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GUEST,Timbrel 08 Apr 01 - 01:59 PM
catspaw49 08 Apr 01 - 02:41 PM
pastorpest 08 Apr 01 - 04:05 PM
Rick Fielding 08 Apr 01 - 04:26 PM
GUEST,willie-o 08 Apr 01 - 07:18 PM
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Subject: Mandolin tuning...?
From: GUEST,Timbrel
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 01:59 PM

What's standard tuning for a mandolin? Any other tunings that are fun? Tips for a beginner? This dusty old thing has been sitting in the corner too long!

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Subject: RE: Mandolin tuning...?
From: catspaw49
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 02:41 PM

Great site...The Mandolin Cafe.......Lots of good stuff!


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Subject: RE: Mandolin tuning...?
From: pastorpest
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 04:05 PM

I agree with the Spaw about what website to visit for mandolins. But if you do not want to go there, the standard tuning is GDAE, same as a fiddle/violin. Anyone who plays fiddle and also plays guitar with a pick has a major headstart on playing mandolin.

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Subject: RE: Mandolin tuning...?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 04:26 PM

GDGD is nice. I use that all the time. Also GCGC.


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Subject: RE: Mandolin tuning...?
From: GUEST,willie-o
Date: 08 Apr 01 - 07:18 PM

stick with GDAE--well, GGDDAAEE--unless you have a specific reason for something else...everything will go much smoother, tunes will make sense to your fingers and your fellow musicians, and all will be harmony and light everlasting...

some mandolins are strung with a wound G and a plain steel string tuned to the G an octave up in the first course, ditto for the second course but with D. Gives it that twelve-string effect. Nice for those old Martin A-Style mandos. A folk thing, not a bluegrass thing.

A tuned mandolin is a welcome addition to any party...


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