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  1. Thread: Improvising

    by Jim Bevan
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    Re: Improvising

    I'm with dhergert – can you sing what you want to play? Can you imagine what you want to play in your head, and play what you're imagining?

    Ya, learn all your scales and chords and arpeggios so...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    The good folks here will be happy to help out, but you'll get more precise guidance if you can narrow your stated goal down from "mastering the mandolin" a little. :)

    What style(s) are you...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    Jungle Boogie
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    About what? :confused: What's the argument?

    Post #1 of this thread sounds to me like it's actually post #2 (or 3 or 4 etc) of a thread of which the original post somehow got cut off.
  5. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    "Irish Trad" – Irish instrumental music, jigs and reels etc. My wife plays whistle (Irish whistle, penny whistle, tin whistle, whatever you want to call it) and Irish flute (like a classical flute,...
  6. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Like Michael H, piano is my #1 but mandolin gets all the practice time. A year ago I "invented" the "steel-string requinto" – a Gary Zimnicki-built guitar tuned up to ADGCEA, which I use to accompany...
  7. Re: Major Double Stops Lesson (ex. from ‘Rise’ Eddie Vedder) Part

    Seeing the word "Lesson", and seeing F A# C as a I-IV-V – c'mon...
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    Re: 5 string electric mandolin string info

    My two 5-string electrics (both with a scale-length of 14.7") are strung with D’Addario NYXL’s: 48, 32, 21, 13.5, and 9.
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Ya, but there's no Omnibook for Ab instruments ('cuz, do they exist?), where a tune that's in Eb (so, in C for Bird) would be written out in G.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    I have a James tailpiece on my 1921 Gibson H2 mandola – it buzzes sometimes, and I've tried (with some success) opening it up a little in my effort to suppress the noises.
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    Jill was the one who turned me on to 35s in the first place. :)
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    Re: Who has thin bluechips?

    I use a 40 for most of my electric mando playing, or a 35 if it's a funky, James Brown-ish groove I'm after. (I do prefer a 50 for acoustic, however.)

    The thinner the pick, the less stiff it is,...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I have long wished that someone would transpose the Charlie Parker Omnibook into G. :)
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    Re: Those other chords?

    My point (about Hey Joe) was that no-one ever says (about rock progressions) that it's the "IV of the IV" (or the IV of the IV of the IV of the IV of the I). :)
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    Re: Those other chords?

    ...and that's the distinctive difference between jazz and rock (which isn't analyzed nearly as much):
    Rock goes the other direction. Think "Hey Joe".
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    Re: Audition coming up! Help!!

    Calace's Perpetuo Moto is fast and fun.

    It's in G – there are lots of reusable licks in there as well. :)
  17. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    Exactly.

    I'm the MD of a show, I want to hear an electric guitar tone in a few places, there's no budget for an electric guitarist who'll only play half the time, and my chops on electric mando (a...
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    Re: Today the Music Died

    I'll keep my eye open for a This Day in History reference a year from now. :)
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    Re: Us newbies are cracking on ;)

    Please let me know when you start making 5-string 14.7"-scale Mandobirds... ;)
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Playing 4-string closed chords on a 5-string mandolin is no harder than playing 3-string closed chords on a 4-string mandolin.



    I don't find this to be true. Other than having more options with...
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    Re: Online Resources

    Click on my signature, or check out my Classifieds/Mandolin Accessories ad https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/144367#144367 for what's free (now).

    No instructional material per se (meaning, ya kinda...
  22. Re: Please talk about your experience with the Mandola.

    I have a 1921 Gibson H2, and love it.

    Did you add one to your stable and find that you neglected it after a time?
    I'm neglecting it at the moment only because I'm a touring musician, and I...
  23. Thread: Tab Software

    by Jim Bevan
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    Re: Tab Software

    Click on my signature, watch the video on the site's homepage, and you'll see mando-specific scores of Sibelius in action – in this case, the fretboard is following the tab, but it can be assigned to...
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    Re: Single Coil Pickups for Tenor?

    When I acquired this: http://www.knutsonluthiery.com/mandolins/marshall.html
    it had Alembic bass pickups – the E-string was non-existent.
  25. Re: You know you think about mandolins too much when...

    ...when you click on this thread to see what others have to say simply because it hadn't occurred to you that, um, this might be a problem???
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