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    Re: Mando vibro?

    I would assume that most guitar players who use vibrato on guitar, who then pick up mandolin, would use some vibrato on mandolin. It would be natural, though adjustments would have to be made due to...
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    Re: What's the best mandolin chord book?

    Hello Ntone,

    Chord books all typically have charts rather than tablature or standard notation. They are reference books, not lesson books or tune books.

    You are responding to an older thread...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    Great point, I made note of that on my movable chord shapes page here: https://theamateurmandolinist.com/2022/08/20/movable-chord-shapes/#maj6
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    When I speak of a rootless chord, I’m referring to the chord you’re playing on your own instrument. Yes, the root note may be covered by another instrument in an ensemble, or by a vocal. I mentioned...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    A decade ago I had a little trouble understanding “rootless chords” … I’d spent 50 years as an amateur blues, folk, rock, country, gospel guitarist and not thinking much about music theory. At that...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    In the article that jaycat linked to in post #2, the author states that the root note of a chord is the least important note of the chord, harmonically speaking. That is an interesting observation to...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    One I use frequently is the rootless 7 chord, example 2-1-3-x would be an F7 with no F note. I use the shape very, very frequently when playing a G7 or A7 or F7. For analogy, an F chord could be...
  8. Thread: Levon Helm

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    Re: Levon Helm

    Enjoyed that clip from Amy, Don. Thanks
  9. Re: How often should my mandolin need to be tuned?

    Rarely are tuning machines the culprit if your instrument goes out of tune. In my experience, the biggest factor is environment: Relative humidity, and temperature.
  10. Thread: Levon Helm

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    Re: Levon Helm

    Some great news Ö the film I mentioned in post #2 of this thread is now available to watch on YouTube. Check out this thread for a link....
  11. Re: Ain't in it for my health; a film about Levon Helm

    Wow, happy to see this is on YT. I watched it on Netflix when it came out and it is awesome. Plenty in there for Larry Campbell fans as well. And a cameo of Billy Bob Thornton at the kitchen table.
  12. Thread: Pick Depth

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    Re: Pick Depth

    Good point about exercise vs. performance, and about the purpose of that exercise, thanks
  13. Re: Do I round off my bridge or stop touching it?

    Yes
  14. Re: Where do you do most of your pick striking?

    I’ve noticed that I’m often around a 7 or 8 location especially when performing, because when I’m just playing backup and I take a moment to really relax into a groove I’ll consciously move to a 1-4...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    Yes it’s a different scene than gigging.

    my Buddy and I do a monthly gig at a hamburger joint, house pays $100 - $150 depending on the number of patrons. That means house pays $100 but sometimes...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    Interesting … but remember this: The traveling bard or troubadour is known from ancient times and I believe there is plenty of room for them still.

    Regarding your number 5, perhaps that may have...
  17. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    If you find the mandolin much more difficult, you may want to try a few more mandolins other than your Eastman. You may find a more comfortable fit for your fretting hand. Playability is so important.
  18. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    Thanks for clarifying that.
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    I think that this must happen often in the computer age, both Tom Hayward and Ralph Johannsson mention encountering many such errors, and I remember discussing it in a thread with Ralph in the theory...
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    Re: Washburn mandolins

    Thanks for the encouragement Lucindalin
  21. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    IMO using the “major key signature” for its relative modes is the correct method.
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    Re: 5ths tuned chord progression source?

    +1 on Bruce’s post. I think most of us have built our chord vocabularies by playing songs/tunes. I don’t really know of any shortcuts. Personally, I don’t find chord progressions that are divorced...
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    Re: Eastman MD315/MD515 vs Kentucky KM750

    The KM-750 retails for ~$1250. That's the same as the MD-515. That's not even a contest. Kentucky every time, every day.

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    :);)
  24. Re: I canít remember if learning guitar was this hard

    More difficult than guitar? Sort of depends, I think. Each has unique challenges, all of which can be overcome with solid practice.

    On mandolin, thereís a lot less room so one unique challenge is...
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    Re: You have never seen a mandolin like this

    You’ve never had a burger this good, indescribable
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