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Dec-08-2004, 11:31pm
Well, I've been lurking here for quite awhile, just recently decided to sign up for an account.
Everyone here seems way out of my league (both in terms of playing and their mandolin), but what the hell-- Everyone has to start somewhere.
I've been playing for about half a year, I first started on a borrowed 'mandolin'... It was more of a musical chunk of kindling really, and wouldn't stay in tune for more than five minutes, but it worked for a bit. Then when I was in California visiting my dad, we picked up a practically brand-new Fender FM52e (technically used) for about $110 american. Been practicing quite a bit since then, I have no idea if it's a good mando or not but to me it sounds great and is really easy to play.

That shows some of 'mandolin graffitti', heh... The great thing is it comes out after awhile and of course doesn't damage the wood at all.

Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures, and the lack of a full shot of the instrument... But these were taken awhile ago with the 'still' function of a digital video camera.
Anyway, I guess that's that.
Introduction and mando pics all in one!

Darren Kern
Dec-09-2004, 8:01am
Welcome from another newbie, hope your Fender serves you well http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Tom C
Dec-09-2004, 8:47am
"but what the hell-- Everyone has to start somewhere"
That's what is so great about mando playin', everybody was there (and still is)
and they do not forget about it. No competitions here, we all just try to help each other.

Dec-09-2004, 5:50pm
Thanks for the welcomes, and while it may not be a top-of-the-line instrument, it does indeed serve me well.
Looks like I'll be hanging around here quite a bit. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Jan-08-2005, 8:07pm
Welcome Josiah:

Love the tattoed mando, very distictive and personalized, maybe could become the next mando fad.

I've been playing about a year now, old man that I am. I really love this little instrument and I'm starting to see now the music is coming together. Recommendation: learn to read standard notation, if you're not how! In the short run, it may seem like alot of work, it took me about 3 months to get comfortable with it. In the long run , I believe you'll learn songs faster and you'll see patterns that will help you with improvisation. Atleast that is becoming my experience.

Also, if your mando sounds good to you, is easy to play and helps you learn that is what really counts.

Good luck in your new mando adventure,


Jan-08-2005, 8:25pm
Hello from another Newbie here.

I've been playing mando meself for about 25 years. Love it! Keep it up and practice, practice, practice!

Jan-08-2005, 9:53pm
the 'tatooed' mandolin looks really swinging, baby! #like it caught a '60's summer of love' virus. #check out mid missouri mandolin, the options page. #some gal is woodburning celtic designs into the top and back. #also very cool !

Scott Cressey
Jan-09-2005, 3:33am
Welcome Josiah from another fellow newbie. I have only been playing for about a month and a half now. I just found a good instructor that I will be going to once a month. I just had my first lesson, and I think they are going to help out a lot.

Regards, Scotty