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  1. Re: Clarification on Finger to Fret assignment

    Just to throw in - if you study scales it will pay dividends.
  2. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Well as the custom sometimes goes - hope we didn't overwhelm our overwhelmed OP. :)

    Now to throw the oft cited David Lindley axiom - it's all just one big guitar, or paraphr, meaning that in...
  3. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Hope Isaiah's killing it :mandosmiley:
  4. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Well, it's often about expression - range, harmony, texture, form, dynamics - rather than just melody and rhythm.

    Musical necessity or expediency is another matter. I admit, I'm usually drawn...
  5. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Yes, that is what we've been saying. But not only "Not try to learn or emulate the guitar players technique on the mandolin" but harmonic form as well, for while there is some technique sharing, the...
  6. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Well sure there are countless examples in many music forms (it's why I simply posted Sabicas, as flamenco is exemplary of those forms that won't be played on a mandolin). Saying that other, larger...
  7. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    I'm glad it makes sense to you, although I thnk it's needlessly cumbersome. I've been playing 5ths tuned instruments for 35 years and have never heard the term "diatonic fingering" (except here). ...
  8. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Ya, the guitar fngrbd - just looking at my guitar here (65.5cm sl) the frets become equally spaced as a mndln (~13" sl) at the 11 or 12th fret. So an octave up and it's the same fingerings - in...
  9. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Sounds like you know what you're doing, Isaiah, in terms of transposing material into more optimal range (for the mndln). Jeff, this is an example of what I'm referring to: adapting material to the...
  10. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    I merely make a conceptual comparison in reference to polyphonic, or harmonic, if you will, capacities as such are important matters in the OP's stated goals. Not as a pedagogic model, or anything...
  11. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    And you're on your way :) Congratulations.

    It's not uncommon to hear that - "never even really tried to learn the guitar" - in various iterations. I estimate the vast majority of guitar...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Vis a vis the debate about 'snging' - recall that processes vary in the body/mind pertaining to local and nonlocal functions. Considering disparate methods/experiences in "hearing" vs "playing,"...
  13. Re: Everything you wanted to know about the Irish bouzouki...

    Most of the time I'm speaking about harps, folks think I'm talking about moothies. :popcorn:

    Colloquial nomenclature and organological nomenclature are frequently at odds.
  14. Re: Overwhelmed beginner - merging of styles/genres?

    Excellent question(s). It will require experimentation, problem-solving, adaptation. Polyphonically, the mandolin is a slice of the guitar; as you've observed, its comparatively lesser capacity...
  15. Re: Unwanted string noises with mandolin and mandola

    In fact, it is common to use the palm for this purpose stated by OP - particularly when playing slide.

    As you mentioned, Knoppa, larger instruments do tend to resonate more for several reasons:...
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    I thought I'd qualify my statement about "pre-literate" traditions. I tend to get carried away in responding to ideological claims :whistling:
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Well there's a fascinating theory of time that would counter the argument of our scant history, in geologic time, being "equidistant" but I'm sure ancient humans and other species have systems or...
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    Re: Learning to read Rhythm

    Depends entirely on who you are and what you do. I've always felt rhythm in a primary sense and have never read any of it, while working as a drummer and bassist. The felt sense has always been the...
  19. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    Affirming what you've discovered - listening to a lot of the music will enable more facility in the playing. "Celtic" style and music from the Isles is so popular in the states, there's no dearth of...
  20. Re: Shove that Pigs Foot a Little Farther into the Fire

    Fine job. Though I'm a bit surprised that one of those banjos wasn't picked Scruggs-style, Gunnar - recalling your quest to cover it all. Maybe next year?
  21. Re: Best way to approach learning chords, vamping on mandolin?

    For me, it seemed easy and logical to learn 12 shapes (which contain all the inversions - 3 maj, 3 min, 4 7ths, 1 dim, 1 aug). This gives you access to the entire fingerboard - which I would think...
  22. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    Ooh, I meant to post this one - the old pibrochs and marches - I listen to the pipes, or old norwegian fiddlers. I get my happy grooving stuff in other forms..

    (the late Chris...
  23. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    I grew up in Rock City (Detroit) - zep was my childhood. As an adult I spent a lot of time in the mountains. The mountain tundra impelled in me a feeling for an imagined Gaelic landscape. Nature...
  24. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    Right, same with guitar - Jacob mentioned this. Ya it's an interesting study - evolution. I like to consider the psycho-social dimensions here - the instrument (its status) is just a victim of all...
  25. Re: The "legitimate classical instrument" thing..

    The catechism of tradition is very slow to permit change. I think your last remark, Jim, is instructive. With all of the variety about, we're likely to see prolific use of mandolin instruments in...
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