Post by rickyguitar on Jan 4, 2020 19:21:48 GMT -5
My wife bought me a mandolin a few months back. I had mentioned it a couple if times. The Loar, Chinese i believe. Solid top, laminate back and sides. Took it in for a set up and it us nice enough. Tech and I agreed it should be fine for learning. So I have been pursuing it a bit and really am enjoying it, even if it is SMALL. Used to play banjo some but always have liked guitar best. Aldo bought a flute but I had forgotten about the breathing and stuff. That may not tske. So how about you, ever try something different just for a change?
Post by Seldom Seen on Jan 4, 2020 19:30:26 GMT -5
I have a Weber Bitterroot that my wife gifted to me. It's hangs on the wall of our family room and looks really cool. I have noodled around with it a bit but this winter I'm going to learn the cowboy chords at least. I did restring it last year so I know I can at least do that!
Post by Taildragger on Jan 4, 2020 19:38:24 GMT -5
I worked at playing highland pipes for awhile. Did fine learning tunes on the practice chanter (smaller, quieter, melody pipe only: no drones or bag) but the full set was a real "pat your head while rubbing your stomach" situation. Plus they are LOUD and don't exactly solicit good reactions from those within earshot, especially while you are still struggling to get the whole process under control. Lots of people hate them even when they are played by someone with the requisite skill and experience.
In any case, I stopped after about a year or so and sold all the plumbing. Decided that mastering a single instrument is sufficient challenge for me.
Still love the sound, but now leave it to the experts.
I have a Mandolin which is very rarely played. It's my second one because I got rid of my first (which I'd purchased in the early nineties) thinking I'd never learn to play it properly but after a few years got the urge again. So.. it sits in a cupboard and when played I only stuff around with it and do no constructive learning or practice.
I also have a Uke. Same deal almost as the Mando. I bought one in the early nineties but it was terribly cheap and bad sounding so got rid of it. Recently bought another cheap one to see if I'd catch the bug. It is way better than the first one in every respect and sounds reasonable but like the Mando I just stuff around with no serious dedicated learning. Guitar trumps everything for me.
I found a crude homemade mandolin at an auction sixteen years ago. It had a tag on it that read "made in 1895 by cousin George Huber - Cleveland Ohio". I removed the deteriorated strings and the bridge came off. I put the bridge in a shaving kit bag and labeled it. Two moves and a decade later at a time I was trying to think of a band name I stumbled on the shaving kit bag in a storage tub labeled "Mandolin Bridge". I thought it sounded like a great band name. We took on the name but soon tired of the question, "Where's your mandolin?" I finally bought a Godin A8 electric mandolin and two years later I'm playing mandolin exclusively.
I remember Seth Rosen bringing an electric mandolin to one of our FDP jams years ago. At the time it seemed exotic and even outrageous. I would have laughed out loud at the thought I would be playing one myself and loving it. I wish Seth was still around to discuss electric mandolin with.
I was given an Antares A style but the neck warped so much that it was unplayable. Bit the bullet and bought a Loar F style (with adjustment rod in the neck) and immediately took it to my guitar tech for set up and had a piezo pickup installed. Went to MF and got a tube pre-amp box to boost the signal for either a direct box into a PA or an amp. Now it sounds beautiful and I have played out with it.
Post by swampyankee on Jan 28, 2020 12:07:44 GMT -5
I picked up the mandolin when I was in a bluegrass duet. It's fun. I need to dust it off and get my mando chops back. I also have an ocarina, a couple each of recorders and penny whistles. I actually played the penny whistle in a song at church, and I did the ocarina solo in Wild Thing in my RnR band. I have a couple harmonicas as well, and I wish I could get the whole bluesharp thing going.
About a year ago I got this idea that I wanted to learn cello and get good enough to play in our church orchestra by Christmas. I never did get around to it; celli that are decent are out of my tightwad price range. Fortunately, the church orchestra was blessed with a cellist later last year.
I played the trumpet for about a year and then switched to ukulele...but that was frustrating because there's no spit valve on a uke and I ruined the thing
Mandolin's and Ukulele's are too small for me and of the two Ukulele's have always sounded like a toy to me so I never really wanted one. About the only song with a Ukulele I have liked was "Herman and the Hermits"
Post by rickyguitar on Apr 5, 2020 20:38:54 GMT -5
Mandolin is small, i am trying to acclimate. I kind of like it, but it is not a guitar. I had a cello for several months, on loan, a few years back. I was surprised at how easy my left hand found the positions but my right hand could not cope with the bowing. Old injury. Love the sound of cello.