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  1. Re: Recommend some beginner Blues / Jazz Blues Lead Sheets

    The constant question or tension between learning patterns and learning melodies.

    People respond individually, and some are like me, in that I can’t bring myself to work through catalogs of...
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    My mandos with the Ryder stacked singles ate noticeably less output than a guitar. But i think the difference is twofold — the higher pitch range is not where the effects show up best, and (in my...
  3. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    If a piece of music is more on the beat and has plenty of actual triplets it makes sense to write in triplet time, like jigs, and classical music.

    But it is both unnecessary clutter and may be too...
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    Re: Replacement Pickup for Mandocaster

    Steve Ryder’s stacked singles are my favorite, but tapping would only yield a weaker signal with hum. Different tone is what tone controls and pedals are for.

    A side-by-side humbucker sounds...
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    Re: About my pick grip

    I have noticed pretty much all guitar players I see use a fairly open hand shape. It is likely due to the fact they are jazz or other electric guitar players. (I see Tony Rice seems to use the...
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    Re: Tremolo Notation

    The slash marks are variable depending on composer. But the sideways S is turn, a roll above and below the pitch. The tilde alone is typically a mordent, a brief trill of one up and back, while “tr”...
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    Re: Tremolo Notation

    Squiggly line, a tilde above the note is a trill or mordent (short trill).

    Slashes through the note stem are tremolo or measured subdivided note.

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    Squiggly line, a tilde...
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    Re: Tremolo Notation

    Slashes may indicate measured “tremolo”, so two slashes is 16th notes, three is 32nds. In classical music, we usually say tremolo when we mean unmeasured, so the distinction may be moot. But it is a...
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    Re: Ryder 10-string conversion

    No problem with strings maintaining spacing on the bridge saddles, even with tiny grooves. The steep break angle probably helps on that. As of now, the height screws are tall and interfere a little...
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    Ryder 10-string conversion

    Enjoying 10-string so much I never played my Ryder, so I converted it to 10-string. It has a sweet tone from the combination of mahogany body with maple overlay, and the bolt-on maple neck.
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  11. Thread: Today's Rig

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    Re: Today's Rig

    Lots of clean power and light weight. Modern bass amps are more hi-fi than guitar amps, and their frequency response is not limited to bass but goes all the way up. The two I’ve used have useful tone...
  12. Thread: Today's Rig

    by Tom Wright
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    Re: Today's Rig

    Midrange is hugely important to mandolin, acoustic or electric. Standard guitar amps might have mid centered on 1K, but how narrow the band is matters a lot. I find that with overdrive in the chain I...
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    Re: Original Jazz CD Preview

    CGDAE. I stick with mandolin scale so I can reach close-voiced chords not possible on longer scales. This project was begun as jazz viola, so not much chording in it, but in my other jazz playing I...
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    Re: Favourite overdrive?

    Maxon OD9, or the AnalogMan King of Tone. The last can be dialed down to pure boost, no overdrive, and it has two sides for different settings. Probably a waiting list, tho.
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    Re: Beatles--"Something" on solo 10-string

    Thanks. 4 years since I recorded that, and I cringe that I played a Bb chord instead of Eb in the beginning cadence, but I was practicing from flawed memory.

    I really like what I achieved on this...
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    Re: A mandolin/violin relative price story

    I sold my tired Sartory viola bow for $5,000, and used a $500 Coda bow until I retired. I will say the 100-year-old French bow had a pretty sound but the Coda had better control of expression. Tone...
  17. Re: Currently running a tribute to Jacob do Bandolim www.kptz.org

    Thanks, listening now. BTW, drop the “www” as Safari thinks it is a fake. Proper URL is https://kptz.org

    I downloaded the new Hamilton recording, “Jacob Bossa”. Brilliant playing, and I did...
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    Re: Training the Mind

    Only time and continued effort will help. Some us think too much, some too little, but there is always a tension between paying attention to how you’re playing vs how is the music going? In order to...
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    Re: K&K twin-preamp-guitar amp

    I have the Baggs Para DI and am impressed with its capability. Their Venue is impressive but expensive, and larger.

    The Para has useful EQ, 5 bands with sweepable midrange and high-bass cut or...
  20. Re: Four-string nylon-stringed mando. Acoustic.

    Why not just go lighter on the steel/PB strings? Plain steel loop end single strings are available down to .008”, and wound phosphor bronze down to .018”.

    If you buy bulk after choosing your...
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    Re: How snug is the best fit for a case?

    The reason a snug fit is better is that it ensures transient impacts, like dropping the case, will be spread across the maximum surface area. If the mando is loose, it will bang into the inside in...
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    Re: Non Mandolin Jazz

    In my jazz workshop group I ‘ve grown to appreciate Joe Henderson tunes brought by the sax players, and pianist Cedar Walton tunes have great swing and cool changes. We’ve tackled Chick Corea. Pat...
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    Re: What is this chord?

    For A6/9 I would use 6-4-2-0, or 2-4-2-0 if no one is playing the root.

    Many chords exist that are not the conveniently-named chords. The named chords are shorthand instead of having to write all...
  24. Re: How do you store your instruments when not playing

    Advantages of solitary living, no pets --- instrument always stays out where I can simply pick it up and play. Especially annoying was violin procedure of taking out the fiddle, the bow, maybe rosin,...
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    Re: Go Deeper, Not Wider

    I accumulate very slowly, although I go through books. Still, I never stop being open to a new tune, or a technical idea, or a different group to play music with.

    I go deep and wide in steady...
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