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  1. Re: Was the mandolin played in traditional folk before Bill Monro

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/entries/1196-Drawing-the-Line
  2. Re: Where can I find a tutorial for new camptown races?

    I suggest Muleskinner with Dsavid Grisman on mandolin, although a little too fast. Easily found on Youtube, and you can slow it down to half speed.

    For further explorations in Bb try Sailor's...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    The confusion arises because some people think 2/2, others think 4/4. 250 bpm in 4/4 is the same tempo as 125 bpm in 2/2. 62.5 bars per minute. I think of 60 (in 2/2) as medium, 90 as medium up, and...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    As I've said many times before: don't plant, don't rest. On a mandolin with pickguard the most natural technique is to play with loosely curled fingers, brushing across the guard. On a mando without...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    I'm glad you did and I wonder why you even attempted that. Bush had to revise his technique because of an accident that made his wrist stiffen. This video illustrates what his his technique was...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Why? The only mandolin player I know of who can create rhythmic interest at tempos like that is Chris Thile. Many times I don't realize how fast some of his tunes are until I attempt them myself.
  7. Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    “Tone” is a very elusive concept. What we refer to as somebody’s tone usually is something else.

    What I don’t want to sacrifice for “ease of playing” is a fullbodied sound when playing...
  8. Re: Thile quote on resting hand on the bridge

    Pinky plant is not a good idea. On an instrument without pickguard it may cause the pick to dip too low, unless you have big hands. On an instrument with pickguard it will cause a somewhat awkward...
  9. Re: Thile quote on resting hand on the bridge

    Big advocate? Resting? In the d'Addario video he simply says something about the fleshy part of the palm touching the strings behind the bridge ("ever so slightly"). Touching, not resting.
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    Re: LH Position question

    1) I don't hold or support the neck at all. Nor do I place the thumb here or there (I have almost no control over it, anyway). The role of the left hand is to stop the strings. Basically I secure...
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    Of course I know how tab works, but I have never felt the need to achieve fluency in tab, i.e., the ability to see the structure of a song or tune at a glance, decide on the optimal key, etc. etc....
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    Re: I Don't Do Tab

    When I started learning the guitar in 1957 I, in some sense, knew standard notation, where the notes are on the staff, what the key signature means, etc. I started by learning the fretboard...
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    Re: Southern flavor

    That's not what I hear. To my ears the bridge ends with two bars of B7, the fiddles holding their notes. The four note bass line I'm referring to, leading back to the beginning, occurs in the...
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    Re: Jerusalem Ridge

    The reason these segments are considered different parts is that they are repeated: 8+8+4+4 bars, not 8+4+8+4.
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    Re: Top three favorite Bill Monroe tunes.

    Of course, the question as always is, what exactly is a Bill Monroe tune? Which of them did he really write, etc.

    Gold Rush: Monroe had the idea and Byron Berline helped him shape it into a fiddle...
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    Re: Southern flavor

    Well, on the studio version, with fiddles, there's a descending bass run leading back from the bridge, and that line clearly is b-a-g-f#, emphasizing the minor character. That line is missing from...
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    Re: quick key change question

    I simply don't understand this approach. Three fingers to cover 7 frets, the pinky covering three of them (5,6,7), without the use of the strongest and most independent finger? I would have trouble...
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    Re: southern flavor - key?

    Obviously that's a mandolin version, probably from some live recording.

    Monroe often did songs/tunes differently from the original recording. E.g., Wayfaring Stranger was originally recorded in...
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    Re: southern flavor - key?

    This was commented on in #5.

    To my ears Compton is right, at least as regards the original recording with fiddles. Note, e.g., that the bass line leading back from the bridge is b-a-g-f#, not...
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    Re: The rules according to Bill Monroe

    The answer to this is very simple. The March 17 1951 session was in no way bluegrass and Monroe did not record with his band at all but with session musicians. That session was not Monroe’s idea...
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    Re: "Swing" number tunes

    Tony Rice was born in 1951.
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    Re: I need some serious help...

    Not that it really matters here but only Hot Corn, Cold Corn is PD. The Old Home Place was written by Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb.
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    Re: RH anchor issue

    That, I believe, is the standard technique at least in popular genres, like New Acoustic and Bluegrass, on a mando without pickguard. On a mando with pickguard the most common technique is to play...
  24. Re: Open chords vs closed chords for chops n chucks

    Last paragraph. A BG mandolinist is expected to master any major key from Bb (two flats) to B (five sharps). The reason why, e.g., the key of Eb is not used so much (but check One Way Train with...
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    Re: Del McCoury Band w/ Thile

    Oh, yes, probably. If we are to engage in guessing games, I strongly doubt that he could reproduce his solo afterwards.
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