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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

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    (The - for not telling where to find Loudermilk in there)

    I've heard John D do Tobacco Road before, but now I have to hear this one, and just kidding about the A- because I'm...
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    Re: mandolintab.net

    Try sending Simon an email to ask about the site. His copyright date is 9 years old, and he probably hasn't updated the site in years. Likely the server he uses has upgraded their php version several...
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    Re: How to play these notes?

    “I couldn’t play these parts as the example … sounded”

    For the beginner, this usually means that you’re having trouble with your finger(s), on the fretted notes, muting the open strings. If that...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    On that quote, though, just FYI, point is not that you have to be sad to do it … in fact, in that quote I was not writing at all about performing, Jeff, but about therapy. Using your instrument as a...
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    Re: Luthier Tune-up Frequency

    You can always lift ideas from the pros, right? I think Willie Nelson’s Trigger gets a luthier tune up every year.;)
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    I find that the pick also damages or wears on my strings, in addition to the fret divots and body oils. I find it tough to imagine 7 year old strings without damage to them, regardless how much they...
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    Re: Always use a strap? Even when seated?

    I’m with UsuallyPickin, my strap is perfect for keeping the instrument’s position constant whether sitting or standing. The strap is never removed … when I have multiple instruments each has its own...
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    Re: Tell me it gets easier.

    It definitely should get easier over time - don’t work hard at it, work smart and easy. I second all the great advice given above. Check out my advice article linked in my signature, some of the...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Not a V just too bulky compared to smaller Vs which I greatly prefer
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Slight changes to neck dimensions can adversely affect some players. I owned an Eastman 315 for a few years and for some reason the neck demanded a great deal of adjustment on my part in order to...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    My point is that a key signature signifies information about the key to the piece or passage. One sharp points to the key of Gmaj; we’re also trained to understand it may signify Em (the sixth mode...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    A consensus on MandolinCafe? Unheard of.
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    Key signature does not "determine" the key, but it is a strong indicator. When used properly, it determines the default notes for the piece and indicates the major key, its relative minor key, or one...
  14. Re: Little Italy - my first composition for guitar and mandolin)

    I love your smooth guitar chops, your composition & arrangement made for some enjoyable listening. The mandolin added another dimension and texture, I’m sure it will continue to inspire you. Thanks...
  15. Thread: Books

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    Re: Books

    John, there is no shame in playing “two finger chords” in my opinion; in fact, I use them fairly often. Especially the open G chord, because I like the tonalities so I use it wherever it sounds good...
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    Re: Books

    The numbers below the diagrams tell the intervals, where you see a 1 it indicates the root note, the others give the scale degrees or intervals relative to the root.

    A fingering pattern - or...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    yes thanks, that was a lapse in synapse or something - Niles corrected it at the bottom of his last post.

    I agree itís best to play and hear the differences with this stuff. I do it both ways,...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Niles advice about taking the practical approach is best, but to answer this specific question, the relative minor begins on the sixth degree of its relative major scale; that is correct.

    The...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Be sure to follow Niles’ link above, as usual he has given a lot of information in a really concise format with practical comments on usage.
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    In the interest of just being factual, Simon, each of the modes is diatonic. A diatonic scale or mode uses the seven notes plus octave and maintains the tone/semitone pattern, as found in the major...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    John, no, you are getting it a bit confused. You can find the modes by starting with any major scale and playing the same exact notes of that scale, but starting and ending on a different note. So if...
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    Re: Beginner Lessons philosophy/discussion

    Sage advice by Jeff and I want to underscore that you need not waste time worrying about having to continue learning, continue stretching, continue correcting and continue relearning as a lifelong...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    Well, this old thread seems like a good excuse for me to embarrass myself by posting a recent video of me strumming a mandolin (sort of) like a guitar while signing. We've seen the examples by the...
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    Re: Triplets Pick Direction

    Another resurrected thread soliciting opinions (since there is no one, universal, "correct" answer). I'm subject to doing it any way that suits me, but my "default" is to use HO/PO as that interferes...
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    Re: Strumming like guitar?

    I remember when mobi was here posting a bunch of questions (and in this case, sort of a rambling non-question question)

    lol funny thing is, it has harvested two pages of comments this month, and...
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