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    I think there's a separate thread about piano capos.
    How about an amplifier capo?
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    When it comes down to it, it's just music. I don't necessarily play folk, rock, blues, classical, or otherwise. I play mandolin, and bass. The music I play on those instruments is a mixed bag of everything from Bach to the Beatles, Bluegrass to Metal. Alternative, Progressive, whatever. I started playing mandolin to do solo performing because I have never been able to find a group of musicians on the same page as me, and I want to play certain things that may not seem to fit with anything else, and no one I played with got the concept of doing your own thing with the music. But are more than willing to do a bands cover, not thinking about it being a completely different genre of music that this group arranged to their groups genre. E.G. Bach's Bouree (classical), done by Jethro Tull in 1969, becomes a jazz tune. Why not?. This is the fun of it for me. Arranging music to fit what I do. Rock on.

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    I recently saw an English folk quartet in concert. One member of the group played guitar and mandolin. I asked another group member how he decided which instrument to play on each song. She replied that he tended to play guitar on rock and on country and western songs, and mandolin on folk songs.

    I'm proud to say that I play rock music on my mandolin.
    I play a lot of 70’s era “Rock,” Beatles,
    America, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, and especially Seals and Crofts. Early S&C got me hooked on the mandolin. Dash Crofts played a mix of classical sounding and rock leads on the mandolin that is still uniquely his style of playing. That era of folk-rock type music sounds really great on the mandolin, (sometimes even when I play it).

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    At any given Saturday night noisemaking session ("more than a jam, less than a gig") our still-evolving and thus still nameless band is almost guaranteed to play at least two songs each from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd (not gonna bother looking up the spelling), Bob Marley (of course), and Jimmy Buffet (borderline "duh" considering location). Most of these had neither mandolin nor fiddle in them as originally recorded, but depending on the mood of the moment I play one or the other--and occasionally both--in every one of 'em and will probably start slipping mandola and/or alto fiddle into some of the slower ones.

    Straight-up bluegrass, on the other hand ... I can listen to it all night but I hardly ever play it. That's just as well, since my preference for oval-hole mandos has only gotten stronger over the past few years.
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