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  1. Re: In search of a resource for learning about Double Stops

    John Reischman's workshop -> https://www.pegheadnation.com/learning-lab/workshops/watch-john-reischmans-double-stops-mandolin-workshop/
  2. Thread: Tremolo

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    Re: Tremolo

    I would play with your pick angle relative to the strings. Too close to parallel and you get jammed up, too close to perpendicular and you get no tone.
  3. Re: Getting Small Chubby Hand/Wrist to Reach Around

    First off, I want to assure you that even with small, chubby hands and short fingers, you will be able to fret the mandolin in time. Look at Sierra Hull for an example of someone with small hands...
  4. Re: A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboa

    As answers come in I'm more confused. My assumption was learning the 4 basic patterns only helps me learn a major scale. There are 4 (slightly) different patterns for minor and for any other scale...
  5. A couple of position questions - trying to unlock the fretboard..

    I have two questions:

    1) If I play a descending pentatonic scale starting from 5th fret on the D string (G), what fingers should I use on the G string (for 6th, 5th, 3rd)? I've been using ring,...
  6. Re: looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    Okay - thanks guys - I'll adjust the Siminoff plans accordingly. I prefer the symmetrical 2-point look.
  7. looking for 2-point f-hole mandolin plans...

    Hi,

    I'm gathering tools and materials to build my first mandolin. I'm not a huge fan of the traditional horn on an f-style mandolin and would prefer a two point. I can't seem to locate any...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    I focus on the 2 or 3-finger major chord forms that omit the e-string entirely. The barre A -> 224x, 3-finger D -> 245x, and E -> 122x represent the 3 forms. Once these are comfortable it's easy to...
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    Re: Subscription Tutorial Sites

    I really hate artistworks.

    Mike Marshall is great. I'm sure all their instructors are great. The software is slow and clunky. If there is ever an issue it will break in their favor. I signed...
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    Re: Point of Diminishing Returns

    I came across this when I became interested in having a more efficient music practice.

    https://clawhammerbanjo.net/the-immutable-laws-of-brainjo-the-art-and-science-of-effective-practice/
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    Re: the tune "The Road to Malvern"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrI6mAtv0Aw - no tab but not too hard to figure out.
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    Re: Left-Handed Players

    When I grew up I tried playing guitar 10 different times. There was always a guitar lying around and it was always right-handed. Invariably, after a month or so of not making progress, I would...
  13. Thread: Improvising

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    Re: Improvising

    Thanks Niles! I must have read something like this from you before but I've started to add a lot more singing to my practicing and it is rapidly improving my ear/instrument relationship. I...
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    Re: Classically Trained, wanting to expand

    Fiddle tunes are a good place to start because the key doesn't change. Get off the page and try to learn some basic melodies by ear. There is enough SoCal bluegrass to find a jam.
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    Re: A New Pick For Slick?

    For me, the rounded corner is especially beneficial when using tremolo. I find I'm slightly more accurate with a pointy pick but can't tremolo at all. Grisman has one of the best tremolos around...
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    Elbow or wrist...

    I spent part of today watching some "Mandolin Mondays" for inspiration.

    There seem to be players whose strumming and picking motion come mostly from the wrist (David Grisman) ->...
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    Re: Skype Instruction on West Coast?

    Tim Connell lives and teaches in Portland, OR as well.
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    Re: Help with rhythm

    Chopping on the 2 and 4 is the most important part of mandolin rhythm playing (in bluegrass). In a full jam circle, that's probably all there is room for. With less instruments there is more space....
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    Re: Understanding double-stops...

    I have tried several times to read and understand this guide. I think a combination of the strange names, the fact that I'm left-handed (making most of the diagrams feel upside down), and the...
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    Re: Help With A Couple Chords

    The second chord is definitely Em. I can't quite tell what you are playing for the first chord. It looks like a B and an F# which would make it a B minor double-stop (omitting the 3rd).
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    Understanding double-stops...

    I've been working on understanding when and how to use double-stops and I'm a little confused. There seem to be two main kinds of double-stops I see employed.

    1 - part of the chord - various...
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    Re: G(I) chop to 3 or 4-finger D(V) chop?

    I use the 4-finger D shape when there is a quick GDG change as well. I just don't bother using 4-fingers (specifically the index). I still gain the economy of motion without sliding and with less...
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    Re: Chop Questions

    I generally leave out the E-string entirely when I'm chopping (and for most chords). To my ear, it doesn't add anything worth keeping and increases hand strain a fair amount. YMMV
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    There are 3 7th shapes that I use all based off the 3 major chord shapes (example key of D):

    2|4|5|x -> 5|4|5|x
    7|7|9|x -> 5|7|9|x
    11|12|12|x -> 11|10|12|x
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    Re: Chords Guitar to Mandolin

    I understand these chord shapes well but that chart is upside down to my eyes. The way I think of it is there are 3 major chord shapes (key of A example):

    Root in Bass -> 2|2|4|x or...
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