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  1. Thread: Ffcp

    by JonZ
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    Re: Ffcp

    For every minute you spend practicing FFCP spend at least a minute using that pattern to say something musical. So, if you practice FFCP ascending thirds, make up a phrase that incorporates a part of...
  2. Thread: How Fast?

    by foldedpath
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    Re: How Fast?

    I know Contra Dance is usually pretty quick, but 140 bpm seems a bit on the aerobic side for those dances. For what it's worth, the Wiki page on Contra Dance says they're "played at a narrow range of...
  3. Thread: How Fast?

    by JonZ
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    Re: How Fast?

    I was thinking about the same thing. You want to practice mostly in the zone where you transition from effortless to effortful. So if you can play 71, 72, 73 effortlessly and 74, 75, 76 with effort,...
  4. Thread: How Fast?

    by sblock
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    Re: How Fast?

    Quick dances (like Contra dances) go around 120-140 BPM, so you want to be able to reach that tempo to play in an oldtime or traditional setting, at least on some of the faster tunes. But if you...
  5. Thread: How Fast?

    by MontanaMatt
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    Re: How Fast?

    I recommend finding your speed limit for a given exercise, back off a bit, and work on tone and precision. Then after some work, try to hit your limit again. Cycling faster and slower will develop...
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    Re: How Fast?

    If possible, avoid those sadistic bebop saxophonists...
  7. Thread: How Fast?

    by JonZ
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    Re: How Fast?

    In the Bluegrass tunes one can access from iRealb, 220 is a common speed for breakdowns. Beyond that seems to be more about showing how fast you can play.
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    Re: How Fast?

    How fast a player can play a song is based on sound technique and knowledge of the song itself. So practice slowly to play quickly. Insofar as classical pieces are concerned , yes the Italian word...
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    Re: Essential mandolin listening

    Let me mention two ... Emory Lester and Radim Zenkl
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    Re: Essential mandolin listening

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LBg_IMNcZo

    Ashley Broder, Two Trees.

    This lady is a bit off the well-beaten path around here and should get mentioned more. She's not just a wonderful player,...
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    Re: Making melodies more interesting

    Maybe. Probably. The book takes a number of popular tunes, and walks each out, in a series of increasingly complicated variations. The variations are explained-- that is, McGann tells you what he...
  12. Thread: On to chords

    by JonZ
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    Re: On to chords

    Read this and you'll be cording like a boss.
    http://www.calgaryuke.com/ukerichard/tenor/Chord%20Builder%20For%20Fifths%20Tuned%20Instruments.pdf
  13. Thread: Choro Das 3

    by JeffD
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    Choro Das 3

    Oh my.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoOQ_Gr_tO8


    Oh my, oh my.


    http://www.chorodas3.com.br/#!usa-tour/wxfbw
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