"Hi Antonio. I'm also fairly new to mandolin and I think that the key to playing mando is to forget about our guitarist's approach to chords, which is to try to sound all the strings when possible. I think mandolin players make much more…"
"Maybe I'm misreading Ed Sparks, but what I think he means to say is that you compare the fretted 12th fret note with the 12th fret harmonic. If the fretted 12th fret note is sharp compared to the harmonic, the bridge has to move away from the…"
"I bought a Kentucky model 162 from folkmusician.com. They actually do a setup on their instruments - action at the nut was just about perfect. It's a pretty mando with sweet tone, seems a great value, and got me so psyched about the instrument…"
"I also use the Golden Gate picks and love them. They are like a piece of plywood at first, but they're big enough to stay stuck between my fingers and the rounder shape seems easier to use -- I don't seem to dig too deep under the string…"
"Edward, thanks for tactfully setting me straight on the nomenclature. I checked around and could find no good reason or origin for the difference, but there it is. Weird that the US uses different terms - but then again you can tune your…"
"I like learning from DVDs too, but I would caution that the homespun.com collection contains some pretty lame items. I learned a couple of songs from a Jorma Kaukonen DVD, but stay away from the Happy Traum fingerstyle blues. It has very little to…"
"The mandolin is tuned like a violin; mandola corresponds to viola: CGDA (tuned in fifths a fifth lower than violin/mandolin); octave mandolin is an octave lower than mandolin. I think that's why the octave mandolin is pretty popular: all the…"