I came here a couple of years ago wanting to learn how to play mandolin. I asked for advice, you gave, I took it. I bought one, got a book, I was so excited!! Now here we are two years later and well......its not good. I play guitar, have for years. I think maybe thats the problem? It seems I just can't get used to those little frets and I am always reaching to far, ending up where I don't wanna be. I also am using the wrong fingers. Did anyone else have these problems? I took it out last weekend, sized it up and I thought...I'm bigger then you, I'm going to learn this no matter how frustrated I get. Its time to get serious about it. So, guess I am asking if anyone else had a hard time going from guitar to mandolin. I haven't put the time into it that I know I need to. I can play guitar for hours on end but this thing....I put it away after about a half hour. Maybe thats the problem. I'm not whinning, just feeling discouraged.