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So I just got a mandolin I ordered off MF today, I purchased it hastily after my friend informed me she wanted to start a folk band. We're playing at a fundraiser for some church a week from tomorrow and I'm working to get a few songs ready for then. Anyway, I figured any mandolin players could discuss things here.

Any tips for someone just starting out?
Favorite mandolin songs to learn?

Inb4 Losing my religion.
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#6
Some Bright Eyes would be cool. Dance Tonight by Paul McCartney.

Just learn the chords, look up guitar tabs, play the chord it says to. Mess around with it and stuff. Mumford and Sons fits sounds nicely with a mandolin.
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Inb4 Banjo is cooler


Inb4 the rest of the thread.

The banjo and mandolin are equally cool.
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The banjo and mandolin are equally cool.




...oh, you're serious...



anyone who recommends anything other than bluegrass in this thread is terribly misinformed.

learn this TS.
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You keep posting the same song over and over


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whenever you recommend bluegrass


i've never recommended that song ever before.
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i've never recommended that song ever before.


Oh... I guess


that's just cause


all bluegrass sounds the same


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#20
Just look up mandolin tab sites. They have all the basic/easy/good songs


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I have a mandolin-banjo which is pretty similar. Going to California and The Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin are pretty fun to play.


*Banjolin I came very close to buying one second hand about a year ago. I still regret not doing so but oh well.
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#24
I bought a mandolin for 40 quid in an antiques shop a while back. I checked and it's about a hundred years old

I'm currently in the process of making it playable
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Oh wow

Dat setup
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#26
Just learn guitar songs on the mandolin. More impressive than learning losing my religion or the average popular mandolin tune.

Try Purple Haze. Do the riff and between each part of the intro riff do a triplet chord stab.

Hope that makes some sense to you fellas.
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Get a pick up on it and use an e-bow.
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Anyway, do something by Bob Dylan. Always goes down well, and can be played almost anywhere.
#30
Learn to play Leaving Town Blues by Rory Gallagher.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNraocvj8w
The Watchman by Seth Lakeman, I think that's a mandolin.
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#34
I'd love a mandolin at some point. One of my friends has a mandolin and a bouzouki, and another one has a banjo. Makes me feel kinda left out, just having guitars and a bass. So 'normal'.

I've been looking into maybe getting a lute. I love lutes. And they're cheaper than harpsichords...
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Quote by ~Mr Brownstone~
I have a mandolin-banjo which is pretty similar. Going to California and The Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin are pretty fun to play.

+1. I have a banjolin too.

But once you know all the chords, play everything song you know on guitar
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Learn to play Leaving Town Blues by Rory Gallagher.


Learn to play Leaving Town Blues by Rory Gallagher.
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Any tips on playing in keys like B and Ab? I'll be damned if my sausage fingers can bare on this neck. Is there a type of chord that you can just move up and down the neck and keep the same shape?


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#39
mariners revenge song

E major and fmin are kind of obnoxious barre chords on mandolin but it's a great tune.
Also if you want some traditional americana look at whiskey before breakfast which i play alot on guitar and mandolin.

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all bluegrass sounds the same


sure it does. and next you're going to convince me that all AC/DC albums sound the same?
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