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    Re: Alan Bibey teaching!

    That's an excellent deal to work face to face with one of the finest mandolinists of our time!
  2. Re: Better for Skill Development: GDAE Only or GDAE + CGDA?

    Intervallically, they are the same, but mandolinistically, the mandola is like a transposing instrument. In other words, if you use theory as a guidepost for your playing, and are used to thinking...
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    Re: a beaten dead horse

    Agreed. In the USA, I don't think there is a lot of "musical editing" that goes on in the publishing houses.
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    Re: a beaten dead horse

    Well, not everyone is as music theory-aware as others. The idea that "accidentals should agree with the chord symbol" is a concept that requires a pretty good knowledge of harmony. "Standard...
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    Re: Getting used to a thicker pick?

    Yep, losing the high end of our hearing is one of the 'perks' of being an older male ;)
  6. Thread: Tiny Moore

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    Re: Tiny Moore

    Tiny was an underrated genius musician. His lines are amazing, and really sound like they'd be at home coming from the tenor sax of Lester Young.
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    Re: Getting used to a thicker pick?

    Ivan- have you tried angling the pick slightly? If you hit 'flat on', you'll get more click than if you push the thumb knuckle slightly forward, and 'glide' into the string. I use a 1.5mm Dunlop and...
  8. Re: Artist to Artist - 10 Minutes With Barry Mitterhoff

    ..and Scott, as always! ;)
  9. Re: Artist to Artist - 10 Minutes With Barry Mitterhoff

    Bravo, Joe and Barry!
  10. Re: Applying "The Advancing Guitarist" Techniques to Mandolin

    Yes, it's a great book, as are all of Mick Goodrick's books. The now out of print Mr Goodchord series is a goldmine.

    One direct thing from the Advancing Guitarist: Play a standard tune up and down...
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    Re: Beautiful Extended Chord Voicings?

    Work out your dom 7's where you voice 3rd and 7th on bottom two strings (there are 2 positions from each chord). Then, figure out where the root and 5th are on the top strings. Then, try b9, 9, #9...
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    Re: Standard Notation?

    Tab Reader's Guide To Standard Notation (free!)
  13. Re: Rules, tips, tricks similar to relative minor rule.

    A minor triad from the 5th of a chord will give you the 5, b7 and 9 of the chord.

    If you were jamming on Sweet Georgia Brown with the E7 as the first chord, try playing lines based around a Bm...
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    As in Scruggs style banjo, the melody notes are generally surrounded by (mostly) chord tones and sometimes scale notes from the key/mode of the moment.
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    Re: Getting used to a thicker pick?

    The 'dullness' comes in contrast to this funny effect that thin picks have- the bright tone sounds kind of loud to the player, but the sound does not project, because the thin pick doesn't draw the...
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    You know what? Whether you use Jesse style or alternate picking, it sounds really good, doesn't it?!? :mandosmiley:
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    Mickey's book is cross string alternate picking, not McReynolds style. You can apply Jesse's picking patterns to many of the examples, and the music in the book is all good and valid, how about if we...
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    In real life, these terms are not going to have the kind of 'stricter definition' that I use. That's life, and I'm not so pedantic to say "that's bad" or "wrong". I just call it cross string picking....
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    I'm not Jim, but I'll try ;)

    In a DDU roll on strings 432 or 321, the first down is played and the pick comes to rest on the next string. The 2nd pick stroke, then, is basically a continuation of...
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    Of course Dan Crary, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile are exemplary musicians, and they can call whatever they do whatever they want.
    So can anybody who just bought their first Morgan Monroe.

    Tony Rice...
  21. Re: The Difference between Bluegrass, Old Time and Celtic bands

    Celtic fiddlers rarely play beyond first position.

    Celtic guitarists use 20 lb. bond copy paper for picks.

    Bluegrass guitarists use illegal dinosaur scales 5 inches thick.

    No bluegrass...
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    Re: Cross picking patterns

    Amazon USA has a copy for a mere $200, but if you dig around the interwebs enough...

    I actually had email communication, back around 2005, with someone from the company that now owns the Oak...
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    Re: Django in June 2011/2012

    Hi Andy- I didn't mean to imply that you were implying anything ;) Just wanted to reassure mandolinists that, although there aren't a lot of high profile full time professional "Gypsy Jazz...
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    Re: Anyone NOT like Blue Chip picks?

    If good players think it makes a difference (and many good players use Blue Chip picks, ToneGards etc.), then there just might be something to it.

    If you can play, and something makes you sound...
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    Re: Electric Octave Mandolin Scale Length

    5 strings, left off the 6th string space like Keith Richards...I forget what string gauges I used, but based around a .010 on top.
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