I’ve been playing mandolin since the mid-1970s when I got a bow back version as a gift from my parents. Put the instrument down for about 20 years when life interfered in the 1980s and picked it up again about eight years ago. Been a member of the Shamrogues, Connecticut’s largest Irish band, since 2003 give or take.
My playing level is probably intermediate and there’s no question I’m an amateur and play for love of the music, not because I’m talented. I usually play along with my husband, who’s a guitarist for fun.
Although my version of MAS (mandolin acquisition syndrome) is a mild one, I just counted up my instruments and realized I own five, although two of them barely qualify and one is more of a toy.
I live for hornpipes and I prefer tunes in minor keys. What can I say?