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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Instead of graphite look for a tube of powdered Teflon. But going sharp can be because you generate humidity, and the mandolin expands slightly.

    However, differential intonation across frets...
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    "I Will" -- CD preview

    The project is finished recording, should be done with mastering for release next week. Here's the final preview from the project, Paul McCartney's sweet song in solo arrangement. Single mic, Shure...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    Experienced and expert players will sometimes use the out-of-position finger for convenience or tone, but avoiding the pinky is handicapping yourself. Lots of fingering hurts when learning or...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    Jim Bevan's economic reply is probably sufficient, but I want to explain something for elementary students.

    Scales and arpeggios are like the alphabet and spelling rules. Those don't on their own...
  5. Leo Kottke on 10-string -- "William Powell"

    I revisited this happy tune that seems to be about a debonair movie star. I'm using a flatpick and emulating Leo Kottke's finger-picking. Recorded with just my Shure KSM 32, this is another preview...
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    Re: K&K pick up and Baggs Venue DI Help

    The gain control is intended to be used, it is the way to get your gain structure cooperating. Turn the gain down until the volume range is convenient.
  7. Thread: Fake Book

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    Re: Fake Book

    I bought the Kindle versions of the standard Real Books, because they ate jpegs and I can enlarge as needed. An application called iGigPro lets you create your own library from pdfs or jpegs. A handy...
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    by Tom Wright
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    Re: Fake Book

    I have the first three volumes of the Real Book, and one of the Scher Music books, the New Real Book vol. 2.

    There are six volumes of the original Real Book, I believe. There are also books of...
  9. Re: Target EQ bands and positioning for mandolin?

    Would be helpful to know what tone/style you are amplifying. This graph shows the archtop F5 style in red, Graham McDonald's oval-hole in blue (I think) and an Italian bowlback in green. The F5 has a...
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    Re: Mandolin "Slurs"

    Excellent scan, and I think we can answer yes, do try to play those slurs. The first three are going to be pull-off and the fourth one is hammer-on.

    There is a way of "almost" slurring, in which...
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    Re: Mandolin "Slurs"

    After saving a scan, either pdf or jpeg, start to post and choose "Go Advanced". On that page, pull down and find "Manage attachments". At top right you will see "Add files", and then you can select...
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    Re: Mandolin "Slurs"

    The exercises in Wohlfahrt are of course written for violin, and there is no equivalent un-picked long phrasing possible. For pickers, an occasional hammer-on or pull-off is the limit.

    I would...
  13. Thread: F7 Chord

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    Re: F7 Chord

    Bobbie Gentry sings it in D, not sure why you're in G. There are versions on the internet that use D.
    D7 Am D7 D7
    D7 Am D7 D7
    G7 G7 D7 D7
    D7 C7 D7 D7

    Try it in D, using some darker voicings....
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    I do enjoy having piano in the group, but I have spent a couple of years in a jazz workshop group acting as the guitar and even piano, using my electric 10-string. Hamilton de Holanda was touring...
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Various parts of you will hurt as you progress. These are signs of things to watch out for, but don't worry that it will be a permanent problem.

    Partly it just is toughening up needed, but the...
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    Re: 'A' String Intonation Question

    If there is no height difference it is surely differently-behaving strings. I find that after vigorous use my E strings diverge in the high frets. I assume one of the two gets picked harder. That...
  17. Capricho de Santa Cecilia -- Hamilton de Holanda

    Another installment of my solo project is this Caprice for Santa Cecilia. As much as I like the sound of the installed pickup that I had been blending with the microphone, I decided the pure acoustic...
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    Re: Original Jazz CD Preview

    I am embarrassed that it took me until now to react to CDbaby closing its "store" for physical CDs. I set up a page at Bandcamp for the Tailwind release:
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  19. Re: i am having problems with "clefs" again. Treble or alto

    The only published music for 10-string mandolin (GCDAE) is by Hamilton de Holanda, and he uses treble clef throughout. The low C is four ledge lines down, not really a big deal.

    As noted, clefs...
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    Re: Mandolin to Mandola

    In order to just see if you can stand the sound, order a couple of loop-end single strings in the C-appropriate gauge, move your G, D, and A over, and try it out. The nut will bind, and intonation...
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    Re: Mahler 7 Tonight (7/7/20)

    According to CSO program notes, mandolin and guitar represent a guy serenading his lover.



    A very long song. It's so annoying when composers ask us to sound bad -- Mozart asks the mandolin to...
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    Mahler 7 Tonight (7/7/20)

    The Chicago Symphony YouTube channel is offering a "digital premiere", the live recording from 2010 of Mahler's 7th Symphony, Pierre Boulez conducting, at 8pm EDT. There are several closeups of me...
  23. Re: Thomas Buchanan 10 String , 5 course Mandolin / Mandola

    Phosphor bronze bulk purchase from JustStrings. On this mando I use .011, .015, .022, .034, .048. I can imagine a strong tone with beefier strings but I do not want any neck bowing.

    A previous...
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    Bach D Major Prelude from Suite #6

    This prelude was intended for a 5-string cello. I use the viola arrangement by Milton Katims and play it on my Buchanan 10-string.

    https://soundcloud.com/twtunes/bach-d-major-cello-suite-prelude
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  25. Poll: Re: Poll: do use use a bevel edge or round edge pick?

    I use the Dunlop Ultex, the standard flat pick (1.0mm) which has a symmetrical bevel all around.

    Then again, I am not mainly a classical player. The shape allows a dark tone if I angle the pick,...
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