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    Re: collecting and playing mandolins ?

    I think you are asking two different questions. Do people own different instruments in the mandolin family? Yes, because they are different instruments with different ranges and uses. I see mandolin...
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    If it leads to a D or D7 chord it is probably an Am7. If it is the last chord of a song in C major, it is definitely a C6 (one of my favorite endings).
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Highlighting in colors and using big words doesn't make your argument any better. You haven't explained how knowing the chords helps your reading, you just stated it. Learning where the notes are on...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I think you mean capoed at fret 4.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Knowing where your chords are is an important skill to have, but it doesn't really help in reading. Knowing where your chords are and what notes are in the chord to figure out what the note on the...
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Knowing the chords on the fretboard has very little to help you learn to read.
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    Re: Kentucky 4 string electric on Goodwill

    Why would the bridge need to be grounded? No electricity goes through the strings (except my electric personality).
  8. Thread: Octofone

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    Re: Octofone

    Leo Posch, a local luthier, just finished an Octofone style instrument for a local Irish traditional musician. It sounds good and is substantially built.
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    Re: Wide neck Mandolins ?

    Some European mandolins have wider necks. Many years ago, Radim Zenkl had a custom made mandolin with a very wide neck, as he did lots of classical guitar type counterpoint.
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    Re: Common Chord shapes

    I use this moveable three string 7th chord a lot: G7- x-3-2-3, C7- 3-2-3-x. It is my default shape for blues and blues-related music.
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    Re: ToneGuard Question

    I hold mine at an angle, so that just a small part of the back by the tailpiece actually touches my body. The scroll is probably 3 to 4 inches away and the headstock is maybe 8 to 10 inches in front...
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    Re: Blues Mandolin Song Choices

    Almost any song will work on mandolin, it will just be different. Depending upon your proficiency, what key you choose might make a difference. There are lots of songs that are blues based, but not...
  13. Re: Top classical pieces every mandolin player should know

    If there is a number 5 on the bottom line, you fret your G string at the 5th fret, not the 3rd.
  14. Re: What's the weirdest MUSICAL thing you've ever done?

    The weirdest MUSICAL thing that I HAVEN"T done: many years ago, a lady approached us during a break and asked if we would play naked. It seems that her swinger's club was interested in having music...
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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    If she's playing two Cs and two Gs, that is a C "power chord" or C5. It is moveable, of course, and can be played with C major or C minor.
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    Re: How to play harmony

    You are describing scale notes, not chord notes. You would go up one chord note, which is two or three scale notes. Sometimes the next chord note is a major third (four frets), sometimes it is a...
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    Re: How to play harmony

    "Up to the next chord note" is a better way of saying "up a third". That gets you a good note for any note.
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    Re: Those other chords?

    In the key of E, the #V would be a B#, while the bVI would be C. When naming chords, the letter name changes with the Roman numeral. In E major, the sixth scale degree is C#, so C natural is a...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The b7 is already in the minor pentatonic scale. It is the b5/#4 that is added to make the blues scale.
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    Re: Those other chords?

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    -John Fogerty’s “Green River” is also only a three chorded but it’s not not I-IV-V. It certainly has a bluesy twist but it’s all I-#V-IV, rather unusual.

    The...
  21. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    It depends upon the situation. At jams, I mostly play my 1906 Gibson three-point mandolin or 1992 Collings dreadnought guitar. At Irish jams, I play my (Slingerland?) banjolin. At City band, I mostly...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    It's not really reversed. Each chord is the fifth (dominant) of the next chord. The "fifth" in the circle of fifths is the scale degree and function, not the interval.
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    Re: "Dark" Fiddle Tunes?

    The key of A major with a G natural (flatted seventh) is called mixolydian.

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    Re: Finger placement

    I have never had any luck with that technique, or of leaving the fingers down when you play the next note up the scale (on the same string). Many books teach that, but I think being consistent and...
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    Re: Mandolin Considerations -- Add to my List

    Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada (Denver suburb) has a good selection.
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