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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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  10. 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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    Re: "Powerful/Loud!"

    I play a banjo-mandolin at our weekly Irish session so that I can be heard. It cuts through and the lack of sustain is fine for those continuous sixteenth-note tunes.
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    Re: Now HERE's a mandolinist's worst nightmare:

    It was at the Tuesday night dance, but nobody played it.
  17. Thread: Jam etiquette

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    Re: Jam etiquette

    One thing that hasn't been mentioned: I often like having more than one lead being played at the same time. "Dueling" leads can be great fun, although I certainly don't look at it as a competition,...
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    Re: Eastman Comfort Comfort

    I have no reason to contour the edge, but I have rounded the corners of the bridge on almost every instrument I have. If you lightly touch the bridge with your palm, the sharp corners that come on...
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    Re: National Tenor Tri-cone Resonator Guitar

    Pretty instrument, but the patent is "still pending".
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    Re: How an Instrument Shapes Our Playing

    "Tone Poems" by David Grisman exploits this phenomenon. Each different instrument brought out a different style and tune. David's notes about this are interesting.
  21. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    I wasn't at Woodstock, but went to the Dallas Pop Festival two weeks later. Saw Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Santana, and others.
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    Re: What does OP mean?

    One of my pet peeves is the misuse of the word "acronym". An acronym are initials that you say as a word, like "scuba" or "sonar". If you say the letters, as in "CIA" or "FBI", those are just...
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    Re: New member in Kansas City need tips

    Mass Street Music in Lawrence is a great place. I have bought and had work done on several instruments over the years. Bradford and Company Fret Shop in Kansas City has a vast selection of...
  24. Thread: Tab of Fifths

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    Re: Tab of Fifths

    Both directions are fourths AND fifths. C to G is up a fifth and down a fourth. G to C is up a fourth, down a fifth.
  25. Re: If your spouse just green-lighted an electric mando ...

    If your acoustic can play loud enough without feeding back, I would get something very different and have both. So, a four or five string solid body item.
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