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  1. Re: Sorry, Dr. Leone, your Mandolino is not my Cup of Vino

    I met Dott. Alfio Leone at the 2004 NAMM show - quite a gentleman, but his instruments were "odd birds" , often expensive, and mixed in were some decent mandolins, but you had to really be careful...
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    Have you heard much of those old Chet Atkins solo electric guitar pieces?#They sound pretty full to me.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ZMoymgqbU

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    Re: Light vs. Medium vs. Heavy Picks

    Exactly. I use app.73mm Ultex or Ultem sharp picks and they are quite stiff.
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    Re: Playing Solo..

    I've performed unaccompanied in Italian restaurants.
  5. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    Sorry - they were the easiest pictures to find online.
  6. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    I only use very pointed picks!

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/4183DwbCELL._SL500_AC_SS350_.jpg

    for some classical
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Yes. I custom ordered mine with a wider neck:https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=169118&d=1530551065

    It makes chords easier and makes switching between guitar and...
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    Re: “Free” vrs “metered” tremelo

    Interesting. In my case, there seems to be no essential difference in the way I physically pick between very fast passages and tremolo; so for me they do meet in the middle.

    I also find myself...
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    Re: Does mandolin improve guitar technique

    Learning good mandolin technique never hurts your guitar chops - particularly picking.
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    Re: Economy or alternate picking

    I suggest using both methods as is appropriate for the particular musical need.
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    Re: Mystery Bowl-back Mandolin

    Many if not most of those old basic bowlbacks have been damaged by having been strung with heavy strings, and the action is too high.

    If yours is still playable, it may be of interest but as Mike...
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    Re: Classical Mandolin

    I play classical guitar AND mandolin - and some violin and cello.

    Unless the classical guitar teacher actually plays mandolin - or at least also plays plectrum steel string guitar - he will only...
  13. Re: Top classical pieces every mandolin player should know

    THIS!

    One will never get past the superficial in classical music without knowing how to read standard notation. It is the key to the repertoire.
  14. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    That sounds good - but wouldn't it help if the teachers also taught some jazz tunes by ear?
  15. Re: Starting to study mandolin, where to start?

    Classical is mostly learned from traditional method books, a good teacher, playing in a mandolin orchestra, etc.

    Bluegrass is largely an ear tradition, although there are plenty of staff notation...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    We used to play collective group improv "New Orleans style" with strings. It may not be common but it can be done!



    Point taken about Gypsy jazz....it is more of a soloists' style.

    I guess I...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    As a native New Orleans string player, this guy is wrong.

    You can play jazz with a string band!




    Perfect example, the 6 7/8 String Band.

    There used to be others in the past, the 6 7/8...
  18. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Arpeggios and chord tones are your friends when improvising!
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Jordu's bridge is just another string of V/V's

    180937

    In Cm from the Real Book

    G7 C7 / F7 Bb7 / Eb7 Ab7 / Db7

    F7 Bb7 / Eb7 Ab7 / Db7 Gb7 / G7
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I know of any number of horn players that can rip in those keys...even sightreading.

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    I have one mandolin tuned down to Bb so I can read duets with my clarinet playing...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Indeed.
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    Re: Those other chords?

    The Circle of Fifths is often reversed in songs, as you point out. Thanks.
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Thanks, I was not sure what you meant.



    I get that - it is easier to say 3-6-2-5 in practical band situations rather than the correct-but-complex version. :)

    I make a point about this when...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Glad to share.

    BTW, classical music had those " frequent movement between tonal centers" before any popular music did, including jazz. As you point out, the majority of folk and much pop music...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    That depends on the modes. So far we are talking about basic major scales, or the Ionian mode. Secondary dominants are not as related to the various diatonic and synthetic modes as they are to...
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