Mudcat Café message #1743405 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91596   Message #1743405
Posted By: Wesley S
18-May-06 - 04:13 PM
Thread Name: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
Subject: Mandolin Mudcatters survey
I thought it might be interesting to take a census of the current members of the Mudcat that play the family of mandolin instruments. Here are a few things I'd like to know:

Is the mandolin your primary instrument or a sideline?

Do you perform regularly with others/are you part of an organized group?

What type of music do you play?

What style would you LIKE to be playing?

Are you happy with your mandolin?

What type/style/brand of mandolin do you own.

For myself – I play in a folk group { Matthew-Mark, Luke and Bubba } that occasionally does a bluegrass tune. The mandolin is my primary instrument now but I was originally a guitar player { weren't we all }. We play in public about once or twice a month. I'd love to start playing blues in a jugband on a regular basis but that's not the interest of the other guys in the group. The mandolin I usually play is a Weber Fern but I also own a Weber Bridger which I'm trying to sell. That's because I'm expecting UPS to deliver an A style mando from Hans Brentrup tomorrow. I also have a Davy Stewart octave mandolin but we've never used it in our group – it seems to be in the same register as the two guitars and it blends too well. So for now it's just for playing at home.

When I talk about an octave mandolin I'm using an American term. It's tuned GDAE from low to high. I understand different terms are used in other countries. I also hope to have a mandola { tuned CGDA } someday also.   

No matter how good I get on the mandolin I'll always feel that I have more to learn. That's one of the things I like about playing a musical instrument – it's always about the journey – it's never about the destination.

Also – can I assume that you mandolin players already know about the Mandolin Café ? www.mandolincafe.com ? There are several mandolin forums out there but the café seems to be the best.

So how about you ?