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  1. Re: A Few More Enharmonic Movable Chord Shapes

    Mark: That shape is very useful in yet another context: Emaj7-9. I often use the bottom 3 strings of this shape in a variety of ways. Move it up to 4-4-5-X and you have B Minor (Root - 5th -...
  2. Re: The weight balance between the head and body

    I can't find it on a quick search, but somebody posted a fair bit ago about using some kind of weighted bag attached to the butt end of the mandolin that was designed to adjust for the weight of the...
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    Re: Reasons to avoid practicing

    Digging 2 ft deep postholes in Carolina clay by hand over a weekend and setting the posts in concrete. It took 3 days before I could uncurl my fingers. And yeah, 85 lb bags of concrete are a lot...
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    Re: Song Breakdown: Swing 42

    Matt: This tune is one of the gateway drugs for gypsy Djazz! Nice breakdown & glad that you use Emin7b5 in the 5th measure of the A parts. Many charts have vanilla Emin7 or C9, which tripped me up...
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    Re: Tunes in "F"

    I was going to suggest opening any Real Book for C instruments - tons of tunes in F! It is kinda fun to open a Real Book at random and sight read tunes.
  6. Re: Holding on to your personal Holy Grail mandolin

    A pre-owned Nugget A-5 Deluxe fell into my lap 2 months after my wife died. A very emotional acquisition, because she had OK'd a Nugget purchase and I was on the prowl for months before she became...
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Melody - rubato

    I've learned a lot from The Don (Stiernberg), and his chord-melody course on Soundslice is well worth the price of admission:

    https://www.soundslice.com/users/DonStiernberg/courses/
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    Re: Ready For The Times To Get Better

    Plenty of guitar transcriptions on-line. Usually played out of an A minor position, capo'd on guitar to suite the vocalist's vocal range. Here's one example in A minor:
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    Re: New Kelley Mandolin

    That mandolin looks and sounds great! I'm sure that your customer will be well satisfied.
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    Re: NMD: 2008 Kimble A5 #143

    You saved me from an impulsive purchase. My wife & bank account thank you. Play the snot out of that beautiful instrument!
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    Re: I Just Bought A Violin

    When I started on violin at age 10, we had a back Labrador puppy and a white cat. After the second day of practice they would start scratching at the door to be let out of the house whenever I...
  12. Re: From Tablature to Standard Music notation OH My

    I started on violin, forgot all about sight reading musical score, and was only a tab-reader for many years on guitar, but had to learn the treble clef when I got interested in reading chord/melody...
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    Re: Time to move up from my Eastman MD515

    Dave: could that be a sighting of the elusive Schrödinger's Mandolin?
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    Re: Franks' Mandolin Kitchen

    Lots of great tune, great tone and I will return to this thread often!
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    Re: What is "Alpine Maple"

    I'd pair "Alpine Maple" with "Moon Spruce" for an ad man's special!
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    Re: My latest two.....

    Clean lines for both - I second Jill's assessment!
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    Re: The beginnings of MAS - What's next?

    I predict that new mandolin will only be one small step on the slippery slope of MAS! Enjoy!
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    Re: Chord Charts and Progressions

    More than 20 years ago I would get together with a group of other guitarists - initially playing blues and Americana-type music, and would bring out the mandolin to play Levon-style so we weren't...
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    Re: Volume vs Tone

    I was playing a mandolin once with some friends and the guitarist looked over & said "That is the loudest mandolin I ever heard. You got to have volume to get to tone."
    So many ways to pull tone...
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    And even if the Greco mandolin were rare, it might not be desirable. I think Gruhn said: "Bubonic plague is rare, but not desirable"
  21. Re: Do you take your best or most valuable mandolin to gigs?

    Always play my best one for a gig, unless I need to amplify - then I use my best one with a pickup. For jams at friends' homes, I usually bring two, so that eventually all my mandolins feel some...
  22. Re: I have MAS and check the classified hourly…

    I don't have any idea how often I visit the classifieds on the Cafe, but whenever I'm in need of surfing for mandoporn, there it is! I've gotten pretty good at predicting advertised prices and which...
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    Re: vMAS - new mandolin day

    My first "good" mandolin was an early '20s refrigerator white A3 bought for about $300 in 1974, replacing a pawn shop pressed wood Harmony. The one that "got away" was sold in 1978 to finance a...
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    Re: The cure for MAS

    My catch. & release program works well for maintaining a stable fleet until I catch more than I release!
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    Re: Espresso Swing - Jordan Ramsey mandolin

    Lots of good notes in these videos! Great selection of tunes.
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