I'm a drummer at heart, but I recently picked up a mandolin in hopes to find something a bit more portable and melodic. I'm in love with it, but because it's fairly obscure and guitars are so cookie-cutter, no one knows good mandolin insight anymore. On top of that, I'm not really a fan of bluegrass, which is where you'll find most mandolin tracks, so new information and techniques are kind of lost in the internet now. So now I come to you, fellow mandolinists, to help me find some inspiration for this lovely instrument. To the rest of you, try one out. You may actually like it.
One of our school professors played mandolin. It's a lovely sound. I don't play that but I like hearing others play it along with koto and sitars.
Not related to mandolins but I'm planning on getting an erhu this summer hopefully. smile
I know a mandolin player who doubles on guitar and banjo.
There are a lot of instruments that are slowly being pushed out by the stream of music, and the small appreciation left for older instruments. However, I don't think that any will die out unless we completely forget about it. Teach it to your kids~