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  1. Re: Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature - NMC

    Charles Seeger (Pete's father): "Plagiarism is the basis of all culture"
  2. Picking in the Pasture Festival Lodi NY Aug 24-27

    I'll be there... Andy Alexander books the traditional side of things, this year we get David Davis, who for my money is one of the purest exponents of the Monroe style, Tristan Scroggins (in the Jeff...
  3. Re: Free resources to learn playing in the keys of B and Bb

    A pro player once told me "your first finger is your capo" for transposing tunes with open strings to keys one, two... frets higher. The 2/3/4 fingers do what the 1/2/3 would do with open strings....
  4. Re: is buying a mandolin like buying a bicycle?

    I don't know where you are in Germany, but if you're near the Dutch border you should visit The Fellowships of Acoustics (tfoa.eu) in Dedemsvaart (near Bad Bentheim (D)) or Harry Boetzkes...
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    Re: RIP: Dr. Ralph Stanley

    I promoted Ralph and the "classic" Clinch Mountain Boys (Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke, Curly Ray Cline) + teenage Skaggs & Whitley in Ithaca NY high school in February 1972. This was during the period...
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    Re: Early Bill Monroe style

    Monroe Brothers were revolutionary in their duet harmonies, fast tempos, Charlie's bass runs and Bill's sparkling mandolin solos. He played lots of long arpeggios, very unlike what he did in the...
  7. Re: Report Substantiates North Korea Musical Instrument Concerns

    Speaking of golf (the famous 36 under par on first attempt), you neglected to say that the first time the Dear Leader took a mandolin out of the case he played all Bach's Partitas from memory using...
  8. Re: Bluegrass Breakdown--Figuring Out Bill's Break--Youtube Vid

    No, he goes to F the first two verses (A part) and then C on the next two (B part). He implies the F in the first break mainly with the A note on the G string (3rd of the F chord = F A C). If you...
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    Re: Fixing the Flying Fingers!

    I am surprised none of the above good advice has mentioned a key point to solving FF -- namely keep fingers down, once they are down, until they need to be lifted. In this way the "back" fingers on a...
  10. Thread: D/C# etc.

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    Re: D/C# etc.

    Slash chords are generally only for guitar or piano, where they show the bass note. This is usually part of a "walking bass" line. The guitar can play these fairly easily and since the bass strings...
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    Re: Rest in Peace, James Allen Shelton

    Wow, this just goes to show how fragile life is and how much we should appreciate every day we have. James Allen Shelton took Shuffler picking into the modern age and brought his own touch and tone....
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    Re: chop question

    At fast tempos and with a string bass most players just chop "and". But even then some get their hand into a rhythm where something light is indeed played on the beat. Even with a short upstroke...
  13. European World of Bluegrass coming up this week!

    May 29-30-31 (Thurs-Fri-Sat) in Voorthuizen (Netherlands), about 80 km east of Amsterdam. See the official website for times, band lineup etc. Of course the best part is jamming in multiple European...
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    Re: Time signature

    "Daniel Prayed" is indeed one good Stanley Brothers example: "he prayed to God [extra 2/4] every morning, noon and night...". The classic example is "Clinch Mountain Backstep" (although some people...
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    Re: bluegrass fiddler

    Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys!! OK, not bluegrass but Mon thought enough of them to record several of their songs (I Wonder if you feel the way I do; Time Changes Everything)
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    Re: Jethro's Mel Bay mandolin book.

    The book doesn't speak, Jetho's playing does. If that doesn't speak to you, so be it. I encourage you to dig into the book and pick out gems at random... so many cool ideas. Just the solos from the...
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    Re: Jethro's Mel Bay mandolin book.

    Buying it is the easy part... learning Jethrology is a long-term project!
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    Re: Standard Keys

    I think it depends on the composer (if there is one) for mandolin or fiddle tunes, if the composer was trying to get certain sounds by using open strings / drones. Pike County is a perfect example --...
  19. Thread: A 432

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    Re: A 432

    I thought Bertram's choice of 0.00001157407 Hz for the Love Frequency was referring to Barry White... but even Barry can not sing that low.
  20. Re: Doc Watson and Bill Monroe playing in 1990

    Remember that Doc is from a younger generation than Bill. In fact Doc grew up listening to Monroe Brothers records in the 1930's. So the respect Bill shows for the younger Doc is remarkable. I think...
  21. Thread: A 432

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    Re: A 432

    Nice (rational) discussion here: http://blog.feinviolins.com/2011/08/440-not-so-standard.html

    Seems that JS Bach was of the Flatt & Scruggs school of tuning... his pipe organ had A=480 Hz. They...
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    Re: Jethro's Mel Bay mandolin book.

    Do a search for previous threads on this. There are several books that you might mean. The thick one with Ken Edison is a treasure trove of ideas, tunes, licks, Jethroisms. I don't see how you could...
  23. Thread: Blackjack

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    Re: Blackjack

    Yes, but that 1/2 step makes a really big difference in sound. Listen to the live recording posted above (in C) and/or the Lemco 45: JD's banjo has a "tighter" and less ringing sound in C than in B....
  24. Thread: Blackjack

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    Re: Blackjack

    Yes, that's the lineup that recorded the first studio Blackjack (with only Red Allen on guitar). Indeed it was in C during that time. Just a year later it was in B -- I wonder whose idea it was to...
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    Re: Washington County sheet music?

    The original is the Washington & Lee Swing, an older tune, which KB acknowledged and bluegrassed-up. The original is by M. W. Sheafe and Thornton W. Allen. Copyright 1920, with lyrics! (who knows...
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