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MandolinPaul What (do we play)? (91* d) RE: What .....?!? 30 Jul 00

I used to sing, play guitar, and play harmonica in a blues band, which is the music I was obsessed with at the time. A couple of years ago, I sold my guitars (a Stratocaster, and a Vantage hollow-body, both souped to the nuts with custom pickups and trem systems, as well as my Yamaha acoustic), and bought a cheap mandolin (Samick, it is very cheaply made, but has OK tone).

After getting the mandolin, I started listening to a lot of folk-style singer/songwriters like John Prine, Woody Guthrie & Townes Van Zandt. Last summer, I started taking lessons on the mandolin. My teacher told me that in order to play the mandolin, I had to start listening to bluegrass and old-time. I did, and was chagrined to find myself eventually tapping my foot to it, then thoroughly enjoying it.

Now, when I visit back home, I jam with my brother and dad (jamming with my dad?!?). My dad will ask me to sing a few, so I end up dusting off the hokiest songs that I can find (Example: Beans, Bacon & Gravy, as sung by Pete Seeger), and we all seem to enjoy ourselves


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