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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6jGRunX9s8


    One of my favorite classical guitar pieces. Ms. Skliar has done what I think is a very nice mandolin arrangement, and the transcription -- no financial interest -- is available on her website in standard notation.

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post. I did a search but did not turn up this material.

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    Default Re: Ektarina Skliar playing Asturias

    Super awesome!
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    Default Re: Ektarina Skliar playing Asturias

    Very nice, indeed.

    Question: I see that she uses her left thumb every now and then to fret the G string. I think mostly to fret the low A on a four string A major chord. Is this a common practice?
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    Default Re: Ektarina Skliar playing Asturias

    incredible - my favorite guitar piece on my favorite instrument!

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    Good catch on the thumb. I had not noticed that, more experienced players than I are a better resource. I rarely do that on guitar, and never on mandolin.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Ektarina Skliar playing Asturias

    Fine player;

    I liked her domra work too:


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    Default Re: Ektarina Skliar playing Asturias

    Yes, I watched that one today. I donít know much about that instrument.

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    She is a fine player indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    Very nice, indeed.

    Question: I see that she uses her left thumb every now and then to fret the G string. I think mostly to fret the low A on a four string A major chord. Is this a common practice?
    That's an old electric guitar player's trick. Hendrix was a master at it!
    https://www.guitarplayer.com/techniq...s-so-important
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYne3pVyXzM

    I use it on the mandolin too. Mostly for a D chord with my thumb on the G strings 2nd fret and my 1st or 2nd finger on the E strings 2nd fret. This leaves my other 3 fingers available for fill notes. Probably not a "proper" way to play, but certainly useful and effective!
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    Question: I see that she uses her left thumb every now and then to fret the G string. I think mostly to fret the low A on a four string A major chord. Is this a common practice?
    Fretting notes with the thumb is a common balalaika technique. It is taught in Mel Bay's balalaika method.
    She also uses that technique a lot on the domra. So, probably, that's a common domra technique too.
    Perhaps she learned that technique from playing domra and found it useful on mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisscross View Post
    Fretting notes with the thumb is a common balalaika technique. It is taught in Mel Bay's balalaika method.
    She also uses that technique a lot on the domra. So, probably, that's a common domra technique too.
    Perhaps she learned that technique from playing domra and found it useful on mandolin.
    Super cool! Thanks!

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