So self teaching myself the mandolin is getting interesting. Trying to learn music theory is hard. I have always loved learning languages, but I have never be able learn the whole thing. So learning the notes and meaning on the page is really hard, but I will persevere to learn.
What has me excited is that I have also found an online free mandolin lesson (http://www.mandolessons.com). The videos are great. Early on we learned how to set-up the Mandolin, right hand and left hand techniques, and then three basic chords. Previous to this I was using a self teaching book – which I like, and will continue to use to progress through the basics; however, playing some really nice sounding chords has been encouraging.
So for now, I’ll stick with my $60 mandolin, and if I get to the point where I can play songs and read music I will upgrade. And perhaps, once I learn this language, I’ll add a second instrument.