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    Re: Loud, or Not So Loud?

    You can weave yarn or a scrap of wool loosely thru the strings near the bridge to reduce volume.
  2. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    It may be a long shot----but have you tried replacing your strings? I have found 2 issues regarding weird intonation (ie, not systematic or otherwise related to set-up).

    1.- Older strings just...
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    Re: Abysmal Right Hand

    It's interesting that all any muscle can do is contract or not. Any motion is a result of certain contraction/relaxation sequences. If my arm is tense, the proper contraction/relaxation sequences are...
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    Re: Abysmal Right Hand

    What I find amazing is how tension that begins in ANY portion of the right arm (shoulder to pick-fingers) almost immediately translates into an almost completely rigid and unforgiving arm. And for...
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    Re: Playing notation G/F#

    If you are playing alone, and the descent is melodically important, I've found that it can be placed in the "middle" pretty effectively. In this case maybe 4-5-5-x (G), 4-4-5-x (G/F#in the middle),...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    Jon Z---If you mean an actual physiologically identifiable brain-change, I have no idea. On the other hand, if you define the term more loosely, then I'd say yes, and in a practical sense it seems...
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    Re: See think play to auto feel play

    I assume you are asking about how to get past producing music that has been "composed" for you. If so (and it isnt just a question of playing faster like Josh Levine implies above), then my take is...
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    Re: Train from Edinburgh to Inverness

    We loved Inverness. There are a few "nook and cranny" pubs... one of which had the absolutely best haggis served in a pastry crust glazed with whisky. Cant remember the name of the place, but it was...
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    Re: Setting vs. Arrangement

    One opinion- I have, I guess, a pretty rigid definition of "arrangement", having studied Theory and Arranging a bit. In this context, an "arrangement" is a specified score involving specific...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    I'd say, "wonderful". I guess I see less of that than you do.

    But in any case--

    the OP asked--"What do you know now that would have made learning so much easier had you known it from the...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    tell that to the guy who is blazing away at lightning speed doing nothing of interest either rhythmically or tonally , followed by the next... and the next... and the next...
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    Bingo.
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    Re: If you only knew it back then...

    That less is almost always more.
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    Re: What's a Chord Melody?

    I wonder if "chorded melody" might be an easier shorthand to convey the idea.

    Great descriptions above-- so interesting to hear a musical expression conveyed in words.
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    Re: How do you speed up the left hand?

    Weird as it seems, I find that taking a given piece of music, practicing it SLOWLY and focusing on cleanness of technique, results in me being able to play the piece markedly faster that I was...
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    Re: Favorite Mando Christmas Tunes

    I dont have any TAB for it, but O Holy Night is one of the prettiest and most powerful songs I can think of. Played on a mandolin, so it sounds effortless, with seamless tremolo entrances and...
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    Re: Memorizing Chords and Progressions

    This is a mis-understanding of what is meant by "singing", in this context. Here is an analogy with reading--- One can read silently to one's self without articulating the actual specific words, or...
  18. Re: An incredible evening of Cape Breton music and dance

    We are fortunate enough to spend about 6 months a year on Cape Breton, andI can say that the quality of the music being played here-- be it traditional Celtic, Celtic fusion, Mountain music, Acadian,...
  19. Thread: Pava Mandolins

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    Re: Pava Mandolins

    Have an early Pava.

    I'd tell you all about it, and how I feel about it, and how well it plays, and how it does literally everything I have ever asked of it, and how its sustain lets me play...
  20. Re: What do you practice when you practice bluegrass?

    I don't think you can approach "practicing" improv via a technique. That's like killing for peace. You "practice" improvising, by improvising. A LOT. Play over CD's, play over soundtracks, play with...
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    Re: Easy string changing

    this is the way I change strings, too. Very easy.
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    Re: Suggestions on learning chords?

    What Mark said.
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    Re: Pentatonic question

    I get the attractiveness of the concept "here is a group of notes that I can play and none of them will sound wrong". I mean, you get to play along, and not worry about being "wrong".

    But there...
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    Re: People who have bad rhythm and don't admit it

    Trust me, we were absolutely NOT playing Elton John at these gigs....remember Tommy Smothers counting a song in?? (ONE..ta-three....FOUR). I am certainly dating myself, but THAT is more like what I...
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    Re: People who have bad rhythm and don't admit it

    When I was in school (40 years ago) I played in a GB (general bull____) band for weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, etc. doing covers. We could always tell what kind of night we were going to...
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