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  1. Re: chop or other rhythm techniques for octave mandolin?

    Unlike the 70's, when info on gypsy jazz was in short supply, one can find an amazing amount of musical instruction on that - and many other subjects - on the internet.

    Take care, have fun.
  2. Re: chop or other rhythm techniques for octave mandolin?

    ITM is "Irish Traditional Music".

    "quite keen to play swing jazz (trad and gypsy especially"

    Good, because I can offer some assistance there, being a native New orleans jazz musician and a...
  3. Re: Today in Mandolin History - February 23, 1897, Dave Apollon b

    Happy Memorial Birthday to one of the true greats.
  4. Re: chop or other rhythm techniques for octave mandolin?

    Enjoy your new instrument!

    As for the octave mandolin, it really depends what sort of music you like and would care to play. ITM or other "Celtic" music? Italian music? Obviously Bluegrass since...
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    Re: Emulating Strathspey bowing on a mandolin

    Substituting ornaments as a solution?...I think I've heard mandolin and banjo players do that very thing.
    Thanks.
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    Re: Emulating Strathspey bowing on a mandolin

    Good, but I wish I could offer some good advice about how to transfer that to mandolin properly.
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    Re: Emulating Strathspey bowing on a mandolin

    Do you mean when the violin player plays the "snap" in the same bow direction?

    https://www.strathspey.org/lists/strathspey@strathspey.org/t/1323/

    "Skinner and Hardie use hooked bowing a lot,...
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    Re: Who needs a B chord anyway?

    That's just what I was describing, thank you.
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    Re: Who needs a B chord anyway?

    Sorry for repeating what you posted.

    So I should have said 344x or x446, huh? :)
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    Re: Who needs a B chord anyway?

    Would a 3-note chord do?

    D# on the C string, B on the G string, and F# on the D string

    Barre the same B and F# and play the D# on the A string
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    Re: An honest-to-goodness VULCAN HARP!

    Yes - remember the "Space Hippies" episode (can't recall the real title) where sound was used as a weapon - Spock heard it first.
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    Re: An honest-to-goodness VULCAN HARP!

    That fretting...fascinating.
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Usually when a string player - typically a mandolinist or guitarist - refers to "easy", "hard", "friendly or hostile" keys, they mean which keys use the most open strings, 1st position chord shapes,...
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    Re: An honest-to-goodness VULCAN HARP!

    It may play like a simple acoustic lyre-harp but I'm sure it is not the electronic organ plus other stuff sound of the original TV series instrument - which did not make any sound itself as it was a...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    I was not necessarily suggesting we follow the Parker example literally!:)



    I've seen that happen when folks get an idea of what is involved in learning to play jazz. I had a folk fiddler...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    If I recall the legends about him, Charlie Parker used to practice a tune in all 12 keys.
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    Re: Ernie Ball Earthwood?

    The body is a lot like a guitarron, good call.
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    Re: Ernie Ball Earthwood?

    They made one of the first acoustic bass guitars.

    http://earthwoodfan.net/the-earthwood-owners-registry

    192033
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    Re: Fraulini Caterina - a prototype

    What a lovely instrument!

    I particularly like those sort of mandolins...192032
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Thanks, Joe, for reminding us that jazz is not so much a set of tunes as it is a way of playing almost any tune.

    My teachers in New Orleans said that you can jazz up any song. It's about swing...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    "Autumn Leaves" was sometimes played in Gm;
    jazz players play it in 4/4 and often in the "Real Book" key, Em.

    Great point about keys, mandolins, and open strings!
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    Re: Sweet Georgia Brown

    I've played it mostly in F, but some jazz bands I played in used Ab. Somewhat more rarely I've played it in G with Gypsy jazz bands.

    I like F best.
  23. Re: Mandolin sheet music in standard notation only: where is it?

    You have to try all the various links and it is a bit confusing. Mostly check the links inside the boxes.
  24. Re: Mandolin sheet music in standard notation only: where is it?

    https://www.guitarfreescores.com/mandolin.php

    https://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet-music.php?instrument_ID=6040&CATEGORIE=50

    http://www.federmandolino.it/wp/spartiti-music-scores/
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    I've had less success trying to go the other way, from jazz/swing to BG. :)
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