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  1. Re: Another Question for the Theory Geeks (no mandolin content)

    Just to throw in yet another option: Personally I’d go with 6/4 and a note that it is in triplet/swing/shuffle feel. The strong back beat argues against 3/4, since that implies downbeats every 3. ...
  2. Re: Figuring out chords from sheet music?

    I'd be happy to take a look as would others on the board, but as atsunrise says, a visual of the tune would be the best way forward.

    Cheers
    MRT
  3. Re: Need help with writing out a (wierd) fiddle tune

    I hear the A part as:
    first phrase: one bar of 3/4, one bar of 5/8, three bars of 3/4
    second phrase: one bar of 3/4, one bar of 5/8, one bar of 3/4, one bars of 7/8

    Cheers
    MRT
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    Re: There Is No Mandolin

    Transcribe some tunes or solos.
    Improvise melodies and rhythms using your hands, feet, voice, whistling, humming, etc.
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    Re: Free V-Picks - Right Here

    I'll put my name in.
  6. Re: Grisman and Bush - Hold On, We're Strummin'

    Rusty Madd had the bridge right:
    Cmaj7 | Em7 . Em7 Ebm7 | Dm7 | Dbmaj7
    Cmaj7 | Em7 . Em7 Ebm7 | Dm7 | Dbmaj7 Bm7 E7

    The A part is all playable out of A major. B part might start with Em scale...
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    Re: Why Pentatonic? and If?

    The 4th and 7th notes of the scale are the only two notes in the major scale that would be a half step from the notes of the corresponding major chord:
    C major chord: C E G
    D and A are a whole...
  8. Re: The science behind constructing chords?

    A chord is a set of 3 or more different notes played together. THe most common chord type is the major chord. For example, 224x is an A major chord (that's fret positions on GDAE strings, x means...
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    Regarding fingerings, when playing up the neck it is helpful to be comfortable playing the different chord shapes with all possible fingerings. For example, the G chord x557 might usually be played...
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    I know, I know. Maybe I should have said something from the start, but I prefer keeping things about the music.

    Cheers
    MRT
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    OK, this thread is officially embarrassing. I was just trying to help! :disbelief:

    Cheers
    MRT
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    Yes, one of the challenges of playing that chord-melody style up the neck is letting the chords ring while playing the melody. This often involves interesting fingerings and/or cross picking to keep...
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    Re: How to read this ?

    If you are learning by ear and not naming notes, then no, it doesn't matter. You don't have to be able to spell to understand someone talking. But if you are trying to read music, then:

    It is a...
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    This is very true. I'll say that by experimenting, you are developing a theory of your own. Whether you end up naming it with the standard terms like major chords, harmonized scales or what not,...
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    Re: How to read this ?

    The plus is a LH pizzicato, essentially a pull off, in this case from a silent upper note.

    Double sharps are used because they make musical sense, regardless of temperament. Even though an F##...
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    Re: Alternate picking and triplets

    You can also try DDU. Even DHH can work for a run up the same string. (H is hammer on)

    Cheers
    MRT
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    Re: Embellishing Songs

    Phillipe,
    There are some great suggestions on this thread. I think a combination of all of them is always a balanced way to go. For songs that you can find the chords to, JeffD has it right: learn...
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    Re: Are there any fiddle tunes in E?

    A few more:

    The Girls at Martinfield is a nice Phil Cunningham reel in E.

    Touching Cloth by James Kelly, a reel in E about sitting on the throne.

    Homage to Rooney, a modern reel in E by...
  19. Re: Beginner: Music Notation Question

    When you have tied notes, you only play the first note, and you hold the note for the duration of all the tied notes, added up. If you have 2 eighth notes tied together, you would hold the note for...
  20. Re: Beginner: How to choose the right scale for a song?

    If you want to go with pentatonic scales, one approach is to use the pentatonic scale that goes with the chord being played. I.e., play a C major pentatonic over C chords, an E minor pentatonic over...
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    Re: Tabs vs music notation

    That's better than what my kids sometimes display, hereditary stridulous pterodactyly, in the form of screeching and flying around the house in the early hours.
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    Re: Tabs vs music notation

    One advantage of notation is that is you can play the notes where ever you want on the fretboard without any interference from the notation itself. With tab, the delivered information is specific...
  23. Re: What's the name for this chord, ADG ?

    An A7sus4 would be a common name for this one, usually resolving to the A7: A C# G.

    CHeers
    MRT
  24. Re: Figuring out chords from sheet music?

    As written, the whole piece uses only C and G chords. I'd look at the Left Hand part to choose chords, if you want to match the piano arrangement. 4th bar looks like C major all the way. Even...
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    Re: "Separated" chords

    I use separated chords quite a bit. The easiest way when using a pick is to practice using fingering angles to let a finger fretting the G string mute the D string, for example. The shape 4x53...
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