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Thinking of buying a Mandolin

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Chad Landry, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Chad Landry

    Chad Landry Cajunator® CLM

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    I love the sound of those things.

    I probably need a piano more, but I love the sound of a mandolin.
     
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    A great instrument and a ton of fun.
     

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    Here's a photo of my Gibson made in 1928. It is an A2 model with the rare "snake head" headstock. I bought it from a music store in Bakersfield a long time ago and never really spent the time necessary to learn how to play it well. The mandolin, like the fiddle is tuned in fifths and makes it hard for a guitar player (well me anyway) to play without thinking about where every note is. This slows things down a bit. I'm too lazy to practice past this.
    I just saw where one like mine was sold at Elderly Instruments for a big chunk of money. This makes my mandolin one of my few good investments.
     
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  5. Chad Landry

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    Depends on the consistency of what is being sliced, but basically pretty flat and tinny.

    Tom
     
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    Piano is hard to get on an airplane.
     
  8. Chad Landry

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    That's why I think planes should have a piano bar.
     
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    Sorry, Chad. I can't think of a mandolin without picturing that guy from Animal House trying to croon poetically to the young gals at the party....only to have Bluto come down the stairs and smash it into pieces.

    "I gave my love a cherry that had no stone...."

    We may all chip in for a big floppy hat with an ostrich feather for ya.
     
  10. Chad Landry

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    Thanks, but I already have one.
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    You would just complain when you found your pilot siting there getting sloshed.

    :rofl:
     
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    Economy in the toilet. Rich pigs getting richer. Working folks getting poorer.

    Yep, that's what I'd do. Buy a mandolin. (heh, heh.)
     
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    "Of all the 767 gin joints in the world, she had to walk on board mine."

    (Airport Casablanca, 2010.)
     
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  14. Chad Landry

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    Nah, because he ain't "my" pilot. He's just another working stiff like me.
     
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    Well, first of all, the guy in Animal House had a guitar not a mandolin.

    Second, i don't understand the comment about it being hard for a guitar player to play it since it's strung upside down of the bottom 4 guitar strings.

    Third, I have a lot of fun with mine but I really want a MandoGuitar. Size and tone of a mandolin, but 6 strings tuned like a guitar 2 octaves higher.
     
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    I had you pegged as more of a ukulele guy


    :headscratch:


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    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Contemporary mandolins come in two basic styles: the F-5 (with the f-holes and scroll) and the A-4 (rounded back, one sound hole in the center.)

    The F-5 style is by far the more popular and to my mind, sounds better. A-styles, or 'taterbugs' tend to be booming, F-style more crisp and precise.

    Contemporary mandolins use four double courses, tuned to GDAE, like a violin (or fiddle for bluegrass folk) with the string tuned an octave apart. Because of the small fingerboard and tension on the strings, you'll need some hand strength to play one well. Use a very stiff pick. We used to use tortoise shell picks until they were banned. Plastic just doesn't seem to give you the same sound.

    To hear the mandolin played right, listen to anything Ricky Skaggs has done for the last 30 years. :notworthy:
     
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    This illustrates my point. If you are looking down at the fretboard, transposing an ascending 4th tuning into a descending 5th, and vice versa, you are thinking about the notes. A musician's brain and fingers should know where the notes are without thinking about it. It takes a heap of practice to attain this though.
     
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    Get one!

    I keep wanting to pick it up but haven't gotten around to it.
    Having the same strings as, and already knowing how to play the fiddle, it shouldn't be too tricky.
     
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