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Bedubya I'll never learn mandolin because.... (27) I'll Never Learn Mandolin Because..... 11 Apr 01

I,ve been putzing around with the mandolin for about 20 years now, but have never learned to play it very well. About a dozen old fiddle tunes and a little backup are the extent of my abilities. The primary reason is that I have a hard time praticing with it. Every time I sit down to practice, the unaccompanied sound of the thing starts annoying me after about thirty minutes. I have a decent mandolin, a Flatiron, so that's not the problem. I think an unaccompanied Lloyd Loar F-5 would get on my nerves as well. I enjoy playing it on the rare occasion when I have a competent rhythm guitarist around to add some mids and bass, but that doesn't happen often enough. I suppose I could record my own rhythm tracks and play to them, but that seems a bit like wanking to me. I can practice 5-string banjo or hammered dulcimer for hours without accompaniment. It's just the mando that grates.

Not really sure why I'm posting this. I doubt there's anything anyone's going to say that will change my taste in tonality, but have at it anyway.



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