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A new instrument

Godin A8

Godin A8

Went to Metro Music to pick up my latest instrument, a Godin A8 mandolin. It sounds great amplified or acoustic. I’ve never played a mandolin before and, aside from the tiny neck, the challenge is the tuning – mandolins are tuned in fifths like fiddles, E-A-D-G from bottom to top, while guitars are tuned E-A-D-G from top to bottom! So playing a mandolin for me is like playing left-handed while looking in a mirror! There are also alternate ways of tuning the instrument which I’ll get into eventually.

Here’s an example of the A8’s sound, a small sample of Ry Cooder’s masterful “Billy the Kid.”

Billy the Kid

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