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  1. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    It's not a system that can be used or rejected it's a way of stating the obvious: Because (a) the major scale is asymmetrical, and (b) ya got four fingers, then a+b= you're going to get four...
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    Re: How much do you practice?

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    As answers come in I'm more confused. My assumption was learning the 4 basic patterns only helps me learn a major scale. There are 4 (slightly) different patterns for minor and for any other scale...
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    10-15 Minute Theory Practice

    I've been working on Chad Mannings theory for fiddle and mandolin on peghead nation and I think his 10 minute theory practice routine is great. In short, you pick a key and;
    1. Run through the...
  5. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    You absolutely have permission to push things as much or as little as you desire.

    There are several goals towards which the Eschliman material is intended, including mastery of the modes, pinky...
  6. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    The pentatonic scale moves by major seconds and minor thirds. When going up or down a second, use (as always) the next finger. When going up or down a third, skip (as always) one finger.

    Or...
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    The way you look tonight

    I used to spend a lot of time on this arrangement. And I revisited it a couple days ago and finished it up. Let me know what you think... link below

    https://youtu.be/gm3dtR4v6x4
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    Re: How much do you practice?

    I started playing mandolin in Jan 2009, but I'd already been playing the tenor banjo since 2007 and guitar since I was a kid. I play/practice for 2 hours a day, usually switching off with tenor banjo...
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    97% of statistics are made up on the spot. ;)
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    Re: Gender and age distribution of mando players

    I was much younger 50 years ago. Always been fatt-dad; however.

    f-d
  11. Land's End. Tim O'Brien cover with free notation

    Hey yall! This Tim O'Brien tune is one of my favorites. In the process of working on this one, I notated out the standard dots for it. On "Hard Year Blues" Tim plays the B and C parts up an octave...
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    Re: Northfield is simply nailing it lately

    Very pretty mandolins!
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon, the advice given here by Polecat is really valuable. Metronomes are for teaching strict tempo playing. Ehat you are looking for is the ability to vary the tempo of a tune as a way of adding...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon, I think you are asking a metronome to do the opposite of what it is designed to do - which is to teach you to play strictly in tempo. Subtle variations in tempo and phrasing are a human thing...
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    Some new backing tracks

    Hi, everybody. I started a blog when I was preparing for some flatpick and mandolin contests years ago, to share the tools I was using to practice. I recorded a lot of backing tracks to practice...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Simon - try the Bodhran by Mark Stone, an album of Irish rhythms played, not suprisingly, on the bodhran. If you use slow down software you can set the tempo to whatever you want. It’s still a bit...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    You say that you have a "nice solid rhythm" when playing jigs but that they're "flat" - I'm not sure that a metronome, no matter what it's capabilities are, will address that. Feel and lift doesn't...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 are compound meters meaning that each beat divides into three parts. So in 6/8 the first three eighth notes are one beat and the second three eighth notes are the second beat. So...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    My workaround was to record a "jiggy click track" of me playing along with a jig on headphones (a jig by Marla Fibish, coincidentally), with muted strings. Then you can play the melody in the same...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    With AppStore link.

    http://onyx3.com/MetroTimer/
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Pre-covid, I was going to take Marla’s in person Irish mandolin seminar (she’s the woman in the video). Before class she sent some exercises for us - the point of them being in Irish, pick direction...
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    Re: Irish Metronome

    Good question. The ebb and flow of the music means the tempo is not strict. Of course, you've got to keep the time.......no matter what. But, imagine being able to create space between the phrases...
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    A indian folk melody for you guys

    https://youtu.be/11iiei-7hK0
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    Re: Patriotic WW1 German Mandolin

    At the risk of having Mike (understandably) smacking me down, it's worth recalling that Ditson came out with it's "Hegemony" line of mandolins just a decade or so before WW1: Victory, Conqueror, and...
  25. Re: Peghead Nation - Monroe Style or Intermediate Bluegrass cours

    Both. If you want to learn Monroe style, Compton is the best Monroe stylist on the planet. For $20/month, it's a huge bargain. Any of them are guaranteed to improve your playing, but Compton's course...
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