I’ve been considering learning another musical instrument for several years now. The candidates are accordion, banjo and mandolin. I borrowed a 1920s Gibson A body mandolin from a friend last night. He had a couple of old Mel Bay books and I got about half-way through the first one. Not too difficult to learn, so far. What’s wierd is that the strings are the reverse of a guitar minus the B and E string (E-A-D-G vs. G-D-A-E), so it can be a little confusing. I guess this is the way a violin is set up. It turns out that the mandolin is like a violin, and a mandola is like a viola and a mandocello is like . . . you guessed it. A cello.