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    Re: Jethro Tull (unplugged)

    If I recall Tull used mandolin on several songs on their first several LP's.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Thanks for bringing up this issue.
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    That's one of the books I had in mind in my earlier post.

    here's the link:

    https://archive.org/details/bickfordmandolin01bick/page/n6/mode/2up
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    Re: Learning to read music for Mandolin

    Many of the public domain old mandolin method books have sections in the front of the book about reading music, and how to do so on mandolin. They are available on-line.
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    Re: Tuning a Mexican vihuela in fifths?

    Maybe, but the frets may just need to be re-adjusted if they are still tight enough to hold.
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    Re: I'm beginning to want to play classical

    Start by getting some classical music and reading it on your mandolin. Honestly it's that simple to begin.



    The outline of the piece is the score, like all classical music. Chords are not...
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    Re: Bill Monroe's Actual Pick and Phone Number

    That sure does NOT look like what many modern BG players use! Cool.
  8. Re: Curious about identification of an early 1900s bowl mandolin

    Does the tuner gear shaft meet the gear on top or on the bottom
    of the gear itself? That's the difference.
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    Re: Left hand position

    A minority of us never use a strap when playing mandolin, sitting or standing, including bowlbacks.

    Even then, the left hand merely supplies a small part of the support that also comes from the...
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    Re: Banjo solos /mandolin

    Well...a symphony orchestra is not exactly "folk music"!
  11. 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.
  15. Thread: Picks

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    Re: Picks

    Sorry - they were the easiest pictures to find online.
  16. 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...
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
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    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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