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Hi all, after lurking for some time, thought I would finally take the plunge and join up on this excellent site/forum. I've been playing mandolin for 3 years now and loving every minute of it. I've been recently bit by the bluegrass bug so trying to listen to and learn as much as possible on my oval hole mandolin until I get a good f hole mandolin. Learning material wise, i'm currently trying to work through Adam Steffeys DVD as I particularly like his sound/style of playing.....erm and thats all I can think of right now:)
Welcome to you Kevin. This is a great place to learn about anything a person would want to know about mandolins and related instruments. And I agree, Steffey is a solid player.
Hi Kevin. I'm a Steffey fan too. Welcome!
Welcome to the Cafe! This is the best place on the net to be with the coolest people. Glad you have joined us.
Welcome, what kind of mandolin are you playing now?
After 3 years you are up to Steffey's speed in learning? That's pretty fast learning. It took me that long to master Old Joe Clark in the Everette Lilly style. Kind of hard to move up from Steffey IMO. You are at the top. Better be looking for that fancy F model soon and then I bet you will really take off with a long neck. Add to it a Bluechip pick some Sam Bush strings and you'll be flying. Welcome to the cafe.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Hi Kevin & welcome from another 'Brit'. Adam Steffey's DVD is very good,if a bit long winded in getting going at the begining.
One tuition DVD that i would also recommend,is the one by Herschel Sizemore,who has another great picker,Alan Bibey,helping out. It's called "In His Own Style" & it's very detailed in the analysis of the playing of all the tunes. It's by far the best tuition DVD that i've seen so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqmTmLTi-xc
Welcome to the Cafe and happy to have another Bluegrasser onboard! :)
Welcome to the Cafe!
Hi all, thanks for the kind replies. At the moment i'm playing a Moon standard that i've had for around 2 years now, although i'm starting to see the limitations of it in terms of playing bluegrass tunes. I've been dilligently saving so should have enough to get a pretty good f hole mandolin within the next couple of months. I think I may benefit more with a radiused fretboard but will likely aim to get an A style mandolin, i'm not too concerned about having a scroll (sorry ; - ). Pick wise, I am currently using bluechip picks, maybe it's the way I attack the strings but i'm favouring a more pointed pick (stp50), alas, F5 Loar it isn't making me pick as fast as Mr. Steffey but i'd like to think i'd get there in the end. I'm just trying to play as clean as possible and definately need to spend a lot of time on the old standards.
p.s Ivan thanks for the recommendation, will check it out.