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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Stop thinking about RELATIVE MINOR (D, B minor) all the time and start thinking in terms of PARALLEL MINOR (D, D minor). Wobble back and forth between D and Dm for a little while, and it will sink...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Instead of concentrating on theoretical explanations worthy of Beldar Conehead and the Institute of Prearranged Sonics of Remulak, you'd really be a lot better off just putting the stuff into your...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    MODES MADE EASY
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/archives/niles.html
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    Re: REELS: What are your favorites?

    Timour The Tarter
    Miller's Reel
    Paddy Ryan's Dream
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    There are always differences in regards of what to prioritize and when, at what developmental stage, it should occur.

    But.... as the sages of old have proclaimed, "All roads (eventually) lead to...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    It's not an EITHER/OR choice. It is best, imo, that both melodic and harmonic elements are seamlessly melded within the solo.



    Personally, I think I would rather hear a well-played...
  7. Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    Favorite: Richard Thompson. On an electric 4- or 5-string he sounds like he's playing guitar an octave higher, double bends, chicken picking, RT vibrato and all. Not much on LPs and CDs of him...
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    Re: Electric mandolin - who's interesting?

    I was always out for sounding like an electric guitar, steel etc on electric mandos (4, 5 or 8 string) more than a "mandolin". Well, always into sounding like non-mando instruments on acoustic...
  9. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Good picks, I must say. Saw Sugarcane once when he was playing in John Mayall's USA Union lineup (the prime reason for driving down to Tampa for the concert). Like John Cipollina (Quicksilver...
  10. Re: What artist/album got you started with Trad?

    Fairport Convention - Full House
    Fotheringay - Fotheringay (Sandy Denny)

    In short order, I had all of Fairport's back catalog, some Dave Swarbrick, Matthews Southern Comfort, Pentangle, John...
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

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    For those struggling with this issue,
    here are a few suggestions,
    submitted for your approval:

    Masculine names
    Arnold (Layne)
    Canyonero *
    Gollum
    Geronimo
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    Re: Do you name your instruments?

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    click on photo to enlarge

    Var - Ulv - en
    were-wolf-the
    (Swedish, has a nice ring to it)

    I name thee "VARULVEN - The Werewolf"
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    Do you really want to adopt and copy the fascistic classical (school system) hierarchical preoccupation with graded levels and accompanying test requirements?

    "I'm sooooo sorry Billy-Bob, you...
  14. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    I'm surprised I never commented on this on. Must have been similar threads a bit earlier.

    The first/earliest BIG ones?
    No contest - Richard Thompson (guitar),
    Dave Swarbrick (fiddle,...
  15. Re: how do you prevent and get rid of hand cramps

    Tonic water. At karate classes, during strenuous ab exercises of various types, other guys 20, 30 years younger would seize up with cramp pain, but I'd keep going, because I drank some "cramp juice"...
  16. Re: Looking for some insight into microtonal mandolin

    OMs, mandolas etc. with quarter tone and partial (only under 2 strings) frets are not that unusual anymore in the Nordic countries. Ale Möller (Frifot, Nordan, duos/trios with Aly Bain, Bruce...
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    Re: Greek mandolin music

    6-string....Traditional Greek bouzouki - tuned DAD.

    The 8-string version came along in the 50s with Manolis Hiotis. Tuning changed to CFAD

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouzouki
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    Re: Greek mandolin music

    Nostalgia - Cersei la fam feat. Anastasis Katsavos


    https://youtu.be/OFt79Wuipzg
  19. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Of course you can; it just takes a bag of different techniques. First, get rid of the no-sustain F-hole mando. Of course, the lower/bigger you go the more sustain you've got.

    O'Faolain did a...
  20. Re: Article: New Music by Joe K. Walsh - Bluegrass and the Abstra

    Know where the (altered) title is derived from?

    The Blues and the Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson (1961)

    https://assets.boomkat.com/spree/products/2905/large/original.jpg
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    Re: Transcriptions/resource website

    A few thoughts on transcribing which you may find helpful (or not):

    Rip whatever tracks you plan to transcribe from the CD onto your computer.

    A file has no moving parts, so your PC media...
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    Re: Just tuning. Will it make things better?

    A lot of electronic keyboards, and not necessarily only the pricey ones, will let you reset the scale from 12TET to just, meantone, and a few other of the historical tunings. Keyboards designed for...
  23. Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    That's a rather limited view. I think BB King and many others would disagree with that.
  24. Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    I've used the drum rudiments as RH pick direction exercises, and have probably mentioned it in past postings.

    the drumming pattern |: RLRR LRLL :| can be assigned either |: DUDD UDUU :| or |:...
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    Re: ...or is it just me? It's just dumb!

    Just buy a 17" or 19" solid-body mini-guitar (at one-tenth the price of electric mandolin). Swap out the pickups for some Seymour Duncans or qualilty humbuckers, Remove the low E-string bridge...
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