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zander (inactive) 30 Mar 00 - 07:02 PM
Willie-O 30 Mar 00 - 07:13 PM
Malcolm Douglas 30 Mar 00 - 08:28 PM
GUEST,Phil Cooper 30 Mar 00 - 08:42 PM
pastorpest 30 Mar 00 - 09:07 PM
wlisk 31 Mar 00 - 11:52 AM
Wesley S 31 Mar 00 - 03:52 PM
Charcloth 31 Mar 00 - 05:24 PM
RWilhelm 01 Apr 00 - 12:16 AM
zander (inactive) 01 Apr 00 - 05:27 AM
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Subject: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: zander (inactive)
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 07:02 PM

Does anybody know a good tutor for mandola aka octave mandolin, it seems that the only tutors I can find are for mandolin , which I already play, it seems a waste of a good instrument just to play it like a mandolin one octave lower. help. Dave


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: Willie-O
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 07:13 PM

Is it a mandola or an octave mando? They are distinctly different. An octave mandolin is tuned GDAE an octave down; a mandola is by design tuned a fifth down, CGDA. (so to play tunes in their customary keys, you have to figure out how to finger them in keys for which they were not written. This is often a challenge.)

Either instrument has more guitar-like timbre than a mandolin, and more sustain, so you can use these to good advantage. Instead of mandolin chop you can play chords with two open strings and they will ring and drone very nicely. And you can accompany your own singing without sounding like Alvin & the Chipmunks.

Sorry, don't know any good tutorials. Check with Homespun and like that I guess.

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 08:28 PM

If you don't want to duplicate mandolin stuff an octave lower, go for an open(ish) tuning: ADAD, ADAE, GDAD and GDGD all offer interesting possibilities.  Mind you, you'll have to work it all out for yourself!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: GUEST,Phil Cooper
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 08:42 PM

I play an octave mandolin myself to the standard mandolin tuning. However another tuning that is commonly used is GDAD. You may also want to try tuning it in dulcimer modes (a dulcimer on steroids so to speak).


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: pastorpest
Date: 30 Mar 00 - 09:07 PM

The Irish bouzouki is like an octave mandolin and is usually tuned GDAD or ADAD. There are lots of helps for these tunings. Hans Irish Bouzouki Homepage will give you lots of chords in charts and right hand technique information.


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: wlisk
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 11:52 AM

Try www.ice.el.utwente.nl/~han/bouzouki/ for Hans Bouzouki page. Very helpful site.


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: Wesley S
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 03:52 PM

I thought you might like to know that there is a good article about bouzouki's, citterns, and octave mandolins in the new issue of Acoustic Guitar. It has the Dixie Chicks on the cover. Some on line resources and luthiers are listed. You might want to check it out. It's not comprehensive but it is a good overview. I'm looking forward to picking up an octive mandolin after I sell off a few things. If anyone has anything to add about a good brand or style I'd be interested to hear what you have to say.


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: Charcloth
Date: 31 Mar 00 - 05:24 PM

An Irish Tenor banjo is often tuned like an octave mandolin GDAE but those ( Tenore banjo) are used mostly for lead work. The Bouzouki or octave mandoline is better sounding to do back up as well


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: RWilhelm
Date: 01 Apr 00 - 12:16 AM

There is a book on mandola (which, as Willie-O said is not an octave mandolin) by Niles Hokkanen. You can order it from Niles Hokkanen, PO Box 3585, Winchester, VA 22604, USA.


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Subject: RE: Help: Tutors for Mandola [ octave mandolin ]
From: zander (inactive)
Date: 01 Apr 00 - 05:27 AM

Thanx everyone, it's been a great help, particularly Hans bouzouki website. Wesley I cant speak for any other make but I play a Fylde octave mandolin, hand made in England, it's the most stunning sounding instrument, Best regards, Dave


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