Always loved the way Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass’ mandolin looked and sounded. So I took some time to find a decent F-style mandolin I can learn to play. I learned that A-style mandolin’s are generally a bit less expensive, but Bill Monroe played a Gibson F-style.
Gibson F-style mandolins, especially vintage ones are over my budget. Especially for a beginner. I found the Loar mandolins are well made and not super expensive. The Loar is no vintage Gibson F-style, but is a fine instrument and borrows some of Gibson’s classic looks.
Learning to play a new instrument is fun and frustrating at the same time. Having a decent instrument makes it easier to learn. So far, I have part of “Maggie May” figured out.
Fun instrument to play and as Stan Jay, owner and founder of Mandolin Brothers told me the mandolin has done more for music than most people realize. It was Stan that schooled me on how to pick a mandolin. This mandolin was setup at the Mandolin Brothers repair shop. Plays great now.
Bill Monroe – Southern Flavor
Bill Monroe – Blue Moon of Kentucky
Bill Monroe influenced Elvis, the Beatles and scores of others
Paul McCartney George Harrison & Ringo Starr – Blue Moon of Kentucky
Mark Knopfler with Scotty Moore and Albert Lee – Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Ray Charles – Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Kinds of Mandolins