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  1. Re: Tips. exercises, approach to strumming while playing melody

    The technique of that young man requires way more than three months’ training, but it’s good to stretch yourself and aspire to making great music. Some things to work on for this piece ...

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    Re: Consistency and comfort...

    More questions arise: How long have you been playing guitar? How long have you been playing mandolin? Have you had a chance to play any other mandolins besides your Eastman 315? Have you had any...
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    Re: Consistency and comfort...

    Can you be more specific? For instance, what do you mean “to a high level”? Also, you seem to be saying that you are unable to get “good tone” and to “play cleanly”. Do you mean that this is the case...
  4. Re: Beginner - Hoping to get more into chord work

    Here are couple recent things I’ll point to, not performances, just chording examples of a couple tunes:
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    That was one perspective I had, yet having looked back over this thread I think one could learn a lot from it including some practical advise pertaining to the OP
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    Re: I Like This Pick... But What Is It?

    Looks like a casein pick, the color is like a Buffalo horn pick, but they’re rarely polished to perfection like that.
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    David, I’ve found no error in any of your comments besides the misstatement confusing diminished fifth with diminished sixth. As far as your earlier comment aimed at a quote from me about the...
  8. Re: how do you prevent and get rid of hand cramps

    If you experience cramping or pain due to extended play/practice sessions, then definitely stop and rest. In addition to all the great advice above, it is true that what we demand of our hands in...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    This thread is toast for sure. What derailed it was the usual, “Is it a circle of fifths or a circle of fourths” red herring. I’m sorry for my own contributions to the hijack. I have my position on...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Excellent materials and comments as usual, Jim. Thanks. And thanks again for opening up your library freebies last year when COVID stay-home orders were prevalent.
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Lmao I love that old interview been awhile since it was posted here. Pythagoras & Bill Monroe according to Carlton Haney - gotta love it.
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Here is a video on playing simple arpeggios around the circle of fifths that I made a few years ago in conjunction with a group study of Brad Lairdís Mandolin Master Class book. I think there is info...
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    Re: Greensleeves

    I wrote a lesson on the three common minor scales we use - natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor - in a simple and practical method for getting them under your fingers. It may help to study...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    David, a diminished fifth = the Tritone, which is not seven semitones from the root, but six.

    You are referring to a diminished sixth which is the enharmonic equivalent of a fifth. The musical...
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    Re: Sharing a tool I use for practice

    Thanks for sharing, I’m excited about looking at this when I’m able. I’m on my phone now, and no time to fire up the laptop right now. But I’ve been dreaming this past year about writing some program...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    I was also fascinated by Jeff's contributions on this, mostly because someone told him "always up, always ascending" or some such.

    I have to circle back to the concrete definition of a fifth...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    I wrote a paper on numeric confusion in music titled "By The Numbers" that scratches the surface of this kind of stuff, you can see it here: http://www.markgunter.net/good_stuff/24/1/music-theory
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    For instance, I would teach 4-5-5-7 for a Gmaj voicing, and show how that leads to 4-3-5-x for G7 partial chord sans root
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    I definitely agree with the approach of teaching the complete chord - 100% agreement on that, and on introducing the basics of "chord building" - but I also think partial chords & doublestops should...
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    Re: Getting near the finish line.

    Looking good, Brad!
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    A while back, I was studying Micky Baker's method for jazz guitar ... he uses 33 chord forms ... and I asked a fellow musician who had written a lot of extraneous material on it, 'Why do you consider...
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    Re: How to build a solo?

    Building vocabulary ... here's my approach

    1. Listen, listen, listen ... listen some more. So this will be easiest with the music you love. Learn the music you've loved all your life, even if it...
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    Re: Ready to get my hillbilly on!

    As you start the journey it may be good to realize that mandolin is not a Hillbilly instrument, that may be a modern world fallacy of a conception. The mandolin is suitable for Classical, Rock,...
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    ^^^ This
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    I hear what you’re saying brother, and don’t mean to be contentious, but I play a great deal of solo mandolin and my experience differs a bit. Played in the context of a song or tune with an...
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