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    Re: Question about pinky use...

    Funny, I just had this conversation with a student with respects to Big Sciota. IMO, which finger to use always requires the context of what is coming before / after. There's lots of reasons to...
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    I just had a gig last weekend (second since I moved to Seattle!!) and had to learn Rebecca song for the show which has been a song that fell into the "songs I should know but don't" category for too...
  3. Re: question on Getting Into Jazz Mandolin exercises

    +1 on the interval training.

    I like to double interval training and right hand exercises often. One exercise I do a lot is play the 2nd fret of some string, then play the 3rd, then back to the...
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    Song Breakdown: I Saw the Light

    Hey all,

    I had a few students that were starting with this song so I figured I'd put together a breakdown for it. This song is a great one to help build up your bag of tricks while practicing the...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    If you're not used to playing stringed instruments - you'll likely have build some callouses up which can be a bit painful at first. The more you play, the faster you'll build callouses - so play...
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    I liked the idea of adding "close chords" where you move one note to create a new chord - so I updated the post to include some examples :)
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Yup! Plus, it's so close to so many other chords.
    + If you move the D back a fret to C#, you get C#7
    + If you move the D up a fret to D#, you get C#9
    + If you move the B up a fret, you get...
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    Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Hey all,

    Today I felt like diving in to more chord theory than shapes. The idea for this post is to show how useful specific chord shapes can be - like how a G7 chord voiced 435x could be B...
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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    Great stuff Mark! I like the layout and the additional notes (like note function, standard notation etc). One thing I found a little confusing at first was the strings being named at the bottom...
  10. Big Sciota Mandolin Sheet music and breakdown

    Hey all

    My Thursday mandolin sheet music and song breakdown is focusing on another great fiddle tune today - Big Sciota (aka Big Scioto, Big Scioty, Big Sciatica etc). The more I play this tune,...
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    Re: Chord Shapes: Minor 7th

    Sorry - got a little carried away with SEO and changed some links :)

    You can also use this page to get to any of the chord shape posts - https://mattcbruno.com/mandolin-chord-shapes/
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    I started on a rogue mandolin ($50), then Oscar Schmidt ($400), then Gibson f9 $3k), then my Newton f5 ($8k) I have now.

    The difference from the rogue to the Oscar Schmidt was small but...
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    .oop
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    Re: Chord based solos, Monroe method?

    I'm not sure if it's Monroe style or not, but I use chords to help create solos whenever I don't know the melody well enough (and even sometimes when I do). Personally I look at scales and arpeggios...
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    Basic Technique Primer 1

    Hey all

    After a seeing a few posts here and also fielding similar questions from students, I figured I'd post a basic technique primer for the picking hand. This is not meant as a be all end all,...
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    Re: Diminished 7th Chord Shapes

    Jazz / Swing on the mandolin is so much fun - in part because of how the chords can move! What were you playing on guitar that you couldn't figure out on mandolin Here's a cheat sheet for the series...
  17. Re: Looking for different mandolin music to learn-obscure/nonstan

    Her stuff with Cory Wong is amazing too
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPGbj1gFalA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT-W-UEcsns
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTjUI274ag4

    She and others like...
  18. Re: Looking for different mandolin music to learn-obscure/nonstan

    I love playing swing on the mandolin - there's a lot of really cool stuff by folks like Don Stiernberg, Aaron Weinstein, Grisman, and etc that I would totally recommend checking out.

    I'm a big...
  19. It's Only A Paper Moon: Mandolin Sheet music and song breakdown

    Hey all,

    I wrote up a post about one of my favorite jazz tunes, It's Only A Paper Moon. It's a fun rhythm changes type tune and great for a swing jam setting. My chart has 4 variations on it...
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    Re: Diminished 7th Chord Shapes

    Glad to hear :) If you have any suggestions for topics, LMK :)
  21. Re: Medium/light and medium/heavy strings what’s the difference?

    I mainly use an 11 gauge set (11 / 15 / 26 / 40). I may move up to 11.5 though.

    The basic differences in gauges I've always heard is basically:

    Lighter gauge = less pressure to make a note,...
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    Diminished 7th Chord Shapes

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    I just added the newest chord shape series covering Diminished Chords. I'll be taking a break from the chord shapes series for a bit, but eventually I'll come back to it ;)

    You can...
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    Re: ISO Virtual Classical Mandolin Teacher

    I took lessons from Chris A when he still lived in San Diego. Good dude with a lot of knowledge. He had a great lesson structure and lots of insight. It was hard to keep up with the sight reading but...
  24. Mandolin Sheet music and breakdown: Old Joe Clark

    Hey all,

    I've received a few requests to cover Old Joe Clark. This is a great tune for beginners to get down and has a lot of potential options for more advanced players. This should be part 1...
  25. Re: Trouble with my mandolin not agreeing with my straps

    I put my strap at the headstock rather than by the scroll or the end of the fretboard. I found using the headstock allowed the strap to actually hold my mandolin in place so I don't need to use my...
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