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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    :mandosmiley: I would only add that for the pitch change part of the procedure, one can use Audacity instead of Amazing Slow Downer or Transcribe.

    I've used Audacity a few times on old field...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    On my android phone, which is my preferred tool for the job, I use ASD and Spotify. In Spotify, create a playlist named something like "Songs to Transcribe" and add any songs or albums I want to work...
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    Re: Transcribe or Amazing Slowdowner?

    Amazing Slower Downer is amazing. One of the best programs for music ;)
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    Me and Bobby McGee

    Did this up today. I'm working on my video editing skills... I thought the combo of open (strumming and filling) mando worked well with fingerpicked guitar.

    Here: https://youtu.be/X8T3tO8DywA
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    A lot of people when they begin either try to learn the entire song all in one chunk or to learn one note or a few random notes at a time. Neither way works well. learning one note at a time or...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Sing the melodies to yourself. Especially as you are learning them. You can’t play it if you can’t sing it.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeN57i-nCIs&feature=share
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    FWIW, when I go to a jam there are a lot of songs that I don't know, and I'm not at a point yet where I can intuitively put the melody together like some folks. But with being able to find my way...
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    Re: Las Vegas Music Scene

    I live in Reno, but Nevada has a very odd/arbitrary rule that only "ambient" music is allowed. The definition of ambient music is somewhat opaque, but essentially means that you might find a band...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    IMHO, based on my experiences as both a student and a teacher, teaching is an art. A good teacher does not have a one size fits all method. He or she strives to understand how each student learns...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Sherry, I agree with bigskygirl; there's a lot to be gained by listening or even thinking about music. I'm acquainted with some of your musical tastes. You might enjoy and be inspired by Peter...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Hours on end of practice is not required to advance, practicing exercises in small segments is still practicing and sometimes just play and have fun, it doesnt have to be all practice all the time. ...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Yes, agreed, it can help to narrow the technique, and get through the wall. Basically, your top tremolo speed is probably your top possible speed for tunes.

    Another trick, connected to Mark’s...
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    Re: Pentatonic scales

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJl1Xm3W-ug&feature=youtu.be

    Thanks for asking, Nick, great question. Loads of great responses. Here is a video of me playing nothing but the 5 notes of G...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Thanks for posting this Sherry, I think it’s an important lesson. Here’s the quite well known now vid on tremolo.


    It’s an exercise I don’t do often enough, after about 25 minutes of practice...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Hey Sherry! Don Julin recommends a measured tremolo of 1/16th notes should be played 100 - 130 bpm on page 81 of his Mandolin for Dummies. This is an excellent book that I have read and reread for 8...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Yes, like Doug says, time period is important. I’m all for being idiomatically correct. Usually for Baroque/Bach it is recommended to start a trill from the note above the melody & avoid tremolo...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    The wikipedia entry for Ornament (Music) is useful to add to our general knowledge and also has some sound examples.

    And to further keep you all busy, here is another entry of a long list of...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    QUOTE=mandopops;1790635]189064
    This is a page I got somewhere that I use as a reference. I have had private lessons & attended workshops & used method books.
    Joe B[/QUOTE]

    Observe that one type...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    189064
    This is a page I got somewhere that I use as a reference. I have had private lessons & attended workshops & used method books. The take away is, there is no one absolute answer. This could be...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Nah. I would play them if possible. Maybe at first dispense but try to incorporate them into the music. Listen to someone play it on piano. Maybe slow it down a but to hear the ornaments since...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Your teacher, I am sure, told you the notes that those symbols indicate. So, are you just asking how to translate that for piano (in this case) to mandolin? For Bach I would say pick every note vs....
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    If you ask me, the answer is "of course, yes." :)

    But be aware what are the composer's suggestions, the editor's suggestions, and where your own interpretation would use such ornaments.
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    Here's some excerpts from Mike Marshall's Calace Method in English. This is from part 4, op. 40. There's more to it. It might be a good idea to get hold of some of the classical *mandolin* methods....
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    As usual, it always helps to mention the specifics of the piece you are playing.

    In general, I would say that these ornaments add much flavor to the music and the same could be said for tremolo...
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    Re: Turns and Mordents

    As Doug says, I imagine you are reading a violin/fiddle score, Sherry. I play a lot with fiddlers, mainly Scottish/traditional music and I use hammer-on and pull-off techniques in my interpretation...
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