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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    Well it does get dicey quickly caz there are so many types of instruments, especially gtrs.. then taxonomy and all that .. which can lead on to lots of interesting discussions. I especially like...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    I know, addressing "crowds" of various persuasions is often risky business. Fwiw, I never "dissed" mandolins...only pointing out some apparently little-known info on guitars, and hopefully avoiding...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    Hmm, different strokes i guess. For me, gtrs are prbly the most varied - in terms of structure and design, as well as any tuning permutation - stringed instrument on the planet. I think all the...
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    You seem to have it turned around. I think it's more the custom to have your mndln-family instruments tuned in 5ths, while guitars are often tuned every which way...(at least mine are).

    If...
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    Re: Adieu to a friend

    My condolences. I've downloaded a whole lot myself.

    Ever do the exercise of imagining losing the last 5 things you most value, one by one?
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    But hey I like to hear your experience - we's all different :mandosmiley: It's music!

    *heres some stuff from Charlie Haden that always stuck with me....
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Ive some time here, so ...

    What is "all"? Of course, (we) are using the same instrument, essentially. But the instrument is just the tool, the vehicle of expression. It has limitations. Are...
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    Can you please provide examples of musicians "deliberately portray(ing) the false image that they can do it all"? What does this even mean? Can you clarify what you're talking about?
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    Re: Multiple guitars but just one mandolin

    One reason guitars are so variable is all the different tunings we use with them..and configurations -


    https://youtu.be/6Lnys8R2fXk


    I really dig using different tunings on fiddle too. ...
  11. Thread: Weird sound?

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    Re: Weird sound?

    Mute each piece of metal, one by one, as you pick - this will enable identification of the source of the extraneous vibration. Sounds like a loose screw or something - perhaps at the truss rod cover?
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    Re: I Hate Playing Chords

    No offense intended, but I think you're drastically reducing the realm of music and totally missing on essential factors - by boiling it all down to "a bunch of tunes"..

    An artist is vastly more...
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    Re: Speed of bluegrass... is it just me?

    Speed, a musical element, another boundary for humans to push against.. Artists will exploit every aspect attainable for control over their sound/music. Watch these cats exploit these instruments...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    On multi-instrumentalism -

    If you apply Chomsky/universal grammar theory, in a nutshell: The musical impetus or essence is within. Playing an instrument is the externalization process. ...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    My experience is mostly as Ralph's, wrt getting into other instruments. Yet, having my background in classical & flamenco gtr (as well as all the folk, blues, rock et al) enabled me to pick up all...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    But i dig 5ths tuning too! In fact I've always wanted to mention here that a hardanger fdl sounds kinda like a mndln ... fwiw. My nails are too long to play proper but ill show you what I mean, you...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Well, if you include guitar-family instruments - the equivalent of mandolin-family dola, cbom, etc - then we're talking about a huge inventory.

    The real distinction is about different tunings and...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Yep, that's why I never considered it "collecting." Add 12-strings, flamencos, archtops, a few student loaners - not to mention pedal steels, lap steels, and other electrics - to the essentials...
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    P.s. i thought of those particularly wrt their portability/packability - i.e. historically they were often slagged by mule or what not. For summers I often had a chrngo hanging off the backpack.
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    Re: Mandolin player crossing over to guitar

    You could try a charango - much wider neck - for a closer gtr analog.

    Another way to challenge your senses is with an oud - very similar to gtr, yet with a very narrow neck width - kind of a cross...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Right, once you make that distinction, you're collecting. And there are all levels, all "kinds" ... can get very serious. Folks are often highly devoted to their collections.
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Apologies for hijacking yall. It's a kind of craziness.

    *I guess I should confess I actually do possess an extensive collection of avant jazz/art music on cd. (Prbly the weirdest thing about me...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Ya i know. But the gleichton/club/draw style is great for certain styles/genres (and I hate futzing with tuning reeds).
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Vintage Hohner clubs (III & Norma) are my main button squeeze. I have a closet full of 2-rows being unplayed - I guess i keep em in case I ever get back to playing for dances.

    My usual...
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    Re: Types of Mandolin Collections

    Eric, I started with concertinas, then went to diatonics (DBA)..then I started PA because beautiful vintage Italian reeds are out of fashion and thus cheap and easily obtainable.

    I was many times...
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