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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    The books are not in front of me, but I think the pink one has diagrams of the scales, covering the entire fretboard.

    The blue one is of chords, and since each diagram covers the entire fretboard,...
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    Re: Hybrid electric

    You lucked out! That high E string will be just under the pitch where it would break more easily at that scale length.

    Looks pretty!
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    An alternate point of view...

    When learning new knowledge or a new skill, it's not about the looking. One obviously needs to actually practice what is being studied in order to internalize it....
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    Re: Looking for exotic scales for Mandola

    Gypsy, there are a couple of books I pull out when building materials from scratch, A Visual Guide to Chords and Arpeggios for Tenor Banjo in CGDA, and A Visual Guide to Scales for Tenor Banjo in...
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    Re: 3/4 of an octave mandolin

    Hey, SB! I have kept a ukulele strumstick tuned as a CGDA mandola or tenor guitar for a few years, and it is a great travel instrument. I also have a long-scale chromatic Strumstick tuned in octave...
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    Re: Flatiron 1sh Mandola

    If you do a Google search on three words, "reverb flatiron mandola," you'll get a lot of results from past Reverb sales. Once you're on a given listing, you can then click on "See Full Description"...
  7. Re: Advantage and disadvantage of the Cutaway on Tenor guitar ?

    First off, regarding the cutaway, I've never noticed any difference in volume.





    John is right that you should try the instrument.

    Regarding the body size, a CGDA-tuned tenor only gets...
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    Re: How Do I Maximize An Octave Mandolin?

    I'm going to recommend that you actually learn that familiar music from guitar on OM.

    As an example, let's say you put on a greatest hits album from the Doobie Brothers' guitar-centric era. Get...
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    Re: Mandocello Envy

    Let me warn you, as someone who plays a five-course... you will come to a point where you will have to make the conscious choice to curtain your arrangements and chording in order to keep your...
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    Re: Are tenor guitars slightly evil?

    My oldest mando instrument is my Flatiron mandola. I'm not much into playing ITM or bluegrass, but basically used either it or guitar for melody rhythm and chord-melody. I do have some octaves and...
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    Re: Trouble hearing "in tune" unison strings

    A few things occur to me in reading your post.

    First off, is each string in tune all the way up the fretboard?

    Is there an unnoticed resonance or harmonic sounding which is slightly off pitch?...
  12. Re: Eastman MD314 F-Style Oval Hole Mandolin Discontinued?

    The Café just had one of those autoposts pointing out that instrument on the store's website.

    https://massstreetmusic.com/products/eastman-mandolins-md314-cla
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    Re: Sawchyn Beavertail Mandola

    Hey @Greg Ashton - In what tuning did you do that video?
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    Re: A / Am / A7 chords?

    belbein, I tend to favor using the fewest fingers possible for a given chord on mandola, mandolin and 5-course fifths-tuned cittern.

    For CGDA, my A major will often be 4224, with the "22" being an...
  15. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    You absolutely have permission to push things as much or as little as you desire.

    There are several goals towards which the Eschliman material is intended, including mastery of the modes, pinky...
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    I've known females who have been driven out of music forums by males who had terrible boundaries. There are also subtle pressures through which females get the message that they might be only...
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    Re: F5 with an OVAL hole?

    ColdBeer, I think I looked all over their website, and found only the standard F4 12-fret oval, and the standard F5 14-fret f-hole. I couldn't find a link for a 14-fret-to-the-body oval hole, as the...
  18. Re: Sawschyn Beaver Tail mandolins - what is the tone like?

    Have you ever played a Flatiron army-navy style flat-top mandolin? They're like that.
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    Re: Time Sensitive: Your opinions needed ASAP

    I have a mandolin which I bought off eBay after some café members brought it to my attention by heartily mocking it in the "Ugly Scrolls" topic. It's an oval-hole with a scroll, no points, normal...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    Margora, you've taught me to be more flexible. I had searched for "liuto cantabile" in quotes, while the materials I've now been able to find are just listed as for "liuto."

    Thanks!
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    I must admit, I had never realized that the liuto cantabile was a fifths-tuned instrument. I play a converted Ovation 25.5" scale length 12-string bowlback tuned low-to-high CGDAEB, and am intrigued...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    Rob, I guess my first suggestion would be, if you're just looking to get your feet wet before committing a large amount of money, to instead get something a little less expensive just to see if the...
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    Re: Tonegard alternatives

    Hi, Don! I don't have any suggestions, but am definitely fascinated by that instrument!

    I remember you looking for a 10-string, so I'm glad you managed to find one!
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    Re: Thoughts on String Gauges

    If one is accustomed to really mashing down the strings to fret them, especially with heavier gauges, then doing the same with light strings means one will overshoot the light pressure required, and...
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    Re: Stew-mac mini guitar kits on sale

    *laugh*

    First off, it's not my intention to talk anyone out of anything. However, while moving towards CGDAEB full-fifths tuning on six courses, I did run into a lot of roadblocks to be...
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