I love this scene from “Louie” with his girlfriend and his daughter both playing the violin. Nothing like this ever happens in the hallway where I live.
Once upon a time—this had to be back in the late 1970’s—I bought myself a violin. You see, the violin and the mandolin tune the same and, in turn, finger the same. Basically, if you can play the mandolin, you should be able to play the violin.
Learning how to use the bow on the violin was hard. I got inpatient with it. I ended up just selling the instrument.
You can also tune a tenor banjo and a ukulele the same as a mandolin. Yep, it’s all in the tuning. At one point in my life, I was playing the mandolin, the violin, the tenor banjo and the ukulele. All these instruments have four strings. Now, I’m just playing the mandolin and that’s enough.
You can’t tune a guitar like a mandolin, in part, because it has six strings. I think you probably already know that.
And on that “note” (I’m such a card), I’ll be back here on Thursday.