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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Fiddle tunes are a good place to start because the key doesn't change. Get off the page and try to learn some basic melodies by ear. There is enough SoCal bluegrass to find a jam.
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    For me, the rounded corner is especially beneficial when using tremolo. I find I'm slightly more accurate with a pointy pick but can't tremolo at all. Grisman has one of the best tremolos around...
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    Elbow or wrist...

    I spent part of today watching some "Mandolin Mondays" for inspiration.

    There seem to be players whose strumming and picking motion come mostly from the wrist (David Grisman) ->...
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    Re: Skype Instruction on West Coast?

    Tim Connell lives and teaches in Portland, OR as well.
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Chopping on the 2 and 4 is the most important part of mandolin rhythm playing (in bluegrass). In a full jam circle, that's probably all there is room for. With less instruments there is more space....
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I have tried several times to read and understand this guide. I think a combination of the strange names, the fact that I'm left-handed (making most of the diagrams feel upside down), and the...
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    Re: Help With A Couple Chords

    The second chord is definitely Em. I can't quite tell what you are playing for the first chord. It looks like a B and an F# which would make it a B minor double-stop (omitting the 3rd).
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    Understanding double-stops...

    I've been working on understanding when and how to use double-stops and I'm a little confused. There seem to be two main kinds of double-stops I see employed.

    1 - part of the chord - various...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I use the 4-finger D shape when there is a quick GDG change as well. I just don't bother using 4-fingers (specifically the index). I still gain the economy of motion without sliding and with less...
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    Re: Chop Questions

    I generally leave out the E-string entirely when I'm chopping (and for most chords). To my ear, it doesn't add anything worth keeping and increases hand strain a fair amount. YMMV
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    There are 3 7th shapes that I use all based off the 3 major chord shapes (example key of D):

    2|4|5|x -> 5|4|5|x
    7|7|9|x -> 5|7|9|x
    11|12|12|x -> 11|10|12|x
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    I understand these chord shapes well but that chart is upside down to my eyes. The way I think of it is there are 3 major chord shapes (key of A example):

    Root in Bass -> 2|2|4|x or...
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    If you want to sound more "guitarish" I would favor chord shapes with either the root or the 5th in the bass. For the key of A (as an example) ->

    2|2|4x (root in bass) and 9|11|12x (5th in bass)...
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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    This might be helpful:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/73429-Violin-Etudes-Studies-for-mandolin-advancement
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    Re: Looking for a GOOD flat top mandolin

    The Northfield Calhoun looks very nice.
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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    If you read standard notation, you can use a violin etude book without issue.
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I favor chord shapes that omit the e-string. This is especially true for chopping, where the e-string makes the chop shape more grating (to my ears). The 4-finger D shape doesn't add anything imo,...
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    Re: Tips for Learning - Beginners

    The advice that hasn't been said is to make exercises out of trouble spots. If you struggle with a certain passage in a song or tune, figure out where the problem measure or two are and turn that...
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    I know some people have particularly corrosive sweat. I could see that type benefitting from some oil on the strings. I think Adam Steffey used to dress his mandolin strings and fretboard with...
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    Re: Starting Left-handed or right

    I'm left-handed and asked the same question when I started off, with mostly right-handers telling me I should play right-handed. I didn't take their advice and never once have questioned that...
  21. Re: Arpeggios - tips and tricks to play these well and how to use

    Not to derail the thread but can someone tell me what the 3-4 with the I chord means? It sits over the tab at the beginning of each arpeggio group.

    Thanks
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    Re: Picking faster?

    When brushing lightly with the palm, you do have to slide your hand up and down along the bridge (arm movement from the elbow) when crossing strings. It looks to me like you do this when pinky...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    This is basically how I pick -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awFeDMNiKX4 except on mandolin. Strumming using a floating position with the wrist slightly cocked and touching down with the heel of...
  24. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    First, I don't think playing with rhythm is outside of anyone's ability to learn. It just takes time and practice. Even people with good rhythm will struggle to translate it to a new instrument.
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  25. Re: Balancing practice between two instruments...

    I play mostly old-time clawhammer style on the banjo. I love bluegrass on the mandolin but really don't enjoy bluegrass banjo (sorry). Clawhammer is new and shiny, which is mostly why I gravitate...
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