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    She really is good, you know.

    Well, we all know that of course, but honestly, just watch how she covers the whole of the fretboard, watch how effortlessly she uses her pinky - indeed her whole hand, see those runs at about 2.50, that lovely droney effect at the beginning and from about 3.57, and how musical the whole thing sounds. Fantastic.

    Fretboard Journal has some wonderful stuff, by the way. I really enjoy the podcasts.

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    Sierra is perhaps the most musical creature in the know universe.

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    She's amazing
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    I just recently did a Video Exchange with Sierra on this tune on her Artistworks course if anybody else is interested in learning it.
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    Her fingers (pinky included!) never seem to leave the fretboard! Minimum exertion maximum effect. Amazing.

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    Sierra’s right hand belongs to the angels. Her attack is so smooth, each note is a diamond.

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    Her delicate style and picking way up into the upper register are good proponents for the narrow gauge fretwire. I'm also amazed by her smoothness and how even her volume is across all strings.

    I see a large ring on her right hand and wonder if that's for mechanics. I was at a bluegrass festival lately and saw a guitar player who had two huge rings on his right hand. I wonder if the extra mass makes for more momentum and less effort to push the pick through the strings (kind of like using a heavier pick).

    Thanks for posting this Dagger!

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    Natural talent is an amazing thing to see! Thanks for the post, Dagger.

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    An amazing player IMHO

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    Rock solid rhythm and a sensitive approach to dynamics makes for great interpretation and musicality. There is so much to admire of her playing!
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    ...and in the key of E, my favorite on the mandolin.
    too many strings

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    Her technique is flawless and her left hand precision is just phenomenal. When I watch her, I feel like the mandolin MUST be super easy to play because she makes it look so smooth and fluid. Itís really inspiring. If only it was as easy as she makes it look.

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    Lovely, always a pleasure to see and hear her playing.
    Many people have said that she makes it look easy, well I wonder with this tune, maybe it is easy?
    -It’s just the years of dedicated hard work that was a bit hard!

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    I remember her doing a fiddle tune thing with Billy Strings at Grey Fox a few years back, nothing planned just calling out tunes and audience requests.

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    If she keeps practicing she will probably get it eventually.

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    For the full effect of this piece, hereís Sierra playing it with Cory Wong and the Wongnotes:



    Just a great, joyful piece of music played by a band full of top players!

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    Is it just me or do any of you hear a lot of Sam Bush influence in Sierra's playing? She is marvelous at everything she plays...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    Fretboard Journal has some wonderful stuff, by the way. I really enjoy the podcasts.
    I listened to the podcast with her the other day. Excellent. https://www.fretboardjournal.com/pod...1-sierra-hull/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mando Mafia View Post
    For the full effect of this piece, here’s Sierra playing it with Cory Wong and the Wongnotes:



    Just a great, joyful piece of music played by a band full of top players!

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    Very atmospheric piece! It reminded me, very vaguely, of early '90s Pat Metheny. The mandolin sounded a bit drowned in the mix during the solo, which is a pity. Regardless, I hadn't had so much fun watching a music video in a while.

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    Phenomenal! I like the band arrangement too. In the podcast Sierra said she did the arrangement and asked Bela for feedback. Beautifully done. I had no problem hearing her solo part.
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    Very atmospheric piece! It reminded me, very vaguely, of early '90s Pat Metheny. The mandolin sounded a bit drowned in the mix during the solo, which is a pity. Regardless, I hadn't had so much fun watching a music video in a while.
    I've noticed this on a few different live recordings of hers. She doesn't seem to have an extra volume gear when soloing, she's playing brilliant stuff but it can get missed when the whole band starts digging it as much as the audience. I just saw her with Bela Fleck's current tour and the same thing was happening all night. I love her playing and want to hear all of it, but it does get lost sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    I've noticed this on a few different live recordings of hers. She doesn't seem to have an extra volume gear when soloing, she's playing brilliant stuff but it can get missed when the whole band starts digging it as much as the audience. I just saw her with Bela Fleck's current tour and the same thing was happening all night. I love her playing and want to hear all of it, but it does get lost sometimes.
    I would guess that comes from her prioritizing consistent tone and clarity over volume - something that I believe she is among the very best at. Each note rings out so crisply and it's beautiful to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milli857 View Post
    I would guess that comes from her prioritizing consistent tone and clarity over volume - something that I believe she is among the very best at. Each note rings out so crisply and it's beautiful to listen to.
    To be clear, this was not meant as a criticism of her skills, which are amazingly good. I think it speaks more to the difficulty of making an acoustic instrument cut through a mix (particularly during a solo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdlrd View Post
    To be clear, this was not meant as a criticism of her skills, which are amazingly good. I think it speaks more to the difficulty of making an acoustic instrument cut through a mix (particularly during a solo).
    This is two things. First, Sierra has a variety of mics and mic placements. Go over her live videos and you can see she is switching up pickups in different situations. The other, however, is the thing you argue against. Sierra is superb with a soft touch. To really get good tone at both low volumes and loud ones, you set your volume to what would be a boost volume for any other player. Then, while not soloing, you play softly. That way, you get the best tone at both volumes. She's a master of dynamics. You can see and hear it in all small room performance videos. In order to pull this off, you have to really listen to yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Stein View Post
    This is two things. First, Sierra has a variety of mics and mic placements. Go over her live videos and you can see she is switching up pickups in different situations. The other, however, is the thing you argue against. Sierra is superb with a soft touch. To really get good tone at both low volumes and loud ones, you set your volume to what would be a boost volume for any other player. Then, while not soloing, you play softly. That way, you get the best tone at both volumes. She's a master of dynamics. You can see and hear it in all small room performance videos. In order to pull this off, you have to really listen to yourself.
    Understood, and I guess it is a matter of artist preference and culture.

    I spent my youthful years playing in a scruffy rock cover band. Tubescreamers, gain to 11, guitar players arguing about volume - that sort of thing. My views on this may be biased :-D

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