from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small lutelike instrument with a typically pear-shaped body and a straight fretted neck, having usually four sets of paired strings tuned in unison or octaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed instrument and a member of the lute family, having eight strings in four courses, frequently tuned as a violin. They have either a bowl back or a flat back.
- n. A kitchen tool used for slicing vegetables (usually spelled mandoline).
- n. An RAF World War II code name for patrols to attack enemy railway transport.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small and beautifully shaped instrument resembling the lute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the lute class, having from four to six single or double metallic strings, which are stretched over an almond-shaped body, and a neck with numerous frets. It is played with a plectrum of tortoise-shell held in the right hand.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stringed instrument related to the lute, usually played with a plectrum
The note duration on mandolin is short, the fiddle notes are longer sustain, and we're all playing exactly the same notes.
waaah waaah somebody call mandolin a waaaaahmbulance. what a repuke wussy.
The mandolin was his first instrument, which he quickly traded in for the trombone.
Everybody knows that the mandolin is the "bad boy" of the lute family, and since Letle Viride is, in turn, the "bad boy" of mandolin players, this makes him exponentially bad.
In fact the mandolin is the instrument of my heart. '
Very Italian, too, is the "Serenade" with accompaniment à la mandolin, which is the most fetching number in the suite "Captive Memories," published in 1899.
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Rösle also make a non-flimsy V grater for slicing potatoes for dauphinois - a tool my mother always called a mandolin.
Learning to pick out tunes on the mandolin is the easy part ... the difficulty comes from leaning proper techniques, timing, taste, and TONE.
Anyway i have taken my decision, since play the mandolin should be a pleasure, i don't think i should stress so much finding instruments, and trying to find as much money as i can to buy a middle / high level instruments.
Yes the mandolin is a great place to start your musical avocation.