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    Re: Playing a triplet over 2 quarter notes.

    I've always used trip-ple-et for these haha. Same idea.

    There's also stuff like this https://assets.classicfm.com/2018/14/music-notes-rhythm-guide-1523624520.jpg. I've used some of these with...
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    Re: Luither in Seattle Area

    Thanks - I know Dusty Strings has changed their policy to only repair instruments they sold or instruments you plan on selling through them.

    I've reached out to Gary Wanger who was highly...
  3. Rocky Top - Song Breakdown and Sheet Music

    Hey all

    I just added a new song breakdown for Rocky Top. The post includes 2 voicings for the main melody, 2 harmony ideas, and 1 double stop voicing along with a few chord voicing options. ...
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    Luither in Seattle Area

    Anyone know a good luither in Seattle? I don't need my mandolin's worked on right now but of course they will at some point. The immediate need is for my Martin guitar some love and a violin I...
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    Re: Buying directly from a luthier

    +1 on the warranty details in writing. Specifically what issues are grounds for free repair or return / refund and what's the timeline. Last time two mandolins I bought from a small shop were both...
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    Re: favorite festival tent?

    I forgot - One thing I saw a while back which is a great idea was someone using kids foam floor tiles for the bottom inside of their tent. A little overkill if you're only there for a weekend - but...
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    Re: favorite festival tent?

    The best tent depends on where the festivals are. When I was in San Diego, my old Coleman 4 man tent was fine - even with a couple of holes - because it didn't ever rain during festival season. ...
  8. Re: Mandolin Technique: Strumming Patterns (Boom Chuck etc)

    Oops!! Haha - thanks for pointing that out. I updated it. Should have the right video now.

    Wanna guess next week's topic haha ;)
  9. Mandolin Technique: Strumming Patterns (Boom Chuck etc)

    Hey all - I just posted today's Mandolin Technique Monday focusing on some basic strumming patterns - starting with basic 1/4 note strums moving up to the "Boom Chuck" and "Just Chuck" patterns.
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    Re: Question about pinky use...

    Funny, I just had this conversation with a student with respects to Big Sciota. IMO, which finger to use always requires the context of what is coming before / after. There's lots of reasons to...
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    I just had a gig last weekend (second since I moved to Seattle!!) and had to learn Rebecca song for the show which has been a song that fell into the "songs I should know but don't" category for too...
  12. Re: question on Getting Into Jazz Mandolin exercises

    +1 on the interval training.

    I like to double interval training and right hand exercises often. One exercise I do a lot is play the 2nd fret of some string, then play the 3rd, then back to the...
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    Song Breakdown: I Saw the Light

    Hey all,

    I had a few students that were starting with this song so I figured I'd put together a breakdown for it. This song is a great one to help build up your bag of tricks while practicing the...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    If you're not used to playing stringed instruments - you'll likely have build some callouses up which can be a bit painful at first. The more you play, the faster you'll build callouses - so play...
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    I liked the idea of adding "close chords" where you move one note to create a new chord - so I updated the post to include some examples :)
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Yup! Plus, it's so close to so many other chords.
    + If you move the D back a fret to C#, you get C#7
    + If you move the D up a fret to D#, you get C#9
    + If you move the B up a fret, you get...
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    Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Hey all,

    Today I felt like diving in to more chord theory than shapes. The idea for this post is to show how useful specific chord shapes can be - like how a G7 chord voiced 435x could be B...
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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    Great stuff Mark! I like the layout and the additional notes (like note function, standard notation etc). One thing I found a little confusing at first was the strings being named at the bottom...
  19. Big Sciota Mandolin Sheet music and breakdown

    Hey all

    My Thursday mandolin sheet music and song breakdown is focusing on another great fiddle tune today - Big Sciota (aka Big Scioto, Big Scioty, Big Sciatica etc). The more I play this tune,...
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    Re: Chord Shapes: Minor 7th

    Sorry - got a little carried away with SEO and changed some links :)

    You can also use this page to get to any of the chord shape posts - https://mattcbruno.com/mandolin-chord-shapes/
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    I started on a rogue mandolin ($50), then Oscar Schmidt ($400), then Gibson f9 $3k), then my Newton f5 ($8k) I have now.

    The difference from the rogue to the Oscar Schmidt was small but...
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    Re: DO I need a better mandolin?

    .oop
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    Re: Chord based solos, Monroe method?

    I'm not sure if it's Monroe style or not, but I use chords to help create solos whenever I don't know the melody well enough (and even sometimes when I do). Personally I look at scales and arpeggios...
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    Basic Technique Primer 1

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    After a seeing a few posts here and also fielding similar questions from students, I figured I'd post a basic technique primer for the picking hand. This is not meant as a be all end all,...
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    Re: Diminished 7th Chord Shapes

    Jazz / Swing on the mandolin is so much fun - in part because of how the chords can move! What were you playing on guitar that you couldn't figure out on mandolin Here's a cheat sheet for the series...
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