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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Starting young and having a gentle, nurturing teacher is a big plus. When a little kid does a crappy solo, they still get a standing ovation. When an adult does it, it's... awkward.

    Been there....
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    I don't know where you are in Southern CA, but here are some resources for the area.
    http://socalbluegrass.org/
    http://sandiegobluegrass.org/
    http://www.northcountybluegrass.org/link/SDBS

    Going...
  3. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Are any opinions about documentaries necessary?
  4. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Ken Burns manages to make boring documentaries about things I'm interested in.

    Slow and Plodding ≠ Serious and Deep

    PBS has also never pulled off a decent Shakespeare production.
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    Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    Improve this skill as you would any other.

    Slow down.
    Simplify.
    Shorten.


    Gradually increase difficulty.

    Record yourself to assess your progress.
  6. Re: Arpeggios - tips and tricks to play these well and how to use

    At the end of the day, you get good at what you practice. If you spend a lot of time playing "patterns", you will get good at playing patterns. If you use arpeggios to create interesting musical...
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    Re: Books...and Specifically, Intermediate Books???

    The main thing with The Mandolin Pickers Guide... is to put in the time creating with the tools he gives you until you can do it fluently. Don’t just play his examples and move on.

    The IRealB app...
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    Re: Books...and Specifically, Intermediate Books???

    You will become a better mandolinist if you complete the Horne book. But, for me, it covers too much material in too little depth. For example, there are two cross picking exercises, which are really...
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    Chicken thighs with Lebanese spices.

    “Bollywood Party” playlist on Spotify.
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    Re: Practice Regiment Questions

    Practice doing the thing you want to get better at. Some jams are everyone more or less playing the melody. At other jams people take turns improvising. If you want to get better at improvising,...
  11. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Why?

    So odd what the Cafe thinks it needs to protect us from.
  12. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Praise publicly.
    Threaten privately.
  13. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Welcome to America.
  14. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    Americans are paying billions in tariffs and risking a recession partially in an effort to protect intellectual property rights.

    All intellectual property owners should be paid for the use of...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    I have heard 3 hours as adequate for a professional musician from several pros.

    The thing is, pros tend to be busy doing all of the other stuff they need to do to run their business.
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    Re: Satan is Real movie

    Is it just my confirmation bias, or do a lot of brother combos have a “good” one and a “bad” one?
  17. Thread: Standing position

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    Re: Standing position

    Ideally, you want your hands free to play the instrument rather than supporting or stabilizing it. High and tight is one way to achieve that. Check out video of Evan Marshall for an excellent...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I have heard this claim often. Has it ever been tested?
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    My kids started violin at age 3. It seems like they had a new teacher every year. When they were 5 and 6 a teacher rejected them as "not serious enough". They plodded along for years, doing a minimal...
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    Re: the Allan Holdsworth guitar approach on mandolin

    It appears you have a good foundation, so explore what interests you. Even if it doesn’t become your go to system, you are sure to expand your creativity.
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    Rather than practicing scales, practice using scales to make musical lines.

    In other words, practice what you want to do.

    At first you might just use one scale over a whole tune, but you will...
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    Re: the Allan Holdsworth guitar approach on mandolin

    It is hard for me to understand even simplified descriptions of Holdsworth's approach. Would his approach to chords even translate to a four-stringed instrument?
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    Re: the Allan Holdsworth guitar approach on mandolin

    While Holdsworth is widely admired and respected, his approach hasn’t been widely adopted. This makes it neither good nor bad, but indicates that most people believe another path is more effective...
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    Re: What's the most fun way to learn the fretboard

    Yet, some people can play in any key without knowing any of the notes.
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    Re: What's the most fun way to learn the fretboard

    Challenging = Fun

    When something is too easy, it’s boring. When something is too hard it’s frustrating. The key is to stay in the zone that is challenging.

    The problem with the apps that are...
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