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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Chopping on the 2 and 4 is the most important part of mandolin rhythm playing (in bluegrass). In a full jam circle, that's probably all there is room for. With less instruments there is more space....
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    Understanding double-stops...

    I've been working on understanding when and how to use double-stops and I'm a little confused. There seem to be two main kinds of double-stops I see employed.

    1 - part of the chord - various...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I use the 4-finger D shape when there is a quick GDG change as well. I just don't bother using 4-fingers (specifically the index). I still gain the economy of motion without sliding and with less...
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    There are 3 7th shapes that I use all based off the 3 major chord shapes (example key of D):

    2|4|5|x -> 5|4|5|x
    7|7|9|x -> 5|7|9|x
    11|12|12|x -> 11|10|12|x
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    If you want to sound more "guitarish" I would favor chord shapes with either the root or the 5th in the bass. For the key of A (as an example) ->

    2|2|4x (root in bass) and 9|11|12x (5th in bass)...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I favor chord shapes that omit the e-string. This is especially true for chopping, where the e-string makes the chop shape more grating (to my ears). The 4-finger D shape doesn't add anything imo,...
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    Re: Tips for Learning - Beginners

    The advice that hasn't been said is to make exercises out of trouble spots. If you struggle with a certain passage in a song or tune, figure out where the problem measure or two are and turn that...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    This is basically how I pick -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awFeDMNiKX4 except on mandolin. Strumming using a floating position with the wrist slightly cocked and touching down with the heel of...
  9. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    First, I don't think playing with rhythm is outside of anyone's ability to learn. It just takes time and practice. Even people with good rhythm will struggle to translate it to a new instrument.
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    Re: Another pick grip question

    Start with a loose fist that is as relaxed as possible. Insert pick between thumb and index finger with a knuckle supporting the pick. Chris Thile explains in well. ...
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    Re: slipping plectrum

    Everyone goes through this. I don't think the solution is special equipment. The most common reason for this is gripping too tightly (I know - counterintuitive). Try to relax your grip (if you are...
  12. Re: Scarpology - Mapping the Mandolin Fretboard and Introduction

    You can right-click and download all the audio tracks from the link the author posted above.
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    Re: I-IV-V Chords?

    I find it helpful to study the I-IV-V chord patterns using three different three-string voicings (muting the E-string in all cases).

    Using the key of A as an example:

    The first I-IV-V on the...
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    Re: (in)definitive chord guides

    I came across Jethro Burns' book and it was an eye opener for me to see that there were only 3 shapes you needed to play 3 voicings over every major chord.

    My advice would be to learn only 3 major...
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    Re: Prodigious and Sophisticated Musicians

    https://issuu.com/rabberson/docs/tc_excerpt_3 . Page 6-7 if you can make it out.
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    Re: Prodigious and Sophisticated Musicians

    I'd highly recommend reading "The Talent Code". It turns out that child prodigies are just kids who practiced a lot more than normal. Mozart practiced so much that he deformed his hands...
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    Re: 3 fingered chop chords?

    Don Julin has a video about using two-finger chop chords. Go to the 2 minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUCHfqMXGCo
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    I can't play pointy picks because I can't tremolo well with them. I find a rounded corner and a stiff, thick pick really help. I know there are plenty of classical players who have no problem with...
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    Re: Mando chord cheat sheet

    I prefer to organize chords by logical groupings and then practice those groupings. Here is an example:168942168943
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    Re: Summer camping trips with the mandolin...

    My Kentucky keeps sounding better and better as I improve. When it becomes the limiting factor in improving my tone, I'll upgrade:)
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    Re: Amusing story

    A few years back my wife and I fell on hard times. We had just sunk a bunch of money into her Master's program and I lost a high-paying job overnight, with no chance of getting it back. I went from...
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    Re: Strategy to get better

    I'm going to assume you are a beginner. I would recommend that you focus on the artistworks curriculum to start and make sure you submit videos to Mike for review so that you don't pick up bad...
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    Re: making my own pick...

    As far as I know, there has never been a 209. Mike Marshall told me he is meeting with Dunlop and is planning to request a 209. I guess he played with the 207s for a decade but moved on due to the...
  24. Re: How to practice strumming techniques, and strumming + singing

    You need to master the chord changes before trying to sing. You should also be able to sing the song without any thought. Only once you feel very confortable with both aspects should you try...
  25. Re: Mesquite as Ebony alternative for fingerboards

    I've made a few furniture pieces out of it. It is about as hard as rosewood. It isn't hard to work with but it has a fair amount of silica in it which causes it to dull any edge pretty quickly. ...
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