Questions tagged [mandolin]

The mandolin is a fretted stringed instrument from the lute family. Mandolins typically have a pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having four sets of paired strings tuned in unison. The common tuning for a mandolin is identical to that of a violin: G-D-A-E. Mandolins are both plucked and strummed and figure prominently in traditional folk music and some baroque music.

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Why are tortoise-shell picks prized?

As a mandolin player, I have discovered that the type of pick (plectrum) one uses makes a noticeable difference to the sound. I personally prefer thick (1mm) plastic picks, like Golden Gate, to get a ...
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Bell like tone on my octave mandolin

While playing chords on my octave manolin, I'm hearing a strange bell-like almost harmonic sound mixed in with the note.
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Which mandolin chords should I teach a young girl?

I was asked, today, to teach a little girl mandolin for a couple of weeks during the summer. When I was being taught (last summer), my teacher taught me simple two-finger chords such as these: ...
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Mandolin Tuning Trouble

I'm new to mandolins and I just got a mandolin that I'm trying to learn how to play. I was tuning it but the inside G string is too low, I tried turning the knob to make it higher to get to the right ...
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What are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position on a Mandolin?

What are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position on a Mandolin? "Position" means what? position of fingers? or position of frets? This is what I have understood: 1st position means the index finger covers frets ...
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Which type of strings to use on an inexpensive mandolin?

I just received an inexpensive mandolin to see how I would like playing it before I buy a better quality instrument. I am sure that the strings that came on this instrument are of poor quality and ...
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Is it more difficult to learn to play mandolin after learning guitar than if starting from scratch since the tuning is opposite?

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 ...
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Right hand position for mandolin

On a mandolin should the meaty part of you hand below your palm, gently rest on the bridge or the strings behind the bridge, or should it not touch at all?
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Can Em/G be substituted as Em on the Mandolin as an open chord

The tuning on a mandolin is GDAE I believe. Despite this though, I see sparse mention on any mandolin chord charts of playing the Em chordas 0220 (from G-E). Yet these are all Em notes. I know that G ...
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Is my mandolin broken?

I read here that playing a string on the 12th fret will produce a note that is an octave above the note produced by playing the same string open (with no frets held down). For instance, if the bottom ...
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How to find equivalent notes on different strings of a mandolin?

I have just started learning mandolin and I am working my way through St. Louis Blues. The music that I am using includes the tablature as well as the music. The tab for one section shows: -------...