My main instrument is guitar. I have played electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar and 12 string guitar and the patterns and fingering is pretty much the same. I have tried playing a 4 string bass guitar and it's not too hard because the intervals and tuning are common to 4 of the strings of a 6 string guitar.
My ukulele is a baritone uke - tuned like the top four strings of a guitar so there was very little learning curve there.
Playing piano or harmonica are so radically different than guitar that my guitar autopilot does not try to kick in when I play those instruments.
I like the unique sound of a mandolin and I'm thinking I might want to give it a try. It doesn't look that hard to play when I watch others play it.
But since the mandolin is tuned pretty much the opposite of a guitar (GDAE instead of EADG) I am wondering if the fact that I have played guitar so long and the patterns I play have become second nature in my brain (I don't have to think about them) will it be difficult to learn to play mandolin?
I can imagine that my brain will want to default to guitar mode and cause great frustration when that fails to work. And I fear that because the guitar patterns have become so ingrained - it may be harder to undo those to learn mando - than if I had started with mandolin first - without having learned guitar.
Does anyone have any personal experience going from guitar to mandolin after many years of playing guitar? Are there any tricks to help with transitioning? Will learning mandolin cause me to start messing up when I switch back to guitar? I don't want to have to "unlearn" guitar!
I can remember how much time I spent in the beginning to learn to play guitar. If it takes that long to switch over to mando - I may just stick to improving my guitar skills and forget learning a new instrument.