I've played a number of the standard fiddle tunes on guitar and mandolin, and some I only play on one or the other.I've been learning mostly fiddle tunes and they lay really well on the mandolin in a way they don't on a guitar. A lot of notes that would be fretted on a guitar are open on the mandolin, and those open notes are often part of the effect.
Mandolin Wind - Rod StewartAs the title says, post a song that made you want a mandolin.
Mine is from Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, a local band that I really got into this summer. The solo from this song got me wanting to buy a mandolin. I probably shouldn't do it, since I ought to keep my efforts focused on guitar.
For me mandolin is definitely a second instrument. Actually a fourth instrument, in terms of playing ability.
Love the David Grisman stuff.
And I have great admiration for Chris Thile, but listening to him sometimes makes me want to burn my mandolins.
Thile is a freak show, don't be too hard on yourself, lol.
As you can tell from my quote below, I'm a fan. I believe that Thile is a modern master musician, both in compositional ability and pure technical skill. Quite possibly, and in all seriousness, the greatest mandolin player we have ever seen.
He is a source of tremendous wonder and admiration for me. And he makes me want to burn all my instruments. One of my standard jokes it to arrive at a gig and tell my bandmates that I simply cannot play today. Why??? Because I heard Thile on the radio coming over and decided to just give it all up.