Wednesday, February 11, 2015

So a nice little practice, with video following, on transposing. So if you know a tune in the key of A, you should be able to play the same tune in any other key. It is real easy on the mandolin because of the tuning of the instrument. Example: Boil Cabbage Down A string- 4//5//4//2// You are playing it in the key of what happens if you run into a fiddle player that wants to play it in D? Easy!!! Go up to D String and play the exact same series as are playing the same tune in the Key of D now. Wait, you run into a guitar player that has no capo and wants to play it so he/she can ring that bluegrass G run---Easy...same notes as above on the G string!! Now some horn player wants to play it in Bf...well that is going to be a different entry all together!! jam on mando friends!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hello from Florida!! I have noticed that my action dropped about 1/16th from the artic cold up north. So i had to raise my action to comp the drop. This is pretty normal when moving around climates. Its pretty simple to do. Lower the string tension and depending on bridge, raise or lower using the thumb screws. Its real easy when you are changing your strings too. Play on!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Get them out of the case!!!

So as the first installment. Where to begin? First thought? Where are your instruments as you read this? AHHA..I knew it. In a case somewhere in your home, car or maybe your boat! Get them out and place them somewhere that is in your sight, your way, anything that encourages you to get your hands on them. Let nature take its course. You will play more often.

Ideas for Teaching?

So I have been looking at some older videos and I think there is some room to drill down even more on the basics. Keep your eyes open for updates.