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  1. Re: Celebrating The Mandolin Pickers Guide to Bluegrass Improvisa

    It’s a great book! I still have a long way to go.
  2. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    I’m about a 12-year beginner at old-time fiddle, and I still can’t “improvise” very well, but here are some of the things I do to try to play a tune “my way.”
    1. I try to listen to tons of...
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    Re: My pinky won't go where I tell it!

    I’m just a beginner myself, so don’t listen to me, but I would just say keep doing what you’re doing. Those pinky muscles take time to develop, but they will stretch out. As will whatever brain...
  4. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    One. But I have my eyes open.
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    Re: Jamming-What to do?

    Do you like old-time music? No breaks, so it's much easier to blend into the background, unless you are THE rhythm guitarist, in which case, your playing will make or break the jam. Mandolin...
  6. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    “...the Carolina Chocolate Drops restores the tradition of the black string band that had been all but written out of bluegrass history.”

    I’m more into old-time, but do any of you bluegrassers...
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    Re: focus/concentration

    It sounds paradoxical, but the thing I have to focus on most when practicing—both mandolin and fiddle—is relaxing. Especially when I practice fiddle, I find that my entire face and jaw tends to tense...
  8. Re: New EP from my band Chez Coucou - Boulder, CO

    OMG, I live 5 minutes away from there! But I can’t make it tonight. Maybe next Thursday night. I love Waterloo.
  9. Re: Pinky reach vs. position shift (Haste to the Wedding)

    No, the pinky reach to the B isn’t a problem at all. It’s just slightly awkward to play that second measure with pinky on B, middle on G, and ring on A. It’s slightly easier to play that combination...
  10. Thread: Chords

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    Re: Chords

    I can't remember whether this has been pointed out yet, but one benefit of working on 4-finger (not just 4-string) chords from the beginning is precisely to stretch your hands so that you'll be able...
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    Re: “Jake’s Got A Bellyache”

    Nice! I really like this tune and have been playing around with it myself. Erynn Marshall recorded it with The Haints Stringband on their Shout Monah Album.

    The A part is similar to Washington’s...
  12. Thread: Chords

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    Re: Chords

    On “bluegrass centricism”: I just wanted to say thanks to the Mandolin Cafe and everyone here for all the varied and terrific information, advice, and inspiration. I’m a relative newcomer to both...
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    Re: Goals for 2019

    That’s actually an easy goal. You don’t have to get any better—just lower you standards and self-shame. That’s what I did. ;)
  14. Thread: Chords

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    Re: Chords

    Not advice (I’m still a beginner, so not qualified yet to give advice), just encouragement. I also have really small hands. The three-finger chords are all fine. Learn and use them. But I would...
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    Re: Reading notation up the neck

    Thanks to you all for your really helpful insight and perspective. I’m excited to learn my way around this stringed beast through both closed positions and third position.
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    Re: Post MAS syndrome

    I’m a little over a year into this mando folly and have thus far kept the MAS at bay. I’m satisfied with my Eastman MD505–it’s still way better than I am. And I still have one more kid to put...
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    Re: D'Addario Micro Tuner - My Review.

    By the way, regarding the accuracy of tuner apps, this summer I visited the Exploratorium in San Francisco. They had an interesting hands-on exhibit on sound, with an oscilloscope to visualize...
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    Re: D'Addario Micro Tuner - My Review.

    It worked! Brilliant. Thanks again for the great tip.
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    Re: (in)definitive chord guides

    Hi Mandolinner, here’s my advice—not as an expert, by any stretch, but as a beginner like you. I started learning mandolin almost a year ago. I’m also a long-failing fiddler (but I won’t concede...
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    Re: Metronome use question???

    “Mississippi watermelon” sounds much more appealing to me than “wanna tuna”! :)
  21. Thread: Scales.

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    Re: Scales.

    I should add that I’ve found practicing scales and arpeggios is even more valuable for my mando playing than for my fiddling because the mando stays tuned in standard G tuning, but I play a lot of...
  22. Thread: Scales.

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    Re: Scales.

    I’ve only been playing mandolin for about 6 months, but I’ve been playing fiddle (poorly) for about 11 years. A few years into my fiddle learning, I bought Gordon Stobbe’s Fiddler’s Red Book of...
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    Re: Any gatherings in AZ?

    I no longer live in AZ, but when I did, one of my favorite gatherings was the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival: https://www.glendaleaz.com/SRPHA/index.cfm#Happenings

    It’s a general folk arts...
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    Re: How to get started for a Newbie

    Check your local library for that Mike Marshall artistworks course. Lynda.com has added that set of four courses to its library, and I discovered that my public library subscribed to it and offers it...
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