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It's the PLAYING that Matters Most!

by lflngpicker on Nov-29-2015 at 9:02am
Just a few thoughts about the mandolin as the sun rises in So Cal: I find myself driven to find just the right mandolin, and I realize the need to be settled about the very nice instruments I have. I am working on finding the contentment to appreciate and play these three mandolins!

Practice, practice, practice, along with sharing the music out and about as I do, are key aspects to enjoyment as a mandolin player. Today, it will be in the church band playing songs that fit the

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On Playing Other Instruments before the Mandolin (Gasp!)

by lflngpicker on May-26-2015 at 11:38am
Note: I wrote this in reference to a thread in which advice was given about where to begin to learn the mandolin. It so happened that the individual who started the thread had been a guitar player first, a not to uncommon place to begin.

The mandolin is truly its own unique and special instrument. Whether first a guitar player or not, it is a great joy to begin to play and forge a life playing. It is not a negative thing about the mandolin to suggest that it has similarities

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Grateful for a Place to Share my Mandolin for Others

by lflngpicker on Oct-12-2014 at 5:32pm
I have a feeling others can relate. In spite of my physical challenges that come from a rare form of Parkinson's, I was able to join the band today at church.

Seven months ago I had to resign myself to not playing weekly any longer. I was able to play and sing harmony this week and it was such a joy. I used my J Bovier and backed the leader with chords and runs in a fairly traditional styled, gospel set. I just simply played through a nice instrument microphone and sang a third

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On Playing the Mandolin as Therapy

by lflngpicker on Aug-16-2014 at 2:44pm
I have been a member in the Mandolin Cafe for most of 2014 and I have truly appreciated the ideas, education, support and friendship that has been fostered in this forum. Thanks to all!

I have a brain disease that is a rarer form of Parkinson's, is faster progressing than typical P.D. and tends to cause more disability. I am not able to drive or work in my chosen profession any longer, and I deal with a variety of problems such as tremors and mobility issues, among other things.

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