my dad gave me one, a fender fm52se mandolin yesterday as an early graduation present!

i'm just figuring it out, but it sounds great
any advice for owning and maintaining a mandolin? songs to learn? advice on getting better? anything at all..
I'd like a chocolate shake.. with a whiskey chaser
they sound great dont they, just start off with chords and scales.
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ugh SOO much better than my mandolin...

EDIT: learn "Oh Mandy" by the Spinto Band. I figured it out on my own on my first day of having a mandolin, it's easy. And really good.
Try to learn Rock Lobster on it. That would be awesome.
When you saw me sleeping
thought I was dreaming
of you...

I didn't tell you
That the only dream
Is Valium for me
Learn some Flogging Molly
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Interesting. It turns out that there are people on the forum who play an upright bass. I'll make a note of that.

*makes note*

*puts note on wall*

*stares at note for a minute*

*sits back down and resumes doing what I was doing*
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Schemxy, I always wanted one.
I really don't get it though is it more of a guitar of bass?

neither, it's tuned to fifths, like a violin (GDAE)
Awesome. My dad's been eyeing a mando for a year or more, but i guess he doesnt have enuff money for a good one. And wasnt Paul McCarney latest single all mandolin? I looked it up a while back, and its all basic chords im pretty sure. And for those who dont know, mandolins are tuned like a violin with an octave string i think.
Learn "Led Zeppelin - The Battle Of Evermore"!

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And for those who dont know, mandolins are tuned like a violin with an octave string i think.

Not an octave. Same note. It's two-string courses, for a chorus effect. Each string is doubled.
Quick one to get started, learn the end of Stonehenge.
And then get some dancing dwarfs.
ive got one the same as yours

learn chords first, then scales then irish jigs
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Must if they break for me, better sounds come from the way you play more-so than the strings.

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>hen I said 'must', i meant just.

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I think we've realised I can't type by now...
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I have one of these....

Is that a Firebird mandolin?!

Learn Losing My Religion, a-la Russell Brand
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Go away, I have an erection.

Bassist for Half My Kingdom.

My friend got one of these today, it sounds really sweet, although a guitar feels enormous afterwards ^ ^

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You are everything I want...
...'Cause you are...

...Everything I'm not.

Atheism. Is. Not. A. Religion.
Today's saints were yesterday's sellouts
Learn Going to California and Hey Hey What Can I Do. Both Zep songs
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I love taking a nice dip of some horse shit, so good.
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Is that a Firebird mandolin?!

It is! Its called a "Mandobird"
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It is! Its called a "Mandobird"

and it is a beauty
I'd like a chocolate shake.. with a whiskey chaser
just learn some basic chords. what's fun is for transcribing stuff for mandolin. i have a version of "surf wax america" by weezer i did with my mandolin and guitar. it sounds sweeet. i still have the tab i think if you want it.
battle for evermore, going to california, boogie with stu, hey hey what can i do........
and of course losing my religion.
I wish I had a decent mandolin, I really like the sound.
All I've got just now is a Mandolin - Banjo, dates back to about the 1930's I think.

Can't get it set up though, cause a Mandolin banjo technician is a really really hard thing to find lol