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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Let's not forget this gem

    https://youtu.be/-tCoGGcsi0I

    There's plenty more good authorities providing advice on the tubes, as well
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    John Suhr, who makes awesome electric guitars, has a pretty great quote, something like: Most tone problems can be cured with practice.

    Tone is an ongoing journey, and you’re at the beginning of...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    As mentioned by Montana Matt it appears you're only playing downstrokes. Try practicing a four note half scale using down up down up. For instance start on the D note (3rd string open) and work up...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Also, you can change your tone by drying different pick materials, thickness and shape, as well as the way you are attacking the strings.
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Sounds like years of experience, if you don't get the sound you want then I'd advise you to just take an in depth study of what you are doing with your right hand and work on getting the sound you...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Thanks Barry!
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Your mandolin sounds fine. Agree that you may be just picking one string. I would imagine Joe is using 11-40 guage strings, not to mention the high value mandolin. I'd say strings is the quickest...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    This is 100% the correct answer!!! :
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    As a kindred mandolin beginner, I'd like to add that your practice of attending to the details when listening and watching other people play the mandolin will serve you in good stead.

    Random...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Hi Brad,

    No, I don't think your mandolin sounds cheap. Weber makes nice instruments and that one should satisfy you for quite a while as your playing progresses, especially when you consider that...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Another detail to work on…you are only using down strokes in the video. Learning full up/down pickin technique will change your tone too.
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Way, way more experienced mando players than me here chiming in but yeah...you do have light strings on as opposed to mediums which will make a difference and yeah it does appear on the single note...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    The main differences I'm hearing are you having newer strings and probably a less sophisticated recording setup. Now, even if you had the same setup, your mandolin would still sound different than...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Some credit for the quality of Mr Walsh's recording may also go to the quality of his recording setup and the long experience of the ears 'producing' it. Having said that, Joe may now post that he...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Hi Brad,

    I've just seen your video and have a couple of observations to offer. First off - you have to realise that Joe K Walsh is an exceptionally accomplished player, with many years of...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    OK.... Well aside form the fact that the question is just like, "Do these jeans make my butt look big?" :) I noticed something right off that would affect the tone of your playing.

    You're...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    I also associate Joe's tone with heavier picks as well, such as a Pro Plec 1.5mm.
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Don't forget that differences in recording methods can make a big difference too.
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    I think your mando sounds just fine. I would agree with the previous posters. Don't be afraid to pick a little harder. It will come along with practice and confidence!
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Try using a rest stroke. As you pluck the note, push your pick inward and stop on the next string. That will bring out the best tone on your instrument.
    Look at the video, you are only playing on...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    It is mainly due to to the fact that he is a really great mandolinist playing on a super great mandolin.
    On your end, your picking is a tad timid.
    I think you might only be plucking one of the...
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    Re: Does my mandolin sound cheap???

    Sounds like 25+ years of playing (and a $20k mandolin) vs. 6 months of playing (and a $1500 mandolin) to me....I think he is playing his Nugget in the video.
  23. Re: Asturias - Solo Mandolin (Performed by Tiziano Palladino)

    Great,

    I wonder if you saw Alon Sariel's version of this recently.


    https://youtu.be/AAwYccc9Rn4?t=5
  24. Asturias - Solo Mandolin (Performed by Tiziano Palladino)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXNW-v2Isig

    A beautiful performance by the virtuoso Italian mandolinist Tiziano Palladino, solo mandolin arrangement of the famous piece by Isaac Albeniz...
  25. New classical release from Joel Hobbs & Jonathan Rudie - Vesper

    Joel Hobbs & Jonathan Rudie have a brilliant new classical mandolin and guitar album just released entitled Vesper. Hobbs is the Founder and Director of the Austin Mandolin Orchestra. Available from...
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