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    can anybody explain the G run to me and others still learning these things?

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    Guitar G run? or mandolin G run? The opening of Uncle Pen is a G run, even though it's in A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (DryBones @ Mar. 17 2007, 15:01)
    can anybody explain the G run to me and others still learning these things?

    thanks
    It's a run on the guitar, starting from the g on the low E string,
    ending on the open g. something like
    g-a-a#-b-d-e-d-g

    It's an overworked cliché. Some people
    believe it's an essential thing to know if you're playing bluegrass.
    It's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by
    It's an overworked cliché. Some people
    believe it's an essential thing to know if you're playing bluegrass.
    It's not.
    It depends on who you ask
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    thanks for the info. is it ever used on the mando?
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    Well, in that it is a standard lick it is used on a mandolin. The thing is that different runs have become more widely used on the mandolin. Whatever sounds good to the player is used. These runs are generally used to begin and end phrases. I use the g run pattern all the time on mandolin.
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    Wow! I didn't know a G could run # #
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    Quote Originally Posted by (jbmando @ Mar. 17 2007, 21:25)
    I use the g run pattern all the time on mandolin.
    same notes as the guitar run or is yours different?
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    I use short G-runs during slower tunes, like the Bill and Jimmy doing:

    Sittin Alone in the Moonlight (ba dee-da da-dum)
    Thinking of the days gone by (ba dee-da da-dum)
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    Quote Originally Posted by (DryBones @ Mar. 18 2007, 09:51)
    Quote Originally Posted by (jbmando @ Mar. 17 2007, 21:25)
    I use the g run pattern all the time on mandolin.
    same notes as the guitar run or is yours different?
    Basically the same. There are a few ways to vary the actual order of the notes in a G run, but they all start low and end higher. The guitar "G run " in A that kicks off Uncle Pen starts on the B and ends on the next higher A and it doesn't go back down right before the top A. Here: B C C# E F# (many "G runs put another E here) A. You can start it on the low G instead of the B and vary the notes to make it interesting.
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