Hi Everyone! I've been digging around on the Cafe for a while, now, trying to soak up all the knowledge I can from all of you wise folks. I think it might be time to introduce myself. I will need to start asking some questions, so I want you all to know a little about who they are coming from. Since I have no "Mando-buddies" in "real life", I thought it might be nice to make some new "cyber" Mandolin friends!
The first time I knew I wanted to play the Mandolin was about two years ago when I spotted a beautiful, little Bowl Back Mandolin in the window of a music store while on a bus in Hannover, Germany. After about a month of scoping out the place and getting better at my German, I finally got up the nerve to walk in and buy that Mandolin. After playing it a little and admiring it from afar, life got crazy, and the Mandolin gathered dust.
Fast forward 2 years, I'm now back in the States living in KY. About a month ago, I decided to start to learn the Mandolin. It was time. I just happen to live near a great music store who has a Mandolin Instructor, must've been fate! I signed up for lessons immediately. After taking my 3rd lesson, being around all the beautiful BREEDLOVE Mandolins every week, plus looking at the eye candy on the Cafe, PLUS reading thoughts about Breedlove's, I couldn't stand it anymore. I worked extra shifts at the hospital so I could buy my new Breedlove KO!!! I love it so much!!! I just had my 4th lesson (1st with my new KO) today, and THE SOUND . . . It's beautiful!
I am so addicted to my new hobby of Mandolin playing that if I'm not playing my Mandolin, I'm thinking about playing my Mandolin, or I'm looking around on the Mandolin Cafe! I'm obsessed now. I love Rock, Bluegrass, Classical/Italian, pretty much all types of music. I'm also enjoying all the youtube videos.
Like I said before, I'd love to meet some others who play the Mandolin. I have a lot of questions, but I'll formulate them in a much shorter email. However, any recommendations/tips are always appreciated! For now, HELLO and THANK YOU!
PS: I'll try to post a pic of my new Mandolin. Her name will be Bess.