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  1. Billslovin's Avatar
    Awesome playing David! You had some really creative variations in there.
  2. Ron McMillan's Avatar
    Astounding technique. Thank you.
  3. AlanN's Avatar
    Simply great!
  4. geoffreymbrown's Avatar
    Really terrific !
  5. Drew Egerton's Avatar
    Very nice. Seems like he used the elbow a lot more than the wrist, ala Sam Bush
  6. Jeff Mando's Avatar
    Beautiful job, David!
  7. Chanmandolin's Avatar
    Incredible. Wonderful tone
  8. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Wow... Nicely done, David.
  9. DougC's Avatar
    Hey Joe. What does you mother think of spending all that money on shoes?
    Great video. Hope to see you sometime in Minneapolis.
    Doug
  10. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Joe. Always good to see you on the pages of the Cafe. Great cut, hilarious ending... It's like what happens at the end of a good movie. Everyone files out and then the actors come back on. Well done.
  11. Stompbox's Avatar
    So awesome man!
  12. gpmando25's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jones
    This is just great. Technique and musicianship are just outstanding. Bravo.
    Thank you!!
  13. jones's Avatar
    This is just great. Technique and musicianship are just outstanding. Bravo.
  14. gpmando25's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons
    Nice Job! I have also enjoyed the CD, which I picked up at the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival last year. Hopefully we'll see GP there this year too.
    Thank you! Glad you are enjoying the CD!
  15. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice Job! I have also enjoyed the CD, which I picked up at the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival last year. Hopefully we'll see GP there this year too.
  16. gpmando25's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dshipp
    What a treat to hear such talent, and watch someone who obviously has fun playing.
    Thank you very much
  17. dshipp's Avatar
    What a treat to hear such talent, and watch someone who obviously has fun playing.
  18. gpmando25's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mandopixie
    Yowzah! and bravo! and Yowzah again!
    Thank you! Glad you like it!
  19. mandopixie's Avatar
    Yowzah! and bravo! and Yowzah again!
  20. gpmando25's Avatar
    Thank you for the nice comments!
  21. Perry's Avatar
    Great mandolin interpretation of a mighty fine tune.
  22. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Giri! Great to meet you and your sister Uma at Folk Alliance a few weeks ago. Enjoyed your showcase, looking forward to hearing your music in the future. Great picking!
  23. Matt Livingston's Avatar
    I know Spain is covered frequently in many genres but I've never really listened to it. My first exposure to is via mandolin! Cool.
  24. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Ethan! Great to hear your music again. For those that may have missed it, we interviewed Ethan here.

    Great take on Spain...
  25. bluegrassforme's Avatar
    Excellent as always Jarrod. Many fond memories watching you and your brother play at Craigs Rv in Arcadia Fl
  26. 9lbShellhamer's Avatar
    Just want to say thanks for these Mandolin Monday posts! It's really inspiring seeing all these fresh pickers! Not only is David's music fresh and creative, but it's awesome to see these other pickers too. I frequent YouTube to watch Matt demo the new mandolins at his local shop and always enjoyed his picking. Between him and David and the new guard rolling in its a very exciting time to be part of the mandolin community.
  27. Alfons's Avatar
    Most excellent. Thanks!
  28. Santiago's Avatar
    Thank you, that's really cool.
  29. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Jarrod. What a great chord solo!
  30. Tom C's Avatar
    Wow is right!
  31. Denny Gies's Avatar
    Wow.
  32. BrianWilliam's Avatar
    Dis-amn!
  33. Alfons's Avatar
    Thanks for that inspirational treat.
  34. StevenS's Avatar
    Wow! Nicely done, Matt!
    Steve
  35. AlanN's Avatar
    Lovely, my friend.
  36. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Matt, nicely done. You are a madman! That's some fierce crosspicking. Welcome to Mandolin Mondays!
  37. flynyrdskynyrd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorSwan
    Fantastic. Any chance of getting this arrangement?
    TaylorSwan: I will see what I can do. If I can get one together, I'll post it here as well as on my website.
    Thanks!
    Matt
  38. TaylorSwan's Avatar
    Fantastic. Any chance of getting this arrangement?
  39. flynyrdskynyrd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AKA Frosty
    Wonderful! There's so much music in this diminutive instrument.
    What's the zipper sound after the conclusion of the piece around 2:13... some of Matt's humor showing up for Mandolin Mondays?
    Hi Frosty,
    Well, I did a few takes of the piece before deciding which one to use. After playing the last take, I was sure I wouldn't be using it as one of the other takes was surely better, so I sort of muttered "nah!" to myself and scraped the pick across the strings after the last chord. But after listening to all of the takes, I went with that one after all. I DID consider adding an explosion at the end, but it would have taken too much time to edit it in (and those books are highly flammable). Maybe next time.
    Thanks for listening!
    Matt
  40. flynyrdskynyrd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe
    Bravo! "Welcome Matt." er, we mean Welcome, Matt. Sure you've NEVER heard that joke before. Love your playing. Thanks for being here with us.
    It's funny, but I've NEVER heard that joke before! Thank you Scott, for having me here on your wonderful site.
  41. AKA Frosty's Avatar
    Wonderful! There's so much music in this diminutive instrument.
    What's the zipper sound after the conclusion of the piece around 2:13... some of Matt's humor showing up for Mandolin Mondays?
  42. JonDoug's Avatar
    Wow, that's amazing! I went over to youtube to hear the original--it is one thing to present this piece on 88 keys, 10 fingers producing harmony, and the huge dynamic range of a concert piano, and quite another on the mando. The artistry is how you've preserved the core of the piece while making it more intimate.
  43. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Bravo! "Welcome Matt." er, we mean Welcome, Matt. Sure you've NEVER heard that joke before. Love your playing. Thanks for being here with us.
  44. jason bailey's Avatar
    Thank you for the kind words Drew, Scott and Uncle Choppy (sorry I don't know your real name). Glad to know there are other fans of both mandolin and Metheny out there. I hope we get to cross paths again soon.
  45. Uncle Choppy's Avatar
    Wow. Fantastic stuff. There have been some real treats in the Mandolin Monday series.
    I too love the Bright Size Life album. From the first listen, I heard something very different to any jazz I'd heard before. There was something deep, almost folksy, about the tunes and the textures and sense of space in the arrangements just added to that feeling.
    This interpretation shows me my ears did not deceive me. Unity Village sounds completely at home on the mandolin and it brings out that earthy side to it. Thanks for sharing and the wonderful playing!
  46. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Great playing, Jason. Welcome to Mandolin Mondays! Always enjoy having your music around the Cafe.
  47. Drew Streip's Avatar
    The "Bright Size Life" album was instrumental (pun maybe intended) in getting me hooked on jazz. Sounds great, Jason! Thanks for joining Mandolin Mondays!
  48. grandcanyonminstrel's Avatar
    A+ !
  49. Adam Tanner's Avatar
    Thanks everybody for your kind and insightful comments!
    Rocky Road to Dublin is an extremely common name for both American old time tunes and some Irish tunes as well...Most of the melodies under this title are completely unrelated...but my version is somewhat similar to versions of this tune also played by 1920's fiddler's ,Bill Hensley(Polk County NC) and Alan Sisson(E.TN)
    Thanks again to David Benedict and Scott Tichenor for giving me a few minutes to share some old time mandolin music with the Mandolin Cafe.
    I hope to see some of you at music camps I am teaching at this summer;The Acoustic Blues Workshop at Centrum in Port Townsend WA in August and Compton's Monroe Camp in September.
    All the best!
  50. john e's Avatar
    Beautiful! Isn't there a slip jig by the same name? Sounds like this could have been inspired by that.
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