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    Re: Another pick-hold question..

    M. Stangeland lists some 17 techniques on mandozine.com, but basically they fall into two groups. With a pickguard the most common technique seems to be brushing the guard with loosely curled...
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    Re: Picking Fiddle Tunes?

    A fiddle tune is a tune conceived for or traditionally played on the fiddle.

    Banjo tunes -- at least bluegrass banjo tunes -- are so highly idiomatic that they don't really work on other...
  3. Re: Original Bluegrass/Oldtime Tunes in "Bb"

    But that is a song, with the key being the singer's choice. Tony Rice did it in Bb but Im sure Jimmy Martin did it in A. And Jimmie Skinner, who wrote the song, recorded it in F (at least on one...
  4. Re: Original Bluegrass/Oldtime Tunes in "Bb"

    What about Johnny June Reel on Kenny Baker's Portrait album (1969). Is that an original?
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    I forgot: Rutland's Reel, Strictly Forrester, and Fiddler's Waltz are not traditional.
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    Somehow I missed this point, probably because of the alternative "Oldtime". And, of course, most traditional tunes usually started as somebody's original. And Bluegrass is what you do with a song....
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    Not sure if Clarinet Polka counts, but some BG bands may have tackled it. It was recorded around 1960, with Howdy Forrester on fiddle and Jimmy Riddle on harmonica, so maybe that qualifies as...
  8. Re: Original Bluegrass/Oldtime Tunes in "Bb"

    Go to the Traditional Tunes Archive website and enter "2 flats" in the search box. That will keep you busy for awhile.
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    Flatt&Scruggs often tuned a half step sharp. Check, e.g., Earl's Breakdown. I don't know of any A to Bb example. They did record Pike County Breakdown, in Monroe's key of A, before Monroe himself...
  10. Re: Original Bluegrass/Oldtime Tunes in "Bb"

    I) It is about tunes in that key. All of the examples given, with the possible exception of Sailor's Hornpipe, are generally played in the key of Bb. Very often there are particular technical...
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    Cheyenne, with a g minor bridge.
    High Level Hornpipe
    Sailor's Hornpipe
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    I) This effect is more pronounced on an ovalhole or violin, and much more on guitar (esp. a dreadnought) where three of the open strings form a major triad. Which may explain the popularity of...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    I recently checked a fairly large sample from the Real Book and found that the most common keys are Eb, F, G, and Bb. When I started out on the guitar in 1957 I relied (far too) much on sheet music....
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Mark O'Connor's arrangement (on Appalachian Journey) uses both the traditional keys F, and D. Another "F or D" tune is Rickett's Hornpipe
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    In Western Swing it's played in F. Watson moved it to D, capoed at the 2nd fret. Some people after him left the capo off, and played it in C, an extremely inconvenient key, leaving nor room for...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Monroe did several songs in F, especially with his brother Charlie. One number on the Master of BG album, Right, right on, is in F.
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Isn't that a Jim&Jesse tune?
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    Or Ab, at least by boporiented musicians. Another F (swing) or Ab (bop) song i Indiana/ Donna Lee.
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    Re: Why use capo?

    So playing without a capo is comparable to eating with one's hands? How barbaric.

    Like almost everybody else you miss the didactic point: how, why and when. The late John McGann gave the most...
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    Re: Monroe Style Mandolin Question

    In my BG period, about 1961-1969, most mandolin players, like Monroe, Osborne and McReynolds had the strap over just one shoulder. Not just the older guys but also, e.g., Doyle Lawson (who is 4...
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    The full diatonic cycle in its purest form would be vi, ii, V, I, IV, vii-half dim, iii, with all thechord notes in the scale (and a tritone step in the bass at one point). Of course there are many...
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    I was a little bit confused at first by your non-standard notation, I 6m 2m V7. Why not use the standard I vi ii V?
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    Re: Circle of 5ths

    I question your distinction between “circle of fourths” and “circle of fifths” according to direction since it is completely arbitrary, hence confusing (at least when speaking of chord progressions)....
  24. Re: Porcupine Tree - Trains - chord Dadd4add9

    Well, as with so many discussion threads this one is confused and seems to rest on the assumption that there really is a full triad with added fourth (and ninth) which I simply dont hear. So I...
  25. Re: Porcupine Tree - Trains - chord Dadd4add9

    I've never seen that chord form before. Could be someone's interpretation or misunderstanding. A chord containing d, f#, and g suggests a G major context, possibly a truncated maj7. As always...
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