OK, some of you asked for mandolin samples. This will teach you to be careful what you ask for. Here are a coupla tunes:
1. Emma's Waltz, with a friend playing chords. It's a little too slow. Also, because I'm petrified, there are no dynamics or variations or that. I do love this tune, though. It's purty.
2. Lark in the Morning. This second tune is one I've been fighting with tooth and nail: a four part Irish jig they play at the local Irish session pretty much every week. I took an instant dislike to it and it became a nemesis of sorts: every time I tried to learn it, my brain put up an instant barrier. "Uh-uh. Not letting THAT THING in here. No sir!" But this past weekend I decided to put aside past differences and try to make friends with it. It's rather growing on me now, though there may be a certain amount of Stockholm Syndrome coming into play. This is an imperfect take, but it was also about take fifteen. Good 'nough, I guess. You get the idea. Keep in mind that at a session, I'd be just one of a dozen instruments playing it...kinda boring with just mando, and you hear every stinkin' flaw.
I've gotten to practice a bit today, since I'm currently snowed in, and could potentially be so again tomorrow. Pretty stuff, though!