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  1. Re: Clean fretting where there's more finger than board?

    It doesn't matter if your finger slops over the fret behind it. The front of your finger (the part closest to the bridge) is all that matters.
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    Re: Negative harmony.

    You can pivot around any axis, but the most usual place (in the key of C) is to invert over the place in between Eb and E. So E becomes Eb, and F becomes D, and Gb becomes Db, etc. Negative harmony...
  3. Re: Slonimksy's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

    I have used this book on occasion to find different scales. It is more of a dictionary than a textbook.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Well, I played euphonium in high school and college and majored in percussion performance. After decades of orchestra and city bands, all of the percussion has been used in many concerts. In...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    I have a vast instrument collection with no two of anything. The closest to two of something is a 1906 F2 and a bowlback (both are mandolins). Every thing else is really a different instrument:
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  6. Thread: technique

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    Re: technique

    You can't have too much technique, but you can certainly USE too much technique, if that is your only goal.
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    Re: key of G: #G (0023) etc what does it mean?

    I think that the "#" signs are a formatting problem. They are from a 14-year-old post from EdSherry, and are used randomly throughout the post.
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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    Slightly brushing the bridge is fine. Lightly touching the bass strings with the fleshy part below your thumb (unless you are playing those strings) helps mute those strings and keep them from...
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    I realized after I posted that it is "Stephan" Colbert, not "Steven".
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    Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    This week, Steven Colbert (A Tonight Show) had Sturgill Simpson as his musical guest. He has a new album of bluegrass versions of his songs. I wasn't very impressed with Sturgill, but his band was...
  11. Re: What are, celtic-, bluegrass-, classical etc. mandolins?

    You can play any style of music on any type of mandolin. That said, there are certain tones that are generally thought of as more appropriate for certain styles. F-hole mandolins generally have more...
  12. Thread: Key of Bb

    by David L
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    Re: Key of Bb

    In the key of C, you will find Bb way more than Bb7.

    You also find the secondary dominant, which is D or D7. Sometimes a string of secondary dominants: E - A - D - G - C, or E7 - A7 - D7 - G7 - C
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Little Feat have a song on their Down on the Farm album called "Perfect Imperfection".
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    Re: Mandolin to DADGAD

    The G is a perfect fourth, not a "minor fourth", and definitely not an augmented third. As has been answered, it is often preferred because it is not major or minor.
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    Re: instrument an offensive weapon (no mando)

    I once saw Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) as a guest conductor with the KU band. He said, "These should be saxophone jokes, but since I usually work with orchestras, I'll tell them as viola jokes". He...
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    There is a difference between mixing string gauges for different pitches and mixing string gauges in a paired course. Using heavy G and D with medium A and E won't cause any intonation problems, just...
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    Re: Specific Pick Direction Question

    Keeping the DUDU 16ths steady means that the eight notes are all downs.
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    Re: Mandolins "Opening Up"

    Or is it that YOU have warmed up and opened up? Have you tried having someone else play it for an hour, then see how YOU sound?
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    Re: Practicing the swing feel for Irish music

    "Swing" is a tricky thing. Even in "swing" music, the ratio between the long note and the short note is variable. Faster tempos tend to have less swing (lower ratio) than slower tempos, but not...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    "Reading" and "sight reading" are two different things. "Sight reading" means reading and playing something (which you have never seen) for the very first time. Good sight reading includes playing...
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    Re: Sight read tab?

    Reading and/or memorizing have nothing to do with knowing how to play each genre with its unique, associated "feel".
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Don't blame the tab for your lack of other skills. You didn't "waste" four years, you spent four years preparing yourself to learn by ear.
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    Re: Thomastik-Infeld Strings

    I have used Thomastik-Infield mediums exclusively on my 1906 Gibson F2, 1927 Gibson mandola, and 1908 Gibson mandocello for over two decades.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    While describing them as "each chord is the 4th of the previous chord," is accurate, what is important is this: Each chord is the 5th (dominant) of the next chord. That is the way the chords...
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    That is interesting, as classical theory calls them "half-diminished seventh" and jazz calls them "minor7 flat5". "Half-diminished" is a perfect description: the fifth is diminished and the seventh...
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