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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    The Glass string quartets translate to mandolin very well.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_cqiyukjwA
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    Re: Favorite Electric Mandolin Albums or Artists?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZYwqwcupw
  3. Re: Rest Strokes - a means to an end, or part of regular techniqu

    That is a distinct technique, referred to in some method books as Short Tremolo. Generally, the goal is to make upstroke and downstroke as equal as possible.
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    If you think Bill Monroe had limited, as in not very much, technical ability, I doubt that you have studied and played Bill Monroe. Speed is one technical aspect, there are others.
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    And one more thing while Iím ranting...if Michael Cleveland shows up at a jam (oh, please?) and I canít play time behind him, I will put up the instrument but I am not going anywhere.
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Fast tempos are a feature of bluegrass. No, not every tune.

    Bluegrass was never dance music, and yes Bill Monroe but together and directed the first Bluegrass Band.

    The internet is full of...
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    Re: Old vs New Oval

    Mike Black is who I would call if looking for an oval. You might find a great old Gibson, but getting a great sounding mandolin with no issues from Mike is a sure thing. To clarify, I don't have an...
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    Re: Mike Marshall's Loar?

    He has giant hands, which are just about the right size for mandolin playing.
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    Re: Mandolin flagship song?

    Why don't we shoot for Bluegrass Stomp as the mandolin feature? Since about 5 or 6 people can play Rawhide up to tempo.
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
  11. Thread: Thumb Pain

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    Re: Thumb Pain

    I hope that's right. I play sax and bass too, and those don't bother my hand, but my hand is affecting how I play those instruments.
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    Re: Patti Page with a tenor guitar

    Just a prop, but she keeps good time with it at least.
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Yes, thanks for giving it a name, I think that's right. Some kind of repetitive motion injury, now I have a name.

    I have taken several breaks from playing mandolin, gets better, but then as soon...
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    Didn't want to start a new thread, so... I'm getting a lot of left hand thumb pain at the base of my thumb, after buying a new instrument with taller frets. I am accustomed to playing fretless...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    If Mike Bub is on it, for starters, you know it's going to have the groove if nothing else.
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    I wonder if the intent is to play that duo style?
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    i might as well pile on too.

    Katie knows.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yJtNh0TMpM&t=24s
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    I hope he's awed.
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    Another option would be to put on a new fingerboard with modern frets and keep the original with original frets. I think that's probably overkill for an '20 A-4, but it has been done.
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    Re: Strap for A-style (that old chestnut)

    Put a button on and use the Levy's.
  21. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    What? Can you post an example of something played in this tuning?
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    Re: Five String Madness

    B to Gb might not be a 5th, but Cb to Gb sure is.
  23. Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    I thought that as long as I didn't plant everything would be great, but I am noticing a big improvement with the fingers curled both in tone and fluidity. Curled vs open and lighly brushing the top....
  24. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    And another way to explain it...there’s only one of each letter name in a scale in diatonic western music.

    For example in the key of B, it would be B C# D# E....Not B C# Eb E..
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    Re: Key of Bb

    Any number of artificial dominants, yes. In bluegrass probably triads, anything else they would usually be at least 7th chords, and often altered or even subbed. Bass players think of them as just...
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