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  1. Re: Bluegrass Mandolin Teacher in Orange County CA

    There's a band called the Story Tellers playing at Hanger 24 on 12/11 (https://www.facebook.com/events/522052043113926) - I would suggest going there and talking with them as a start. They don't have...
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    Re: Mandolin Players in Los Angeles

    Scott Gates is in that area (Tustin I believe) and he's a beast of a player.

    If it's just to play with others, the California bluegrass association is pretty active there / nearby depending how...
  3. Re: Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Song breakdown, charts, and note

    Yeah - that's it. I made some changes a while back that changed some of the older links :( I gotta re-do the breakdown for Bury Me too - thanks for reminding me :)

    The search bar on this page...
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    Re: Woke with a chord question

    Short answer is, depends on the context and if there are other players.

    Chords are any 3 notes played at the same time. So to do this, you'd have to playing a 4 note chord like a dom7 or...
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    Re: Beginner Mandolin Questions

    I love video lessons when I'm learning in large part because you can pause, slow down, and repeat parts as needed. Huge help. Plus, you have access to all your materials (sheet music etc) which is...
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    Great 48 Bluegrass Jam in Bakersfield

    Tis the season to stay up way too late and jam!

    Who's going to the Great 48 (1/5/2023 - 1/8)? I'm trying to work out some travel plans from Seattle now (anyone driving up from LAX area??) but...
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    Re: Spokane Fall Folk Festival

    I'll have to check this out next year - bit a of drive but looks like fun! Aside from the jamming, anything specific to note? Great performance or vendor etc?
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Last on this - here's the workshop video in case anyone missed it and wants to check it out. https://mattcbruno.com/2022/11/mandolin-workshop-playing-to-the-chords/

    Don it was great seeing you as...
  9. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    I get the intent but after doing my reviews, I'm wrong that it's wrong - but still feel wrong to me haha. Do three wrongs make it right? haha.

    Either way, it throws me way off - I get that...
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Hey all, just a note that the workshop is today at South State 48 at the Carlsbad By the Sea hotel in the conference room at 1pm PT. I'm going to do my best to live stream at...
  11. Re: Why are some songs not written in the key they are in?

    I know my copy of finger busters have tons of mistakes in the standard notation. Likely this is not intentional but sloppy. I love Mike and his skills are amazing, but I doubt there's any real...
  12. Re: Are you ready for a new Carbon/Kevlar Sorensen mandolin?

    I'd love to take a test drive at the South State 48 this weekend! I've been looking for a carbon fiber mandolin for a bit for some travel adventures.

    How much do you believe it'll cost? If...
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    Re: Carter Vintage experience vs Morgan Music

    I've always had great experiences at both Gruhn and Carter's. I've never issues with either while I was there and I definitely don't look like I have the money haha. Granted, I've always had better...
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Hey Don,

    Just a heads up - I posted the workshop materials today. A little later than I hoped, but you can get those here. https://mattcbruno.com/2022/11/mandolin-workshop-playing-to-the-chords/...
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    Re: A Different Busking Question

    Tips always vary depending on the location, day, and etc - I've gotten everything from dimes to hundred dollar bills busking. Location is a big part of it - nicer areas may have more money, but less...
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    Re: Learn how to solo / scales

    For one, it's easier to remember positions with fewer notes than more. That said, it's not really much different. The major pentatonic is basically the major scale without the 4 and 7. If you have...
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Great! I haven't finished working everything up on the pre-workshop materials, but should have that wrapped up by Monday 10/31 the latest. I'll be emailing everyone that registers when it's up. ...
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    Re: South State 48 2022

    Hey Don - I just got the word from them last night - see the attached. They are all in the Conference Room. My event will be at 1pm Saturday. I've got a ton of pre-workshop material I'll be...
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    Re: Tips for accompanying a guitar?

    The best and most accurate answer will depend on a given situation / song / tune etc - but generally assuming just one guitar player (no bass etc), below are some thoughts:

    1. A chop or more...
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    Uncommon songs (preferably in G)

    Hey all - I'm working on a workshop and I'm trying to find some uncommon songs ideally in the key of G, but not required. I'm doing my own search to get some - but searching for things you don't...
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    Re: Pentatonic Scales Primer

    The Circle is just such an onion of music - just so many layers ;) I have another post I'm working on about harmonizing major scales and modes using the circle as well.

    My favorite part about...
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    Re: Workshop feeback

    Thanks all so much for the feedback. I've been going back and forth on a few workshop topics for the South State 48 and trying to find the topic that is both universal for the group and something...
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    Re: A structured approach to modern songs

    You can "play" an instrument for hours at a time without really improving - which includes just jamming on songs, playing with friend etc. You may get better, but without focus, it may take a lot...
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    Picking Hand Exercises

    Hey all

    Today I have a post up on Picking Hand exercises. Mostly these are just exercises designed to help increase accuracy, and speed with your picking hand. In addition, ideally you'll get...
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    Re: Double Stop workshop

    Glad you all enjoyed the workshop ;) The next one will be live at the South State 48 and will cover "Playing to the Chords: What to play when you don't know the song". I'll likely do a Zoom workshop...
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