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I have this xmas been lucky enough to have been given a mandolin as a gift. I received it on boxing day as I had to work the big day. Having never played the thing before, I have made it my new years resolution to learn.

I have enjoyed playing it over the last few days just messing around. This tune sort of came to me the other day and I thought it would be interesting to post something in the first week of playing (brave or stupid I will let you decide!!).

Obviously it is very basic and the recording standard isn't exceptional but this is a bit of fun, and a kind of benchmark to see how I can progress with this thing!

Hope you like it

Happy New Year
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Uploaded: Jan 02, 2012 - 06:42:50 AM
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2012 - 06:42:50 AM Last Played: Jan 15, 2019 - 10:30:34 AM
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Symphony101 said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
I'm not an expert
but this sounds really good to me. Very nice work Neil, I also like the mandolin sound very much.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Yves
Thanks so much for dropping by, I have a long long way to go obviously but I am really enjoying this something new!
falcef said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Happy Mandolin
Happy Mandolin a song tipycal a string quality good naples mandolin instruments. Bye happy new year. Bye
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
falcef
thankyou for dropping in glad you enjoyed it
Moviz said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
I can't wait
for what you're going to be playing in the coming year Neil..... this is great..... I'm being converted to Mandolin from what I've been hearing lately..... keep it up and best wishes for the New year, M
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Mo
I have no idea what is gong to happen to this over the next year but it should be fun, glad you liked it!
richard13 said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
This is after only a week?
Great start, and if you post one next Boxing Day we can all hear how you've progressed. It has a happy sound.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Richard
Its a start!! Thanks for leaving a comment its appreciated cheers
rtcooper said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Rock n Roll Mando

YOU'LL Get some requests to Jump In on this One.
Sounds like the Start of Something Larger.

Carry On, Brother

Cooper
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rtcooper said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
MAYBE

MAYBE There's another "Summer Rain" coming about out of This.
Could be.

Cooper
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
RT
Haha we shall see! Its just a mess around though really just to see what happens in the future, glad you liked it!
Jarvoid said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Yeah ,some nice
little phrasing and chops on this....told you it was a fun instrument .....now you just have to learn a few little "trills" and off you go....great first post.....did you "plug in" or were you mic'd up ?

Jarvo
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Jarvo
It is definitely a fun instrument, Ive been on youtube a bit having lessons, but it does seem very complicated at times especially all the different ways to chord it. I plugged in for this one. Cheers for the support!
sammydix said 2698 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Madolin
not bad for just a week of messing around with a new instrument. i agree w/Richard. if we're both still kicking around here next year, i'd love to hear the progress.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Sammy
Appreciate the listen and comment, hope i can become reasonable on the thing!
J_Gretch said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Happy Mandolin!!
Oh yea,,,sounds like you have a natural feel for it.,,Can't wait to hear how you fit it into your music.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
J
Not sure about natural, it helps having played a fair bit of guitar in my time, but its gonna be a tricky learning curve. Im looking forward to doing some guitar and mando stuff gonna be fun, glad you enjoyed it!
Saltaireguru77 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Mando tastic
You lucky lucky... person! Very jealous! Considering you just got this, sounds like you're getting your head round it at lightning speed. Looking forward to hearing more. Great stuff Neil.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Stephen
Not sure about lightning speed, but it is awesome fun cheers for dropping in!
drakonis said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
sparkly!
Wait... Mandolins are 4-strings... is this one track? There's a lot going on there. For some reason, this pretty little ditty feels like snow melting away as Spring Green takes over the countryside... maybe it is just the time of year for thinking that. Anyway, I look forward to hearing more mandolin stuff from you... careful, I may send you my mandolin sheet music! ;-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Eduard
Yeah it just one track. Think I play it a bit too guitar like at the moment and considering I can't read music yet I may be some way off getting that sheet music (another new years job!) thanks for the comment glad you enjoyed it!
gadzooks said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Happy Mandolin!!
I agree ... excellent start. I just love the sound of a mandolin ... strange tuning ... same as a violin. Sounds good Neil. Look forward to your progression.
Happy New Year!
SG
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Stan
Thanks for dropping by, its gonna be a long time till I get close to where I need to be, but cant wait to get my teeth into it! Glad you enjoyed it!
BlueFlameRoom said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Great stuff.....
Don't you love that little instrument...... don't no If I play mine or it plays me.... excellent tune
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Blue
Im enjoying it so fair, its a wonderful instrument, glad you enjoyed the ditty!
Philip18 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Mandolin
Mandolins certainly have a distinctive sound. You're obviously moving along the path of understanding the instrument and are already getting something nice out of it. I'm looking forward to a guitar and mandolin duet from you!
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Philip
I am kind of picking it up, it is a strange instrument to play, so many versions of the same chord but each have their own nuances, I hope to get a decent instrumental done sooner rather than later, glad you enjoyed this thanks for dropping in
KCsGROOVE said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
well, that's
a great gift :-)
Always loved the sound of mandolins, never played one. There was a dutch rockband in the 70-s that used mandolins instead of guitars they were called Galaxy-lin.
Not bad for a starter Neil, hehe
hope to hear more mandolinwork from you :-)
Best wishes!
KC
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Cees
Thanks very much for taking the time to listen and comment, its always appreciated, cheers
davisamerica said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
neil
this one is a huge smile man.... pretty impressive for a first run at a new instrument. somebody said this could "grow" ... it could but totally enjoyable as is. nice one.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Jack
Appreciate the comment, really glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the listen. Looking forward to seeing what happens in the future, still undecided whether to take this forward, doubt I will but you never know!!
alackbass said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Happy Mandolin!!
One week in! Not bad at all! There's a bit of a Zeppelin sound to this piece (Battle of Evermore). I'll be very interested to see where you and your new instrument take each other.
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neilh79 said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Andrew
Thanks so much for the support, don't think I'm quite the Jimmy Page just yet!!! Glad you liked it cheers!
michaeljayklein said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Neil the Mandolin Maestro
This was extremely nice Neil! By Jove, from the sounds of it I'd say you already have quite a handle on that instrument (I love the sound it produces--it's not only a unique sound, but the instrument itself is also rather cool looking I've always though!) Enjoyed your playing of this jaunty air (well done) and looking forward to more from you. We owe the person who gave you that nice gift at least a handshake! Thanks again and take good care now, Michael
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neilh79 said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
MJK
Thanks so much for the kind comment. I have always loved the mandoln only now its time to learn it!! Should be fun times ahead! Cheers
Mosaica said 2697 days ago (January 2nd, 2012)
Mandolin
How nice to get such a present! This sounds really good for only a few days play. I look forward to hearing more :-)
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neilh79 said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Rosalind
Thanks so much for the listen and comment really glad you liked it!
PatriciaGirl said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Happy :)
A new instrument to is like a adventurous path, it depends how far you want to take it. Your first steps are beautiful keep going :)
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neilh79 said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Patricia
Thankyou so much for the listen and comment, glad you enjoyed it, just hope I can progress!!
Char said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
That is
damn good, considering that is new to you. Sounds sweet. I hope you gave Santa a kiss. Thanks.
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neilh79 said 2696 days ago (January 3rd, 2012)
Char
Thankyou for dropping in, glad you enjoyed it!
tf10music said 2694 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
very soothing
I think it would be very feasible to put words and a vocal melody on top of this -- it's very catchy. Cheers.
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neilh79 said 2693 days ago (January 6th, 2012)
tf10
Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed it
dave_b said 2694 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
Happy Mandolin!!
Sounds like you've got a pretty good handle on it already. This kind of reminds of a Led Zep song, can't remember which one.
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neilh79 said 2693 days ago (January 6th, 2012)
Dave
Haha 2 Led Zep comparisons, big compliment cheers
apb said 2693 days ago (January 6th, 2012)
Nice
full bodied sound from that Wesley... much better than my old Sigma. Shades of Led Zep's "Battle of Evermore" I heard too. Chords are always fun.. but always a laugh trying to remember the shapes with that violin tuning... what's the action like? Mine sure toughens up the ol' fingers and induces cramping. A great gift and great to hear your having fun with it. Have you discovered this resource site yet? http://www.mandolincafe.com/ I find it useful.

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neilh79 said 2691 days ago (January 8th, 2012)
Alan
Cheers so much for dropping by and the tip on the website I shall have a look! Glad you enjoyed it
DWL said 2688 days ago (January 12th, 2012)
Keep at it Neil
if you're coming up with this after just a few days then I look forward to what you're posting this time next year.

Cheers

Dick
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neilh79 said 2686 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Dick
Thanks for the listen, its an interesting instrument, gonna be fun, glad you liked it!
egobandit said 2686 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
nothin better
then a happy mandolin , Im glad you posted this its fresh and raw just the way I like it Im glad you were brave! Excellent I think you could develop this further but I really like it the way it is
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neilh79 said 2685 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Timmy
Thanks so much for the comment, it was a bit of fun, and will be interesting to see how I progress on the thing! Glad you enjoyed it!
Slashh! said 2685 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Brave.
Great start. Been thinking about adding some mandolin to my tracks.
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neilh79 said 2685 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Slassh
Thanks so much for the kind comment, if you ever need some mando... I can try! Glad you enjoyed it
Loob said 2685 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Here comes the FUN!
I read that you got one of these Neil! I can tell you had not a care in the world as you picked this out. Very cool sound man! So I know who to come to when we need some mandolin huh? Maybe you'd not kill me if I took this and tried some accompanyment to it? As i listen to this the catalytic juices are flowing... Really cool! Don't be surprised if you have people hitting you up for mandolin parts now! I will be!
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neilh79 said 2685 days ago (January 14th, 2012)
Freddy
Thanks so much for your support, take the track and do with it as you like, I only ask for a credit! And feel free to hit me up for mando parts, I will try my best! Glad you liked it!
FEEL said 2680 days ago (January 19th, 2012)
I can relate
I picked up a ukulele with a guitar center gift certificate that I got for Christmas. I believe it's tuned the same as a mandolin. It's fun to play around with, and maybe someday I'll post something here on MJ as well. Great job, enjoyed the listen.
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neilh79 said 2677 days ago (January 22nd, 2012)
FEEL
Thanks for the listen, love christmas!!
PeterB7858 said 2679 days ago (January 20th, 2012)
Mmmm :-)
Congrats on the new instrument, Neil, and the tune you knocked out certainly sounds like you are heading in the right direction re getting it wired. Hopefully the first of many mando musical memories. Mmmm :-) Regards, Peter.
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neilh79 said 2677 days ago (January 22nd, 2012)
Peter
Its coming ok, looking forward to getting more into it, cheers for the listen glad you enjoyed it
ShadowofNine said 2675 days ago (January 24th, 2012)
Fun
Indeed a fun track, I really dig the mandolin, especially as a lead picked instrument...keep using it Niel...
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neilh79 said 2674 days ago (January 25th, 2012)
Dave
Thanks for the listen, really glad you enjoyed this experiment,certainly going to do more at some point!
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