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  1. Another great Bach warm-up from Sierra Hull

    The Allegro Assai BWV 1005 will improve your alternating strokes no matter
    what speed. Sierra Hull plays it at break neck speed but even at slower tempos
    (80 -86), the patterns and piston firing...
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    Re: No motivation

    I've done one 3 person jam and that's it since March.
    I have pretty much lost interest in trying to do any gigs or the jams here even if they could be outdoors. They just aren't exciting me and...
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    Summertime
    Barnyard Dance
    Lazy Bones

    With lyrics
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    Re: What are your go-to crowd pleasers?

    I’m canceling my Artistworks subscription. This is the only thing I need to learn.
  5. Re: What do you do when you're Just. Not. Feeling it?

    Pick up a fiddle: when I do, it makes me feel really good about my mandolin playing :)
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CDBG53rn2q8/

    Happy Friday folks.
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    Adele - Skyfall on mandolin

    I am able to play Skyfall accurately in the original key (Cm) because my mandolin is tuned to F C G D (whole step lower), so I'm playing all my chords in the shape of Dm.
    Notice the correct chords...
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    Of all things someone could do to annoy me, playing two finger cords in time and with the feel of the song is VERY low on the list. :-)
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    Three finger chords are useful in a lot of genres, especially if you want to play chords and keys beyond 'standard' major keys, ie, G, A, C, and D. I'd encourage you to learn them as they may be...
  10. Re: Has my Blueridge BR40T turned into a piece of worthless junk?

    Why not just repair the bridge yourself and keep playing it?
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    Re: Evening prayer blues

    I really like this version by Darol Anger and The Furies



    although I would not use this as a style reference to Monroe's Original.
  12. New Classified Listing

    you all know when obscure things get talked about in a thread..........within a day or two............check the classifieds.

    For sale, good condition 1959 ledger from Gibson instrument company....
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    Re: Jack Charlton RIP.

    RIP Jack Charlton - he brought a lot of joy to Irish football supporters too, managing the national side from '86-'96.
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    Re: post a video of yourself

    Still here, woodshedding away. Trying to build a repertoire, some technique and a smile. Comments and inspiration always welcome. Hope everybody is staying healthy and productive.

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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I read that book and enjoyed it. However, two things to keep in mind are: first, it's an allegorical story -- you're about as likely to find Michael as you are to find Castaneda's Don Juan; second,...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    A set of skills and a mindset combined in me and propelled me to much greater musicality.

    The skill set were fairly pedestrian things. Volume control and dynamics, paralleling the speed of my...
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    Re: Can you teach musicality?

    I've been thinking about this too! Here are some of the things visual artists do to improve their visual communication skills…

    To improve creativity: Iterate on a single idea in several...
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    My take on Scarborough Fair

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1rLkgpH0Vo
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    Theory: "cheat sheet" for Western modes

    Here's a little webapp I've been working on for some time (version 3 now, rebuilt from scratch.)

    If you've ever struggled to understand what modes "look like" and how they are constructed, this is...
  20. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Ha ha. Well we are both in North America it's all good!

    Actually bird song is something I have been keenly interested in for many decades - -since the 1950s or so? The use of memorable phrases...
  21. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL_YJC1SjHE
  22. Tutorial - How to play the riff from "Snow" (RHCP)

    Gotta do something to keep occupied during the lockdown. Here's another tutorial.


    https://youtu.be/s0NiUabtzM4
  23. Tutorial - How to play "Bistro Fada" from "Midnight in Paris"

    Hey it's been ages since I've been on here. Life and stuff.

    The sheet music is here: https://imgur.com/a/mzqjqzF


    https://youtu.be/mVEhl9VUB_k
  24. Re: Canadian sparrows are ditching traditional songs for a new tu

    Maybe it's a Canadian thing. Humans shorten words here too. Bank of Montreal has become "BMO." Toronto is "Trawna" or "Chrawna." Edmonton is "Emmintin." Like the sparrows, we don't have the time to...
  25. Couple of tunes on the mandolin from Ye Vagabonds!

    Great stuff here from Ye Vagabonds (Brían & Diarmuid Mac Gloinn):
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