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    Re: Mandocello "strum along" chords

    Sounds like you're talking about "lower interval limits." It's an arranging term that refers to how low you can play two notes, before the distance (interval) between them starts sounding too muddy...
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    Re: Mandocello "strum along" chords

    Although some mandolin chord fingers transpose well to mandocello, I think some do not work well, because they are either 1) so low that they sound muddy, or 2) too difficult to play. In general, I...
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    Re: Italian Bowl back case

    I have one of the Dogal cases -- carried it everywhere, many airplane miles, with hardly any wear. Found it to be sturdy and light, and fit my Italian concert mandolin well. The hygrometer in mine...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Since John McGann's advice is still generally revered on this forum, and since he spoke extensively and eloquently on this topic, and since his views have not yet been represented in this discussion:...
  5. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Perhaps that's because the guy who plays jazz piano probably begins by relating all the notes--by sound, and not by spelling--to the key. Not by thinking about note names, and memorizing all names of...
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    Re: To Cafe Members on the US West Coast

    My heart goes out to those near the fires. I know what it's like to insist on staying, because I once stupidly decided to ride out a hurricane, so long that I finally had to swim out. So yes, please...
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    Re: Le Cygne

    I posted more extensive comments in the “Exploring Classical Mandolin” group, but will summarize here in case it’s helpful to anyone else:
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    Such a beautifully-thought out adaptation! It falls...
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    Re: Holding the pick

    Very interesting, thanks. This three-finger grip also looks a lot like that used by some of the Israeli players, such as Jacob Reuven.

    We can dissect how this or that player holds the pick, but I...
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    Re: Holding the pick

    Yes. I find it more helpful to think in terms of traditions and schools of thought. The "standard" (in the west) grip with the bent index finger is not universal by any means. I use the "standard"...
  10. Re: Do any companies make bowlback mandolins and banjolins anymor

    Holding the bowlback mandolin is part of the technique of playing it. It's easy once you learn it, but the technique might not be obvious if you haven't had occasion to be around it.

    Here is Ugo...
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    Re: Strings By Mail

    Very impressed with Strings By Mail -- They seem to be resourceful about finding unusual products. At the time I approached them about carrying Dogal strings, no one offered them in the USA (except...
  12. Re: Good mandolin choice for woman with small hands

    I think this is a great way to go. The "standard" Gibson scale length is not a universal standard, after all, other than for Gibson-style instruments. I taught a lesson to a woman with small hands,...
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    Re: scale lengths

    Unfortunately during Stahl's time there was little standardization in naming conventions. Perhaps one of the Stahl experts will chime in here, with more information on the Stahl names. Today there is...
  14. Re: August Watters - two books arrived today

    Thanks to all who posted. Since there have been questions, I’ll give a bit more background on the two mandolin books.

    The main goal of “Exploring Classical Mandolin” is to introduce the music and...
  15. Re: Article: Progressive Melodies for Mandocello: 40 Studies for

    Hi Ron -- sorry, but there's only the print version available at this point. Turns out, there were some cross-platform issues with the Kindle version. I may release an online version later, but for...
  16. Re: Need help identifying and valuing inherited old bowlback mand

    Sorry to be agreeing with these guys ( :) ), but in addition to their comments, I'd point out that there are two marks on the back of neck, not just the one. And although it's difficult to tell from...
  17. Re: ETSU Mandolin Orchestra - Remote recording

    Nice playing, good writing. Can you say more about the tune?

    I don't think the audience for this music is so limited. I think these kinds of ideas -- digging deeper into the historical roots of...
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    Re: where might one acquire a Mandocello?

    At a much lower price (and mostly under the radar, to those of us in the USA) fly other options, designed primarily for the European mandolin-orchestra community:

    Thomann
    Musikalia
    Gandharva Loka
  19. Re: Finale instrument options for "mandolin" sound

    If you have the Garratin instruments, are you looking in the right place for the mandolin sound? In the pull-down menu under "device" (in the ScoreManager - command-K), you might have chosen options...
  20. Re: What is the "Must Have" Mandolin Book(s)?

    Since different folks have different stylistic interests, I'll leave out books that are style-based.



    I second these -- are all great books, helpful for understanding how today's mandolin music...
  21. Re: Current pros looking to teach lessons during down time

    I am offering master classes based on my book "Exploring Classical Mandolin" over at the ECM fb group.
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    Re: Another old bowlback here. What is it?

    I noticed that too! However, the position of the tuners relative to headstock looks correct, and flipping the tuners would have meant their position would have been very low on the headstock. In...
  23. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    Yes, lest anyone be mislead by understatement, let's put it out there: this appears to be off-the-charts fabulous. This is the mandolin we hope for, every time someone mentions they have their...
  24. Re: Anyone have information on this very unique bowlback?

    My heart just skipped a beat. If it was me, I'd want an appraisal from one of the major builders in Italy. I'd suggest Lorenzo Lippi.
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    Re: Ensemble pieces for beginners

    In my view, Andy Boden has made a huge contribution to the mandolin ensemble world, with easily-accessible arrangements.
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