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    Re: Memorizing a song

    You seem to assume that everybody is a singer. Whether one can really *sing* a tune depends of course on his singing ability, which in turn depends on his anatomy and training (ear and vocal...
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    Also depends on your anatomy. The first step, to me, is difficult, the second impossible. Small hands, I can barely reach an octave on the piano. The normal reach is a tenth (I've been told).
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    2nd position all the way.
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I understand now: what threw me was your spelling: "your" for "you're".

    Tab may not be the problem, maybe (reliance on) tabs is. I do know that to some people the "advantage" of tabs is never...
  5. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    On amazon.com you can have a free look into John McGann's book on octave mandolin, where he describes and discusses two fingering schemes. (To me even mandola is too difficult; at an exhibition I...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I've read this sentence four or five times and don´t understand it, although I understand each single word.
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    Re: Left Hand on Neck: Palm or Thumb

    Why choose between two unnatural alternatives?

    The middle of a mandolin neck (25 mm at the nut) in no way corresponds to the middle of a guitar neck (45 mm) . And palming the neck severely...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Everybody seems to miss my point: that there is no correct (or optimal) way of holding or supporting the mandolin -- don't hold it at all. Just bring the hand to the neck and let the thumb land...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Failed again! this is a mirror image of the original. However, the main point is the lack of wear in the middle of the neck, because there is no contact whatever between that area and my fretting...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    failed againhttps://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=196067&d=1630393332
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    196069 This is my mandolin. Notice the difference in finish wear.

    Obviously the TS is palming the neck of his mandolin
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    I assume you mean the low notes on the 6th string, not just the open note. I often use the thumb on the 6th string when fretting an F, F# or G chord but it doesn't stay there permanently. The basic...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    On amazon.com you can peek into John McGann’s book on octave mandolin. On one of the first pages he suggests, and discusses, two different fingering schemes. That may be useful for some of you....
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    "close to twice the distance"?????
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    Re: Fretting hand question

    The book is wrong. But, please note that you don't hold, support etc. the mandolin. The fretting hand is there to stop the strings. The mandolin rests on your knee or in your shoulder strap -- check...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    More to the point is that the key signature often does not follow the various key changes within the piece. In AABA type 32-bar songs it is customary not to change the key signature in the bridge,...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    “Right. Yes, a key change is a change in key signature.” There seems to be no universal agreement on that “definition”, and I’ve never heard of it before.

    For instance, Wikipedia states that a...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    So this distinction is “technically” about notation, not the music as such? That, of course, is a bit confusing to the many jazz players who learned much of the standard repertoire by ear. Also, does...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Most of us would say that the ideal instrument to learn theory is the piano, because of its range and harmonic versatility. And, of course, it possesses none of the "symmetry" of the mandolin. I...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Not at all sure what that distinction means. The form is AABA. What happens in the AA is that the progression after 16 bars, and only then, reaches a full A major cadence by a very tortuous route....
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    First of all, the odd key of A major indicates that this score is taken from a Bb book -- most printed editions are in the key of G. And it does change keys, from A to F in the bridge, and back to...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    That prompts my recurring question: how did you learn that tune in the first place? I learned it from a Tommy Jackson LP more than 50 years ago, because I liked it. I've played it many times on both...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Perhaps we can agree that you cannot determine the tonal center or mode of a tune from the melody notes alone. You got to see/hear the tune as a whole, along with
    the harmony.

    A few more...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    What distinguishes "tonal" (e.g., minor) from "modal" (e.g., eolian or dorian) usually is the role of harmony, whether "functional" or not. I will have to refer you internet for further explanations...
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    Re: Learning mandolin and music theory?

    Learning an instrument means learning to make music on that particular instrument. How do you accompish that without learning music?

    I'm reminded of a discussion on memorization, with people...
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