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    Re: Key of Bb

    The way many musicians understand chords and progressions is via harmonized scales. Basically what happens is we begin with a scale, let's use Bb as per your question:
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    Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Here's a little webapp I've been working on for some time (version 3 now, rebuilt from scratch.)

    If you've ever struggled to understand what modes "look like" and how they are constructed, this is...
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    IF you want both simultaneous shifting and pinky practice, Paganini's Perpetual Motion (Moto Perpetuo) will give you plenty of both!

    Way back (1979-1982) I took lessons from a violinist named...
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    Montana mandolin field trip

    I just returned from a field trip to Montana. Objective was to meet Bruce and Mary Weber, to have Bruce Weber lay his hands on my Weber Beartooth A, to see his shop, and incidentally do some...
  5. Re: Gibson threatening the mandolin and guitar luthier community

    It's not just MandolinCafe. FWIW, 30 seconds on Google brought up these:


    34 pages :disbelief: of many negative comments at TheGearPage.net.


    Various expressions including some discontent...
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    Re: For Family. For Country. For Freedom.

    Lest we forget that we are an international group, we can remember the contributions of the British, Canadian, and allied forces who were also landing in Normandy and also remember the terrible toll...
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    Re: How to play in A Flat

    Some previous posts have mentioned capo use -

    Either you use a capo on the first fret and employ the basic open string key of G fingerings,

    OR, and, I say with all respect, deal with this like...
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    Good-bye old Mandolin Cafe

    Sorry for the lack of notice but no sense in announcing these things to our mind. If your browser is functioning properly and hasn't cached a bunch of old stuff you'll notice there's a new look to...
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    Re: What my audience prefers to hear (rant)

    Very true on the larger scale, but the one big exception is when it's a relatively small venue in an area where the "audience" is mostly other musicians.

    Some mainly instrumental performers have...
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    Re: When is a "mandolin" . . .

    LOL, yeah! Like that tiny guitar that looks like a mandolin. It allows guitar players to fake people into thinking they're mandolin players. I am still not sure what to call that instrument. It's...
  11. Re: Rattlesnake tail rattles in mandolins, do they change anythin

    The physical reality of the benefits of the rattlesnake rattle are sooooooooooooo besides the point. Its a tradition that has meaning for some, not for others.

    Of course we have superstitions, and...
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    Mandoholic Confession Thread

    The following LONG post is what happens when you are laid-up in bed for nearly two weeks, with way too much time on your hands . . . .

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    Hello - my name is...
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    Re: chords chords chords, learning chords.

    A lot of advice given here, I have to chime in, even though mine may be the least popular response, it bears writing it, because I believe it's the truth of the matter. This response applies to both...
  14. Re: Breedlove production moving to China -- Will Weber be next?

    I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I'm not. As someone who was intimately involved with Weber for 12 years, and as one of the few people who made the move to Bend from Montana, I saw the writing...
  15. LADY BE GOOD chord melody by Aaron Weinstein

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2INGG8UMuBI&feature=youtu.be
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    New Chord Melody from Aaron Weinstein

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0xzfa8DcYk
  17. Playing by Ear, Playing by Music. A short essay defending both.

    A short little essay I wrote for a banjo buddy of mine which he invited in response to a blog post he made. Thought I might share with the mandolin community.



    The whole written vs. by ear...
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