Electric mandolin

Electric mandolin

The electric mandolin was first introduced into Indian classical music by U. Srinivas, who performed Carnatic music.

The style of playing is significantly different from its western counterpart. For one, it is played while sitting on the floor, just like all other Indian classical instruments. Secondly, wide bends are also played on the instruments by sliding the fingertip along the strings and over the frets: as this is a key feature in Carnatic music, it is a central playing technique on the electric mandolin.