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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    Makes perfect sense, David, thanks for the explanation.
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    I guess I've answered my own question with a brief internet search, people who prefer DADGAD call it "modal D tuning" since the open chord is neither major nor minor, of course the chord is a sus4...
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    Re: Mandolin Heroes Podcast

    Made me want to find some more old stuff to listen to as well. I’ve got a decent Monroe library, but lacking in many others you mentioned. BTW, I was glad to hear mentioning Buck White! One of my...
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    Time flows across tablature same as it does in notation, John, so the F note you see tabbed is played first, followed by striking all three strings in the F shape with a percussive mute on the F...
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    Re: A-strings constantly going out of tune

    Teflon won’t hurt, and it could help. I used the HF diamond files on mine, but could only work the tip on those slots - and I did from tuner side of the nut, where it doesn’t hurt (and can actually...
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    Ways Like A Crawfish

    Hangin' round the hotel room 1,700 miles from home, got the day off, so I played this old Bo Carter tune which fits pretty fine on the mandolin.

    https://youtu.be/R8BMYMwzE5g
  7. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    My comment was directed at Ralph (though I mentioned you, sblock, because he was replying to you) ... and I was writing in reference to this:

    "TAB in itself may not be harmful ... What may be ...
  8. Re: Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM)

    Berea College - a non profit well worth supporting!

    Music program is run by Al White, mandolinist from the 1975 lineup of The Bluegrass Alliance along with my buddy Marshall Billingsley on bass...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    Jim Bevan hit the nail on the head, and your response shows you have some musical experience. I’ll answer your personal questions from my own perspective.

    The way I went about it at first was to...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Also, beware of overlooking the tremolo suggestion, Sherry. Playing a clean tremolo is playing fast, so if you can tremolo smoothly and slow it down a bit, and get your left hand in sync fingering...
  11. Re: Shifting into third position for C tunes

    In a C major tune, you can often use a note on one of the four open strings to give yourself the time to shift into 3rd position or back down to first. That’s one useable hint. G, D, A, E are all in...
  12. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I agree with your last point, and I don’t think these threads miss it; it’s been stated often in these threads. But I disagree that std notation with fingerings added is the same as tablature....
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    Re: Finally Finished: Soliver #001

    It's awesome, Spencer, congrats of the completed project!
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    There are variations in how people notate the digits for music, but this is what I prefer and teach - useful for fingerstyle guitar:

    Left hand (or actually, fretting hand)

    o, or 0 = open string...
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    Re: In The Mood

    I’m loving this :)
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    Re: Specific Pick Direction Question

    From what you’ve written, I’d agree that the eighth notes should be played DD ... as you describe a piece heavily laden with 16th notes, played DUDU ... also, you write: “... is it always correct to...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    There is not just "one way" to use scales, Simon, including the pentatonic scale. One answer would be that for most tunes, using the G major pentatonic scale alone over all the chords of a tune in...
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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Playing catch & release on guitars for a few years on EBay, bought an old bowl back on whim - looked cool and was cheap and over a hundred years old. Then the mandolin sound began to haunt me.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    I’m with Onassis on pointy picks, “most reward for the least effort”, and generally use nothing rounder than the Wegen 120, and quite often the pointier JT’s pix.
  21. Re: Ukulele Chords Played on Mandolin: Something is Wrong

    Yak51fish, get yourself a ukulele. They are inexpensive, and you can play ukulele fingerings on them.
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    You’re a truthful sort, Jeff, and my gut tells me that’s a true story, though it sounds a bit like apocrypha. Impressive too that you were learning from Beatles sheets way back then. At the time, I...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    If you want to do sight read playing in time, I’d suggest standard notation. Tablature, for me, is useful for use in the practice room, and nowhere else. I use standard notation when sight reading,...
  24. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I’ve been writing a series of lessons on music theory where I attempt to teach the concepts using the piano keyboard, the guitar fretboard, and the mandolin fretboard. I don’t know how successful the...
  25. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I agree with your sentiments in this post, but this one merits further comment. I don’t find the ability to recognize interval patterns on various instrument fretboards to be limiting at all. Could...
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