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  1. 10-4 Good Buddy! (Happy Birthday Jim Simpson)

    Hope you have a great day. I still miss jamming with you in Sellersville.
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    Re: Help With A Couple Chords

    Your chords, in order are: Bm A G F#sus4 Em F#7
    Bridge: G D Em F#
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    Blue Chip's nomenclature is in 1000ths of an inch, whereas most picks are gauged by the millimeter. The TP48 is around 1.22 mm thick, which is pretty much an extra heavy. The 60 is ~ 1.5 mm and the...
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    The norm is a larger, thicker (stiffer) pick for mandolin. The material contributes as much to the tone as the thickness. My close second is white (has to be white, they sound different from...
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    To answer your question, Fender 351 heavies are absolutely acceptable for playing mandolin. It was my preferred guitar pick when I first started on mandolin, but as I experienced other picks, I...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    In the key of G, I find these shapes work best 98% of the time:
    G - 7523
    C - 523x
    D - 245x

    If D is my I chord, I'll use 745x.

    I do not like the 4 finger D chop - 2 roots and 2 thirds sounds...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Guitar player for 55 years, mandolin for 15. I didn't have tabs either when I first started, but I would never reject a method or technique which could increase my proficiency at my instrument. All...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    CB,

    I don't think you are stupid but weren't you asking about fretting only one of the G strings and one of the D strings in your original post? That's what I got out of it.

    In case you...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    I don't think splitting strings was suggested, but I do believe that the original poster misunderstood someone before (s)he posted the question and thought (s)he was supposed to split strings to play...
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    Re: Explain This Chord

    I believe your original question is predicated on splitting strings. By this I mean fretting only one of the G strings, for example. This is a special technique that some players use, but it is not...
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    Re: Strum, chop, mute?

    If you aren't doing so, you should play chop chords rather than a muted strum. Same space isn't so much the problem as the fact that you could get the same effect by whacking a table with a...
  12. Re: chop chord synchronization/alternation

    For the notes of a chord to ring out properly on any fretted instrument, there is a minimum amount of pressure required. You do not have to increase this pressure in order to play chop chords. You...
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    No.
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    Are you saying that Em, F#m, Bm and C#m7b5 don't sound good?
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    When you harmonize the major scale, that is, play the three note chord (triad) with each scale note as the root, the only chords which are major are the I,IV and V. This should cause us to realize...
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    Like the late, great John McGann said and which I use for my signature, "Theory only seems like rocket science when you don't know it. Once you understand it, it's more like plumbing!"
  17. Thread: Picks

    by Jim Broyles
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    Re: Picks

    Dunlop Ultex 1.14 mm rounded triangle. My favorite mandolin pick. Fender 346 Extra heavy in white is a decent second choice. Yes, the white sounds better than any other color. 😉
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    Happy Birthday to Jim Simpson

    10-4 Good Buddy! I still miss jamming with you at Sellersville. Hope all is well!
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    Re: Chopping to a metronome

    What I'm saying is that it isn't a crutch, it's a technique. I would recommend doing it and perfecting the skill of only chopping on the back beats even when your hand is moving in 8/8 time.
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    Re: Chopping to a metronome

    Watch videos of Bill Monroe. He is clearly chopping a lot of the time but his right hand moves in 8/8 A LOT of the time when you can only hear the chop on the back beats. I disagree that this...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    "Pure" diminished chord? I always thought a diminished 7th was a pure diminished chord. You just keep stacking minor thirds. I have never seen stacked diminished thirds. A>C>Eb>Gb = diminished...
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    Re: Pentatonic question

    G major pentatonic scale: G A B D E

    G major chord: G B D
    C major chord: C E G
    D major chord: D F# A

    The penta scale has at least two notes in common with each chord, so if you structure your...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    Seventh seems to be the only degree with such anomalytical (my own word) properties. With no modifier it means "Flat 7." If you don't alter it, you call it "Major 7th." If a chord is a "minor 7th"...
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    Didn't mean to imply that you are wrong, just what my experience has been. No wonder the music/instrument forums are replete with theory discussions! :cool:
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    In my experience, a stand-alone + means augmented; it isn't shorthand for +5. It means #5. To raise a note we use #. In jazz, even the raised 5th is call 'sharp" as in C7#9#5. Also, 'b' can mean...
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