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  1. 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...
  3. 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...
  7. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  14. 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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    Re: About TAB and SN

    The discussion about "Sweet Georgia Brown" wasn't really about what key to play it in, but whether the first chord is the key or not. In the key of G, the first chord is E(7). In the key of F, the...
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    Re: key of G: #G (0023) etc what does it mean?

    Why is there a number/sharp sign in front of the G and D? It isn't being used as a sharp sign, because it is a g natural. Besides, if it was a sharp sign, it would be AFTER the G.
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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...
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    Re: About TAB and SN

    The key of B (which is diatonic) cannot have a Bb, since you already use a B natural for the tonic. Phrygian dominant is not a diatonic scale, so does not follow the rule of not mixing sharps and...
  21. Re: a suggestion for not mutin you mando with your belly

    This looks like it would dampen the vibrations just like your belly. How does it not mute the back of the instrument?
  22. 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...
  23. 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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