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    Re: Filling Behind a Singer

    The most critical concept to abide by, no matter how tasteful, cool, fitting, etc. etc, your fill might be, DON'T EVER obscure a single note of the singer!
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    Re: Improvising

    One of my favorite sports analogies is: "Playing music with others is the ultimate team sport because everybody has the ball all the time!"
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    Re: Improvising

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    For years I have been teaching (preaching) what I call "Improv 101" and it applies to all genres of music & all stringed instruments (obviously having different looking patterns) The home...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    My advice to students is to start simply. Vocalize a simple line from a song or a simple improvisatory phrase (lick, riff, or whatever) and pick (hunt & peck) it out on your instrument. Do this over...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    I encourage students to use the three legged stool analogy: Primarily, playing any instrument is first a manual skill, secondly an ear training application, & thirdly an application of music theory...
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario Strings

    I guess the guy who started the thread was just "stringing' us along?" Sorry I got tangled up in the "winding of these tales!"
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    Re: Martin vs D'Addario Strings

    In the '70s during the pro-playing years of my life I was changing strings every week & "tried em all" (that is the ones that existed back then). I settled on DAddarios as they were the only one's...
  8. Thread: Thumb Pick

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    Re: Thumb Pick

    I have found the loop on the hercos to be too light weight to grip firmly enough as at times I can be pretty heavy handed. It would be a tricky injection mold that could make the pick part thin (I...
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    Re: Thumb Pick

    I designed these because my right thumb has become arthritically deformed (fortunately it's painless) but it's affected the way I can grip a flat-pick. This gizmo allows me to feel the pick normally...
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Very good! Mandolin players are so clever, thus there are many jokes about banjo players but not mandolinists!
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    Right Hand Technique

    Over my many years of playing & teaching (I'm in my 70's now) I've struggled to find the most effective way to help students develop right hand skills. Truth be told, it's the hardest part of playing...
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    The inner tube idea gives new meaning to playing "air-mandolin"!
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Probably wouldn't do too much toward improving tone & sustain?
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    Re: Shade Tree Mando Repair

    You've turned this idea into an art form and from what I've heard about setting sound posts, a practical labor saving one at that.
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    As with bowing anything in the violin family, any style of guitar playing, or even bass playing, the most difficult skill is not required of the hand on the neck. I laughingly refer to that hand as...
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    Shade Tree Mando Repair

    Just a little levity! My wife gave me a Chinese Rogue cheapo knock-around mandolin which became unplayable within a couple years. The top collapsed to the point that the strings were laying on the...
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    Re: Elbow or wrist...

    When broaching this subject with students I use the analogy of "thinking of your wrist as a CV joint". Now I sometimes need to digress into a bit of automotive theory in the process, but a CV joint...
  18. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    MikeZito is right on target. Keep in mind that you need not tap your foot on every beat. For a tune in a meter of 4 you need only tap on 1 & 3 or if it's a hot 4 even just on the down beat (#1) of...
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    When I have students say that they don't have a sense of rhythm, I reply "So you can't walk?" Therein lies a great practice technique. Instead of strumming everytime your foot hits the ground, a...
  20. Mandolin Madness: A Serious Teaching Approach

    <Refrain from using the forum as a point of purchasing or selling items or for the purpose of discussing or linking to items you are selling. Please limit selling and buying activities to the...
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