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    Re: What 7th Chords Go with What Major Keys?

    Regular 7 chords (major chord with a minor 7) are naturally found on the dominant (V) and lead to the tonic (I). They can also be used as secondary (temporary) dominants and lead to any note.

    They...
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    Re: What 7th Chords Go with What Major Keys?

    The chord built on B should be a half-diminished 7 (B D F A), not a diminished 7 (B D F Ab).
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    Re: What do the numbers mean???

    My first thought was that they were octave numbers for notes: A4 is the A in the treble clef, A=440. A2 is two octaves lower.
  4. Thread: Intonation

    by David L
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    Re: Intonation

    Equal temperament has to do with the relationship between all of the notes. "Averagely out of tune" is in relation to other notes. There is no one note that is "in tune", and conversely, any note can...
  5. Thread: Intonation

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    Re: Intonation

    Equal temperament is NOT centered around C. It is the opposite: just temperaments are centered around a particular key (usually C), but equal temperament did away with that.
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    Re: Pick thickness - how to choose?

    The most important is "what does it sound like?" Next most important is "what does it feel like?"

    Also of importance (if you play outside): "what color is it? If I drop it, will it disappear?"
  7. Re: Mandolin sheet music in standard notation only: where is it?

    Why worry about finding "mandolin" music? The beauty of standard notation is that it is not instrument specific. Hardly any (maybe none) of the hundreds of tunes I've played on mandolin were written...
  8. Thread: Pick Rotation

    by David L
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    Re: Pick Rotation

    It was originally designed for drummers to improve their grip. It helps keep from accidentally losing the stick. It doesn't affect much when trying to throw a stick at a band member.
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    Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    That's the difference between reality and The Antiques Roadshow.
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    Re: What Sensation Should You Feel for "The One?"

    I thought this thread would be about how the first beat of the measure feels different.
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    Re: Mandolin goes sharp between sessions?

    Humidity changes affect the wood WAY more than temperature changes affect the metal. Your body temperature makes little difference to the string temperature.

    Body temperature DOES affect brass...
  12. Re: Definition of a good mandolin player’s spouse

    My wife of 46 years has always been supportive of my music and instrument purchases. It used to be that whenever she got a new horse or furniture, I got a new instrument, but that has gone by the...
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    Re: Mandolin Banjo?

    I have a mandolin-banjo (maybe a Slingerland) that I use a lot. I play it at the local Irish session, where it is the perfect sound and volume. I also play it at the local mixed-genre jam, where it...
  14. 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: Old mandolins versus new a conclusion

    I lightly brush the bridge with the heel of my hand. I have sanded off the sharp corners of almost every bridge I own.
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    Re: Early Gibson A4 - Different Inlays?

    Whether it has been refinished or not, the fretboard inlays are probably original. My 1906 F2 has the same (or very similar) inlays. I believe that they were a fancy option, not included in the "F2"...
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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...
  18. 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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    Re: Metal Mandolins

    When I was in college, a friend bought a metal string bass at an antique shop. Pretty poor sound, but it was weatherproof.
  22. 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.
  23. Re: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals...

    I have one of those folding cardboard sun shields for my windshield. There is a warning along the bottom which reads, "Do not operate vehicle with shield in place".
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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.
  25. Thread: Tuning up

    by David L
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    Re: Tuning up

    Use lighter gauge strings than you usually do, to ease the tension.
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