1A musical instrument resembling a lute, having paired metal strings plucked with a plectrum. It is played with a characteristic tremolo on long sustained notes.
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- Reading the literature, one can hear fiddles, wood flutes, bagpipes, guitar, mandolins and bodhráns.
- Set against a backdrop of strings, the mandolin sounds completely beautiful, providing an enticing blend of sadness and hope all at the same time.
- She had minimal skills on the oboe, French horn, guitar, viola, mandolin, and penny whistle.
early 18th century: from French mandoline, from Italian mandolino, diminutive of mandola (see mandola).
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- For seven years, Sims studied with Burns, the legendary jazz mandolinist, laying the foundation for Harmonious Wail's acoustic string sound.
- In Italy the mandolinists play with straight wrists and the right forearm is in line with the strings.
- Additional assistance is provided by some of the most talented and well known mandolinists playing today.
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