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    Re: About TAB and SN

    I hear you. You can often tell the key of tune from the LAST chord played, which usually shares the same name as the key (but there are a few exceptions). In fact, the very last note of the melody...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    It's perfectly possible to write bad -- or incomplete -- tablature. It is equally possible to write bad -- or incomplete -- standard notation, too! When perfectly good software is used to convert...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    No, No. I think you may have misunderstood much of what has been written in this thread. You indicated that you revived it because you wanted not just to slow down the music, but also to change the...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Mark is right: if you plan to change keys from the original, then video won't do you any good! You are not interested in a direct "transcription" of the piece, per se, as it's actually played....
  5. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    Be careful! The advice to look up and use tenor guitar string gauges is mistaken, in my opinion, for Chicago (or any other) tuning! The typical scale length of a mandola is 16.5". The typical...
  6. Re: Alternative stringing: mandola strung as guitar (D G B E)

    All the world is not a guitar. Learning to play the mandola -- tuned in fifths, CGDA -- could be a good thing, and expand your musical horizon. Many folks here on the Mandolin Cafe come from a...
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    Re: right wrist, rotate or up and down?

    It's not one or the other: it's BOTH!
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Well, after eliminating the nut as a source, you're probably right that the source of the buzz is the new tuners, since it developed after you replaced them and you had no buzzes previously. But...
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    Re: Builder or Company

    Yeah, we have no idea what a "Colorado style" mandolin really is -- this would not seem to be a term of art in our world, anyway. But I think the suggestion of a custom builder is great, and you...
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    Re: String comparison forthcoming...

    Per MC rules. you should probably move this post to the Classifieds, in the Mandolin Accessories section. Thanks!
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    Re: Buzz on Open D Strings

    Yup, it sounds like a nut issue to me, since you have already been so good about tracking down and eliminating other candidate sources of sympathetic vibration. I tend to doubt that it's a new...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I presume you're making a reference to the distaff side, although your use of that term is somewhat outdated. :) Yes, we should all celebrate femininity.
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    Re: Help with musical notation and tabs

    I think Mark G is right, and it is very likely that the tab is simply wrong. Perhaps it was generated automatically, or semi-automatically, from some notation intended for another instrument? ...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    So Mark -- In fairness, I never suggested that I saw either form of notation as harmful, per se, so I was a bit baffled by your first sentence, which seems to suggest otherwise. That said, I think...
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    Re: Eastman 305 strap button--friction fitted?

    Actually, it's not a "strap button." It's an endpin. It comes from the violin tradition. But unlike the violin endpin, it does not hold the tailpiece in place. The end pin should be friction...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    So, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

    Get the best mandolin you can afford, and whose tone and playability speak to you, and don't allow...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Clearly, the F-5 mandolin was not designed so that its lower point digs uncomfortably into your leg while seated playing. The obvious conclusion is that you are holding the instrument incorrectly. ...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    For building up right-hand speed (non-tremolo), you might have more fun -- and possibly greater success -- by learning some fiddle tunes, then playing these ever-faster, rather than practicing scales...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Yes, people DO use tab (including professionals)!! Most assuredly, they use tab. In fact, a great number of mandolin players at all levels use tablature. Tab is very popular as a medium with mandolin...
  20. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    The points raised by JeffD and Charles E. are not mutually exclusive! Yes, building an F model takes more time and effort for the carving, bending, binding, and all that. Therefore, a luthier has...
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Based on what you've written, it strikes me that your seated playing position is a trifle unconventional, and that is why the F-model kept moving around and poking you. You wrote "I know lots of...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Sorry, but that statement is simply too broad and ill-considered to be accurate in any way. It only holds for "top level professionals" who happen to play some specific genres of music, such as...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Yes! Red7flag raises an important point that has not been stressed enough in this thread, neither by the strong proponents of staff notation, nor by those who prefer tablature. If you ask a computer...
  24. Re: If money was no object, and perfect bluegrass tone was only g

    At the very top end, from the best builders (both then and now), for a great bluegrass-style sound, there are a few A5-style mandolins available, but a whole lot more F5-style mandolins. I've played...
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    Well, "profitablility" is a complicated thing. If you sell more of particular kind of instrument, you obviously stand to bring in more income. But do you profit more, with that income? It depends!...
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