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Old 02-09-2018, 05:58 AM   #1
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Default Smallpipes & Mandolin's

A week before Christmas my open mic. partner and I performed at a local music jam. There were several guitarist, 2 ukuleles and a bass guitar. As we were getting ready to play a gentleman with a Mandolin sat next to us with a big smile on his face. He said, "we're going to have some fun". Each time we were allowed to play he was able to read our music and perform with us (he was a music major in collage). It was so sweet. We played several tunes that included a harmony and he filled in the blanks with his own licks.
If the weather is good tomorrow I'll be heading north to the Adirondacks to purchase an entry level Kentucky Mandolin. I've played the pipes for 12 years now and I hope to include the mandolin with our performances (just rhythm cords to start). We pipers have 9 notes to work with while mandolins have many, many more. WISH ME LUCK
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Smallpipes & Mandolin's

Enjoy! Just remember that starting a new instrument from scratch is no less work than it was the first time round...

In case you haven't worked it out yet, mandolin and fiddle have identical ranges so fiddle music, of which there is loads, is a fine source of tunes.

Also Nigel Gatherer's short tutorial on pick direction is well worth getting right from the start - it does matter: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/mando/pickdir/pd1.html
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Old 02-09-2018, 06:19 AM   #3
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Quote:
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Enjoy! Just remember that starting a new instrument from scratch is no less work than it was the first time round...
Sometimes more!
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #4
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Many years ago when I was a young man I played guitar and developed hard calluses on my fingers. I'm wondering if these calluses will effect my piping?
I remember my finger tips hurting if I practiced to much! Thanks for the Nigel link! Most of the info. on the net is about bluegrass.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #5
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The other thing you will notice as a piper. While we use tricks to imitate short notes, the mandolinist uses a trick to sustain a long note: the tremolo.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:47 AM   #6
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Can`t imagine that calluses would affect your piping being they are on the tips of your fingers. I`ve hacked away at both guitar and GHB for a long time without any problem at all in that regard....obviously you`ll have to build up the calluses again which can hurt a bit for a little while when playing mandolin.....good luck!
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I played mandolin a little when I was teaching middle school music ( I had Band, Chorus, General Music,Guitar class, an after school string band and kindergarten music. Mando works very well in our music because it's exactly the same tuning as fiddle, GDAE. I sold my mandolin when I retired. Callusses from Mando, Banjo, Guitar never interfered with my piping.
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