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  1. Thread: Fret markers

    by Jim Bevan
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    Re: Fret markers

    The Acoustic World electric mando in my avatar has a ninth-fret marker (the builder was asked to recreate a '59 Les Paul, and well, so he did) – it drives me nuts. I've become quite adept at sliding...
  2. Re: Going out of the country...personal item/carry-on?

    Travelled the world for years (a little more settled now, but still two or three international flights per year) – my never-failed-yet technique is to not carry a "rollerboard" (one of those wheeled...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    That's all the compensation there is – one inch? It looks like so much more.
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Whenever I see one of these fan fret mandos, I always wonder Why so, um, "fanned"?

    Someone like Jonathan Mann, who makes 5-strings with a 14.7" scale-length and 4-strings with a 13.875"...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    The number line is easier to draw than either of the other two systems. ;)

    Care to take a crack at presenting Manning's simplified version?
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    Re: Five String Madness

    Something my oldest daughter came up with while doing a high-school project where she was explaining equal temperament. She didn't like the fact that the Circle of Fifths isn't all fifths – B to F#...
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    Re: Five String Madness

    My trigonometry theory is that adding the open C shifts the flatness/sharpness to the left (if you view the Circle of Fifths (which should be the Helix of Fifths anyways) as a number line, with C...
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    Re: Amy Helm chord form

    I just noticed that I hook my thumb over for this funky chord:


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    Re: Mandobird revisited

    I had one of those sparkly ones too. I bought it just because I was stuck in Japan for a week with no instrument, and it did the job nicely.

    Not bad for the price, definitely more playable (wider...
  10. Re: Emando players: What do you want in an amp?

    Sold everything else, and kept these two rigs:

    An Orange Tiny Terror, with Jules Potter's mods plus a Mercury Magnetics output transformer (didn't use the power transformer that comes in the kit...
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    Re: Natural talent vs practice

    On the other hand: I taught piano lessons for about fifteen years, and I noticed that a child who starts when they're eight or nine years old (past the age for quickly learning new languages, I...
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    The Acoustic World mando in my avatar has a ninth-fret dot, and ya, it drives me nuts.
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    Re: Dots or no dots

    Very cool, yes!

    Where can one get these? I'm playing in the dark most of the time, I've got big stickers that are almost adequate, but these would be great. :)
  14. Thread: Improvising

    by Jim Bevan
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    Re: Improvising

    Chick Corea says that when he goes on tour, playing the same tunes every night, eventually he ends up playing the same solos.

    Jackson Pollock's paintings were slowly working towards a consistent...
  15. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    When I studied jazz improvisation (with Adolph Sandole), there was a lot of emphasis on composition and on ear training. My takeaway from that is that improvisation is the art of combining the...
  16. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    I'm with dhergert – can you sing what you want to play? Can you imagine what you want to play in your head, and play what you're imagining?

    Ya, learn all your scales and chords and arpeggios so...
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    Re: Tips for fairly new Mando players

    The good folks here will be happy to help out, but you'll get more precise guidance if you can narrow your stated goal down from "mastering the mandolin" a little. :)

    What style(s) are you...
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    Jungle Boogie
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    Re: How to Get The Blues!

    About what? :confused: What's the argument?

    Post #1 of this thread sounds to me like it's actually post #2 (or 3 or 4 etc) of a thread of which the original post somehow got cut off.
  20. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    "Irish Trad" – Irish instrumental music, jigs and reels etc. My wife plays whistle (Irish whistle, penny whistle, tin whistle, whatever you want to call it) and Irish flute (like a classical flute,...
  21. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    Like Michael H, piano is my #1 but mandolin gets all the practice time. A year ago I "invented" the "steel-string requinto" – a Gary Zimnicki-built guitar tuned up to ADGCEA, which I use to accompany...
  22. Re: Major Double Stops Lesson (ex. from ‘Rise’ Eddie Vedder) Part

    Seeing the word "Lesson", and seeing F A# C as a I-IV-V – c'mon...
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    Re: 5 string electric mandolin string info

    My two 5-string electrics (both with a scale-length of 14.7") are strung with D’Addario NYXL’s: 48, 32, 21, 13.5, and 9.
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Ya, but there's no Omnibook for Ab instruments ('cuz, do they exist?), where a tune that's in Eb (so, in C for Bird) would be written out in G.
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    Re: James or Allen tailpieces-anyone use these?

    I have a James tailpiece on my 1921 Gibson H2 mandola – it buzzes sometimes, and I've tried (with some success) opening it up a little in my effort to suppress the noises.
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