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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    "Voicing" just means the vertical order of the notes in a chord, and is applied to both complete chords and partial chords. You are describing "partial voicing", which is a great technique,...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    The notes in a rootless Cm7 are Eb, G, Bb. That is an Eb major chord, not an Edim triad.
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    Re: Any trick to installing Thomastik strings?

    I use them on all of my mandolin family instruments and have for decades. I string them like any other strings: 3-4 wraps and no weird locking, just an "S" bend where it goes through the peg.
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    Re: What is the story behind the "scroll"

    The museum is well worth going to, even if it is off the beaten path.
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    Re: Do I round off my bridge or stop touching it?

    I have rounded off the "corner" of the bridge on several of my instruments. Having a sharp edge on the bridge is one of my pet peeves.

    I played several instruments at Mass Street Music last...
  6. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    Using two sharps for the key signature for A mixolydian is perfectly acceptable. Modal tunes can be written with the key signature needing the least number of accidentals. Key signatures are already...
  7. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    Yes, but in this case the key signature is not in the proper key. The tune is obviously in A major, but with the wrong key signature (no sharps). OP is not asking about transposing to a different key.
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    Re: Sound Comparison

    The scroll in modern mandolins is usually filled on the inside, so the sound is not really affected. F and A styles do sound generally the same. The shape of the soundhole (round vs. F) makes way...
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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    What do you consider "too many"?

    "Too few" windings is a problem, also. I try for 2-4 windings.
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    Re: A basic classical piece

    These are from the "Anna Magdalena Bach" book. There is also another Minuet in G, plus lots more. I find them all beautiful and easily accessible to a beginner/intermediate player.
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    Re: TI bridge compensation

    No, it has never been a problem on any of my mandolin family instruments.
  12. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    While A-440 as a standard post dates this instrument, circa A-440 was is general use before that. String gauge makes more difference than slight frequency variations.
  13. Thread: Circle of 5ths

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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    They all function exactly like dominants! They are called secondary dominants. Each chord functions as the fifth (dominant) of the next chord, so it is a series of fifths. There is no reason to call...
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    1st course to 2nd course is E5 to A4, which is a descending FIFTH, not a fourth. Octaves matter!
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    A - D - G - C should be called a circle of fifths progression because each chord functions as the fifth (dominant) of the next chord. Am - Dm - G - C is a diatonic (within the key) circle of fifths...
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    Re: strap for bowl back mandolin ?

    My bowl back has a wide metal tailpiece cover with a convex curve. My forearm rests in it and holds the instrument.
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    I never wear a cowboy hat and always use the single shoulder strap. It puts the mandolin in a better place to play it.
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    Re: Asleep at the Wheel

    I've seen some great shows at the RedDog/OperaHouse/LibertyHall venue, including David Grisman, Finnegan and Wood, and Leo Kottke. My wife and I had our first date there in 1974.
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    Em-Am-Dm-G-C is a diatonic circle of fifths progression. E-A-D-G-C is a chromatic circle of fifths progression, which uses secondary dominants. It is not called the "circle of fifths" because of the...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar was a time traveler?

    The Fujita scale rates tornados by the damage they cause to human structures, not the actual strength.
  21. Thread: Pick Edges

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    Re: Pick Edges

    They are hiding out with the unmatched socks.
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    Re: Pick Edges

    The contour of the pick edge is as important as the smoothness. Whether there is a sharp point to the edge or more of a curve makes a big difference in the tone.
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    Re: Duff mandolin/ukulele

    So, does that mean nylon or steel?
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    Re: Duff mandolin/ukulele

    Is it steel string or nylon string? If steel, isn't it a mandola? If nylon, isn't it a nylon string mandola?
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    Re: Mandolin pick guards

    My 1906 Gibson F2 has an inlaid pickguard/finger rest. I think I'll leave it.
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