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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    BTW and FYI, a personal note - when I'm posting opinions in these threads, it usually means I have a pile of boring tasks to do, and I'm trying very hard to avoid doing them Especially paperwork...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    Yes, they are all over the place because its an oft-used but largely undefined term, meaning "somewhere between beginner and advanced", except as I said above, certain schools, camps, etc. have their...
  3. Re: A beginners 'riff' and my thanks to mandolin cafe

    By happenstance, on my usual search for more guitars, I saw a very inexpensive, 100 year old bowlback mandolin on eBay and bought it. Fixed it up, played some tunes I knew from guitar, found this...
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    Re: Right Hand Technique

    Yes, yes, yes ... If you are doing a rhythmic alternating picking pattern in 4/4 time, sometimes you will start on a downstroke, sometimes an upstroke ... it depends wehether the first note of the...
  5. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    The Redheaded Stranger and Viva Terlingua were seminal for me in the country vein, made country music cool for me again. :)
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    The story I told in post #6 - that guy's technique and his guitar sounded awesome. A real wow factor on both accounts. The guitar looked like a beat up old Martin, without a headstock decal, and I...
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    Appearances mean more to some, less to others. If I picked up a new, distressed instrument and played it, and it had a wow factor about the sound and feel of it, I might want it - I can entertain...
  8. Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Can't really do this because I was deeply affected by so many at so many points in life ...

    At three or four it was Homer & Jethro albums, think Don't Jump Off Of The Roof, Dad

    At 5 & 6 it was...
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    Re: Please define “intermediate”

    There's really no generally accepted definition of that, depends a lot on your musical goals and genre, so some schools of music have their own semi-rigid definition but in general, intermediate...
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    I do have that problem now that you’ve brought it up :)

    Really, I’ve always thought of it in terms of the former, but now I think it’s ambiguous and I lean more toward key of G
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    Re: bVII—IV—I (NMC)

    +1 Excellent article and videos
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    “Own feelings and experiences” = expressing yourself. Some of you goes into your playing if your playing has enough originality to be interesting, in my lowly opinion.
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    Re: Antiqued/distressed instruments?

    I saw a very good old picker at the Pearl Bluegrass Jam playing a well worn old guitar, the guy had the chops and the semi-pro experience. I asked about the axe and he said it was a brand new custom...
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    Re: Is It Possible to Fake It?

    I would encourage any musician to practice "expressing themselves" with their music. Who cares if no one else is interested? Play what's interesting to you and you'll enjoy it; express your feelings...
  15. Re: Tips. exercises, approach to strumming while playing melody

    The technique of that young man requires way more than three months’ training, but it’s good to stretch yourself and aspire to making great music. Some things to work on for this piece ...

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    Re: Consistency and comfort...

    More questions arise: How long have you been playing guitar? How long have you been playing mandolin? Have you had a chance to play any other mandolins besides your Eastman 315? Have you had any...
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    Re: Consistency and comfort...

    Can you be more specific? For instance, what do you mean “to a high level”? Also, you seem to be saying that you are unable to get “good tone” and to “play cleanly”. Do you mean that this is the case...
  18. Re: Beginner - Hoping to get more into chord work

    Here are couple recent things I’ll point to, not performances, just chording examples of a couple tunes:
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    That was one perspective I had, yet having looked back over this thread I think one could learn a lot from it including some practical advise pertaining to the OP
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    Re: I Like This Pick... But What Is It?

    Looks like a casein pick, the color is like a Buffalo horn pick, but they’re rarely polished to perfection like that.
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    David, I’ve found no error in any of your comments besides the misstatement confusing diminished fifth with diminished sixth. As far as your earlier comment aimed at a quote from me about the...
  22. Re: how do you prevent and get rid of hand cramps

    If you experience cramping or pain due to extended play/practice sessions, then definitely stop and rest. In addition to all the great advice above, it is true that what we demand of our hands in...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    This thread is toast for sure. What derailed it was the usual, “Is it a circle of fifths or a circle of fourths” red herring. I’m sorry for my own contributions to the hijack. I have my position on...
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Excellent materials and comments as usual, Jim. Thanks. And thanks again for opening up your library freebies last year when COVID stay-home orders were prevalent.
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    Re: How to practice Circle of 5ths

    Lmao I love that old interview been awhile since it was posted here. Pythagoras & Bill Monroe according to Carlton Haney - gotta love it.
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