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Old 01-29-2021, 08:46 AM
Mandobart Mandobart is offline
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Originally Posted by catt View Post
I would say the same, here, about guitar and bass - why not learn how to [I]really play them[I]?

The vast majority of bluegrass does not exploit either instrument to anywhere near its capacity. If all one does on these instruments is play bluegrass, one is ignoring worlds of technique and musicality available with them.

*But of course there is tremendous value to be had in studying a new discipline, instruments in traditional and idiomatic forms, etc.
That's quite a wild assumption. Just because I play bluegrass, you assume I only play bluegrass. I started as a classical violinist decades ago. I expanded to folk/blues/rock guitar, bass in a jazz ensemble and rock band, bluegrass fiddle, guitar, then mandolin.

Mandolin (and resonator mandolin, banjolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello) is/are my main instrument(s) now for bluegrass, gypsy jazz, swing, old time, Irish trad, Itallian (folk and classical) and Nordic folk (though my 10 string Hardanger fiddle gets the most play in that last genre).

The best musicians in any genre I've played with are the gypsy jazz people. Bluegrassers are a close second.
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