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Apr 20, 2021 - 11:43:22 PM
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56 posts since 4/6/2021

So, I have an update. The 314 Eastman oval hole that you all have heard me talk about is in St. Louis, waiting for me. I believe I can finally make it there Thursday morning. I’ve also got a good Lakota strap, tons of picks, few types of strings...

Also, I discovered StrumMachine, bought a year, I’ll be using it a lot.

Now that my upgrade Mando is here, I want to upgrade me. I’ve gone through a couple of beginner books, I can play somewhere around 20 tunes, and play them well, at around 60-80 bpm depending on the tune.

But here’s the thing. I don’t want to be a guy that knows how to play tabs on a mandolin, even if that number reached 100.

I want to be a mandolin player.

I am going to have quite a bit of free time the next few months, though it will be sporadic. I would like to find me a real “course” that I can work through as my time permits.

I know a few chords, I know what a key is, can play some tunes in multiple keys.
One of the main things that I do not know, is say I know A particular tune in the key of D. And let’s days somebody wants to play it in A, I have no idea what to do. I also don’t know as many chords as I should.

I just want to find something that is pretty complete, yet not too overwhelming. Not interested in standard notation, actually would prefer instruction without it. But i want to be a mandolin player. I don’t want to just play a simple melody of a tune, I want to go through it several times, using different melodic variations, drones, double stops, etc...

I have two thoughts, and I would like to hear what any of you think about either of these, or if you have a recommendation for something else? I’ll buy just about anything, but I’m already getting tired of buying everything (bought 4 different beginner books before I found one that really moved me forward)

1. Mandolin for Dummies and Mandolin for Dummies exercise book- I never gave much thought towards these, always turned off by the name, but I have heard a few good things recently.

2. Brad Lairds package- I don’t recall the name right now, but he seems to have a pretty complete package for similar costs of option 1. I also feel like I might be able to reach out to Brad a little easier if needed. The other I really like is it is tab only instruction, I think.

I don’t have anything against standard notation, I am just not interested in it. A couple of the beginner books that I bought started with tab but quickly rendered themselves useless unless I learned standard notation.

I’ve also seen a few different books here there that seem really interesting one of them be in the roadmap for the fretboard, or something like that. That book looks like it might be really neat but I just wanna walk before I run and just make sure I learn everything properly and in the right order, to help illuminate some of the pain or frustration LOL

I think you all know what I mean so please let me know your thoughts

Apr 21, 2021 - 12:42:33 AM
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219 posts since 1/12/2011

Type in . A very good site for a beginner or advanced. Instructional for beginners or just individuals tunes to play along with plus a print out of each tune. It's free !

Apr 21, 2021 - 4:01:33 AM
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967 posts since 1/3/2011

Personal lessons help a ton.  This is local for you.  I wish I had done this when I lived in STL...

Apr 21, 2021 - 4:34:28 AM
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56 posts since 4/6/2021

Thanks Patrick, ya, I know about that. And could see doing it someday for sure.

Right now, with other things on the plate, my “availability” will be very sporadic. We are taking care of our parents. So I am sure that I will have a couple of hours a day for the Mandolin at different times but it’s far from any kind of steady schedule

Apr 21, 2021 - 5:10:36 AM
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219 posts since 1/12/2011

Great local resource Patrick ! Wish I had known about that site when I started at a young 64 years of age ! :) But Joe, do check out the as his lessons begin for the beginner with VERY basic skills and advance on up, for free ! I do donate to his site however !

Apr 21, 2021 - 6:34:12 AM

56 posts since 4/6/2021

Yes Baron does a fantastic job absolutely. I have looked at his site a few times. I can learn the fiddle tune by ear and also by video but when it comes to the more in-depth stuff I’m one of those guys that needs a book. It’s just sinks in a lot better when I read through.

I am willing to put a lot of time and work into it in fact I am looking very forward to it. I just don’t want to waste any of that precious time or any more money honestly LOL

Later today I’m going to try to find some reviews of some good info on the mandolin for dummies books. From what little I’ve been able to see they seem really good, I just don’t want to order them and be disappointed. For now this third shift guy is going down for a bit.

Apr 21, 2021 - 6:55:10 AM

219 posts since 1/12/2011

I am located a little over one hour North of St. Louis ! We have jams here at our shed every once in awhile and you are welcome to join in ! Free food too ! Patrick may come over sometime also !

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