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  1. Thread: Improvising

    by gtani7
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    Re: Improvising

    T here's a few guitar books i can recommend, they're NOT scary theory books, they have enough theory, starting w/pentatonics, working thru different minor scales, mixolydian,

    Guitar Theory by...
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    Re: Nut Slots Cut Too Low

    That's not a good sign, as far as having a luthier with mandolin experience doing your setup. Get Rob M's setup pdf and some feeler gauges and measure everything else: string height at 1st and 12...
  3. Re: To the multi instrumentalists: which instrument is your no. 1

    I have to admit it's been awhile since i've played mandolin, I should dig it out and see if there's any more f hole cracks, at least...

    My parents liked to sign me up for music lessons and math...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Here's a video i've posted over and over (and probalby watched a hundred times myself), Bush/McCoury/ Skehan/Joliff, Hoffman. You don't really want to coyp anybody, it's more getting ideas to try...
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    Re: Andrew Marlin's Pick

    at 31:13 and other spots there's closeups that do show a pretty small pick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqWBth_rLgw

    I have a lot of these picks for 6 string guitar , i've tried them for...
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    Re: Etude book or something like that

    This should keep you busy, I like Tim O'Brien's arpeggio warmup, some days that's all i play (for 7 minutes) http://www.mandozine.com/techniques/index.html

    Mike Marshall's finger busters and his...
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    Re: Did my eyes just get older? Font size...

    The font is smaller today on my PC, Win10 using Chrome Version 76.0.3809.100 (Official Build) (64-bit) but seems to be same in firefox (i.e. a little bigger)
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    Re: Becoming a Luthier-How?

    When i went to Wintergrass, I remember meeting a number of guitar, banjo, mando etc makers from Bend, the Sisters, Portland, and places near you. Andrew Mowry, Preston Thompson, Brooks Masten, um,...
  9. Re: Trying to find old article: guitarist exploring pick grips

    Probably this which i started to read and then i realized it wound't do me any good to try to absorb that much analysis, but i do like the story about spending hours and hours modding picks to get...
  10. Thread: Picking faster?

    by gtani7
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    Re: Picking faster?

    While we're waiting for the vid, here's a good one study, Bush, Joliff, Skehan, McCoury, Hoffman. Lots of differences in technique, esp. Sam, nobody can pick like him.

    I think it's important to...
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    Re: 3 hours of practice a day?

    I used to know a lot of music students at Manhattan School, Cleveland Institute and other places, (I think) they didn't generally aim for X hours of practice, they structured their practice as...
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    Re: Found a great luthier in the Bay Area

    Good to know. There's some good luthier/techs in SF, especially south of Market but they're in kinda sketchy neighborhoods

    (Just to name names: Gary Brawer that everybody knows, SF guitarworks,...
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    Re: Case modification

    here's a case study, urethane foam from the craft department at WalMart.
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    Re: About my pick grip

    another vid that i keep posting: Bush, McCoury, Joliff, Skehan, Hoffman, they're all holding pick the same way except for the one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTJJdlswFPE

    I find if my index...
  15. Re: Ale Brider (a Yiddish folk tune) [on Red Valley Mandolin]

    Nice playing.

    The lighting's a little dark so I'll say those RV's are really nice instruments, fit/finish/sound/action and anything else-wise. I've tried a few Red Valley's at the Seattle dealer,...
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    Re: a bad practice session

    I just start over w/warmups, those tunes/arpeggios whatever I can rip thru fast that always sound pretty good. If that doesn't work there's a couple instruments that i never have bad days on , piano...
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    Re: break angle and string tension

    I would also avoid doing science experiments on a vintage instrument. There's lots of threads in other forums about breakover angle on Gibson electric guitars (and others w/Nashville tailpiece) and...
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    Re: Non Mandolin Jazz

    Aebersold's free book has a list of suggested players all instruments, page 7 http://jazzbooks.com/jazz/FQBK
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    Re: Flatiron Archive

    Here's some other FLat history links:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09Kf6jyBuak

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/1208-PreGibson-Flatiron-History
    ...
  20. Thread: Pick advice?

    by gtani7
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    Re: Pick advice?

    At the low $ end, i like Dunlop Ultex and Clayton Ultem, same material but different bevels, Ultex has a nicer bevel.


    Higher end, Gravity gold picks and these from Hense, both around $20 and...
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    Re: Different ways of learning

    The way to progress is at the beginner stages, work on manual dexterity and being able to reproduce a decent number of licks, solos, backup and other pieces of tunes as transcribed by different...
  22. Re: I want to make a demo. Which tunes should I use?

    Look at used imacs ffrom Apple or other online sellers with good ratings. You only need a powerful CPU and lots of RAM (quadcore and 32G) if you're using a lot of effects processors, synthesized...
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    Re: Strap peg keeps popping out

    Shim it with small pieces of paper, push back in gently. The important thing is to not push it into the tail block hard, or drop the instrument onto the endpin, I remember people splitting tailblocks...
  24. Bill Monroe: 2 books reviewed by Wall St Journal

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/bill-monroe-and-blue-grass-generation-review-the-blue-grass-boy-1538085573

    Books authored by Tom Ewing and Neil Rosenberg. The article may be paywalled, I can't tell,...
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    Re: What I hate most about mandolin

    I haven't watched this video about Pythagorean, just intonation and ET in awhile but it's often recommended for violinists (the presenter is not exactly right about pianos being tuned in ET). ...
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