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    Re: Help With A Couple Chords

    Your chords, in order are: Bm A G F#sus4 Em F#7
    Bridge: G D Em F#
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Blue Chip's nomenclature is in 1000ths of an inch, whereas most picks are gauged by the millimeter. The TP48 is around 1.22 mm thick, which is pretty much an extra heavy. The 60 is ~ 1.5 mm and the...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    In the key of G, I find these shapes work best 98% of the time:
    G - 7523
    C - 523x
    D - 245x

    If D is my I chord, I'll use 745x.

    I do not like the 4 finger D chop - 2 roots and 2 thirds sounds...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Guitar player for 55 years, mandolin for 15. I didn't have tabs either when I first started, but I would never reject a method or technique which could increase my proficiency at my instrument. All...
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    Re: Strum, chop, mute?

    If you aren't doing so, you should play chop chords rather than a muted strum. Same space isn't so much the problem as the fact that you could get the same effect by whacking a table with a...
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    No.
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    When you harmonize the major scale, that is, play the three note chord (triad) with each scale note as the root, the only chords which are major are the I,IV and V. This should cause us to realize...
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    Like the late, great John McGann said and which I use for my signature, "Theory only seems like rocket science when you don't know it. Once you understand it, it's more like plumbing!"
  9. Thread: Picks

    by Jim Broyles
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    Re: Picks

    Dunlop Ultex 1.14 mm rounded triangle. My favorite mandolin pick. Fender 346 Extra heavy in white is a decent second choice. Yes, the white sounds better than any other color. 😉
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    Re: Chopping to a metronome

    Watch videos of Bill Monroe. He is clearly chopping a lot of the time but his right hand moves in 8/8 A LOT of the time when you can only hear the chop on the back beats. I disagree that this...
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    Re: Pentatonic question

    G major pentatonic scale: G A B D E

    G major chord: G B D
    C major chord: C E G
    D major chord: D F# A

    The penta scale has at least two notes in common with each chord, so if you structure your...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    Seventh seems to be the only degree with such anomalytical (my own word) properties. With no modifier it means "Flat 7." If you don't alter it, you call it "Major 7th." If a chord is a "minor 7th"...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    Didn't mean to imply that you are wrong, just what my experience has been. No wonder the music/instrument forums are replete with theory discussions! :cool:
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    In my experience, a stand-alone + means augmented; it isn't shorthand for +5. It means #5. To raise a note we use #. In jazz, even the raised 5th is call 'sharp" as in C7#9#5. Also, 'b' can mean...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    I also believe, (and practice) that the + only means augmented, and if I want a raised anything other than the 5th, I call it '#', as in E7#9, not E7+9.
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    The problem with these chord names is that there's no universal nomenclature, so you get 2, add2, add9. You'll also sometimes see 'sus' when they still want the third. On paper it's even worse...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    My guess is the guy wanted (2) or add9 chords. You could play them like this:

    Gadd9: 0025

    Aadd9: 4745 or 2247

    Em(2) (which I would simply call Em9): 0022
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    Re: keys that don't sound good

    I know you're kidding, but for the uninitiated, the 11th is really not a sus4. In an 11th chord, there will be a third, thus, it isn't suspended, although the 11 is the same note as the 4. FWIW, an...
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    Re: keys that don't sound good

    My guess is that the nut slots are too shallow. If they are not deep enough, the strings will pull sharp in the first position. I don't have the link handy, but if you go to frets.com, there is a...
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    Re: Why keys of B and B flat?

    I learned something about my own singing about ten years ago when I was a regular attender at a fairly high-level bluegrass jam. I have a baritone singing voice and I can't get that high as a rule,...
  21. Thread: A7 Chord

    by Jim Broyles
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    Re: A7 Chord

    I wish music sites would not include A7/C# = A7/Db. Yes, the notes sound the same, but the note in the A major scale is C#. Since this is the theory forum, I call on all of us to use theoretically...
  22. Thread: A7 Chord

    by Jim Broyles
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    Re: A7 Chord

    What grip are you using for the A7?
    I like to play x545 for an A7, depending on where I'm going. You could play 0245, putting the 7th on the bottom, which may work for you. Otherwise, just...
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    Re: Playing a Seven Chord

    That may be the case. It sounds pedantic, but this is theory forum, after all: the 3 of A anything has to be C something, even if it is enharmonic with B natural.
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    Re: Playing a Seven Chord

    Christian, in the key of G, F major is called the "flat 7." The 7th degree of the G major scale is F#, so if a song in G major called for a 7 chord, you would play F#m7b5. The anomaly is in the...
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    Re: Transposing Fiddle to Mandolin

    Why not? The notes are the notes. If it were tablature you'd have to make changes but a note doesn't care what string and fret it gets played on.
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