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    Re: Retirement

    From RayT - "Some people think that their job makes them too important to retire.". In the case of the guy i mentioned,he was exactly that. A senior systems engineer with 50 years of experience....
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    Play "Green River" by CCR

    I started playing with this tune and had some fun with it, decided to make a brief tutorial on how to play the song Green River by Creedance Clearwater Revival.

    I have a lot of projects going on...
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    Re: Introvert and extrovert

    Both John Flynn and Tobin correctly state what introvert/extrovert personality aspects are. My company used to put a lot of stock in the Myers-Briggs personality types and sent us all to more than...
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    Re: Band Practice Etiquette

    I've been in bands and ensemble groups. I've never been the leader of a touring group. What Danny Barnes describes in his attributes of the perfect sideman to me go over the top, beyond band...
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    Re: Arthritis

    Turmeric with black pepper work for me. I have arthritis at the base of my left thumb.
    Stopped playing certain songs and chords about 10 years ago. I've been using turmeric mixed with black pepper...
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    Re: Composition in Roots Music

    Thanks for all the responses folks, and sorry I wasn't participating in the discussion -- I pretty much forgot that I posted this. I've now got a lot of listening ahead of me!

    This thread brought...
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    Re: Songwriting: How do YOU find your melody?

    I have tried composing melodies, and even taken some courses and workshops on composition, and I cannot create a tune that interests me, much less delights me as much as the tunes already out there....
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    Re: "Space age flat pick" I-Tone

    I need me one of them there picks that don't get hot sos I could stop burning my fingers on them fast songs.
  9. Ten Years At the Cafe - Thanks from BradKlein!

    It's been a terrific decade interacting with the folks here at the Mandolin Cafe. Special thanks to Scott for giving me a platform to share my enthusiasm for some of the great NYC-based BG and...
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    Re: Composition in Roots Music

    1. Every piece of music was composed once by someone. Lots of tunes/songs that are "public domain" -- i.e., no longer under copyright -- get listed as "traditional" because [a] they're old, and [b]...
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    Re: String Choices vs Mando type vs Mando quality

    I agree it would be interesting to hear Mr. Dudenbostal's input. As stated earlier, Silverangels are built with EJ75 gauges in mind, and there's definitely a difference in how mine sounds and the...
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    A friend of mine & a fellow UK Cafe member used to use Thomastik strings on his Heiden "A" style when he first got it. To say that they were 'underpowered' would be a gross understatement,it was just...
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    Some luthiers (like Ken Ratcliff) build with EJ75's in mind from the bench. Meanwhile, some players find that overstringing a mandolin can actually choke the tone. In your position, I'd start by...
  14. A Treasure Trove of Tiny, Johnny and Jethro

    And that Eldon Shamblin guy on guitar.

    Blues in G followed by Fat Boy Rag



    Some fiddling
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    4 common bebop phrases

    Here are 4 videos each containing a common bebop improvising phrase. The lick starts at 4:50 of each video. The first of each vid describes the scale and key each phrase comes from (key of F major,...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    If you're playing in a jam or with a band, play to make the others sound better. (As everybody else should be doing) If you do this it makes no difference if you shred or play subtly...it'll sound...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    Hello,

    Just to share my experience of years of music.

    In the begining I tried to play solos on the trumpet with lots of notes, pentatonic and blues scales played very fast, but without no...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I'm not a mandolin player (started out on bass, now play ukulele, some four-string theme going on here) but I've seen several musicians progress from intermediate to accomplished on various...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I found this piece of brilliance by Chris Thile. I love it. A good example of doing it all - keeping relevant to the tune, and going fast and furiously creative.

    And making an old war horse...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I'd suggest, if OP wants to adopt a more "melodic" style, to learn some fiddle tunes -- just the melody -- and play them cleanly as possible. Then start improvising off the melody, perhaps playing...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    Good point Jim. Starting out as a new player, many notes will occupy your time but melody based breaks inform your ear and your playing. I enjoy both style breaks but melody based breaks are my...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I don't even like to watch/listen to flashy pickers anymore. Give me some simple and melodic playing any day.
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I haven't shared the journey as I am at best a mediocre improviser, and spontaneous real time composition in public is never something I look forward to. Especially when the melody itself is often so...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    Jim,
    I also consider myself to be an intermediate player and like you I prefer to hear the melody. I have a bit of arthritis in my hands, 30 years as a photographer developing prints does that to...
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    Re: Lots of notes vs. defining the melody

    I agree, and post a few similar sentiments from the late great Thelonious Monk (sorry for the all caps):

    "STOP PLAYING ALL THOSE WEIRD NOTES, PLAY THE MELODY!"

    "WHAT YOU DON’T PLAY CAN BE MORE...
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