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10.22.14

Sierra Hull at breakfast
We were fortunate enough to see the following performance live at a 2014 Summer NAMM breakfast, although from about 200 feet back. It's great to
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10.20.14

Aaron Weinstein; LIZA
Do we ever get tired of viewing a fresh new chord melody arrangement from east coast string wizard Aaron Weinstein? Nope. Complete with walking
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10.18.14

Michael Lampert on iTunes
The first CD recorded by Los Angeles area jazz mandolinist Michael Lampert, Jacaranda, remains an exercise in silky smooth tone. This and his subsequent project,
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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
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Ears: Tone Concepts

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Tone Concepts:
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Cataloging Bad Tone
Understanding pick construction

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