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11.21.14

Instrument finish names destined for market failure
Marketing experts depend on branding that sells the sizzle of the steak. A catchy slogan or description can make or break a new product. Consider
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11.19.14

Fresh Rigel bargain gems
There's quite a quintet of quality used instruments recently listed in the Mandolin Cafe Classifieds by a seller in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular
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11.17.14

D'Addario FW74 flatwound strings now EFW74
The question has come up. What is the difference between D'Addario Strings newly listed EFW74 flatwound strings and the FW74 we helped them develop seven
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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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