Out of the blue I started playing fiddle last year (I’m a late starter - 46!). I enjoy it, but I miss being able to sing while I play and I haven’t been too happy with my instructor. Lately I had a good excuse to stop taking lessons (job loss) so I did. Also, did I mention fiddle is really really hard?
Anyway, I still enjoy playing and a few weeks ago I got a mandolin. Since the string arrangement is the same (except doubled) I thought I would pick it up quickly, and I have - I can play most of my fiddle tunes, though not as quickly, and I’m learning some easy chords. I have a few questions -
Any general advice I should know about playing mandolin that’s not immediately obvious?
How the hell to you play an F chord? I mean, I see the chart, but my fingers can’t do that. I’d hate to go through life not playing anything with an F, but for now when I see an F I just move the whole song into a different key.
I plan on signing up for lessons soon - I start a new job next week. So in a month or so. But so far it’s a lot more fun than my poor fiddle, although I try not to neglect that one too much either.