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    Re: Advice on a Mandola?

    Sorry to drift off the topic a bit, but maybe a good time to clear up just what is the difference between a mandola and an ocatave mandolin.

    Am I correct with the following?

    A Mandola is tuned...
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    Re: Playing Fifths - LH Fingering

    I have struggled with the same issue for years. I have just tried the example you have given and this is what works best for me: Bar the G and D strings at the second fret with the 2nd finger and...
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    Re: Another source for Backup Tracks

    Thanks for the feedback on Band in a Box and the Strum Machine. It seems that the Strum Machine is more suited to our instruments and style of music, and I like that you can easily create custom...
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    Another source for Backup Tracks

    Just thought I would share this as most of us are hunkered down at home and plunking away on our mandolins on our own. Nobody to jam with. So backup tracks are a good substitute. But what do you...
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    Re: Listing of 3-string chord shapes

    Thanks for the links, Ted. I have also found your FFcP exercises to be very helpful in strengthing the pinky and to be able to play in other keys much more easily. And, of course, in playing up...
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    Re: Listing of 3-string chord shapes

    Thanks, Bill,
    Yes, that's a great layout of chord shapes. This will be a great reference for chord-melody arrangements.
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    Re: Listing of 3-string chord shapes

    Thanks to all for your replies and links However, since starting this thread earlier today, I have found the missing link! Here it is:

    http://www.mandozine.com/chords/3-Note-Chords.pdf

    If you...
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    Listing of 3-string chord shapes

    Hi All,
    I believe there used to be a listing of 3-string chords in the Learn/Listen section of this Forum. Or perhaps it was on the Mandozine website? In any case, I have been searching all over...
  9. Thread: Baotm

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    Re: Baotm

    Hey Mikey, just sent you a PM
    ....Rickker
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    Re: Baotm

    Thanks Mikey, for the link to John's web page. We traded snail mail letters a couple of times in the '80s. I often refer to some of his publications when trying to re-acquaint myself with a...
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    Baotm

    Happened to be looking through some issues of BAOTM (Bluegrass And Old Time Music, as published by John Baldry in the UK back in the 1980s) and got to wondering if John was still active with mandolin...
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    Re: My email got hacked

    Thanks for the heads up. Did you just get a bunch of spam, or something more serious? BTW, your armrest is getting lots of use! Love it.
    ....Rickker
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    Re: When You First . . .

    I'm older than most of you on this Forum, so my introduction to the mandolin go back to the mid 1960s. Many of the mandolinists mentioned earlier in this thread were not even born yet!
    It was my...
  14. Thread: TablEdit

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    Re: TablEdit

    Click on Edit, then Text Manager
    Click on New, then enter chord name, eg. Am
    Make sure that "Above Notation" is selected
    Move the window, if necessary, so that it is not blocking where you want...
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    Yes, and you certainly use yours very well! Have enjoyed your videos and admire your technique. Also like your bowties...:redface:
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    Re: Position playing or shifting?

    Hey Niles, thanks for your comments and insight! I agree that picking a constant stream of FFcp notes is pretty mechanical. I liked the soundcloud tracks.

    Also, thanks for the great publications...
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    Position playing or shifting?

    Let me start this topic by saying that I have been playing the mandolin for over 50 years and consider myself at the Intermediate or better level, but certainly not advanced level.
    I do a lot of...
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    Re: 1967 Gibson F-5 Custom

    Steve, if you can go and look at the instrument, could you please take a few photos and post them? I am particularly interested in the configuration of the headstock. I have a 1969 F5 Custom that I...
  19. Thread: Crosspicking

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    Re: Crosspicking

    "You show the pick strokes, and there are some numbers in circles (fingerings?)" - Yes, the numbers within the circles indicate left hand fingering. What works best for me, anyway. Yes, I did put...
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    Ken Burns - Country Music

    For those of us who missed it the first time this series was aired, it is now being re-broadcast on PBS starting on January 3, at 9pm Eastern.
  21. Thread: Crosspicking

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    Re: Crosspicking

    Hmmmm......it's been several days and no one has risen to the bait..... Now, don't get me wrong. I was not expecting anyone to come back with, "Gee Rickker, what a nice crosspicking arrangement...
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    Re: Crosspicking

    I have been following this thread with interest. Back in the late 70's I bought a copy of Jack Tottle's "Bluegrass Mandolin", which included a vinyl disc recording of some of the tunes. I was blown...
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    Crosspicking in C - Wildwood Flower

    There are crosspicking versions of this tune online and in print, but they are often in the key of D. I worked up this arrangement in C where most guitar players play it. Also thought it would...
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    Re: Another TablEdit question...

    I have solved the problem!! Turns out I have the TablEdit program installed on two computers in my home. One was operating normally and the other had the displaced line spacing described in my...
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    Another TablEdit question...

    I am running the latest version of TablEdit and consider myself a reasonably competent, but not advanced user. It seems that I have tweaked some settings which has created a "displacement" of the...
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