Topic: Mandolin

I was looking at a sale yesterday and there was a great deal on a beautiful Mandolin.

The only problem is that I do not know how to play one.
Does anyone here on the Chordie forum play one ?   How hard is it ? Is it similar to guitar ?

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Re: Mandolin

It's tuned the same as fiddle DGAE. You could probably learn. If it interests you and you can afford it, buy one.

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Actually, it looks like there's a few regulars here that DO play Mandolin. This thread is interesting:  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=23903

I know there's a few folks that play "other" instruments that don't visit all the forums regularly, but they do seem to pop in from time to time in the "Other String Instruments" section and in the songwriting section from time to time.  smile  That said, I'm going to move this thread from the Chat Corner over to the Other Strings section for you.  Hopefully it'll get you a bit more response from the peeps that do play the mandolin!  smile

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Re: Mandolin

I play a bit of mandolin ,just a few simple chords ,I would suggest you get it set up as low as possible with extra light strings makes a big difference to your fingers.the chords are different to guitar but not bad to master the simple ones

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https://m.soundcloud.com/graham-windle/copperheadroad
This was recorded very simply just basic chords

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Never played a mandolin but I do play a bouzouki. As with guitar theirs loads of different tunings, but to keep things simple I tune to D, G, B, E. Great fun to play, easy to use and a great sound.
I say go for it TIG, it'll keep you amused fot years.

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Re: Mandolin

Zurf wrote:

It's tuned the same as fiddle DGAE. You could probably learn. If it interests you and you can afford it, buy one.

Actually, a mandolin is tuned GDAE, the same as a fiddle.

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davidhopkins1 wrote:
Zurf wrote:

It's tuned the same as fiddle DGAE. You could probably learn. If it interests you and you can afford it, buy one.

Actually, a mandolin is tuned GDAE, the same as a fiddle.

I can't believe I didn't not notice that.

Thanks David

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unclejoesband wrote:
davidhopkins1 wrote:
Zurf wrote:

It's tuned the same as fiddle DGAE. You could probably learn. If it interests you and you can afford it, buy one.

Actually, a mandolin is tuned GDAE, the same as a fiddle.

I can't believe I didn't not notice that.

Thanks David

You know, folks with "B chord amnesty" get to tune their fiddle anyway they like.......
smile  wink

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Doug_Smith wrote:
unclejoesband wrote:
davidhopkins1 wrote:

Actually, a mandolin is tuned GDAE, the same as a fiddle.

I can't believe I didn't not notice that.

Thanks David

You know, folks with "B chord amnesty" get to tune their fiddle anyway they like.......
smile  wink

I always remember it as being tuned like a guitar, only upside down.

E A D G...

G D A E..

Not that it helps any.  smile

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OK. Laugh all you want but when I bought a mandolin I came up with a phrase that helped me remember the strings.

G- Good
D- Dogs
A- Are
E-Everywhere

With 7 of them in the house, that made it easy to make the association.

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