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04.17.14

Interview with Don Julin; Mandolin Exercises for Dummies
We were given the privilege of another in-depth interview for the Mandolin Cafe recently with renowned author, musician, and clinician Don Julin prior to the
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04.15.14

Juicy 3-note minor chord streams up the neck
Although it's there, you don't need to know the science or theory behind them, you can just enjoy them for how they sound. Want to
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04.13.14

Is an F-body mandolin better than an A-body in sound?
We've seen the question asked everywhere online and in person. The merits of the scrolled F-body mandolin over the Spartan A-body. We understand the structural
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Fingers: Exercises and Techniques

Exercises & Techniques:
FFcP Pentatonic Studies
ii V7 I Major Patterns
ii7b5 V7 i Minor Patterns


Sweeping for tone
Two Octave FFcP
Seamless shifting

Ears: Tone Concepts

Brain: Jazz Theory

Tone Concepts:
The virtues of sustain
Cataloging Bad Tone
Understanding pick construction

Theory:
Jazzed Pentatonic
Mandolin Chord Economics
Intentional Improvisation


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