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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    By the way, for all my fellow newbies who are also struggling with these and other chord changes, I find the Pete Wernick bluegrass jam videos very helpful and fun for drilling the chord switches and...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Thanks, everyone for your advice and encouragement on this 4-finger G to D chop switch. After a lot of practice, it’s beginning to click in. I guess it’s just a matter of sculpting all those new...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Wow, it’s brilliant to break this chord transition down to two movements (index and ring moving as one unit over one string and middle moving one string and one fret) instead of three separate finger...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    Thanks, Mark! This looks like just what the doctor ordered for what ails me.
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    G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I’m a beginner but can hold the dreaded G chop shape ok. When I practice chopping a I-V progression, I almost always go from the four-finger G (7523) to the 3-finger D (745x) by shifting the whole G...
  6. Re: What is the most mandolins you've owned at one time?

    One. But I have my eyes open.
  7. Re: THANKS! to Denver Folklore Center and Eastman Mandolins

    I met Mr. Tufts last summer at the Rocky Mountain Old-time Music Festival. A delightful man.
  8. THANKS! to Denver Folklore Center and Eastman Mandolins

    About a year and a half ago I bought my first mandolin--an Eastman MD-505 sunburst--from the Denver Folklore Center. I loved the sound and appearance of the instrument, and it was a pleasure to start...
  9. Re: My five month progress report, March 32nd

    John Morgan Salyer
    https://oldtime-central.com/john-salyer-1882-1952-fiddler-from-magoffin-county-eastern-kentucky/
  10. Re: My five month progress report, March 32nd

    Outstanding! I have to ask—any relation to my favorite old-time fiddler?
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    Skyliner500, I spoke with a collections librarian at the American Music Research Center at CU Boulder, and he is interested to speak with you about your collection. If you are still interested, do...
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    Re: Jamming-What to do?

    Do you like old-time music? No breaks, so it's much easier to blend into the background, unless you are THE rhythm guitarist, in which case, your playing will make or break the jam. Mandolin...
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    I don’t know, but I sent them a link to this thread.
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    Re: Mandolin music library

    Might I suggest this repository at the University of Colorado Boulder?
    https://www.colorado.edu/music/academics/centers-and-programs/american-music-research-center

    Full disclosure: I work at CU...
  15. Re: Lengthy article on bluegrass in the Guardian (UK)

    “...the Carolina Chocolate Drops restores the tradition of the black string band that had been all but written out of bluegrass history.”

    I’m more into old-time, but do any of you bluegrassers...
  16. Re: What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    Thanks, all, for your perspective. Yes, I don’t mean for this to be a complete “make or break” list. I just want a reminder for things to pay attention to when I compare mandolins in the heat of the...
  17. What to look/listen for when mandolin shopping?

    I’m thinking about upgrading from my Eastman 505, and want to stay objective and remember what to check out in a mandolin before I pull the trigger. I find that when I go to a music store and sit...
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    Re: I need some serious help...

    Greetings, Frog, from a former Arizonan (Tucson) and fellow beginner. I highly recommend Pete Wernick’s series of three bluegrass jamming DVDs (or downloadables) from Homespun. The first one goes...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    Honest question, here. I agree with your stance that people who want Ashokan Farewell should purchase a licensed version (I've done that myself). But is it really true that people playing among...
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    Re: Ashokan Farewell Tabs anyone?

    You can get the notation from Mel Bay:
    https://www.melbay.com/Products/95056EB/ashokan-farewell.aspx
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    Re: Scale Warm-Up Exercises - Your Favorites

    Ah, ok. I think I get it now (sorry, I’m so dense at this stuff). You are picking one stroke on every metronome click. Since I’m picking 4 strokes (down-up-down-up) on every click, your 150...
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    Re: Scale Warm-Up Exercises - Your Favorites

    So, you are picking two notes (down-up) on each click? I guess that would be like four of my down-up-down-up picks for every click at 75 bpm, which doesn’t feel terribly slow to me. I guess I’m a...
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    Re: Scale Warm-Up Exercises - Your Favorites

    [Oops, sorry. This was directed toward Perry. I don’t know how to tag members.]

    Apologies for digging up this very old thread, but can I ask you about your “excruciatingly slow” comment? I’ve...
  24. Re: Larson Harp Mandolin on Antiques Road Show

    Here’s the appraiser’s biographical sketch from the Antiques Roadshow website:
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/appraisers/lawrence-cavalieri/

    As for “pulling out checkbooks,” it is unethical...
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    Re: Out of the mainstream

    Thanks for reminding me about him, sblock. I’m going to look him up. Thinking about upgrading from my Eastman, and it would be cool to have a “native Coloradan” mandolin.
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