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  1. Re: Best way to approach learning chords, vamping on mandolin?

    BTW, the best video I've seen for thinking about basic mandolin chords is Mike Marshall's Mandolin Fundamentals For All Players. Here's a clip from it -
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  2. Re: Best way to approach learning chords, vamping on mandolin?

    The thing with chords is that they can be as easy or as complex as you desire, and the easy ones can be just as effective at their job as the complex ones. Personally, I prefer closed chord shapes,...
  3. Thread: Light Strings

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    Re: Light Strings

    It's one of the cheapest experiments you can try. I personally have been using Curt Mangan bluegrass lights for the last year or more, and haven't noticed a change in tone or volume. But I also...
  4. Re: Suggestions for Crooked and/or Polytonal Tunes?

    Not sure what you would consider "crooked", but here ya go...

    Farewell Trion
    Elzic's Farewell
    Winderslide
    Chinquapin Hunting (three-parter in A)
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    Re: Monroe Style Help

    I was thinking that the OP's post had more to do with technique that note selection, and this video is a fabulous example of that. This staggered 1/16's style dictates the note choice, in a way. ...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    "Wear out"? Is it possible to "wear out" an instrument? If so, the folks paying big bucks for those '30's D-18's are in for a shock.:)

    Personally, I love the look and feel of an old instrument...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    Absolutely. Although I wouldn't call it "faking". There are sooo many ways to think about soloing, and the chord tone approach is only one. You can also just think in terms of scales, especially a...
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    Re: Best Way to Practice Moveable Chords???

    This is essentially how I learned to move chord shapes around. And it really is that simple - get the feel for how I-IV-V works in the key of G using 3-finger chop chords (no pinky), then move those...
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    Re: Need Help with String Choice for Sweaty Hands

    Monel is an alloy that doesn't rust like phosphor bronze, so you might give that a try. Stainless steel might be worth a shot also.
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    Re: Three string chords - good and bad?

    Personally, I find three note chords preferable to four-noters in most situations. Easier to play, quicker to move and adapt, cleaner sound and definition (IMO) - the list goes on. I hate to say...
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    Re: How Do You Play Angeline the Baker and Why?

    No, I was referring to actual doublestops, notes played simultaneously on adjacent strings. I wish I knew a way to easily and succinctly explain what I mean, but it inevitably seems get very...
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    Re: How Do You Play Angeline the Baker and Why?

    It's absolutely worth putting in the time to get it down in a closed position. Once you get relatively comfortable with that, you can begin to see how it can be played in doublestops, which gives...
  13. Re: Learning to find the notes on the mandolin neck

    I would imagine that you can do both although, as stated above, you haven't said what your teacher's method is. Finding the notes on the fretboard is pretty straightforward once you get used to the...
  14. Thread: Apollo Picks !

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    Re: Apollo Picks !

    Just chiming in to say that I recently received a 1.5mm PEEK (A? H? whatever the larger triangle is). I got it to replace a similar PEEK pick (different maker) that I had lost. I'm loving it! It's...
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    Re: Metronome & flow

    I really dig metronome work. One of my projects these days is applying it to very syncopated melodies (latin, jazz, funky fiddle tunes), stuff where I find I can easily push a little too far ahead...
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    Re: Mandolin with Best Bluegrass Chop

    Seems to me that the chop is more about the player than the instrument. So many who play very similar instruments, but each player has a distinct sound, often instantly identifiable. Same for other...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    Phosphor bronze have the classic sound. They can sound very bright and chimey when brand new. Some like this, others prefer the tone after a week or so. Life span is very subjective, but average is...
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    I can't reply to all of them, but IME the Monels have a more fundamental tone than PB, not as jangly, fewer overtones. Nickel is closer to Monel than to PB.
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    Re: Please School Me On Mandolin Strings

    D'Addario seem to be the standard that are typically used for comparison. J74 used to be the standard phosphor bronze mediums, but I feel like they've changed that designation recently. (Sorry I...
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    Re: Best use of bulk time?

    This is the TableEdit library at Mandozine.com. It has thousands of tabs and can be searched by genre. You can use this Tefview file viewer (a free download) to view the Tabs.
  21. Thread: Price Tag

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    Re: Price Tag

    Value is a completely relative concept. And the relationship of increased price to increased quality is usually geometric - you pay a lot more for each level of increase in quality. Pros typically...
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    Re: Clipping/Cutting Excess String

    My method uses no tools. I just bend the excess length of string back and forth until metal fatigue causes it to snap right at the post. You'd be surprised at how quickly the metal fatigues and...
  23. Thread: Key of Bb

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    Re: Key of Bb

    In a "folk music" setting (BG, for example) the most commonly used chords other than the I-IV-V are the II and the VI. In the key of Bb, these would be C and G. They can be either major or minor...
  24. Thread: Fret Size

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    Re: Fret Size

    Not knocking anyone's preference or experience, but I'm having a hard time understanding how taller or wider frets could make anything more "cramped". Logic tells me that the scale remains the same,...
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    Re: impulse purchase - non-mando

    Yes, jazz bass is indeed a whole different animal than in BG or oldtime. A great jazz bassist is a wondrous thing to behold. And that is not to disparage BG or oldtime bass playing. A real pro at...
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