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    Re: Speed exercises with Chris Henry.

    For your convenience:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy3ZRxxicF8

    When my kids were learning violin their teacher assigned exercises like these from the Essentials for Strings book. The main...
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    Speed exercises with Chris Henry.

    https://youtu.be/Xy3ZRxxicF8

    Very good video.
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    Donna Stonemanís birthday today

    https://youtu.be/BsRgZRjJfts

    https://youtu.be/BsRgZRjJfts

    What a fun performer to watch.
  4. Sierra Hull's version of the "Tennessee Waltz" (lesson and tab)

    I did another transcription/lesson video! This time with Sierra Hull's version of the Tennessee Waltz, and it ain't your granny's version either! If you'd like the tab and sheet music then email me...
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    Sierra Hull - Best Buy mandolin cover

    My mandolin/harmonica/guitar cover to the song Best Buy of the amazing Sierra Hull.
    Let me know what you think#:)

    https://youtu.be/2pLB5J9m684
  6. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    Cheating yourself - I agree that tremolo is easier with round edge, but I'm not about to start spinning pick in my fingers to different edges midway through a song. ~o)
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    A Turkish oud I've just finished

    https://i.imgur.com/eJ3HdLV.jpg
  8. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    At tempos from about 80 to 130 Bpm, sextuplets (d-u-d-u-d-u) seem to work best for me too.
    If the tempo is an Adagio, I might be able to squeeze four d-u into the beat, for an Allegro or Vivace, two...
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    When i was trying to learn Tremolo in the first instance,i made up my own little tune in 3:4 time - a Waltz. I just went through a lot of chords,found some that worked nicely together & came up with...
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    I learned tremolo like I have learned all mandolin special techniques. It is a bit different from what others describe, just because of my temperament and the way I learn. I found a tune, I can't...
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    Surely there's plenty of value in breaking down the beat into smaller and smaller note groupings (as in this video), but I think a more direct way is to begin with trying to capture the sensation of...
  12. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    Many years ago , I managed to get a detour out here in Frank Wakefields tour of the west coast..
    to this somewhat old, small town..

    Before the show he was warming up his Right elbow motion, to...
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    Having done as 'maybe' most of us have done,i'd advise all mandolin players to test drive different picks / string brands / gauge combos.

    I was totally satisfied with the sound of both my Weber &...
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    Exactly.

    Using the round edge may seem like a easy way to get a tremolo and indeed many like the sound of that Dawg pick tremolo, but to my Italianate ears it just sounds wrong.
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    There ought to be a permanent link to this video on the Cafe main page! Still one of the best videos out there for beginner mandolinists. Here it is embedded:

    ...
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    I agree with Mark Gunter. I've always found that thicker,more 'rounded' picks kill any 'bite' that a mandolin has.The sound becomes less clear & IMHO,the ''projection'' drops off. Pointed picks seem...
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    I had the same experience when I first started learning tremolo. But I never produced the tone and volume I wanted for single note picking with a rounded point. It wasn’t til I got it hammered into...
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    I think your technique is more important than the pick point and you should practice with the pick and point you use for rest of the song.
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    Here is a good tutorial on tremolo technique that some of you might find useful.

    The instructor uses a metronome to define the division of the pick strokes to prevent the tremolo from becoming a...
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    I agree with Jeff. You need to be able to play tremolo with the same pick you use for everything else because tremolo is not a thing unto itself, but a technique to be blended with other styles of...
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    I think it very important (my own opinion) to practice going into and out of tremolo without losing the tune or the timing or the tone. To that extent, I think it is crucial to use and hold the pick...
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    Good point - including the one on the end of your plectrum.

    Seriously, though, what T.D. says is very true - once you learn the technique for a good, fast, even, expressive tremolo, you can use...
  23. Re: Working on tremelos. Good trick or am I cheating myself?

    Yes, some folks swear by rounded picks.

    I do not, as the Neapolitan Italian method is to use a pointed pick and it works great for me!



    Keep up with the pointed pick - and your reasons for...
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    I can't play pointy picks because I can't tremolo well with them. I find a rounded corner and a stiff, thick pick really help. I know there are plenty of classical players who have no problem with...
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    Playing with the rounded corner of the pick provides less resistance to the pick when playing tremolo, i.e not a "trick". When I first started playing trems, I used a little pointy Pettine pick that...
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