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  1. Re: Changing Left-Hand positions on the mandolin

    Berrying into the crotch? Don't know what that means but most probably the problem is that you're *holding* or even supporting the mandolin with your left hand. Secure the instrument in place, e.g.,...
  2. Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    My attitude to this is a bit different, possibly because I went from guitar to mandolin. My idea is that you play several instrumentsin order to broaden either your range of expression or your own...
  3. Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    Perhaps more important to the topic of the thread is the arrangement. There are at least two reasons to play this tune in the traditional key.



    Firstly, it moves the lead guitar out of first...
  4. Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    By contrast:

    Several years ago on a hike in the Pyrenees I shared a hut with a Spanish couple. The man was a musician, with guitar and tenor saxophone as his main instruments. Of course he...
  5. Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    Interesting site. I lookde up Beaumont Rag in the traditional key of F. No sound to the MIDI and the strangest key signature I've ever seen: two sharps for the key of F. One bar has the notes a# a bb...
  6. Re: The Bad Grounds (Mountain Heat/Aaron Ramsey)-- Tab inside

    Certainly clean and clear enough. Some tips, though 1) Would be nice to have chord symbols. E.g., is bar 2 an Eb7 chord or a gm chord with a blue fifth? 2) In bar 16 you're tying three eighth notes....
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    Re: Note names on the instrument

    Yes, I know all that. You´re answering a question I never asked. I simply pointed out that you're neglecting the key of F# / Gb by omitting E# (the 7th of the F# major scale) and Cb (fourth of the...
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    Re: Tiny Moore Tuesday

    I'm happy to hear that clean statement of the theme, and I'm very happy that you publish this transcription in readable SN (I tried to follow the link you gave earlier, and found nothing). However,...
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    Re: Tiny Moore Tuesday

    That's not quite the story that I heard -- I'm sure he picked up stuff from many sources. The version I heard is that he transcribed these solos in the belief that they were played on the guitar. It...
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    Re: Note names on the instrument

    I realize that the key of F#/Gb isn't very common, but I still think E# and Cb should be included.
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    Re: Reading music

    It is. Because, at least in my case, I don't connect individual notes on the page with individual frets. It's more about connecting whole phrases with intervals, scale and chord forms, boxes, etc....
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    Re: Reading music

    My first instrument, 63 years ago, was the guitar. I already knew about keys and scales and notation, from music classes in school. The beginning of my journey was to find the scales and simple...
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    Re: Bobby Osborne instrumentals

    According to some accounts Howdy Forrester wrote it alone; according to others Robert Rutland contributed; or maybe Forrester borrowed some material from Rutland.

    The tunes Say Old Man and High...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    The fourth tune is the Bright Mississippi by Th. Monk.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Consider the following six examples

    Fig. F is Monroe’s Lonesome Moonlight Waltz. It’s very songlike, and I could sing it (an octave lower, of course) when I learned it about 40 years ago. But I...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    I conclude that you don't play the guitar. The key of F in this case sits very naturally on that instrument (and, although Doc Watson wasn't really a BG musician
    a BG guitarist is likely to follow...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    Seems to me boppers unsually do it in Ab. I know of four tunes based on the same chords:
    among them Dig (Miles Davis), Tour's End (Stan Getz), Demanton (Jon Eardly), and they're all in the key of...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    I think you're really repeating what I already said. Incidentally one of my compositions is mainly in D Phrygian dominant , but I notate it with just two flats, because there are occasional f's and...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    That's a very categorical statement, meaning I hardly know any tune that I've learned from records, or even composed myself, over the years, because of my limited singing ability. E.g., the first...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    As I hinted in an earlier thread (under General Discussions) the issue probably is not TAB, a mode of notation, but TABs, learning tunes ad hoc without any system or direction. Learning a first...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    Thanks for your informative answer. So you can proceed both ways, TAB to SN (as in the Scruggs example, SN to TAB. Also seems, from my example, that key signatures in Tabledit can (must?) be given...
  22. Re: Looking for a Tab for Byrn's March

    Googling song title+images I easily found the tune on two sites, but both had SN only. However, the tunes is fairly easy, in the key of D, almost all notes on the 2nd and 3rd courses, and many...
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    About TAB and SN

    How to make SN look bad.

    I found this example (Down the Road) in a discussion on the Banjo Hangout :
    https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/295251

    A very good example of what notation is not...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    I used the word "story" in a figurative sense.

    Perhaps a more concise formulation would be "get the big picture before going into detail".
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    I've said this before: memorization comes from understanding. In this case, understanding the tune, the story it tells, its feel and form, how it hangs together, etc. Learning a first instrument...
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