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    Re: Best use of bulk time?

    Several instructors have recommended that I video my playing. A lot can be learned from watching yourself. It’s easy to see if you’re relaxed while playing or if you’re tense. Tension is...
  2. Thread: Gibson A-40

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    Re: Gibson A-40

    We’re A-00 carved top, flat backed and oval sound hole?
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    Gibson A-40

    Were all A-40s carved top with flat backs?
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    Re: Bedbugs And Mandolins

    I endured and with professional extermination eradicated a b.b infestation of 1500 sq dwelling. We threw away everything that we could afford to dispose of which some badly infested upholstered...
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    Re: Went Outside the Box, again.

    When you bought a J40, you bought a fine guitar!
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    Re: Going backwards

    We’re all hardwired differently. I keep a log of my practices. I can watch my improvement from regular practice or if I miss some days I excuse myself and keep after it. Chet Atkins said that if he...
  7. Thread: Reading music

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    Re: Reading music

    I find it much easier to memorize music from notation than from tab. I think the visual of the melody and the intervals between the notes is helpful.
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    Re: Reading music

    I have great respect for all the jazz woodwind players that can play in all of the keys and freely improvise over any of the progressions.
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    Re: Reading music

    Think of it as a capo. If you’re playing in D major on the mandolin but a guitarist only knows how to play in C major, the guitarist will use a capo on the 2nd fret and read music written in C major...
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    Re: Reading music

    I’ve taught a lot of guitar and mandolin students to sight read. Mel Bay and Hal Leonard have beginner books for children and adults. I would suggest learning to read be done in addition to your...
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    Re: Beginner ?s about changing sound/tone

    Silk & steel strings and a very heavy pick (3.0 mm) will tone down the brashness in an inexpensive mandolin.
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    Re: Tascam DR-05X Record Settings

    Are the mics directly in front of the sound holes? Try positioning the mics 12 in in front of where the neck joins the body and then try 12 in in front of the tail piece. More experiments. Another...
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    Re: Another "Which One To Buy" Question

    I think the Kentucky 1050 and 1500 have different width nuts. This is a significant specification to consider.
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    Re: LiuQin

    It's my understanding that the tonal intervals are not the same as our musical intervals. If that's the case it might prove difficult playing with mandolins and guitars though it would be possible...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Humming the the tune as I play it helps me remember it. I've always found it difficult to memorize a tune from tab. I learned to music notation several years ago and I find it easier to memorize from...
  16. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Video and audio recording of my practice has been one of the recommendations of instructors at the camps I've attended. Listening to the recording while counting ymy timing revels any issues.
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Sherry, I agree with bigskygirl; there's a lot to be gained by listening or even thinking about music. I'm acquainted with some of your musical tastes. You might enjoy and be inspired by Peter...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    In my opinion, it would only important to memorize fiddle tune or any music for that matter if it's important to you to do so. If you plan on jamming with others playing fiddle tunes, I think it is...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    My understanding is: there are two types of tremolo, measured and unmeasured. Measured is metronomic with a specific number of notes per beat while unmeasured is "by feel", increasing and decreasing...
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    Re: Building Speed with 16th Notes

    Hey Sherry! Don Julin recommends a measured tremolo of 1/16th notes should be played 100 - 130 bpm on page 81 of his Mandolin for Dummies. This is an excellent book that I have read and reread for 8...
  21. Re: Best selections of mandolins near Houston TX

    I don't think Fiddler's Green is still in Austin. The ownership has changed and it's actually closer to Houston but I'm not certain of the location. There was an article here at the Cafe regarding...
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    Re: more accurate clip on tuner than Snark?

    Be careful what you wish for!;) The Boss TU-01 Chromatic Tuner is very accurate. I have to be very patient using it because it is so accurate.
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    Re: What's the real difference?

    From my experience, some of the higher quality and consequently higher priced instruments have: better tone across all of the strings and in all positions up the neck: they're louder; and more...
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    Re: Which Budget Fingerstyle Guitar?

    I own Martin 000Jr. I think it's a great guitar for fingerstyle. It's not very expensive, and it's all solid wood. The model I have has a cut-away and and a Shure pickup. I have several small body...
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    Re: Narrowed it down to three

    I would go with the Kentucky. If both are new instruments and are priced comparatively the same, I cannot imagine that the F style is of the same quality as the A model. In the Kentucky line there is...
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