Mandolin Players are a taciturn lot.
So what is everyone working on? I’ve just restarted after nursing an injury and I’ve gone back to the beginning.
I first discovered Ben on youtube, doing ‘I’ll Fly Away’ on mando. I signed up specifically to learn that tune. But like a kid picking up shiny objects, I dropped it and ran around to a bunch of other things. I just started working on it again.
I am also working out ‘Ashokan Farewell’, entirely by ear, and trying to apply some of Ben’s lessons with double stops and tremolo to spruce it up.
And last, I’ve been working the FFcP fingerings in all 4 positions, for the major and major pentatonic scales. Trying to work some simple breaks into a few John Hiatt tunes we do in our band with those pentatonics. I need to add minor scales to the mix one of these months too, but this is plenty for the amount of time I have for playing.
I’ll always need some tab to fall back on, but my number one goal for the year is to use it sparingly instead of as the primary way I learn new tunes.