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    Default Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Hey folks!

    My very first mandolin is on its way, thanks in great part to all of you who have provided a great deal of information about quality beginner instruments on my post and on the forums in general.

    I called up The Mandolin Store and asked about A-style oval hole instruments in my price range, and like so many of you have already suggested, my feet were firmly set on the path for an Eastman 304. I was assured of a professional setup, and told that the included gig bag was of very good quality (so I found no need to upgrade to a case). I ordered right over the phone - one of the most pleasant buying experiences I've ever had.

    I'm very excited!!

    On my way home from work I stopped over at the library and picked up some media that was immediately available:

    - "The Mandolin in America" by Walter Carter
    - "The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual" by Roger H. Siminoff
    - "Great Mandolin Lessons" (DVD) by Homespun Video

    There were also some fretting, chording, and style books, but not actually having a mandolin yet, and being wary of being pulled to a particular style, I left them on the shelf for another day.

    One thing I really haven't dug into these forums for yet is some good beginners guides/videos. I'm sure that there's a LOT out there, but I'd certainly welcome any suggestions that you might have for me. I can play some guitar and can read chords/tabs, but I never was much good at reading music itself (nor do I have much inclination to improve!).

    I'll be sure to post pics and first impressions once it arrives. Thanks again for all your help!
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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Lessons are free but donations appreciated... https://www.mandolessons.com/lessons/all-lessons/

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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Quote Originally Posted by CBFrench View Post
    Lessons are free but donations appreciated... https://www.mandolessons.com/lessons/all-lessons/
    That's QUITE a list! Thanks very much for the list!

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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Another vote for Baron and MandoLessons.com. Work your way through all the beginner lessons and then start on the tunes. Do donate if you find them helpful!

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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Ditto, I'd go on and start watching Baron's video's from the start now so you'll have a head start. I live there, it's a fantastic source for learning. A million different melodies in 7 notes...
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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    Agreeing with everyone, mandolessons is probably the best free tutorial site around
    Mandolin: Kentucky KM150
    Guitars: CA GX player, baby Martin, Fender Squier strat (Chinese) Fender jazz bass (Mexican)
    Fiddles: 3/4 "Richard Sandner Certification", 4/4 2002 Romanian "basic lacquered"
    Banjos: Morgan Monroe MNB1, caraya bj001
    Harmonicas: key of A marine band, key of C blues harp, both by hohner, and a bunch more lesser harps.
    And a few more random instruments

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    Default Re: Trigger Pulled - Eastman 304 on it's way!

    . . . and don't forget to post pictures when the mandolin arrives.

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