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Peg 01 May 02 - 12:30 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 01 May 02 - 12:35 AM
hesperis 01 May 02 - 01:21 AM
michaelr 01 May 02 - 01:40 AM
michaelr 01 May 02 - 02:08 AM
Gypsy 01 May 02 - 11:31 AM
Peg 02 May 02 - 10:52 AM
Big Mick 02 May 02 - 11:15 AM
Sam Pirt 02 May 02 - 02:30 PM
Aidan Crossey 02 May 02 - 05:05 PM
GUEST,Davetnova 02 May 02 - 05:17 PM
GUEST,Davetnova 02 May 02 - 05:28 PM
Aidan Crossey 03 May 02 - 04:24 AM
GUEST,Knave 03 May 02 - 05:18 AM
GUEST,Busyboy 03 May 02 - 07:34 AM
53 03 May 02 - 01:22 PM
van lingle 03 May 02 - 10:04 PM
Aidan Crossey 04 May 02 - 02:50 AM
Peg 04 May 02 - 03:24 AM
GUEST,Dave T 04 May 02 - 06:38 AM
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Subject: I bought a mandolin!
From: Peg
Date: 01 May 02 - 12:30 AM

Just a cheap one...but a mandolin nevertheless. From a cool old music shop in the town I went to collegein, during a college reunion I attended this weekend...

So any tips on how I learn to play this thing? (I know a bit of guitar).

Pe


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 01 May 02 - 12:35 AM

Try this www.mandolincafe.com sorry I forgot how to do links, & I'm just about to go to sleep (I'ts 5AM here)!


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: hesperis
Date: 01 May 02 - 01:21 AM

www.mandolincafe.com

Awesome, Peg! Mandolin rules. I miss mine, but at least I have a flute now.


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: michaelr
Date: 01 May 02 - 01:40 AM

Congrats, Peg! You'll have to forget most of your guitar fingerings, but the upside is, the mando fretboard requires much less of a stretch.

Happy plinking!
Michael


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: michaelr
Date: 01 May 02 - 02:08 AM

BTW, if ya wanna see somebody REALLY BOUGHT A MANDOLIN, see Anahootz's photos on (fittingly) the Guitars, guitars etc. thread.

Not that I'm jealous or anything...
Michael


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Gypsy
Date: 01 May 02 - 11:31 AM

Much easier than guitar...fewer strings, shorter neck, and the neck is narrow, too! Any Mel-Bay book will have you going soonest.


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Peg
Date: 02 May 02 - 10:52 AM

thanks for all the suggestions! I have very short fingers so I am hoping I will find this easier than guitar...

peg


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Big Mick
Date: 02 May 02 - 11:15 AM

Peg, make use of mandolin cafe, it is a wonderful site. Also, check Elderly Instruments website. When I am in that store, I often go through their mando section looking for anything on the Irish Bouzouki which is part of the family of instruments. There are great tutorials available for many different styles of playing from bluegrass to country blues to Irish style. It is a great instrument.

Mick


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 02 May 02 - 02:30 PM

You bought a mandlin here are some good players to watchout for -

Chris Thile (from Nickelcreek) Simon Mayor jane vikstern (Finland)

all good players, get some fgood tips of listening to them.

Cheers, sam


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 02 May 02 - 05:05 PM

Peg ...

If Irish music's your thing, then you could do worse than check out my website for a rake of original tunes in mando tab format. And volume one of my mandolin tunebook which has trad as well as original tunes in mando tab format. Go to Pay The Reckoning and follow the appropriate links.

On the other hand you could do as others have suggested and book yourself a table at the mandolin cafe ... I've contributed a quare hape o' mando tab to its archives! (And for those with an iron constitution, you can hear me play two tunes I wrote in memory of my da - "Gerry Crossey's Tune/Gerry Crossey's Hornpipe" - at The Mandolin Cafe MP3 Page.

G'luck wi' the mando.

Slán go foill.

Aidan Crossey (aka derrymacash ... aka Pay The Reckoning)


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: GUEST,Davetnova
Date: 02 May 02 - 05:17 PM

LIsten to Aidan He's the man for tunes and he tells a good ghost story.


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: GUEST,Davetnova
Date: 02 May 02 - 05:28 PM

I'm sorry for that, I'm rather inebriated.


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 03 May 02 - 04:24 AM

inebriation ... something that has inspired a good deal of my writing, strumming, diddling, singing


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: GUEST,Knave
Date: 03 May 02 - 05:18 AM

Gypsy: Last time I checked, mandolins had MORE stings than a guitar!

Peg: keeponpickin'
Knave


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: GUEST,Busyboy
Date: 03 May 02 - 07:34 AM

Think of your mandolin as an upside down guitar. A guitar (in standard tuning) is EADGBE. A mandolin is GDAE. If you visualize the last four strings of your guitar (but upside down and inverted in pitch) you can translate chords such as G and C easily. D is another matter-but it's easy. Its the second fret of the first and last strings. Now you're all set to accompany almost any tune in G!


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: 53
Date: 03 May 02 - 01:22 PM

I don't see how people can play one cause the fingerboard to me is too small. I wish you well in your conquest of the Mandolin. Bob


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: van lingle
Date: 03 May 02 - 10:04 PM

Congratulations Peg, it'a a different way to look at the world. If you're looking for tunes to play check out the Mandolin Fake Book. It's got about 250 tunes of various stripe and the arrangements go from easy to hard. vl


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Aidan Crossey
Date: 04 May 02 - 02:50 AM

Thinking of mandolin as upside guitar (assuming you use eadgbe tuning of course) will ultimately end up causing more confusion ...

In Irish music in particular, the mandolin is used almost exclusively as a melody instrument. We don't use chop chords in the way, for example, that bluegrass players do. And so we need to think of it as an instrument in its own right and develop the "finger memory" required to get around the two or three scales used in Irish music (essentially D, G, A and the minor relatives thereof).


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: Peg
Date: 04 May 02 - 03:24 AM

all excellent suggestions! thanks!

I was more of a "picker" when I played guitar because with my small hands and short fingers chords were very tricky for me...so I am hoping to be able to learn both melody playing and chords on the mando...

peg


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Subject: RE: I bought a mandolin!
From: GUEST,Dave T
Date: 04 May 02 - 06:38 AM

Hi Peg,

How 'bout that...I just got a mandolin a couple of weeks ago too. I'm a guitar player but took up fiddle a few years back, so mandolin was a natural (tuning's the same as violin). I find playing mandolin helps both my fiddle playing (the longer scale helps stretch my hand and finger position) and guitar playing (have to be more precise with picking and left hand finger position).

Enjoy and good luck,
Dave T


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