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  1. The Special History of a Mandolin Pickguard

    Some of you may remember this story, but it's a good one:

    By Bruce Graybill

    When Bruce Weber built my first custom Weber Mandolin, he had me play for several of his builders using my ‘go to’ Mandolin of that time. He had some special cedar from a tree cut in 1910, that he thought would really work well for voicing the kinds of range and timbre of the classical pieces I was playing. Along with the incredible experience of having woods and building style specifically ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #90 w/ Special Guest Bella Betts

    Boulder, Colorado mandolinist Bella Betts joins us this week for an original song on her Collings mandolin.

    Though just 16 years old, Bella has been making waves in the acoustic music scene for quite some time now. Known for her mature mandolin playing and songwriting, she has gained the attention and praise of such artists as Aoife O’Donovan, David Grisman, Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, and Chris Thile. In 2012, Bella released ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #89 w/ Special Guest Andrew Collins

    This week, Toronto-based, award-winning mandolinist Andrew Collins brings us an imaginative arrangement of the Celtic classic "Banish Misfortune" on his lovely Heiden F5 mandolin.

    Andrew has been a fixture in the Canadian folk music scene for over a decade. Through the years, he's been awarded numerous Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards for his expansive recorded work.

    I first ...
  4. Goodnight Irene - Traditional [Acoustic]

    Hey guys! I went after another traditional tune this week. Here's my rendition of Goodnight Irene.

  5. Mandolin Mondays #88 w/ Special Guest Wayne Benson

    The phenomenal Wayne Benson joins Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on the old fiddle classic, "Grey Eagle." That's some hot picking being done on that fine McCalahan mandolin!

    Based in the Carolinas, Wayne has made a name for himself in the bluegrass world with his potent playing style, compelling recorded work, and prolific touring schedule. He is perhaps most known for his work with the award-winning bluegrass ...
  6. Join the Club

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    We say on our website: MANDOLIN AUTHORITY Become a member of a group of people who play, work, and live a mandolin inspired life.

    Now I realize right here, at mandolincafe, is the ultimate for that particular group but ours is for those who are also shopping (more accessories to come), contemplating sending in your instrument for a tune up or repair (10% off the accessory or repair service), or MAC Inspection ...
  7. Music Does Make the World a Better Place

    He plays where my Mom was in assisted living and they LOVE it.
    Thanks Steve, and God Bless.

    I am a hospice chaplain in southwest Montana, and I play a Weber mandolin for patients in several facilities and homes. Music works wonders in the hearts of my hospice patients. I am amazed to see a patient diagnosed with dementia open their eyes wider, brighten their countenance, and smile as I play my music. Many times, dementia patients will recall the words to songs and begin singing ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #87 /// "Windy and Warm"

    Wishing summer goodbye with a rendition of the Chet Atkins classic "Windy and Warm."

    Additionally, I'm thrilled to announce that I now have #mandolinmondays stickers available on my bandcamp page HERE. Just pay what you want, and I'll mail one to you straight away.

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    As always, thanks so much for watching and sharing these ...

    Updated Aug-28-2017 at 8:46am by dbmandolin

  9. (Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding [Acoustic]

    Thought you guys may dig this one. This week I worked on a classic - Otis Redding's Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.

    Mostly I was trying to transcribe his vocal inflections. Anyway I hope you enjoy!

  10. Mando Lessons Teacher in San Antonio. TX?

    So I have been messing around with my mandolin on and off the past couple months but I haven't truly committed myself to fully learning reason being I think I need some healthy added pressure of a lesson teacher.

    With that said, does anyone know a mandolin lesson teacher in the San Antonio, TX area?
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