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Sep 23, 2021 - 9:24:15 AM

MikeS

USA

251 posts since 5/1/2012

Currently I play Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro (square neck), Ukulele (all low G Tenor), and Anglo Concertina-none well. I've played guitar for 20+ years so it is not on the block, so to speak. Of the others, I feel I need to eliminate at least one. I don't have a special attachment to any of them, and kind of enjoy playing them all equally. I just don't have time to devote to them all. I've taken a few lessons from both Orville Johnson and Mike Witcher. I'm trying to form a plus/minus list for each so I can decide which one doesn't make the cut. I'm an old guy and have always felt that square neck reso will be the instrument I'll be able to play as arthritis sets in (if it does). So, as this is a reso site, please tell me why it should be in the "keep playing it" category.

Thanks a lot!

Sep 23, 2021 - 10:17:15 AM
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badger

USA

555 posts since 8/10/2008

You have to keep the dobro because of its well-documented ability to drive women wild. Or, at least, that's what I've heard, since I have no personal experience with this phenomenon. Beyond that, I don't see the need to thin the herd. A lot of us play several instruments, and they seem to rotate in and out of favor. If you find something's just not getting played or is redundant with the people you play with (there are three mandos in my usual jam group, for instance), then take a harder look at cutting it loose.

If your primary interest lies in bluegrass or Americana, the uke does seem like the obvious outlier, though.

Sep 23, 2021 - 11:21:53 AM
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2185 posts since 8/3/2008

You'll play it if you have "no choice" but to play it.

If you're not driven to play it..just drop it (or one of the others that you're not passionate about).

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Sep 23, 2021 - 1:49:27 PM
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2BUCKS

USA

264 posts since 4/27/2015

You have 5 instruments and only 1 without strings. The concertina would be a good choice but not mine. I'd keep them all. You never know when a friend might stop over and want to play a polka! Or a gondolier might stop by for ballad or two.devil

Sep 24, 2021 - 7:01:54 AM
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98 posts since 11/28/2010

Hi Mike....I think you have pretty well answered your own question...at least for
keeping the guitar and dobro...you enjoy playing them...in fact you enjoy them all. Unless there is compelling reasons...such as space, cash needed, etc. why sell any that you enjoy....whether you can "play them well" or just try to play well. Keep the arthritis in check best you can and enjoy. If something has to go.....i would part with the uke and concertina.

Sep 24, 2021 - 12:30:50 PM
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wlgiii

USA

1254 posts since 9/28/2010

I was in a similar situation, and dropped the mandolin. I liked playing it, but there are enough mandolinists out there; also, my wife plays it so the spotlight can be on her for the mando songs. Keep the guitar; it's too versatile to not have around. The uke is a maybe; it's handy to have around for travel and noodling since it's compact, but too quiet for jams (unless you have a banjo uke). The concertina is also a maybe; it may be the least versatile for playing music with others, but has a good unique factor. As for the lap-steel-Hawaiian-dobro...it's obvious we're all biased since we're on this site, but I'll try to be Devil's Advocate:

It's tough to play and look at charts or others' hands, hard to play at night (camping jams), often tricky to amplify, sometimes too loud (the cone), sometimes to soft (pointed up not out).

BUT- I have yet to encounter anyone who wass not intrigued and enthralled by lap style playing, be it bluegrass, blues, swing, Hawaiian......keep the dobro & guitar, ignore the others for a while, and then see what you miss & don't miss.

Sep 24, 2021 - 12:41:45 PM
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3681 posts since 7/27/2008

Jeezus Jones Mike, not again?

For anyone who has followed Mike's "saga" here, he has bought and sold and bought  again dobros a handful of times.

Keeping dobros around because one may or may not eventually suffer from arthritis and prevent you from playing other stringed instruments, to me, isn't a good enough reason to keep them around. 

You have to want to play the thing!

Sep 24, 2021 - 3:13:53 PM

MikeS

USA

251 posts since 5/1/2012

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Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Jeezus Jones Mike, not again?

For anyone who has followed Mike's "saga" here, he has bought and sold and bought  again dobros a handful of times.

Keeping dobros around because one may or may not eventually suffer from arthritis and prevent you from playing other stringed instruments, to me, isn't a good enough reason to keep them around. 

You have to want to play the thing!

Well Mark, you ain't wrong.  The problem is I like them all.  I just plain don't have enough time in the day.  I've tried some kind of rotation, playing only two a day, etc. Just doesn't seem to work for me.  I also suffer various types of soft tissue issues in my left hand further complicating it all.  I'd like to get down to three.   Just having a hard time deciding.  

BTW,  I have been playing the reso a lot of late-ever since I bought the Leadbetter back. So, it hasn't been sitting around waiting for arthritis or something.  I have also been taking fairly regular zoom lessons from Mike W. too.  It's really tough deciding........

thanks

PS:  I've got my list of pluses and minuses compiled-I posted similar calls for help on some other forums as well.  So far the ukulele is losing out - so at least I'm down to 4.  Concertina is a tough call so far


Edited by - MikeS on 09/24/2021 15:17:39

Sep 24, 2021 - 5:07:42 PM

359 posts since 11/28/2012

With all due respect, and consistent with some of the other inputs, IMO you are putting too much analysis (and possibly stress) into a decision that is really self-imposed.

This is a hobby for you, right? Be joyful. Make music. Keep them all and play what you want, when you want. If one instrument speaks to you more loudly than others, ride the wave, until the next urge hits you.

Sep 24, 2021 - 5:27:59 PM

MikeS

USA

251 posts since 5/1/2012

Thanks for the replies. While it is too many, I really need to figure this out. For now I think I’m going to give the uke a vacation for a while, and rotate the reso and concertina. I can’t play the dobro everyday due to some cramping ( left hand ) problems. Likewise I often have left wrist issues from the G and G7 chords on the guitar, so some days I’m unable to play it. So, I’m going to forge ahead as best I can on the 4. Thanks for the help on this. I know I’m a head case, but c’est la vie as the French say.........

Thanks again!

Sep 24, 2021 - 6:16:35 PM
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badger

USA

555 posts since 8/10/2008

None of that talk. We're ALL head cases here!

Oct 7, 2021 - 7:11:26 AM

P2gee

USA

36 posts since 3/29/2020

Personally I would really try to keep playing all of them because the guitar helps the mandolin helps  the dobro helps the uke helps the concertina helps ect.....ect.

Edited by - P2gee on 10/07/2021 07:12:28

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