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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    I came across this when I became interested in having a more efficient music practice.

    https://clawhammerbanjo.net/the-immutable-laws-of-brainjo-the-art-and-science-of-effective-practice/
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    Re: the tune "The Road to Malvern"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrI6mAtv0Aw - no tab but not too hard to figure out.
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    When I grew up I tried playing guitar 10 different times. There was always a guitar lying around and it was always right-handed. Invariably, after a month or so of not making progress, I would...
  4. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Thanks Niles! I must have read something like this from you before but I've started to add a lot more singing to my practicing and it is rapidly improving my ear/instrument relationship. I...
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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...
  23. Re: Oiling your pick: a tip from Albert Bellson

    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...
  25. 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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