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    Re: Yet another string winder thread

    What do you consider "too many"?

    "Too few" windings is a problem, also. I try for 2-4 windings.
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    Re: A basic classical piece

    These are from the "Anna Magdalena Bach" book. There is also another Minuet in G, plus lots more. I find them all beautiful and easily accessible to a beginner/intermediate player.
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    Re: TI bridge compensation

    No, it has never been a problem on any of my mandolin family instruments.
  4. Re: Vintage tuning for (formerly compromise) vintage instrument?

    While A-440 as a standard post dates this instrument, circa A-440 was is general use before that. String gauge makes more difference than slight frequency variations.
  5. Thread: Circle of 5ths

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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    They all function exactly like dominants! They are called secondary dominants. Each chord functions as the fifth (dominant) of the next chord, so it is a series of fifths. There is no reason to call...
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    1st course to 2nd course is E5 to A4, which is a descending FIFTH, not a fourth. Octaves matter!
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    A - D - G - C should be called a circle of fifths progression because each chord functions as the fifth (dominant) of the next chord. Am - Dm - G - C is a diatonic (within the key) circle of fifths...
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    Re: strap for bowl back mandolin ?

    My bowl back has a wide metal tailpiece cover with a convex curve. My forearm rests in it and holds the instrument.
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    I never wear a cowboy hat and always use the single shoulder strap. It puts the mandolin in a better place to play it.
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    Re: Asleep at the Wheel

    I've seen some great shows at the RedDog/OperaHouse/LibertyHall venue, including David Grisman, Finnegan and Wood, and Leo Kottke. My wife and I had our first date there in 1974.
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    Em-Am-Dm-G-C is a diatonic circle of fifths progression. E-A-D-G-C is a chromatic circle of fifths progression, which uses secondary dominants. It is not called the "circle of fifths" because of the...
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    Re: Lloyd Loar was a time traveler?

    The Fujita scale rates tornados by the damage they cause to human structures, not the actual strength.
  13. Thread: Pick Edges

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    Re: Pick Edges

    They are hiding out with the unmatched socks.
  14. Thread: Pick Edges

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    Re: Pick Edges

    The contour of the pick edge is as important as the smoothness. Whether there is a sharp point to the edge or more of a curve makes a big difference in the tone.
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    Re: Duff mandolin/ukulele

    So, does that mean nylon or steel?
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    Re: Duff mandolin/ukulele

    Is it steel string or nylon string? If steel, isn't it a mandola? If nylon, isn't it a nylon string mandola?
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    Re: Mandolin pick guards

    My 1906 Gibson F2 has an inlaid pickguard/finger rest. I think I'll leave it.
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Good advice, but the "7" should be "b7", since the key of A major has a G# for the 7.
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    Re: Left Hand Thumb and Mando Playing

    While true for classical guitar, thumb in the middle of the neck isn't "proper" position for chords on a typical steel string guitar. Not to discourage you from playing the mandolin, but you may be...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    As a performing orchestral musician, I find this attitude very condescending. Orchestras can make wonderful music with everyone reading charts. Many big band and jazz groups also use charts while...
  21. Re: The Mandolin in Modern American Literature

    I just reread Hiaasen's "Basket Case". It is about a Florida punk band called the Slut Puppies, who are extra heavy because they had two bass players.
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    Re: Music Theory For Mandolin

    Why is this "for mandolin"? Music theory is not instrument specific.
  23. Re: Whatís going through your mind during a solo?

    It varies from song to song. Some songs I play the melody straight or in double stops. Some songs I just stay in key and move around. Some songs I follow the chord changes. Some songs I just zone out...
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    Re: Major scales? why different ways?

    There are seven different valve positions, so it is like having seven bugles. You don't need 12 because the partials you are using start overlapping as you go higher. In the upper registers of a...
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    Re: Michael Nesmith RIP

    I've been playing "Some of Shelly's Blues" quite a bit recently. Sorry to see him go.
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