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  1. Thread: Improvising

    by Tom Wright
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    Re: Improvising

    I would venture that you need to learn/store a lot more than a solo break for every tune.

    I find a riff or solo appealing, and then try to learn the interesting bits for myself. In order to have...
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    Next-generation Wood?

    By stripping out lignin and compressing with heat, a new form of wood is strong at micron thickness, something like 20 times better numbers than natural wood.


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    Re: Action vs clarity

    Allowing a curved fingerboard limits how low you can go if you need the high range to speak clearly. The action height that is ok in the low frets may bottom out when playing past the 10th fret or...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    One can play jazz on any instrument, but some work better than others. (Please, no bagpipes, oboe, bassoon, french horn, or harp.) For me, 10-string blows away my violin or viola. Not only easier to...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    I use that collection of notes plenty in jazz and blues, although the raised 7th is likely to only be a passing tone heading towards the tonic.

    The bass line for “Born in Chicago” is 5,7,#7,1 (8)....
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    The blues style is more than a minor pentatonic scale. It was codified by guitar players, and the familiar riffs use the G and B strings for bending, especially for the slightly raised minor third,...
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    Re: Converting Mandolin to Mandola

    The challenge is not the strings or the scale length but the body that is too small for a satisfying C course. I use .048 on a 14.25” scale, but the body of my 10-string is about 50% larger in...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    We need to distinguish jazz blues from delta and Chicago blues. Jazz blues is jazz on a 12-bar blues chord progression. “St. Louis Blues” does not share much with “Born Under a Bad Sign”. What is...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    An easier genre to enter as a classical reader is choro, which uses written charts and is optimized these days for mandolin.

    But you might look into playing English Country Dance. There is a San...
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    Re: What's In Your Mind

    When learning, whether a passage in a tune or a technique alone, you of course pay attention to the aspects you are working on. This could be technical or timing/phrasing. The eventual goal is to...
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    Re: Playing a five string vs a four

    Of course it is confusing at first. I first tried five-string violin, which was tricky but I got used to it. Five-course mandolin is much more useful than 5-string violin and well worth learning.
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    Re: What strings for 10 string Bandolim?

    I would use .010, .015, .022w, .034, .048. One of my 10s likes a .011, another likes .009. My Buchanan’s scale length is 14.25”, or 360mm, and I believe the Brazilian 10s are similar, perhaps only...
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    Re: In praise of solid body mandolins.

    None of the above has enough strings.

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    Re: Interesting video

    I also screwed up the other one:

    3-0-0
    5-2-1
    7-3-3
    9-5-5
    7-3-3
    5-2-1
    0-3-3<---- This one should be 3-0-0 as above.
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    Re: Interesting video

    D’oh! Yep.
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    Re: Interesting video

    I like the intervening “bumper” that is the notorious “lick”.

    I hear there is a T-shirt that says “Voice Leading > Theory”. Because we have fewer notes we can use at one time we have to mainly...
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    Keith Jarrett --- Tom Wright Quartet

    This is a Keith Jarrett tune from the 70s, -- 'Long As You Know You're Living Yours -- internet hates beginning a name with an apostrophe. Again the Tom Wright Quartet live at the Epicure Cafe.
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    Re: Live Jazz -- Tom Wright Quartet

    Thanks, all. Here's the next tune we played, title cut from the CD, my tune "Tailwind".https://soundcloud.com/twtunes/tailwind-epicure
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    Re: Live Jazz -- Tom Wright Quartet

    Here's a photo from the gig, provided by a listener.

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    Live Jazz -- Tom Wright Quartet

    This was the opening number when we played at the Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA. "Pontapé" is by Jovino Santos Neto, who played it at Centrum this spring for the choro workshop. The name translates as...
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    Re: Fixing a microphonic pickup

    If the metal case is ferrous, i.e. steel, you’re out of luck. I have one made that way, potted properly but any tap on the case is really loud. Gibson and similar are chrome-plated brass housings, so...
  22. Re: Micing my Farmers Market/Retirement Home Bluegrass band

    The Shure 57 and 58 mics are fussy about distance and angle, as you know. An omnidirectional dynamic mic will be forgiving but not as much sound above feedback. Then again, you may not need much...
  23. Re: A likely contentious opinion on electric mandolins

    What is wrong with sounding like a guitar? May I point out it is the post popular sound out there? Could there be a reason?

    Actually, no emando will sound exactly like a guitar except for a few...
  24. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    I felt a need to have spares, so I have three acoustic 10-strings and two electric 10-strings. (Nothing with only 8 strings.)
  25. Thread: Beware EVOs

    by Tom Wright
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    Re: Beware EVOs

    I have EVO .080” width on four instruments. No complaints, and I see close to zero wear after couple of years’ hard playing on my main acoustic axe.
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