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bio website n8v.enteuxis.org
location Fairbanks, AK
age 39
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen Oct 1 at 19:53

I'm an amateur guitar, mandolin, and octave mandolin player interested in a lot of styles of music and in singing, songwriting and recording. But I'm also a pro Suzuki dad.


Jul
12
comment Incorporating modes in solos
Pedal tones... good idea.
May
18
comment What to play instead of chords with an informal group?
Bouzoukis have a similar long scale - you might look at bouzouki materials.
May
18
comment What to play instead of chords with an informal group?
Oh yeah- don't forget to listen to the other musicians a lot and know when to not play. A little banjo can go a long way - like plucking one note per backbeat or per measure or wherever there's space in the arrangement.
May
18
comment What to play instead of chords with an informal group?
Cool. You can play any note at any time. But it's usually expected that you'll mostly play notes contained within the current chord or at least the current scale/key. Try developing riffs around the root or the 5th note of each chord. The chord shapes can be useful for developing riffs too-- you don't need to get all fingers on the shape at once, but you can think of them as important milestones to hit.
May
13
comment What is the right age to start learning to play violin?
There is a physiological advantage to starting earlier. I'm amazed at how my kids (after a few years of Suzuki) can use all five left-hand fingers pretty much equally, but my pinky finger is still slow, clumsy and weak after many years practicing guitar as an adult.
May
13
comment Do cold/hot drinks have any effect on woodwinds and brass performers?
I bet military band members would have a wealth of practical experience in this regard.
Apr
29
comment I've heard of advanced performers taking Dalcrose Eurhythmics classes- would such classes be appropriate for a beginner too?
+1, my kids take Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes at their Suzuki Institute summer program and it's one of their favorite things because it's so fun.
Jan
25
comment Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?
Don't forget to factor in the time savings from less frequent string changes.