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  1. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    Of course you can; it just takes a bag of different techniques. First, get rid of the no-sustain F-hole mando. Of course, the lower/bigger you go the more sustain you've got.

    O'Faolain did a...
  2. Re: Article: New Music by Joe K. Walsh - Bluegrass and the Abstra

    Know where the (altered) title is derived from?

    The Blues and the Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson (1961)

    https://assets.boomkat.com/spree/products/2905/large/original.jpg
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    Re: Transcriptions/resource website

    A few thoughts on transcribing which you may find helpful (or not):

    Rip whatever tracks you plan to transcribe from the CD onto your computer.

    A file has no moving parts, so your PC media...
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    Re: Just tuning. Will it make things better?

    A lot of electronic keyboards, and not necessarily only the pricey ones, will let you reset the scale from 12TET to just, meantone, and a few other of the historical tunings. Keyboards designed for...
  5. Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    That's a rather limited view. I think BB King and many others would disagree with that.
  6. Re: Right-hand Exercise Based on Snare Drum Rudiments

    I've used the drum rudiments as RH pick direction exercises, and have probably mentioned it in past postings.

    the drumming pattern |: RLRR LRLL :| can be assigned either |: DUDD UDUU :| or |:...
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    Re: ...or is it just me? It's just dumb!

    Just buy a 17" or 19" solid-body mini-guitar (at one-tenth the price of electric mandolin). Swap out the pickups for some Seymour Duncans or qualilty humbuckers, Remove the low E-string bridge...
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    Re: Gibson F2 and F4 mandolins.

    You'll often hear negative comparisons of old A's/F2s and F4s to old Gibson F5s, but really, most of the F-5 players just don't know how to handle a Gibson roundhole. (There can be differences in the...
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    Re: Greek mandolin music

    Here's one with mandolin:


    https://youtu.be/IDekz9sFgns

    • Spyros Mantalás - mandolin, horn in F
    • Sakis Láios - clarinet
    • Déspoina Spanou - cello
    • Aléxandros Kapsokavadis - classical &...
  10. Re: How do you think of the fretboard - closed patterns or just n

    Nothing wrong with either; thinking both ways would be better than just one.

    However, you ought to strive to push past that, and not think with right-brain analytic thought (patterns or...
  11. Sarah Allen of FLOOK interview (no mando content)

    FLOOK, the double flute UK/Irish band, are one of my favorite groups. I really love their stuff!

    If you are into progressive Celtic/Folk, you may find this long interview which I did with her...
  12. Re: Where did the tab edit files on Mandozine go?

    Thanks. I used that link you provided to restore the interview to my signature.

    That said, I think it's a good idea to make/save any stuff you think it really good that is on the web. It may be...
  13. Re: Where did the tab edit files on Mandozine go?

    Everything will disappear sooner or later, unless you save the page or paste it on a Word document and save it.\

    All the Mandozine CoMando Guest of The Week interviews were gone, including mine....
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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    The thicker the pick, the more bass you'll get. If you want a more trebly sound, use a medium. A thinner picker tends to brighten to higher harmonic overtones.

    How far away from the bridge you...
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    Re: Mandolin fingerpicking instruction?

    As far back as the mid 70's I was messing with some guitar-derived fingerpicking on the mandolin. There were some Happy Traum books on Oak that I had (Guitar Finger-Picking Styles and Finger-Picking...
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    Re: Which way do musicians make more money?

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    Re: Which way do musicians make more money?

    191845
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    Re: Fiddlers picking with bow direction?

    If you are slurring notes (hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides on mandolin) in the same places you would on fiddle, I see nothing wrong with fiddle/bow direction with a plectrum.



    I disagree on...
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    Re: crosspicking examples?

    Just the flesh of the fingertip. Pick + finger(s) really allows you to do stuff you couldn't otherwise do. For samba chording, the "pinch" gives you the sound a strum can not.
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    Re: crosspicking examples?

    Here's a CD track I played on with Jerry Rockwell, one of the finest Appalachian dulcimer players in the US. There's a lot of crosspicking in the long third part of the suite, although it isn't...
  21. Re: Any modern(cheaper) mandolins with a Gibson model A 1924 soun

    I thought that the Sawchyn A's out of Canada came pretty close. Don't know if he is still building mandos or not.
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    Al Capone! Mandola player

    Thought some of you might find this amusing!

    This Letter Tells What Al Capone Was Up to in Alcatraz
    Two words: prison band

    (excerpt)
    ....But that doesn’t mean Capone never got his way....
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    Re: Uncle John's Band Mandolin Lesson

    FWIW: "Uncle John's Band" is more-or-less a calypso tune.
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    Re: Dorian Pentatonic Scale (1 2 m3 5 M6 ) JAPANESE PENTATONICS

    I need to clarify re: Japanese Pentatonics. 1-2-m3-5-M6 is DORIAN pentatonic, but not "Kumoi"

    Hirajoshi, Japanese minor pentatonic (1) is:
    R-2-m3-5-m6. Rooted on D: D E F A Bb

    The other...
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    Dorian Pentatonic Scale (1 2 m3 5 M6 )

    This promotional video showed up in my FB feed.... Demonstration of Dorian pentatonic as used by John Coltrane. 1 2 m3 5 M6 (Sorry for the typo the thread title.) Moderator note: typo fixed

    (The...
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