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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    How to remember where I left my Glasses is the 1st lesson challenge..
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    Re: Sierra Hull on Steven Colbert

    A mumblemouth singer who is lucky enough to catch the current spotlight, backed up by an Ace studio band. 'Twas ever thus.
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    One trick that can help is to learn the song starting from the end. Memorize and play the last bar, then the last two bars, then the last three, then four, then five, six ... until you run off the...
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    Re: How to remember tunes?

    Having a reference book with the first 2 or 3 bars of melody, in notation or tab, will help you remember them.
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    There's plenty of good advice above, but I didn't find the transition from fiddle to mandolin all that easy. Picking out notes was simple, but what I was doing with both hands was quite different...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The little stutters are called "cuts", a series of usually three short notes, dug in, rather than lightly bowed. This tutorial demonstrates more or less what Natalie's doing. However, Cape Breton...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    The version I have looks to be the same tune as the Session ones, but a different arrangement than any of these. Natalie seems to be playing this reel as a "slow air."
    Here's another good source...
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    Re: Flora MacDonald

    Lovely Natalie McMasters version. Here’s the session page, not sure which version is most similar:
    https://thesession.org/tunes/2629
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    Re: 1917 Gibson A "Mint Condition"

    The exact positions of the frets on the old Gibsons varies from instrument to instrument. The general tendencies are that the first five or six are a bit far back, 7 through 12 are not too bad, and...
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    Re: "Playability"

    It may be a matter of semantics, but I think of a difference between setup and playability features.



    What John is describing here is what I think of as setup. It’s a series of adjustments —...
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    Re: "Playability"

    Hey, DC! If you take the online purchase route, I would add to Dennis Vance, at The Mandolin Store, Kevin Douglas, at MandoMutt! Both of these guys are 1st class, and very interested that you get the...
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    Re: "Playability"

    The mandolin that you have probably needs a set up. A Rover isn't a "top quality" mandolin, but a set up by a competent luthier or repair person would make it more playable and might help you make...
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