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Old 01-06-2023, 03:02 PM
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This thing is really easy to play. Now I've gotta work on my stretches to make those 4 finger chop chords. Who'd a thunk that picking up an instrument 1/3 the size of a guitar would require me to increase my stretch ??
Boy that brought back memories. Me with the small hands trying the chop G. Then the closed scale positions I was struggling with led to playing closed scales at the fifth fret, then dropping a fret until I was playing at the first. I did that exclusively for two months! I gained about 1/16 inch of reach, which made a big difference. Thing is, I liked and still do, playing exercises. I remember running through first position scales in all keys, and when I came to the closed scales, I could play them a lot better. It's the kind of thing that really motivates me.
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Old 01-08-2023, 03:24 PM
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Boy that brought back memories. Me with the small hands trying the chop G. Then the closed scale positions I was struggling with led to playing closed scales at the fifth fret, then dropping a fret until I was playing at the first. I did that exclusively for two months! I gained about 1/16 inch of reach, which made a big difference. Thing is, I liked and still do, playing exercises. I remember running through first position scales in all keys, and when I came to the closed scales, I could play them a lot better. It's the kind of thing that really motivates me.
My paws are pretty tiny too. Over the years Iíve learned to increase my stretch, or play around my limitations on guitar, but dang this mandolin is a different beast. I need to add running scales and some other exercises to my practice routine.
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Old 01-09-2023, 10:45 AM
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Can someone tell me how that compares to the Loar LM-600?
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My paws are pretty tiny too. Over the years I’ve learned to increase my stretch, or play around my limitations on guitar, but dang this mandolin is a different beast. I need to add running scales and some other exercises to my practice routine.
If you play scales in every key, going counter clockwise through the circle of fifths, C,F, Bb, etc., you end up learning most of the fingerings you will need, plus if you think out the scale root, you'll learn the fretboard notes. This won't make a lot of musical sense until you realize one day you can learn a fiddle tune in half the time it used to take you, and your play by ear guesses become correct more often. Eight years on, I warm up with scales and scale exercises.

Metronome, metronome, metronome.

After you do your exercises, learn a fiddle tune or three. Mandolessons.com is a good place to start. And use your pinky from the get go. Strive for an even tone.

Metronome, metronome, metronome

PM me if you want a run through of what I'm talking about
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