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    Hey Folks,

    Tried to post this in the Grateful Dead Section but I don't see it. So here is a China Cat Sunflower lesson. Hope it is useful and let me know what you think!

    I received a request to keep the mandolin horizontal. I went for it here but it effected my playing. Not sure it was worth it. I'll experiment with the camera next time.

    Hope to see y'all on the road,

    -Andrew Hendryx



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZvfjyR0kAA&t=7s

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    Wow, looks and sounds great. I am away for a few days, so I canít wait to get home and work this out!

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    Nice and easy, much appreciated. I compared the key to a recording I have...Road Trips, Vol.2 No.3 Wall of Sound...and it's in G, too. Now, to fold in Bob's counterpoint

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    Hey Alan, it seems like the song is generally in G but not terribly hard to transpose if needed. Especially with the closed position melody.

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    I finally got to sit down and go through this, fantastic. Thanks!

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    Thanks Andrew,

    I'll see you in a couple of weeks in Urbanna. Very excited about that.

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    Need Bobby's part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    Nice and easy, much appreciated. I compared the key to a recording I have...Road Trips, Vol.2 No.3 Wall of Sound...and it's in G, too. Now, to fold in Bob's counterpoint
    Bob's line makes the song, and it's pretty easy on guitar. Think I'll try it on mando!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmandolin View Post
    Hey Alan, it seems like the song is generally in G but not terribly hard to transpose if needed. Especially with the closed position melody.
    On guitar it slides up and down the neck to any key easily. Worth trying on mando.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmandolin View Post
    . . . I received a request to keep the mandolin horizontal. I went for it here but it effected my playing. . . .
    All you have to do is lean WAY to the left!

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    My favorite instrumental version of "China Cat sunflower" is by Joe Goldmark on pedal steel. This smokin' version is on the album "All Hat, No Cattle". The whole album is great covers, including "Whispering Pines", by The Band.

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