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    Re: 5 course questions

    I play a 10-string bouzouki/cittern made by Stefan Sobell. I tune it DGDad.
    Here are some examples:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZw5mK0BAEI&t=97s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVb9cKqiq4
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    Re: The Rocky Road to Dublin

    cool - I love that tune, played it long ago will have to give it a run!
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    Re: The Rocky Road to Dublin

    Very nice!

    No apologies needed!
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    Re: The Rocky Road to Dublin

    Well played! Nice tone and a fun video!
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    Taking advantage of the necrobump to add...

    There is actually a huge amount of written material and instructional material applicable for CGDA instruments, originally developed for the tenor...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I second that, to the point where the technique seems to have transferred over to my normal mandolin playing.
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    It is perfectly acceptable to use the pinky at the 6th fret, especially on the "C" string.

    Larry Rice use to tune his mandola down to A-E-A-E. Andy Irvine used the Irish bouzouki tuning but at...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    For Irish Trad, I drop the B part of the tunes down an octave.
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I think if you spend time with the mandola you'll find your way into it. It's kind of versatile. It can be played like a big mando but it doesn't have to be.

    I got really interested in Brian...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    In classical music the viola does the harmonies and often the rhythms with the cellos. And in singing, the alto has the supportive middle voice. This has been developed over a few hundred years. So I...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I'm not sure there is a formula and to me some melodies do not fly so naturally, I do see a lot of playing the low courses up high with open strings in the mix.
    Not something I'm necessarily good it...
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    Re: Playing Mandola - Tips & Tricks

    I often transpose down an octave if the tune will allow it (and if I can play it that way). The sixth fret is a lot farther away from the nut on a mandola, so it does require some pinkie stretch and...
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    Re: Spain

    Here are some PDFs. First time I ever heard the tune was in in the early 70's some late night jazz club in Atlanta, played by some quartet from Holland. Took a couple years before I found out what...
  14. Thread: Spain

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    Re: Spain

    Leadsheet here, immediate download for $2.99:

    https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0152803
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    Re: Spain

    Looks like it is in the New Real Book Vol 2

    Hope you'll make a video of your arrangement/performance and share it here.
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    Re: Music for mandola

    Evelyn, if you read treble and bass, you're almost there.

    In alto clef, middle C is the middle line. The top two lines are equivalent to the bottom two of treble, the bottom two equal the top two...
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    Re: Music for mandola

    Upon purchasing my first mandola I made a point to learn alto clef. When I then wanted to apply that knowledge to the instrument I soon gave up as sheet music I was interested in playing wasn't...
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    Re: Music for mandola

    If you're looking specifically for alto clef, there's not a heck of a lot of non-classical stuff out there.

    If you're willing to branch out into bass clef and/or tablature, the options become more...
  19. Re: NashCamp - Which mandolin should I take?

    Matt is an awesome teacher and Nashcamp is a blast. Great folks.

    Take whichever mandolin you like playing better. (The Mix would be pretty great for Nashcamp unless you really like the other one...
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    Re: NashCamp - Which mandolin should I take?

    Arrive early, stop by Carter's and pick up a beater Loar. Kidding, I freak about taking my instruments out of the house. Have a blast with Matt!
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    Well... If you have an instrument you prefer to play take it and play it.
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    Re: NashCamp - Which mandolin should I take?

    take the one you like and play the most.
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    Re: NashCamp - Which mandolin should I take?

    I'd say the Mix. It could get rained on and still be OK. At a festival, a mandolin could get knocked around a bit and I'd think carbon fiber is more durable.
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    Re: Well-Known US Music With CBOM

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    Re: Well-Known US Music With CBOM

    Jaco Pastorius played mandocello on this:
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