I just bought myself a new instrument. I have been wanting one since Ashoken Camp. Isn’t beautiful?
Now I have to find out if I can really play it. At the moment I need to build up calluses on my left fingers so that I can hold those steel strings down. I also need to build up strength in my left little finger so it can hold strings down.
I found a few websites for mandolin players. Folk in the Woods has lessons. They are on everything from how to hold a mandolin right to how to play more complicated melodies. I might just have to buy his DVD.
Mandolin Cafe seems to be the place for mandolin players but I haven’t had much time to explore it yet. I would rather be playing than reading the internet.
Having the mandolin has already achieved my first objective – more music making. As I cannot play for long without getting blisters, I found that I would sing once my fingers started complaining. The mandolin got me started and then my desire for music making took over.
Here is a picture of the whole thing: