There are many ways to tune your mandolin. When selecting a way, you must take into account various conditions. For example, when you are trying to tune in a noisy environment, tuning by ear may be impossible! Then, the only effective alternative is to use a tuner that you attach to your mandolin that senses the vibrations of the instrument and is therefore not susceptible to external noise.
But what happens when you do not
Peterson Strobe Tuners were known for decades for their accuracy and high cost, requiring an investment of hundreds of dollars. They were therefore considered tools for Pro musicians only. The new iStrobosoft app for iOS by Peterson is supposed to allow even the amateur musician to […]
As I mentioned before in my SNARK SN-8 tuner review, I tend to tune by ear, at least when I am practicing at home, as it is a mental exercise as well. You need to concentrate in order to really listen and identify if a pair of strings is in tune or not!
Although the SNARK is an excellent little tuner, the fact is that I sometimes use a Cherub to tune my mandolin. Why? First
Being a mandolin and guitar player for almost 37 years, I got used to mainly use my ear to tune my mandolins and guitars. Nevertheless, there are some occasions where a digital tuner can be very useful, as for example when playing with a band or during a concert.
After a thorough research, I decided to buy the SNARK SN-8 tuner, and then post a review for my readers at theMandolinTuner.
My experience from using Snark
People with hand injuries can not properly hold the pick, or hold it for a long time. The questions that these people usually ask are:
What are the available alternatives?
What is the difference in using a thumb-pick compared to a flat-pick?
Is tone affected from thumb-picks?
Let’s try to answer them one-by-one.
Please note that this article was inspired by a thread in Mandolin Cafe forum and was written in order to make the information accessible to more people
Mandolins come in many shapes and even sizes, but most of them share many anatomical similarities and therefore their parts have common names.
Naming the mandolin parts is an issue that always gave me trouble . Sounds silly, but as a kid I kept naming the bridge as nut and vice versa and I really could never remember the name of the truss rod.
This naming issue re-surfaced again lately when I was trying to explain to my
A very common situation for beginners that are learning to play the mandolin, is to have their mandolins failing to stay in tune. This is very frustrating, especially if you are not able to recognise the root cause. I have met some beginners that were […]
It is almost inevitable when beginning to play a music instrument, to come across music jargon. Is it mandatory for you to learn it and use it too? Well, no, but if you don’t, you will sometimes feel like everybody else speaks a different language […]
Hello mandolinists, check below our online tuner provided with instructions. Note, this tuning method requires atrained ear, nevertheless I recommend you try it, as you may find it a lot easier than expected! I tested this tuner and managed to tune my mandolin in less than three minutes, […]
Being an Apple iPhone owner, I recently wondered if anybody has created an iPhone tuner app that I could use to tune my mandolin. I carry my mobile phone everywhere I go, so having a tuner app seemed like a good idea. But how an […]