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Paul
06-01--2006, 09:03 PM
I got one for my birthday and haven't got a clue where to start or how to tune it :eek:

Anusha
06-01--2006, 09:28 PM
I got one for my birthday and haven't got a clue where to start or how to tune it :eek:

oh wow...erm..no... i'm struggling playing left handed guitar and i havent learnt how to tune that...so no hope on a mandolin...

ask perthite..hes the master musician here i think..:)

Dapablo
06-01--2006, 09:46 PM
I reckon GDAE top to bottom.

moominmamma
06-01--2006, 10:46 PM
I play the violin, and someone told me I would have no trouble with the mandolin as it is tuned the same way.......violins are tuned GDAE ( low to high )

Perthite
07-01--2006, 03:37 AM
thanks for the compliment pabsy! i don't play any stringed instruments myself however! My flat mate plays mandolin and i'm sure he'll give you some pointers once we're both back in perth

Paul
07-01--2006, 03:39 AM
I tuned it at least. It's nothing like a guitar is it?

Perthite
07-01--2006, 03:49 AM
well, looks a bit like one, and sounds a bit like it. but i have very little knowledge of mandolin.

Joel
08-01--2006, 10:51 AM
Tune it to a violin tuning yes (see above)

its a member of the violin familly, with frets

the mandolin is the the equilvalent of a violin in the mandolin tree

you can also get all the variations upto a mandobass

Paul
08-01--2006, 01:49 PM
I've got a mandolin book now. :)

I have no idea why anyone thought that a mandolin would make a good present for me ... Apart from led zep I can't even think of any non-bluegrass bands that use them.

Boy Anachronism
08-01--2006, 01:50 PM
R.E.M - Losing My Religion?

Dapablo
08-01--2006, 02:16 PM
I have no idea why anyone thought that a mandolin would make a good present for me ... Apart from led zep I can't even think of any non-bluegrass bands that use them.

Its just a noise machine, you can use it to play anything.

Joel
08-01--2006, 02:33 PM
play a lot of celtic music!

jigs are great fun on the mandolin

failing that there are tones of bands that regularly use the mandolin

blind melon are one especially good example of that

plus its being used more and more in the current americana, indie and folk scenes

Paul
08-01--2006, 05:56 PM
Actually I think this is gonna be quite straightforward

My fingers are a bit clumsy for the closeness of the strings but I ain't doing bad for 3 days practice :)

Joel
08-01--2006, 06:09 PM
check out www.mandolincafe.com
theres lots of useful bits and pieces on there.

MoonMaiden
08-01--2006, 10:31 PM
I would love a mandolin. I hope you can tune it soon!

Anusha
08-01--2006, 10:35 PM
Ritchie Sambora plays one...not that you really wanted to know that...:rolleyes: