I want to learn how to play the mandolin. I've been doing some homework online, but don't have any "real" people to go to for advice - so I came to the interwebs!!
I am a lefty and I have been in some music stores and have been told all sorts of things. The consensus seems to be I should try to play like a righty as this will make learning easier. To any lefties out there, did you switch? Did you learn left handed? Reasons?
I have musical experience -- but on the bari saxophone, the bass clarinet and the baritone. I can read music but the thought of playing a stringed instrument is scary! What beginner materials would you suggest for a newbie mandolin player that can read music?
What mandolin do you suggest? I like the sound of Italian folk music and the more traditional European stuff. While I enjoy listening to bluegrass I don't think I'd really like to play it exclusively. I like the look of the Eastman 504 and since my lefty/righty issue is at hand, I think an A style would be best. I can't afford anything too fancy, I just need simple that will get the job done for starters. Thoughts?
Sorry this is so long, but any help would be greatly appreciated!!