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    Re: Specific Pick Direction Question

    Keeping the DUDU 16ths steady means that the eight notes are all downs.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Or is it that YOU have warmed up and opened up? Have you tried having someone else play it for an hour, then see how YOU sound?
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    Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    "Swing" is a tricky thing. Even in "swing" music, the ratio between the long note and the short note is variable. Faster tempos tend to have less swing (lower ratio) than slower tempos, but not...
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    Re: Help: How To Improve Picking Accuracy

    Practice some open string exercises, first looking, and then not looking:
    (1 is the treble course, 4 is the bass course)

    4-3-2-1-2-3-4-3-2-1-2-3-4

    4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1-2-2-3-3-4-4 (both all down...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    "Reading" and "sight reading" are two different things. "Sight reading" means reading and playing something (which you have never seen) for the very first time. Good sight reading includes playing...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Reading and/or memorizing have nothing to do with knowing how to play each genre with its unique, associated "feel".
  7. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Don't blame the tab for your lack of other skills. You didn't "waste" four years, you spent four years preparing yourself to learn by ear.
  8. Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    In notation, if you see a sharped note on the bottom space of the treble clef, you can figure out that it is an F#, which may or may not be part of a D triad. In tablature, if you see a note in the...
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    Re: How did the "curl" on the mandolin body evolve?

    I believe that most modern instruments have a solid block inside the scroll, which doesn't add any space to the inside. My 1906 three-point is actually hollow inside the scroll, which might slightly...
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    Re: Humidity

    If the humidity goes up the wood expands, while the strings don't. Since the length of the instrument expands, the strings go sharp.
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    Re: Circle of Fifths

    "Circle of fifths" and "circle of fourths" is really the same thing, since "up a fourth" and "down a fifth" are the same keys. For moving practice exercises around, going either direction works.
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    Re: Song books for women?

    There is no such thing as "keys conducive to women's voices". Women's voices come in "high" and "low" varieties, just like men's. From your later comment, I would say that you are a women's "low"...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    The mandola has mittle (medium) alto mandolin (European mandola) strings. I don't know about the mandocello, but probably mediums, also.
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I have used Thomastik-Infield mediums exclusively on my 1906 Gibson F2, 1927 Gibson mandola, and 1908 Gibson mandocello for over two decades.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    While describing them as "each chord is the 4th of the previous chord," is accurate, what is important is this: Each chord is the 5th (dominant) of the next chord. That is the way the chords...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    That is interesting, as classical theory calls them "half-diminished seventh" and jazz calls them "minor7 flat5". "Half-diminished" is a perfect description: the fifth is diminished and the seventh...
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    Re: Practice Schedules for Multi-Instrumentalists

    Since I'm at home all day long every day, I've been playing piano for an hour in the morning, playing guitar and singing on the porch in the afternoon, and playing Irish music on the banjolin in the...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    You don't really "play" the circle of fifths, but many songs use part of the circle. Even I - IV - V uses a small section of the circle. But when people talk about "circle of fifth" progressions they...
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    Re: Book for learning Classical Mandolin

    Don't limit yourself to mandolin books. Violin books work just fine, although some pieces may need a bow, most don't. I have played the melodies of most of the Anna Magdelena Bach book, which is for...
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    Re: We Lost John Prine.

    I hope everyone sings one of his songs today. If you don't know one, learn one.
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    Re: Musician quotes

    "Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time."
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    Re: Gourd mandolin on Shop Goodwill

    Frets aren't just for intonation. Frets add volume and sustain. Violins don't need frets because the bow continuously creates sound. Think what violin pizzicato sounds like. That is the sound of no...
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    Re: Music "Stand" Challenge

    Not sure how much help the Hershey bar is, since they come in a dozen different sizes. And, how come the "fun" size is so small? Bigger would be more fun, right?
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    Re: Keyboard recommendation for a newbie

    Unless you need to tune it, move it, or play it with headphones.
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    Re: Music Room Feng Shui

    It somewhat depends. If I play piano, I play in the living room (where the piano is). The banjolin usually gets played in front of the TV. Others are usually in the music room. The music room is long...
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