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  1. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    There was no answer. I may have to rephrase my previous post. What I said in an earlier post was that my left hand approach to the mandolin is the same as to the guitar. I never said anything about...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    Then, what are you assuming? What exactly does "vocalizing", "humming" etc. mean if not producing the actual notes with your vocal apparatus, whether gruffly or sweetly? What you and Pete Martin are...
  3. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    [QUOTE=lowtone2;1840851] ...... (double posting)
  4. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I simply don't understand what you're talking about. What exactly are you referring to by "that left hand technique"? I can't think of a more relaxed approach than mine. I've been playing the guitar...
  5. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    I don't think it's even physically possible for me to place the thumb that way on the mandolin (as I've mentioned before, I have very little control over my left thumb, since one tendon is missing....
  6. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Yes, Guitar neck in one case, mandolin neck in the other. But my general left hand approach is exactly the same in either case.
  7. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    Very different? I perceive very little difference, if any, in singlestring work. In chording, the right hand will often cover a larger angle on the guitar forcing, maybe,
    some movement at the...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    You seem to assume that everybody is a singer. Whether one can really *sing* a tune depends of course on his singing ability, which in turn depends on his anatomy and training (ear and vocal...
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    Also depends on your anatomy. The first step, to me, is difficult, the second impossible. Small hands, I can barely reach an octave on the piano. The normal reach is a tenth (I've been told).
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    Re: 1st position - 8th fret

    2nd position all the way.
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I understand now: what threw me was your spelling: "your" for "you're".

    Tab may not be the problem, maybe (reliance on) tabs is. I do know that to some people the "advantage" of tabs is never...
  12. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    On amazon.com you can have a free look into John McGann's book on octave mandolin, where he describes and discusses two fingering schemes. (To me even mandola is too difficult; at an exhibition I...
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    Re: Memorizing a song

    I've read this sentence four or five times and don´t understand it, although I understand each single word.
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    Re: Left Hand on Neck: Palm or Thumb

    Why choose between two unnatural alternatives?

    The middle of a mandolin neck (25 mm at the nut) in no way corresponds to the middle of a guitar neck (45 mm) . And palming the neck severely...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Everybody seems to miss my point: that there is no correct (or optimal) way of holding or supporting the mandolin -- don't hold it at all. Just bring the hand to the neck and let the thumb land...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    Failed again! this is a mirror image of the original. However, the main point is the lack of wear in the middle of the neck, because there is no contact whatever between that area and my fretting...
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    failed againhttps://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=196067&d=1630393332
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    196069 This is my mandolin. Notice the difference in finish wear.

    Obviously the TS is palming the neck of his mandolin
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    Re: Weird Left Hand Discomfort - Help!

    I assume you mean the low notes on the 6th string, not just the open note. I often use the thumb on the 6th string when fretting an F, F# or G chord but it doesn't stay there permanently. The basic...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    On amazon.com you can peek into John McGann’s book on octave mandolin. On one of the first pages he suggests, and discusses, two different fingering schemes. That may be useful for some of you....
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    "close to twice the distance"?????
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    Re: Fretting hand question

    The book is wrong. But, please note that you don't hold, support etc. the mandolin. The fretting hand is there to stop the strings. The mandolin rests on your knee or in your shoulder strap -- check...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    More to the point is that the key signature often does not follow the various key changes within the piece. In AABA type 32-bar songs it is customary not to change the key signature in the bridge,...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    “Right. Yes, a key change is a change in key signature.” There seems to be no universal agreement on that “definition”, and I’ve never heard of it before.

    For instance, Wikipedia states that a...
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    Re: Key of the song based on the melody

    So this distinction is “technically” about notation, not the music as such? That, of course, is a bit confusing to the many jazz players who learned much of the standard repertoire by ear. Also, does...
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