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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    "What instrument is the hardest?"

    The one you don't practice.
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    As an Italian and somewhat classically trained mandolinist that has seen and heard many fine Bluegrass players, the best thing you can do is begin listening to lots of Bluegrass and learn to play it...
  3. Re: Is there an ideal Radius Setting for mandolins?

    I honestly do not know the radius, but when I commissioned my Italian flatback from Ernie Fischbach, I had played his other instruments with a flat fingerboard, and wanted a slight radius.

    The...
  4. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I own my jazz arrogance happily, and admit to being a "card carrying musical elitist".

    Thanks for being civil.
  5. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Oh, sorry, I get.

    But I grew up in New Orleans, went to school with Branford and Winton, ...took jazz lessons from Ellis.

    so with all respect

    "It deified Louis Armstrong. Making him the...
  6. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    I though the jazz documentary was quite good! Particularly the focus on Louis Armstrong.

    You guys that couldn't get into it - do you even like to listen to jazz? or was it the show itself that...
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    Re: Help with Timing

    From what I understand the Bluegrass chop is a chord on beats 2 and 4, usually a closed fingering one.

    Country could have chords on 2 and 4, the "backbeats", but could have other strums depending...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    True - but if you cannot easily play the instrument, it's hard to get any tone at all.

    Plus, the music itself is more important than a specific tone - really timbre, since a tone is also a pitch...
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    Harmonized scales are just making 3 or more note chords in 3rds on each scale degree. Thus, the "part of the chord - various combinations of 1 3 and 5 tones" idea is part and parcel of harmonizing...
  10. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    Well said.

    Tuning and temperament are not the same thing.

    You can have 12 T ET at any pitch for A.

    You can use A440 as standard but use any temperament system, from mean tone to Werkmeister...
  11. Re: Electronic tuner: guide, or unquestionable authority?

    There's no reason to sweeten DADGAD or any other major chord tuning in 12 T ET.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/members/15143-sblock 's post explains it well.
  12. Re: What sort of instrument is this and what is it worth?

    It's a baglama saz as noted; missing plastic tuning pegs, etc.; worth $50-150 bucks at best.
  13. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    As far back as the early 1970's I was taught that the correct term is "pick up notes" for the notes that , as you say, lead into another measure.

    This was in New Orleans in context of school...
  14. Re: Lose grip on a thick pick or use a thin pick?

    It's not always about the thickness alone - the stiffness of the material matters too.

    A .72mm Ultex/Ultem pick is quite stiff.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Please consider that I come from a different style but do know and have heard your style mandolin playing for decades. I can even play a little like that! But I'm an really Italian-style based player...
  16. Re: Help! I can't hear the beat when I play a break

    All of my music teachers forced us to study keeping good time by using a metronome.

    The jazz teachers also had us use the metronome set to click on beats 2 and 4, so we could learn to swing in...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    I'm curious is you ever watch mandolin players in other styles - like Italian players.



    I use the top of the instrument on my bowlback and flat-top mandolins and when playing archtop mandolins...
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    Re: Picking faster?

    This is pretty much what I am suggesting in my other post.
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    Re: Picking faster?

    Working on good alternate picking AND tremolo go hand in hand. Tremolo is just fast picking on a static pitch (or pitches) and fast picking is tremolo with moving notes.

    It's the same right and...
  20. Re: Arpeggios - tips and tricks to play these well and how to use

    Good thread!

    One arpeggio "trick" is to use two string pairs - the G and D string, the D and A strings, and the A and E strings - and use fingerings that make a chord arpeggio on each pair of...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Hmmm...

    Classical training should include serious ear training. like sight-singing from that same sheet music.

    I mean, the Italians invented solfeggio hundreds of years ago, and it was basic...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    With all respect - did you ever play in a jazz big band? and read a new tune...and have a 16 to 32 measure solo over chord changes you've just seen? (and heard?)

    It happens.

    But yes, knowing...
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    Re: Who doesn't memorize tunes/songs?

    Both.

    I play many folk tunes by ear; I read music for classical style and for learning new tunes I have not heard.
  24. Re: What mandolin recordings are definitive to evolving its role?

    Really? Narrow in scope? you have all sorts of mandolin genres:

    Classical
    Italian
    Irish Trad
    other "Celtic" and British Isles music
    Greek music
    Russian/Eastern European
    Klezmer
    Choro
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    Re: What's on the grill for the 4th?

    No, jazz players love BBQ too.
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