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  1. Re: Backing Irish music with guitar after playing mandolin melody

    Any Irish sessions where you live?
  2. Re: Slonimksy's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

    Memorize a pattern, and play it in all keys, by ear or by "thinking" the transposition, but at any rate, without writing it out in the eleven extra keys.

    Do this with all of them??? Nah, just pick...
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    I'm saying that I would have written it like the arranger did. The way I wrote it does nothing to convey the distinction between the melody and the accompaniment. But ya, now that you mention it, I...
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    Now that I've seen the discussed passage in context, ya, it makes sense for it to be written that way.
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    You're not being asked to play a low D (on the C-string) and an open D at the same time when you pluck the low D, your pick only hits one string, one note on that beat.

    Writing it like this...
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    It's a fairly routine convention in piano scores, implying that one should sustain the long note with the sustain pedal, so that the damper (the thing that sits on the string, stopping the sound)...
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    Re: How do you play these measures?

    What David said. :)

    If it was written in one voice instead of two, it would look like this

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    which probably wouldn't convey the composer's intention as clearly as he'd prefer.
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    Re: Where are the Mandola Books?

    Sue, here's a mandola version of the Scales 1st Position you've been working on:

    Scales 1st Position CGDA

    The fingering's a little different from what you're used to pinky on the sixth fret...
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    Re: Where are the Mandola Books?

    Hi Sue. It'd be no sweat for me to transpose the exercises you've been doing down a fifth and send 'em to you, but I'd need to know: Do you want everything in alto clef, or would you prefer one of...
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    Re: Help dating a vintage Mandocaster

    Nothing written at the heel-end of the neck, as in this photo?

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    (There's also usually a (different) date in the pickup cavity, but obviously yours doesn't have one.)
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    Re: Reading music

    Ya, Drowsy Maggie would be written the same for all Irish Trad melody instruments the only difference is that guitar notation is written an octave higher than it sounds, meaning that if a classical...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    Thanks for that, Explorer, I took a quick look at the Calace, I think I've figured out that the treble clef is transposed up an octave (for the luito, but perfect for my instrument) while the bass...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    The Bach Cello Suite 6 is the only set of pieces written for a CGDAE instrument (piccolo cello, in this case) that I'm aware of (I'd love to hear of more, if anyone knows of any).

    Here's an mp3...
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    Re: Chase 5 string Fan Fretted Mandolin

    Eighty pages of CGDAE technical exercises in treble clef
  15. Re: Confusing stuff in Mel Bay "Fun with Strums" book

    I kinda made up the term on the spot, I suppose, but it's based on how there are two categories of percussion instruments: "pitched" (meaning you can play notes, eg you can get a C# out of a marimba)...
  16. Re: Confusing stuff in Mel Bay "Fun with Strums" book

    My guess is that the funky diamond note is trying to not be a normal note, not make you think that there's a note way up there, that it's trying to convey a pitchless quarter note.
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    Re: Guitar Center

    "Between 2007 and 2010, First Quality Music posted an operating loss of $460,000 despite $20 million in total sales."
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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...
  21. 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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