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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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    Re: Ear training apps

    First step? Ear training? I thought "ear training" was about aural recognition as in these exercises:

    https://tonedear.com


    To my mind vocal training is something else altogether, training...
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    Re: Ripple mandolin tab

    The tab and the chord symbols are in different keys, G and Eb respectively (and, for some reason, the I and IV chords are given as D# and G#, instead of Eb and Ab)!
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    In Bluegrass various modes are often superimposed over major chords. Take Old Joe Clarke, where at least the verse is clearly mixolydian, yet often the ending is major: A, E7, A. A purely modal...
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Maybe I'm an exceptionally poor singer but there are quite a number of tunes that I've learned from records, or worked out from memory, which I can't sing at all
    (e.g., several of the tunes on...
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    D, I believe, is where Doc Watson played it, probably because he liked that range better.
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I’m a bit puzzled by the fact that no one asks how you go about learning a new tune. What are your sources? I’m asking this because when I got started on mandolin (after ten years of guitar) I was...
  9. Re: Question for pickers who play BOTH mandolin and guitar

    Not sure what you're talking about in the second sentence. I believe much of what people refer to as ffcp builds on the idea of dividing an octave scale into two tetrachords. E.g., in G major:...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    "Chromatic" means (roughly) one finger - one fret. My motive for picking up the mandolin was that I wanted to play the fiddle tunes and polkas I had transcribed on guitar in their proper octave and...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    A bit confusing to me, since I'm used to Helmholtz notation. By that system the standard tuning on guitar is E A d g b e', on mandolin g d' a' e''. Middle c is c' etc.
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    Yes, as usual, some relevant information is missing. Is it a song or an instrumental? If it's commonly done in A, what's the reason for moving it down a full step?

    On the other hand, if someone...
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    Re: Transposing Notes

    "as if it's in A" ?????????? "all open strings" ?????????
  14. Re: Learning The Basics -vs- Being A Slave To The Basics

    As I never had any instruction on the mandolin I had to devise, and gradually modify, my own rules.

    E.g., “leave a gap …”: my version: “don’t hold, grab, or support the neck with your fretting...
  15. Re: Why do early Gibson A oval holes sound so mellow? Any researc

    Those are factors mainly affecting the power and response of the instrument. But what really makes ovalholes and f-holes sound and act like different families of instruments certainly is the...
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    Re: Thumb wear on the neck

    On the neck of my mandolin there are two areas of wear. From the thumb there’s a spot below the 2nd and 3rd frets, which is where the thumb will land in 1st and 2nd positions.

    Going higher up...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Did I write "diatonic"? What I meant to say was "triadic". Anyway, my point, again, is this. There is just one circle, and two directions along that circe. Some people call it "circle of fifths",...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    No, you did not fix it. Fifths and fourths are inverses of one another, hence a cycle of fifths is just as much a cycle of fourths and vice versa.
    Your distinction between “circle of fifths” and...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    There is just the circle of fifths. It can be run in two directions. For everyone who, like you, insists that the *direction of dominance* is the "circle of fourths" there is at least one who...
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    Re: Transcriptions/resource website

    Your tempo indications are a bit odd. In the jig you give the tempo as quarter note= 160
    where dotted quarter note = 107 (or, perhaps, 110) would be more natural. In St Anne's Reel the tempo is...
  21. Re: Powergrass does "Blue Night" fro Poland

    I've said this many times before, rhythm mandolin is much more than chopping on the offbeat. Here the player will have to find a place for his instrument in the group where there's already a drum kit...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    There are degrees of fast. When I was learning the guitar in the 50's 120 bpm (or 240 bpm in 4/4) was what I counted as fast. But getting into BG and mandolin I realized that some of the BG...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    I recorded it on one tape machine in 1972. It was digitized from a different machine 9-10 years ago. Seems the second machine was faster.
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    Re: Crosspicking vs "the Other Kind"

    Correction: What is the difference between a method and a device? A method is a device you use twice.
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    49 years ago, when I was really tired of the fast 2/2 in BG, I recorded "Improvisation on a theme by W S Monroe"on a Tandberg machine, as an experiment, striving for really new ideas and rhythmic...
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