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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Update from original April 2020 post:

    I've been playing 2 finger chords again for a few months now. I can switch easily and enjoy playing them. I do have a local mandolin teacher I manage to see...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Thanks to The Og for bringing this thread back to life. I had forgotten I had even started it and just started a new thread in the Newbies group, asking how others successfully transitioned from 2 to...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Sue, my IT guy downloaded Ontiva's for me.

    BTW, I moved to Windows 10 kicking and screaming. Now I wonder what reason I had to wait so long.
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    Re: Las Vegas Music Scene

    No success; however, I didn't pursue beyond this thread. Surely some jams are happening. Some shows are opening in November.
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Jon Hall, Nacogdoches, TX. Also, Gerald Jones, Garland, TX, as long as you're not a beginner or have natural ability. It really depends on what you're looking for, though. My regular teacher is a...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    I posted the sample page in a pick direction post. Here it is again, with an excerpt from page 2, which starts at measure 15. The symbols in question start at measure 8. I highlighted them on my...
  7. Re: Need Help w/Chord Chart Search Term

    Thanks, David. I found this to get me started.188547

    For others who may be interested, there are lots of these to choose from if you Google "harmonizing scales."
  8. Need Help w/Chord Chart Search Term

    I can do my own research to find this, but I don't know the proper search term. I'm looking for a chord chart that will give me I, II, etc. chords for each key. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    I've mentioned many times in the Forum my teacher is a professional violinist. She is an amazing teacher, although I feel she demands a little too much perfection from me, as a late-in-life learner...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    I'm working on pentatonic scales and thought I might revive this thread.
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    Re: Chord Exercises

    Jim, this looks like an amazing resource. I'll go through it with my teacher at my next lesson.
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    Re: If you jam . . . .

    Lucas, thanks for pointing that out. A couple of "pros" on the Cafe, as well as a local teacher, have checked my action and all say it's fine. I think my strings are fairly light. I'm aware I press...
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    Re: Developing Finger Independence

    I've been slowing some things down a bit and really focusing on that 4th finger, keeping it under control. It's helping a lot, as I can see out of the corner of my eye. My teacher says she can tell...
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    Re: Recording App for Android

    It seems like I'm answering my own posts these days. Once again my teacher came through. The app I use for a metronome also has a recorder, which I knew. There's a tiny little pencil in the upper...
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    Re: Sheet Music w/Lyrics and Chords

    No one responded to my post, so I asked my teacher for a recommendation. Why didn't I start there? Because she's a classical violinist and I figured she wouldn't have a clue. Seems I was wrong! ...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Steve, I do understand moveable chords. In fact, a teacher in my area has had me playing a barre A chord, along with D and E with the same shape. I detest that barre A. I get no D string sound at...
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    Re: Can't Find a Post!

    You caught me, Phil! Seriously, my cellphone battery wasn't staying charged. The guy at the Verizon store said I should be cleaning out my history: phone calls, websites, etc. every day. Still...
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    Re: Can't Find a Post!

    I do delete my browser history every day.
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Thanks, Louise! I've enjoyed reading over all the responses to my post, but you really hit the nail on the head for me! Maybe you and I are the only ones in the Café who don't memorize and/or play...
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    Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    4 years into learning mandolin (my first instrument), my mode of learning doesn't include tune memorization, but, rather is solely involved with reading sheet music. Do others learn this way...
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    Ribs - on Saturday. Invited friends over to play Hand and Foot - with partners. But when I went over the number of people we'd asked, I came up with 7. Now I understand why my mandolin teacher...
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    Re: Musician Jokes

    My husband says none of these banjo jokes are funny. Then he asked me: what do you call a mandolinist with a warped mind?

    A banjo.

    Now, that's not funny.
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    Good question. My teacher taught my son violin from 2nd through 10th grade. Over that time she and I became really good friends, and when I mentioned I was considering learning to play mandolin 4...
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    Re: Any arguments AGAINST MAS?

    There's not really a question, here, but I'll respond anyway. Yes, I believe my teacher may own only one violin. It's a very high dollar instrument, I'm sure. Among other professional...
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    Re: 3/2 Time Pick Direction

    The arrangement I have is by Matt Merker - and the time signature keeps shifting, as you have said, JL. My teacher (who is a classical violinist, not a mandolinist) had me change all the 3/2s to...
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