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    In the spirit of helping each other get through this period of increasing downtime and decreasing income, the pdf's at Mando Scales are now free.

    (And, if you get a few down enough that you want to give the corresponding videos a go, PM me (or use the site's Contact form) and I'll WeTransfer 'em to you.)

    Even if most of what's there doesn't suit your tastes, the Scales 1st Position are the most fun arrangement I've found for running through the major scales in all keys.


    A big thank you to Scott for the Cafe, and a heartfelt thanks to everyone here for the camaraderie and support!

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    Wow, thanks a lot! I just downloaded the pdfs and I'm sure they'll be of great help. I'm always eager to find technical resources and these look invaluable!

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    Thanks! That was really thoughtful of you. This pdf has some really solid technical insights and I got to learn something new.

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    Thanks for the free scales!
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    Thank you! Thank You!!

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    When I click on the Add To Cart link the link disappears but nothing appears in my cart. Clicking on the cart icon gives me a message that my cart is empty. What am I doing wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bevan View Post
    In the spirit of helping each other get through this period of increasing downtime and decreasing income, the pdf's at Mando Scales are now free.

    (And, if you get a few down enough that you want to give the corresponding videos a go, PM me (or use the site's Contact form) and I'll WeTransfer 'em to you.)

    Even if most of what's there doesn't suit your tastes, the Scales 1st Position are the most fun arrangement I've found for running through the major scales in all keys.


    A big thank you to Scott for the Cafe, and a heartfelt thanks to everyone here for the camaraderie and support!

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    Are you using a MacBook?

    (That's been happening as well to me, but only on my MacBook – my iPhone works fine, my wife's pc and android phone work fine...)

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    This is very generous. Thank you. The PDFs aren't available using a Mac but will download (via email) with an iPhone.
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    I'll see if I can get that rectified.

    I noticed it about a month ago, and since it was only on my mac (where I'm also logged in to the site), I've been letting it go, wishfully thinking that it was only happening to me.


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    ...and of course, now it's fixed.
    Didn't do anything but discuss it here!

    Mike, could you please see if it's now working for you, on your mac?

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    Thanks for making these PDFs available, Jim. I thought at first they'd be useful to my students, but now I see they'll be useful to me too!

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    It's still happening on my Mac. I tried using Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera with the same results. My Mac is running macOS 10.14.6, if that's at all significant.

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    ...and of course, now it's fixed.
    Didn't do anything but discuss it here!

    Mike, could you please see if it's now working for you, on your mac?

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    Jim Bevan: I had the same problem. And I also tried it in Firefox and Chrome.
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    Works fine from the iPhone. Something possibly with the plug-in you are using?

    Thanks, Jim, for making these available.
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    You're right, it's happening again.

    So, I did the same thing I did last night – updated (without changing anything) the two pages ("The Videos" and "PDF" (I'm ignoring "MP3" for now)), and now it's fixed again.

    I'll try to stay on top of this, check/update frequently, but please allow for time zone differences (like, I'm going to bed soon ).

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    Thanks Jim, I'm looking forward to opening some of these soon.
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    thanks! these will be useful

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    Awesome. I scooped up a bunch of them. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimB989 View Post
    Awesome. I scooped up a bunch of them. Thanks!
    The popular MO – 753 pdf's downloaded so far!

    FYI for the CGDAE folks: three new pdf's (and videos etc) are up, plus Scales Zigzag 5 has been overhauled.
    (The yield of week in the hospital with what's going around and another week at home in bed – it's time to get my callouses back!)

    A reminder that, if you're ready, the videos (via WeTransfer) can be free for the asking.

    Hope this is helping! Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

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    I signed a new contract today, I go back to work on Sunday (Sunday to Thursday's the work-week here), so I suppose that the time has come to un-free the pdfs, and pretend that life's returning to normal. Nobody's downloaded any in a while, I guess that everyone interested was able to get what they wanted, but I'll wait a week anyway, to give folks a last chance.

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    I just saw this and downloaded them. Thank you very much, that was very kind of you!

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    Folks are going back to work (even me, and I'm a musician!), the Lockdown PDF Giveaway has concluded, but I'll open up the Student Center (accessible here: Students, with simpler versions of the most basic exercises) for the weekend.
    After approximately 1,000 downloads, I think I've learned one fact: you guys don't need TAB! I'll hide that staff in future videos (it's still there, though, 'cuz it controls the moving dots – contact me if you do want a video with TAB, it'll be pretty easy to make).

    While you're there, check out the photo on the Theory page, and see if you can figure out what's going on.

    Thanks for all the Thank You's, best of luck to everyone, and as the Queen said, "We will meet again".

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    And I thought you had nothing to do, over there in Dubai. Ha, ha
    Great stuff Jim, keep us 'slackers' posted.
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    Thanks for the encouragement to look around the site, Jim, it's a very nice website with some very cool stuff. You have an interesting job!

    I appreciate your generosity in providing the downloads, thank you for that. I plan to go deeper into your site's offerings in the future.
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    Jim is a heckuva generous guy for offering all this material to fellow mandolinists. Extra kudos for patience, advice, and recommendations (via pm) to a novice player. His student section is great, and his website well worth ongoing visits.

    Thanks again, Jim!

    Sue

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    Versions are available for many operating systems.

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