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    Re: Pinky 6th fret

    The classical rule in a diatonic context is "next note, next finger". However, in the key of A, in first position, there are five scale notes, g#, a, b, c#, d. Many times you can have the index...
  2. Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    Not a good idea. Don't rest your wrist anywhere, but allow it to touch the strings behind the bridge. Check Mike Marshall's d'Addario video on YouTube.

    I have a modern small pickguard, with...
  3. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I find your use of invective (“parochial”, “prejudice”) lacking in imagination and creativity. Also, you read my posts a bit carelessly. I never said the learning TAB detracts from more productive...
  4. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    The starred sentence has been said a number of times by a number of people. Contrast this with John McGann's observation, that this is indeed one drawback of TAB: it shows just one solution, it may...
  5. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Fiddle tunes is what made me take up the mandolin. In the mid 60's I transcribed a few of the tunes on Howdy Forrester's album Fancy Fiddlin' Country Style: Brilliancy, High Level, and Rutland's...
  6. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    But do these people use TAB? I had my country, oldtime, folk, and Bluegrass period in the mid- to late 60's. That's when I learned to really play with people and during these days I never used ...
  7. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    The time spent on achieving fluency in TAB subtracts from more productive endeavors. The only time, over 53 years of playing the mando, I ever used TAB was when I wanted to learn Ashokan Farewell...
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    Re: Bill Monroe - "Scotland" Tab

    mandozine.com has TAB, notation and MIDI
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    Re: I don't like F styles. Anyone else?

    Points help stabilize the mando when playing seated.
  10. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    I think this discussion pretty well sums up John McGann's views on the subject:

    https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=490584&sid=a528ad55f1ee1d057eb1ed1149dd509b
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Note the ”and” between the two expressions.
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Here is a good resume of what John McGann had to say on this topic: https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=490584&sid=a528ad55f1ee1d057eb1ed1149dd509b


    (maybe this belongs in the other...
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    Re: 7th fret: 3rd or 4th fingers?

    The general rule, in a diatonic context, is "next note, next finger". By this rule, Ab fingering is the same as A fingering pulled back one fret. Pinky for 7th fret in A, hence pinky for 6th fret in...
  14. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    #1: One obvious question is: what exacly does it mean to really learn? How do you use TAB? There have been some really strange threads on the Café on topics like "how do I tell the key of a tune" or...
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    Re: TefView

    Forget this post, problem solved.
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    TefView

    I have downloaded a large number of Tef files from mandozine.com. I used to have a free version of TefView, which no longer works. Can it be updated? Or will I have to download a new pay version?...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    I've never learned to read tab, only spell through it. If a piece is printed in notation + tab, I may occasionally glance at the tab just to see what positions are suggested. And I say "suggested",...
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    Re: Timing issues

    The 2nd singer and the guitarist are the same person, Maybelle Carter.
  19. Re: Proper form for playing B major shape chords on mandolin

    Looking back on this thread I'm reminded of the principle I arrived at as a beginner more than 50 years ago: don't use charts, work out the chords and various ways of using and connecting them on...
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    I heartily recommend that video, but you did use the words "palm" and "rest".
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    Re: What to call this position?

    Well, with five scales notes and four fingers there really is no unique "normal" fingering. Here, at least for the first four bars, half position seems to work best. Which, incidentally, seems to be...
  22. Re: Proper form for playing B major shape chords on mandolin

    There are several ways of fingering that voicing, e.g., x6x
    343 and x6888x. It all depends on what comes before and after. You almost never need more than four notes.
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    Re: What to call this position?

    The classic rule in a purely diatonic context is "next note, next finger". However, the e minor harmonic and E major scales have five scale notes on the d course in first position : d#,e, f#, g/g#,...
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    Re: Thumb Pain

    NO! Cradling or palming the neck will severely restrict the mobility and reach of your fingers. The basic rule is: your left hand is there to stop the strings, not hold or support the neck. My...
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    Re: Fingering Technique

    That's strange. Wouldn't your fingering depend on the desired phrasing and where this figure sits in the chosen position? I had to pick up my instrument and check. Say I'm playing b-c-c#-d on the 2nd...
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