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    Registered User Mike Scott's Avatar
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    I suck, so here goes:
    1. Learn some method to learn to play by ear
    2. Get up to tempo on ITM tunes
    3. Be able to seamlessly transition into/out of tremolo........
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    As a newbie my list could be quite lengthy but specifically I want to focus on:
    1. Learning tremolo
    2. Finger planting
    3. Avoiding the temptation to try and play tunes fast before I learn to play them slow(er) and accurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Not at all to say I've reached any point of satisfaction with my mandolin playing, but we've just had a new arrival. I want to get to know this baby better:
    Interesting. Is that an aluminum bass? Strange long tailpiece on it, too. Is it old or a modern instrument?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Interesting. Is that an aluminum bass? Strange long tailpiece on it, too. Is it old or a modern instrument?
    Hi Jim,

    It's ca. 1933, Alcoa aluminum bass #342 (of roughly 500). It has been custom restored and hot-rodded by Deuce Bases in California. The bridge and tailpiece parts were produced and installed by Deuce Bases.

    In this case, the custom restoration was because the base was in pretty bad shape and needed a number of structural repairs. Once done, the whole bass was powder coated silver to reduce aluminum's normal temperature conductivity, sound insulation was added to the inside back to reduce the metalic sound, a new sedua fingerboard was added and the modern hardware was added. It currently has low tension "shark leader" kevlar core strings on it. During repairs there was also a trap-door added to the right inset to allow sufficient internal access.

    The bridge and tailpiece are sort of steam-punk looking, but very functional. The bridge has adjustable feet angles with the purpose of preventing bridge leaning and it has ebony feet and saddle. Both the bridge and tailpiece bodies are aluminum, powder coated gold.

    Even though I really don't play bass in public yet, we've had the bass with us here at the Great 48 Bluegrass Festival in Bakersfield California this week. A number of experienced bass players have played it and it sounds remarkably good. Lots of volume and low bass growl.

    Mandolin content (finally, sorry)... There were lots of excellent mandolin players here at the Great 48. I made my way around with my mandolin when I wasn't playing banjo. I'm still shy about it, but my mandolin playing is starting to sound better and I actually got some nice comments. More practice, more playing in public needed.
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    Registered User Tom Wright's Avatar
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    My technical goal is working to always have a fine tone, through improved pick control and fretting accuracy. Repertoire goal is learn more jazz tunes. Professional goal is gigs in my area before I get too old.

    The goal of tone depends on developing good control of dynamics and timing, whether digging in or dancing across the strings. As I get better at this, I find I can better fit with the other players. More pick/dynamic control means I can play along at very low level, and then poke out a few notes with power. It means I can adjust to uneven tempo or timing from others (or myself) without losing the smooth phrase delivery.

    As I learn new tunes, I understand other ones better. The tricks and chord choices I found for a previous tunes have uses in the new tunes, and problems found in the new ones can lead to solutions for other tunes. And as I know more tunes, the chance of being useful to other players (and audiences) grows.

    I'm living in the DC area now, and there are a lot of venues--and lots of players and groups. I don't know if I can enter that scene but I still have time left and I'm working hard at it. Hands and ears mostly work, I can perform standing for hours if needed, and I can handle several genres. This time next year I hope to have regular gigs to play the songs and tunes I love.
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    Great thread!

    1. Know the notes on the fretboard at a glance.
    2. Know the major and minor arpeggios for G, A, B, C, D, E, and F--major and minor.
    3. Know the double stops for the above keys.
    4. Be able to improvise on the fly--at least in G, A, C, and D.

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    Iíve only been at it for about 3 months, so my goal for 2018 is pretty much EVERYTHING...

    But my most immediate goals are to learn the major, minor, and 7th 3-string chords along the fingerboard in the main keys I play in (A,D,G,C); become more fluid with my picking; learn many of my favorite fiddle tunes on mando; and, most of all, prepare myself for total mando immersion in July at the CROMA (Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music) festival.

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