analyze that tune in larger chunks, w r t keys:

    Bars 1-8: Ab - C
    9-16: Eb - G...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Theory is about reducing a multitude of facts to a few principles. Most musicians use theory without really having to think about it. As we do with grammar, at least in our native language.

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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Good example. Circle of fifths progressions are also common in the bridge of an otherwise harmonically static AABA tune. There are basically two types of bridges:

    break out circle back as in I...
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    Re: Right hand wrist position

    On the D'Addario video Marshall uses the word "touch" ("ever so slightly"), not "rest". And, actually, he doesn't say "should" or "is supposed to", but "touches", indicating a natural result of...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Well, what I said is that I expect a solo to connect with what comes before it and lead to what comes after. Usually that’s the melody of a verse or chorus so I needn’t be told that it’s necessary to...
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    Re: Help - Monroe's Kentucky Mandolin

    I believe the tef file on mandozine.com is accurate.
  17. Re: Another in a long line of stupid questions

    Capos are used for effect. Scruggs style banjo involves figures relying on open strings, e.g., playing one string open and sliding into that same note on the next lower string. Such effects are all...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Oddly, the TS never states his genre, yet most posters seem to assume that it’s Bluegrass. And several among them don’t really answer the technical question, but rather impose their own limiting...
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    Re: A Tiny surprise....

    That's a bit strange. On Bob Wills records featuring solos by Tiny Moore you will often hear the leader hollering things like "The littlest instrument in the world, that mandolin".
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    Re: How to play chords to sing along to?

    As always there's the question of context. A lot of people like to think of the mandolin as a snare drum, and obviously you don't use a lone snare drum the same way as one of 8 components of a drum...
  21. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    In my experience HO's and POs work differently from the guitar on mandolin. POs tend to have more snap, and HO's can be a bit weak. An HO works best on the mandolin when followed by a picked note...
  22. Re: Why did Jimmy Martin prefer the sound of the F4 over the F5?

    Not in this particular case. But a few years back someone posted a live show with Monroe and my immediate reaction (on listening, before reading the post) was, "that's got to be an F4" (also the...
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    Re: 3/4

    A few more waltz favorites: Fiddler's Waltz (by Benny Martin)
    Sobre las Olas (Juventino Rosas)
    La Valse Hot (Sonny Rollins)
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    Re: 3/4

    Livet i Finnskogarna is mostly done on the accordion; it's credited to Carl Jularbo, but probably traditional. Wonder whether Vaughn Horton knew the original or whether the similarity with Mocking...
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    Re: 3/4

    I have arranged a medley of "state waltzes": Tennessee Waltz in F, Missouri Waltz in D, Kentucky Waltz in Eb. I'd like to add something in G to cover all three standard modulations, possibly Carolina...
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