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    Re: Why Mandolin?

    Playing catch & release on guitars for a few years on EBay, bought an old bowl back on whim - looked cool and was cheap and over a hundred years old. Then the mandolin sound began to haunt me.
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    Re: “Banjo killer”? Wishful thinking?

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    Re: pointy vs round picks.

    I’m with Onassis on pointy picks, “most reward for the least effort”, and generally use nothing rounder than the Wegen 120, and quite often the pointier JT’s pix.
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    Re: Bach -- played on a WHAT?

    Henry, I bought that book a couple years ago, and I have to confess that I never paid much attention to the cover.

    For me, the best thing about it is that my copy included two additional folios,...
  5. Re: Ukulele Chords Played on Mandolin: Something is Wrong

    Yak51fish, get yourself a ukulele. They are inexpensive, and you can play ukulele fingerings on them.
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    You’re a truthful sort, Jeff, and my gut tells me that’s a true story, though it sounds a bit like apocrypha. Impressive too that you were learning from Beatles sheets way back then. At the time, I...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    ”Often conflated” which is why I used an awkward redundancy in my own post above. “Sight reading” is also a bit of a misnomer, “sight playing” in tempo is what sight reading indicates. Like parking...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    If you want to do sight read playing in time, I’d suggest standard notation. Tablature, for me, is useful for use in the practice room, and nowhere else. I use standard notation when sight reading,...
  9. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I’ve been writing a series of lessons on music theory where I attempt to teach the concepts using the piano keyboard, the guitar fretboard, and the mandolin fretboard. I don’t know how successful the...
  10. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I agree with your sentiments in this post, but this one merits further comment. I don’t find the ability to recognize interval patterns on various instrument fretboards to be limiting at all. Could...
  11. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    What you say re: graphical layout is a valid point, but it merely reveals differences in the graphical layout. Goes to pros & cons, strengths & weaknesses rather than the general triumph of one over...
  12. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    True, it’s an understanding of note durations, when they are indicated in TAB, along with time signature, rather than key signature, that is needed to make best use of modern TAB. Though the key...
  13. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    “Who cares?” is a good question. It comes down to the individual and their musical community. What do you care about, what are your goals and your priorities with your music and your education?
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    While it’s true that both standard notation and tablature are imperfect, and thus “in flux” over time in terms of standardization, the world of tablature is far more inconsistent than standard...
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    Having learned notation in grade school helped my reading of modern tablature; that is, tablature that gives a key signature and notates durations with stems and flags and rest marks. I’d suppose...
  16. Re: Focusrite iTrack Solo and iPad camera help

    When I looked into this a few years ago, an app was needed. I didn’t go that route, and a lot can change in a few years. Do some research via Google if no one here has an answer that works for you.
  17. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    +1, David has expressed many of my own thoughts on the paragraph that he quoted: Fret numbers on strings tell me the note because I know that on mandolin fret 4 on string 3 is an F#, same as reading...
  18. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    People will tell you that reading TAB, or reading notation, or studying music theory will “hurt your playing”. In fact, any of the three as tools used for their purpose can help your musicianship.
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    Re: Still cant play a break!

    Do you mean in a jam session, or alone in your practice space? The way you phrase this, I assume you mean in a jam setting. Whatever song you’re working on, make sure you have the chord progression...
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    Re: What's your favorite mandolin resources?

    :) No Spencer, actually I wrote all that in response to this query - then, a short time later, another query was made in the same vein, so I jumped back over here to copy what I had written.
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    Left leg guitar can make for a bit awkward seating adjustments in jamming circles and guitar pulls, but that’s been the only drawback for me. My last arch top was a lowly 1949 Patrician, rescued from...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    About 15 years ago I did something that's uncommon among other pickers I play with, which was to switch from right leg to left, using the more classical guitar stance, when seated. It put the neck at...
  23. Re: Eastman MD604 with P/U - Very Excited - Where to start

    Welcome to the forum & to your future with learning mandolin.

    1. Check the articles, links & studies under the Learn/Listen tab here at the cafe. Mandolin Cafe is my favorite hangout for all...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

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    There is some music that you love to listen to. You might use what you’ve already learned to try to figure out a way to play a song you really love. No matter what the ‘genre’ of music. Start...
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    Re: Once in a Lifetime Mandolin Find

    Congratulations, sounds like a sweet find.
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