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  1. Re: Is there an easy way to convert TAB to notation?

    Personally I've been loving MuseScore for writing out tabs and notation. It's pretty easy to use and easy to convert to different keys and instruments (tab) - even can have multiple instruments...
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    Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    TL;DR Answer
    The rule I follow is:
    1. 1st finger fret 1 and 2, 2nd, fret 3 and 4, 3rd fret 5 and 6, and 5th fret 7 and 8. This can be shifted up the neck as needed (so if starting on the 5th...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Fairly sure you're not accurate here. A preamp is designed to increase gain (what I referred to as boosting the signal) to boost to line level. That is the main purpose of preamps. Gain doesn't...
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    Re: South State 48 - looks awesome!

    Great to see you again as always Don. Too bad we didn't really get to jam though :( Next time.
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    TL;DR - focus on the tone you want from the mandolin alone first, then worry about the tone shaping pedals etc after. Given your choices - the question is do you want a good sound acoustic...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I got the Gibson F9 from the Mandolin Store https://themandolinstore.com/ - these are about $3k - $4k plus the pickup and installation
    I got the Newson from Gruhn's Guitars in Nashville...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Thanks :)

    Primarily I use a 2018 Newson with a Twin K pickup installed. My backup is a 2014 Gibson F9 also with a Twin K installed. Whenever I play plugged in, I use a Fishman Loudbox as the...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I assume the Ortega has an active pickup given the installed electronics on it. If that's the case, that might be the best of both worlds. Likely sounds better unplugged than the Godin A8 since it...
  9. Re: Win: A Private Mandolin Lesson with David Grisman

    :grin:

    Yall got anything I should ask?
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    Re: Best Resources for Chord Sheets?

    I have a bunch of songs on my site at https://mattcbruno.com/4th-tuesday-bluegrass-jam-charts-and-lyrics/
  11. Re: Win: A Private Mandolin Lesson with David Grisman

    Sorry Drew... couldn't help myself :) thanks for the heads up though!!
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I haven't listened to Eva Scow before (though I think she appears on Tone Poets, so maybe I have haha). She's great and the mando sounds really nice with the light reverb on it. No doubt it's a...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    I'm not really following - what's the mp3 bases? Like playing along with a track in an amplified system?

    I amplified my acoustic mandolins all the time for gigs. If you're trying to just get...
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    Re: Electric mandolin.

    Personally, I would suggest the Eastman of the one's you listed. Though note that Eastman's can vary a lot from one mandolin to another in the same class - so if possible, I'd suggest playing a few...
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    Re: only been playing a short while

    Congrats on getting into mandolin! A few tips:

    1. Fiddle Tunes. The best way to work on your left hand is by learning fiddle tunes. Pick a few easier ones to start with and learn the melody and...
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    Re: Should a beginner buy electric mandolin?

    I have two electric solid body mandolins - one 5 string one 8 string. I rarely play the 8 string because it doesn't sound amazing to me. The 5 string however I play all the time. It's a lot of fun...
  17. Thread: Bag or case

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    Re: Bag or case

    I have TKL cases for both my mandolins. Both have ToneGards and straps that don't come off. I take the bottom of the strap off, but the top stays connected to the mandolin - and that's mainly...
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    Re: Mandolin Lesson Advise

    I give lessons online and have been posting a bunch of free lessons on my site.

    You can see my lesson rates etc here https://mattcbruno.com/lesson-information/ or hover over the "Lesson" tab in...
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    Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Diatonically, sure but technically speaking, saying "5 of 5 of 5, to the 5 of 5, to the 5 to the 1" is just a complicated way of say "major 6 2 5 1".
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    Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Same with Lady Be Good and Limehouse Blues. I'll allow it :)
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    Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Hey everyone :)

    So I'm looking around to find bluegrass standards or "new standards" that have a 6 2 5 1 change in them. I know Salty Dog Blues is basically a 1 6 2 5 1 song (G E A D G) and I...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    Thanks Jim and Jeff. I agree with ya both. I'm planning on using a song to showcase how to use these as well. I figure I'll use a simple song and show how the double stops can be used to build a...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    Thanks Jeff. More or less the plan is to have the workshop with notes / handouts on my website. The primary goal for me giving this workshop is to get more students - so redirecting to my site is...
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    Re: Workshop Topics Suggestions

    Thanks all.

    I will definitely review the Nashville Numbering system. I likely will just have a handout or something that explains it so I don't need to really spend time on it.

    I prepared...
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    Workshop Topics Suggestions

    Hey all -

    I'm running a mandolin workshop in a few weeks and the topic I originally planned I've decided is too in depth for a 60 minute workshop (the original idea was "How to learn a song at...
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