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    Re: Improvising

    What I’m getting at is this bovine manure about “speed of composition”.

    #50: “Working on an "alternate melody" in the practice room sets one up with a better chance at producing something as...
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    Re: Improvising

    I simply do not agree with this idea of “composition speed”.

    Improvisation is an urge, a desire, you discover in yourself. Then the hard work begins, training your ear, expanding your vocabulary...
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    Re: Improvising

    "Eyetrained"? I've never heard of classical training that doesn't involve theory and ear training (I'd like to hear from August Watters on this). How can you possibly become a good reader if you...
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    Re: Improvising

    Byt my point is that I made these observations because of my lack of experience -- I was lost.
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    Re: Improvising

    I don't think he offers any insights at all. Saying "it's all composition" is not helpful in explaining the possiblities and deeper motives of improvisation. The analogy with the age of a painting is...
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    Re: Improvising

    Of ocurse, over the years I've stored a lot of ideas on both my instruments, but I don't think of them as licks, but as devices, eg., various approaches to chords (playing through them or around...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Capoing seems like very curcuitous route, capo first, then remove it and start all over? I've never used a capo on mandolin, and only very rarely on guitar, in harmonically limited genres, like...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I forgot Joy Spring, which passes throught the keys of F, F#, and G. So there you are, four songs to cover all 12 major keys.
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    Re: Oval vs F

    That's not generally true. Gibson F2's and F4's have the shorter neck (and lower bridge placement), but so have the F7 and F12. My Runesson Lyon & Healy copy had the longer neck, and the same, I...
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    Re: Improvising

    It does? When I first encountered jazz, after about half a year of playing the guitar, more than 60 years ago, I was immediately struck by two things. 1) Most of the time the repeats and sequencing...
  11. Re: Negative Melodies, automatic transposition in ABC?

    Moderator edit. Let’s play nice, please.
  12. Re: Where can I find a tutorial for new camptown races?

    For a real workout in Bb I suggest High Level Hornpipe. You can find Howdy Forrester's version (with Jimmy Riddle on piano) on YouTube. The challenge is not the key, nor the tempo, but the almost...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    The general assumption is that material that has been vibrated a lot at certain frequencies tends to vibrate more readily at these frequencies. In the case of musical instruments we speak of...
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    Re: Mandolin sound changing over time

    I must be a careless reader because I didn't find anything about the effects of playing the instrument. Seems to me the guitars were mecahnically vibrated at 60 Hz, approximately contra B, a fourth...
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    What exactly is an exotic key?
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Nothing odd or difficult? For one thing the chords go by very swiftly, and there's no simple connection with the tonality of the piece as in the Rhythm and Topsy examples. The Rhythm bridge clearly...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    ANd, to quote Svend Asmussen (Danish is such a sexy language): "H dur (B major) har fem krydser (five sharps) og er en ikke eksisterende tonart (key) i jazz".

    Jehtro chose very strange keys,...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    Jazz players are supposed to master all keys; this is strongly emphasized in most books devoted to jazz didactics. One book exemplifies by citing All the Things You Are (5 keys), Body and Soul (3...
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    Re: Transposing tunes composed for horns

    I'm not at all sure that Monroe "introduced" improvisation to string band music (what about Western Swing and its immediate predecessors?). But one thing is certain, he did NOT name a genre and it...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    If that's the beginning, what is the next step? Relearning scales and chords in G? I see no reason not to exploit the symmetry of fifths tuning right away, albeit without the use of open strings (the...
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    Re: Those other chords?

    Not sure that's what I hear. At least it's easier to think in structural chunks.

    I Got Rhythm: 16 bars strongly rooted in Bb, break out: Bb to D7, circle in: D7 G7 C7 F7 Bb ...

    Topsy; 16...
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    Of course there are, although you may have to work them out for yourself. I believe that kind of tuning is mainly used for special effects, drones etc., involving open strings.
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    Re: Alternate Mandolin Tunings

    I'm trying to figure out the possible advantages of that tuning. The short scale of a mandolin invites diatonic fingering, whereas these intervals invite chromatic fingering. Would certainly take...
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    Re: Want to learn Jazz mandolin

    A truly remarkable and unique album.
    Toussaint's final album, American Tunes, was (I suppose) intended as a follow-up but didn't quite reach the same level.
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    Re: Pain in Fretting Hand?

    How to support? Not at all, of course.The left hand is there only to stop the strings. Secure the instrument in place, bring your left hand to the neck and start playing. That's been my approach for...
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