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  1. Re: Suggestions for types strings and a mandolin

    A proper setup is crucial - crucial - IMO you should get your instrument setup with as low an action as possible. Light gauge strings may help a little. Regarding technique, you should practice on...
  2. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    +1
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    Re: Strings for sore finger tips

    Even on a guitar, use only as much pressure as needed to get a clean note.
  4. Re: Richard Provost Art & technique of practice queries

    +1 on Jonathan Harnum, The Practice of Practice
  5. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    You’ll get no argument from me that hammering or pulling notes create an effect of their on, they usually create slurred notes to an extent, but they are specific, mechanical techniques of playing...
  6. Re: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    Good hammer-on/pull-off technique can produce pretty trills …

    Back to the original question: What is the difference between a trill and a hammer-on?

    The answer was eluded to in several posts,...
  7. Re: Richard Provost Art & technique of practice queries

    Seems whatever music you’re looking at naturally divides into three sections.

    A phrase can certainly be considered a “section”, but whether that is what the author intends would depend on the...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    I always have to chuckle when people express amazement over the pro use of those Shure mics, after all, they’ve been industry standards for a reason. They get the job done well and they’re rugged....
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    Re: Whaat is this chord?

    I do a sort of Robert Johnson style of Kindhearted Woman Blues in A, and D7 shows up as 5002, 5402 & 545x in my playing of it, depending on what comes before or after ;)
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    Re: Whaat is this chord?

    On the rare occasion I like 5002 for a D7 depending on the context

    I realize that has nothing to do with the OP question (which has been answered) but it does make use of open ring of D & A...
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    Re: String Pair Out of Tune

    Bob-L, I’m just curious here, why are you so certain that neither the nut or bridge slots could be the problem? I’m genuinely curious about your thinking, because an excellent luthier has given you...
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    Re: Yank and Sleepy

    @journeybear
    A-
    (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.;)
  17. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    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...
  25. 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...
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