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  1. Re: How do you think of the fretboard - closed patterns or just n

    You need to know both to be really proficient. The note names/locations are absolute while the patterns are relative, ie, the intervals. But I find my pattern facility varies with the finger and...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Im with bigskygirl: For D to D7, 7-4-5-x to 5-4-5-x is usually my choice. Use that all the time. The note at fret 7 is the root (D) and when you lower it a full step you get the flatted 7 (C note)....
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I love playing chords and I love chopin', that's why they keep me around at jams :))
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    Sierra Hull- tone tips video

    Hello friends,

    I came across this on YT today. Simple advice from one of the best! Enjoy :)

    https://youtu.be/-tCoGGcsi0I
  5. RIP Bill Torbert Jr. (Mandolin player for Jimmy Martin)

    Bill Torbert Jr. passed away on Saturday, 24 Oct 2020 from Covid. He was 81. He started playing mandolin in the early 1950's in Washington, DC. He played with (high school friend) Monte Monteith at...
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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I have a pickup on all my acoustic instruments. Mandolin, fiddle, banjer, & guitar. I run through a micro-cube. I use it like a monitor. For sure it helps to get the sound in front of you. The cube...
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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I think hearing something in a different way is often a help. Also a distortion pedal will emphasize some harmonics much more than others. This could be part of what you are hearing.
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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I've done that many times (with an acoustic mandolin), and I think that there are two reasons that the perception is that one can hear the instrument more clearly:
    (1) You're hearing how the...
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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I cant say I have had that same experience but I do use my Zoom effects pedal with my Mandocaster for a change of pace
  10. Interesting study on pentatonic scale usage

    I was browsing around the net on the topic of pentatonics this morning and came across this interesting study from Anton Schwartz.

    https://antonjazz.com/2016/01/pentatonic-scales/
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    Re: Major chord arpeggios

    There's already been lots of good discussion here, but I'll add my two cents. When some people talk about "learning the scale" they mean learning to play the notes going up and down in alphabetical...
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    10-15 Minute Theory Practice

    I've been working on Chad Mannings theory for fiddle and mandolin on peghead nation and I think his 10 minute theory practice routine is great. In short, you pick a key and;
    1. Run through the...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    I hope this isn't going too far off piste. A jazz trumpeter that I know a bit who also plays Irish trad has come up with a 3d version of the circle of fifths. This video below explains it. In these...
  14. Appendectomy: Trust Your Gut (some mandolin content)

    Title says it. Went to the ER yesterday and had my appendix swiftly removed. Symptoms started Tuesday and never got that bad, to be honest. Iím glad I trusted my gut, despite my hesitation to visit a...
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    Re: Free Live Mandolin Lesson

    Hey, here is a thirty minute lesson mandolin on chords. Hope it helps.



    https://www.facebook.com/VintageGuitarmagazine/videos/649195402591836/
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    Re: Tremolo technique

    Iíve just uploaded lesson 3. Itís quite a dense lesson ...
    We learn 3 different methods which may be combined to produce the louds and softs with tremolo. We talk briefly about ensuring your tremolo...
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    Re: Mastering a New Skill

    We all know that some have a particular knack for making music. We've seen it. We also know that the "10,000 Hour Rule" has some merit.

    We also probably know that some musicians simply had no...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I have been there, but the way out of Melody Metropolis leads through the Domain of Doublestops. Eventually, Chord Country looms on the horizon. Today, I play it all mingled together.
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott do a good version of Paradise in this fine set from 'Live At Hippy Jack's'.

    It's altogether a great listen, with a lot of good mandolin from Tim. Paradise is their...
  20. Re: Play with backup tracks, sing with mp3s. Looking for new sour

    I really enjoy “strum machine”. Try www.strummachine.com. Many tunes in the box and super easy to make your own backing tracks..
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    Tremolo technique

    Greetings from Australia!
    I thought it a good time to make some instructional videos about tremolo. Here is the first one.
    https://youtu.be/TrSLeM3cYd0
    Stay safe, stay home and play mandolin ...
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    Tommy Emmanuel on practicing

    Enjoy!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk3KwMe6joI
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    Re: Chop - hold/release or just mute?

    +1 for what John Ritchhart said! Sometimes I'll use several percussive techniques over the course of a single song (or even a single measure) depending on the tune and what other players are...
  24. Re: Do you shift positions for hammer-ons/pull-offs?

    The answer I'd give as a teacher is you need to practice the 3rd/4th finger combination to build strength and speed.

    That said, many players would probably shift and use the 2nd/3rd finger.

    If...
  25. Re: Metronome Android app recommendations, please

    Thanks everyone! Ended up getting "The Metronome by Soundbrenner". Exactly what I needed. Now am one of the geeks with multiple metronomes on his phone.
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