Audeamus’s two hundred and seven comments

  • Re: Chinese F style mandolin

    Haven't heard of these brands. Eastman is the Chinese brand of choice in the U.S. They are made of very good materials, and although the finish is sometimes a bit rough here and there, they are usually well-finished and sound very good. The setup is the m... more…

  • Re: Tune speed?

    If you have dancers or are playing a dance, then by all means play the tunes at "dance speed." If not, then why? Many tunes need a bit of speed to make them pop, but the faster you play, the less ornamentation is possible (for players who are mere mortals... more…

  • Re: A Question for Foreign trad musicians

    Fris is just trying to get a rise out of us before we retreat into the pubs for a weekend of drinking... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki as a melody instrument

    Depends on the instrument. If you've got a really l o n g neck, then GDAD is helpful. If you have a relatively short neck, then GDAE is quite useful, especially for those players who swap other similar instruments around. And if you have a red neck, then ... more…

  • Re: Advancing with Accompaniment: Point me in the right direction

    Good advice, frisbee. I was going to chatter about arpeggios, but my post was getting a bit long. more…

  • Re: Advancing with Accompaniment: Point me in the right direction

    Learning the tunes is only the first step. Once you know the tunes, or at least can hear the phrases in your head, then you can play with the chords. But that's just the second step. You have to stitch the changes together, and that requires a knowledge o... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki as a melody instrument

    I'm a guitarist who picked up the octave mandolin so I could play melodies or to provide some different colors when another guitarist or two shows up. It's not great for all tunes (just like a banjo isn't great for all tunes), but it's really fun on most ... more…

  • Re: Evicted from Session

    I got myself evicted from a band, and the other band broke up at the same time. It wasn't pleasant. It was largely my fault. I'm not a bad player, nor a totally insufferable person (at least some of the time), but it was a tumultuous time in my life, a sc... more…

  • Re: geetar pickin

    I think the Scottish lads were just trying to set some parameters for a new guy they didn't know. They may have had a bad experience with another guitarist in the past. Or they may be stick-in-the-mud traditionalists. more…

  • Re: Hand-made vs. "name" guitars, new vs. old

    I don't think that the choice of wood for the sides and back are as critical as to whether they're solid or plywood. Yes, some ply-sided guitars can sound pretty good if the top is a good one (I have a classical guitar w/ a cedar top and beautiful ply sid... more…