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    Re: Bridge digging into picking hand

    I agree with DavidKos - not a good idea to rest any part of your hand or wrist on the bridge of your instrument. But many players brush the bridge slightly, using it as a "depth gauge" to pick more...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Try practicing a few measures at a time without the music in front of you. Once you can play those measures without referring to the sheet music , add a few more until you can play the whole tune...
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    Re: Are old strings hard to keep in tune? Why?

    To expand upon what Dale said, and upon a couple of other things that have been mentioned here... this might get kind of long, but you don't have to read it if you don't want to...

    As we play we...
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Good point - but by using fingering marks, you can indicate the same information on staff notation.
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    Re: Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning?

    Is playing TABS detrimental to really learning? No.

    Is not playing notation detrimental to really learning? Yes.
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    Re: "Playing the circle of fifths"

    Hmmm, HEY JOE is an anomaly, I sure wouldn't base any blank statement around that song.
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    Re: Off in the weeds on my first mando purchase ...

    If you don't like tiny necks, and you already play guitar, I suggest you look at some of the old Gibson oval hole mandolins. The plainer models made in the 1910's have nice, ample necks, and can be...
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    Re: Robert Hunter RIP

    Fare you well my honey
    Fare you well my only true one
    All the birds that were singing
    Have flown except you alone

    Going to leave this Brokedown Palace
    On my hands and my knees I will roll roll...
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    Re: Cords on the ground

    Don't run your XLR and power cables together. Better to have them cross at an angle to prevent potential noise.
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    Re: Help with Timing

    From what I understand the Bluegrass chop is a chord on beats 2 and 4, usually a closed fingering one.

    Country could have chords on 2 and 4, the "backbeats", but could have other strums depending...
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    Re: Would you sacrifice tone for playability?

    Tone, Tone, Tone. I find playability can be adjusted, tone is most important for me. I find when changing string gauges the intonation has to be reset or you are not doing a fair comparison,...
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    Re: Top 5 Sam Bush tracks

    One album I didn't mention before which is certainly worth checking out is Strength in Numbers "The Telluride Sessions". This supergroup is basically the Telluride House Band with Sam, Bela, Jerry,...
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    Re: Easiest keys? major/minor

    bigskygirl said "no open strings" for the key of B. DavidL pointed out that E is in the key of B, so there is indeed an open string in the key of B, because E is one of the open strings.
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    Re: Was he really a lefty?

    I think Orville realized that you need both hands to play an instrument so, why make them “left handed”?
    Don’t get me wrong, I am as left handed as the day is long but, I am so pleased that I...
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    Re: How To Avoid Losing An Expensive Pick

    The best way not to lose an expensive pick is not to buy one.

    Dave H
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    if you are flatting the 9th then you are lowering the 9th so Bflat is the appropriate notation
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    Re: Custom Build Luthiers

    I'd add Mike Black who makes very attractive A5's based on the Griffith Loar body style.
  18. Re: Best skills to learn to quickly be able to jam/play with othe

    1. Listening is the most important; along with it, the ability to translate the things you hear/see into your own playing.

    2. Modesty and courtesy, the willingness to stay in the background,...
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    listening
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    Re: What mando chords are these?

    I also believe, (and practice) that the + only means augmented, and if I want a raised anything other than the 5th, I call it '#', as in E7#9, not E7+9.
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    Wrong, the earth is Natural!:grin:
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    Re: keys that don't sound good

    Because there is, technically, such a note as Fb, E#, Cb,and B#. E# sounds exactly like F natural, but from a pure theory perspective, one does not function exactly like the other. Let's say you're...
  23. Re: The great 440 Hz conspiracy, and why all of our music is wron

    This is more of that A440 is Nazi evil BS that has been posted on music forums for some years now.

    I have posted on many forums refuting these bogus claims about pitch.

    No pitch is cosmically...
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    Re: Need help with Jigs

    Another heresy of mine: It is definitely not necessary to play Irish jigs on the mandolin using DUD-DUD stroke patterns. It is entirely possible to play these jigs (and slip jigs, as well) with...
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    Re: Question about minor scales

    Phrygian mode is the white keys from E to E.

    transposed to C, that's C Db Eb F G Ab Bb C

    Yes it has a b2nd scale degree

    As for "minor Phrygian", all normal Phrygian mode is minor as it has a...
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