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    Re: Amplification as a learning tool

    I've done that many times (with an acoustic mandolin), and I think that there are two reasons that the perception is that one can hear the instrument more clearly:
    (1) You're hearing how the...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    Sounds like you're good to go. :)

    I'd say just hunt around on YouTube for someone playing something that you want to play, study it enough to figure out how it's being done (physically as well as...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I would imagine that my reply would be true for many of us self-taughties here:
    I learned to play another instrument before mandolin. I already understood how music "works" when I first picked up a...
  4. Re: Shifting into third position for C tunes

    What Mark said, definitely, but I'll also add two things:
    (1) I find it easier to shift from a 1 to a 1, eg an A (on the G-string) up to a C, or an E (on the D-string) up to a G, and vice versa...
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    Re: What to call this position?

    The first finger on the first fret doesn't necessarily mean you're in half position:
    On the G-string, Ab-Bb-C-Db played with fingers 1-2-3-4 is in first position G#-A-B-C# played with 1-2-3-4 is...
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    Re: Is this how it starts?

    Yep, that's how it starts alright. :)

    A different mandolin for each style of music. And then, for each style, a practice mandolin, a beater gigging mandolin, a fancy-shmancy concert mandolin,...
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    Re: Dance of the maya

    https://archive.org/details/iuma-mad_nomad/Mad_Nomad_-_Dance_of_my%2C_uh....mp3

    An old friend found me a couple of days ago, stumbling across my website by googling my name plus mandocaster. Tried...
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    Re: Eddie Van Halen RIP

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    The whole song (including the solo (with chords, even)) is very mandolinable.
    You'll have to tune down a half-step if you want to play along with the band. :mandosmiley:

    A big Thanks to...
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    Re: Picking technique on electric mandolin?

    I practise above the 12th fret, but ya, I almost never play above the 12th fret.
    When I'm running through scales (and arpeggios, chords, patterns) in all keys and all positions, my formula is to not...
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    Adding the bodhran to the list says more about the lack of rhythmic feel in most US Irish sessions than it does about the instrument.
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I'll keep the story short, but when the Gainesville University of Florida murders were happening many years ago (and I had three young daughters to protect), a '57 mandocaster was my defensive weapon...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    Through practice, you've learned to play patterns and scale-runs etc in G major, using the seven notes of the G scale and only those seven notes, without hitting the other five notes of the chromatic...
  13. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    So, for the public record:

    My initial experimentation was on pdf's that had been exported directly from Sibelius, and I could make all sorts of edits Sherry's are pdf's of scanned music, and...
  14. Re: Copying from a PDF to Word - or Editing a PDF

    iSkysoft PDF Editor Pro can delete staves and move staves around (I just tried it).

    I own it but don't use it very often how 'bout you send me what you want edited (PM me for my email address),...
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    Re: Picking technique on electric mandolin?

    On the other hand, it's not always the fault of your technique sometimes it's the design of the instrument. The trouble with electrics is that too often they're mini copies of guitars, which...
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    Re: What to call this position?

    Except that he's skipping the F natural (or, more correctly- and more annoyingly-speaking, the E#). He's playing an E harmonic minor scale, starting on the seventh step.
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    Re: What to call this position?

    Violinists call it "half position".
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    You don't mean a Bbmaj7?
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    Re: 5 string in jazz combo question

    Speaking solely for myself ya, it works, it does the job, with the bonus of adding flavours ('cuz of the unique voicings compared to the guitar's) that are seldom heard.

    If you already know your...
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    Re: Chord Exercises

    Thanks for that, Sherry!

    I'd recommend having a look at the Major & Minor Triads in the "Student Center" (both the pdf and the video are on that page) seems like a good starting point for what...
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    Re: Chord Exercises

    My website (click on my signature) has loads of chord exercises. :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Amanda Lynn

    I know (and worked with) a girl named Amanda Lynn evidently the pun had never occurred to her parents.
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    Re: What Do You Use for Editing Standard Notation

    I've been using Sibelius since version 1.4.

    (I bought Dorico when it first came out, and have even kept it up to date, but I still haven't gotten around to using it.)

    Everything at my...
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    Re: Sobell Banjola in the classifieds

    I had to check the date, to make sure that it wasn't April 1st.
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    Re: Free PDF's of Technical Exercises

    So, just skip the PDF step ;) they're only there in case you find an exercise hard enough to need getting it under your fingers before tackling the video.

    Most of the exercises are simple enough...
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