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Nov 11, 2021 - 7:00:08 PM
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258 posts since 1/12/2011

Do you tremolo on one course of strings or do you double stop tremolo most of the time ? Thoughts' on when to single course tremolo or use double stops ?

Nov 13, 2021 - 5:09:36 AM
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Robert

USA

96 posts since 12/30/2010

If you listen to other mandolinists, you will hear them doing all of the above including chords. My answer is yes to your question. I have trmemloed single strings, double strings, triple strings and on occasion all four.

Nov 13, 2021 - 3:33:25 PM
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23 posts since 10/16/2015

Tremolo on double stops and beyond usually appears in the backup or on slow numbers. Single string tremolo, at least for me, is mostly on fast tunes, similar to what you hear Bill Monroe do on Long Journey Home. As Bob said, depending on the player, you'll hear it down in all of the various combinations.

Nov 18, 2021 - 4:05:46 PM

TSSN

USA

1012 posts since 1/3/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Eddie Collins

Tremolo on double stops and beyond usually appears in the backup or on slow numbers. Single string tremolo, at least for me, is mostly on fast tunes...


+1 on those statements. 

Nov 30, 2021 - 5:48:36 AM

Robert

USA

96 posts since 12/30/2010

We jokingly call it "fanning" the strings. If you listen closely you will hear it used to good end in a lot of instances. Mike Compton does a marvelous job of using it on his recording with Norman Blake. It is the best way to provide sustain to an instrument prone to rapid decay of tone and volume of a note.

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