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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    Just me, my 10 string Sobell mandolin and my firebowl a little after 9.30 tonight. The tune is Mull Of The Mountains.



    https://www.facebook.com/daggergordon/videos/612764313009387/
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    "Bernie's tune" for mandolin( tabs & solo)

    I am a musician with 39 years of experience ... About couple months ago started to play mandolin. what a wonderful instrument !

    It is my first arrangement for mandolin!:)
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    This Masquerade

    Mostly just the simple one line melody, with a MIDI backing band groove I created.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgo6_xryN10
  4. Re: Left Hand Form When Playing Ukelele Tuned in Fifths.

    I've experimented recently with CGDA tuning on uke and have had better luck with a concert instrument than tenor. Not only does the concert sound better—more resonant due to less string tension—it...
  5. Re: Left Hand Form When Playing Ukelele Tuned in Fifths.

    Your hand, your body, your ergonomics. You'll find a comfortable hand position, just make sure to think about not doing weird things that can cause injury long term.

    The differences on general MO...
  6. Re: Left Hand Form When Playing Ukelele Tuned in Fifths.

    I have a CGDA tenor uke. I just use the same fingerings as a mando. Never noticed anything special about my left hand; I guess it's basically the same form as with mando.

    I also have a couple of...
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    Re: Memory of learned songs

    I've recently been obsessed with the work of the San Andreu Jazz Band, and one of their major precepts is transcribing solos by first learning to sing them. In the linked video, 12 year old Alba...
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I hold it pretty much the way Mike Marshall says in his iconic "on mandolin tips" video.

    I have tried slanting the instrument a little forward as well, and that makes a great difference. I was...
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I second Chris Bowsman and Erin M's comments above. I was taught that whether you sit or stand your instrument should remain in the same position, so your technique does not change. For mandolin this...
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    FWIW these days learning remotely via video can allow you to find the best teachers who can give you feedback on technique. Even one lesson might give you the path to take to improve your playing....
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    Re: Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    That's the set I use. No gauges printed on packaging. So far, have had no issues with the tension load for CGDA on tenor ukes for the past dozen or so years. Have kept 2 sets on 8 string tenors. The...
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    Re: Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    Dont be locked into the usual GDAE, CGDA. fwiw .. FCGD B F# C# G# etc.
    fingering same, names differing..

    Uke necks & bridges are surface glued on , so won't like higher tensions..



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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    I agree with Martin Ohrt's approach. In fact, in your practice I would suggest not looking at the fretboard. A goal to get to is to get the muscles in your fretting hand to the point where they know...
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    Re: Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    Looks like a set of torch tip cleaning tools. Get it anywhere, and while they are slower, they work fine.
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    Re: Fifths Tuning on Tenor Uke

    Slightly widening the slot in the nut for the lowest (first) string worked for me on a tenor uke for tuning to CGDA.
    Have gotten a lot of use from this set of files. You might find something similar...
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    Re: Mandolin Positioning When Sitting

    If you turn the fretboard "up" so that you can see your fingers (which many beginners do, i guess), you need to contort your wrist more, as you need to bend it "around" the neck. For better...
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    Criss-Cross/Thelonious Monk

    This tune really sits well on the mandolin...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LvGuyC3BZI
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    Re: Dagger Gordon video

    This is a Bulgarian piece which I learned in Crete last year. I went for a week long seminar at Labyrinth Music Workshop in Houdetsi with a Spanish musician called Efren Lopez, of whom I am a very...
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    Re: Norman Blake Tunes

    I was recording a couple of tunes for a customer so they could hear their mandolin in the white before I put finish on it, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone and record a couple of...
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    Re: New Vessel Loar A5 tribute

    Maybe you could start a Mike Black thread.
    I’m sure he’d appreciate the attention. It always feels good when people share what they own or enjoy playing.
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    Re: Nigel Gatherer's Mandomania interviews

    I posted this over on another thread, which you might not have seen, but you'll find Andy Statman playing the mandolin brilliantly at about 12.40 into the 1978 film.


    https://youtu.be/6UCB9ERCVok...
  22. Re: Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    This is a blind end saddle slot, so deepening the slot is not practical in this case.

    If it came to me, I would take it off the top. To me, it's the easiest and most practical solution.
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  23. Re: Lowering Insert (Saddle) on Non-Adjustable Bridge

    Mandrian, I’m rethinking this. As I’m not in the trade, I may be wrong, but here goes: It could be much easier to lower the slot in the wood part than to accurately deal with the bone saddle. The...
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    Been struggling to stay away from this one. This is all premised on the old mating surfaces being perfectly matched. Perfectly. One imperfection in either mating surface throws the whole thing off....
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    as others have mentioned, be sure to keep the bottom of the saddle as square as possible. when I started doing this sort of thing and did not have the more proper tools that I have now, I used a...
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