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  1. Mandolin Mondays #137 w/ Special Guest Magnus Zetterlund

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we have a special guest all the way from Sweden! Check out Magnus Zetterlund playing this beautiful traditional Swedish tune on his toneful Phoenix 2-point mandolin.



    In 2007, Magnus became the first Swedish mandolinist to graduate from higher education when he completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Today he teaches mandolin and guitar ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #136 w/ Special Guest Charlotte Carrivick

    Mandolin Mondays #136: The great UK multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Carrivick sends us a lovely chord melody arrangement of an old swing number played on her amazing mandolin built by Czech luthier Eduard Krištůfek.



    Charlotte has been at the head of the UK bluegrass and acoustic music scene for some time now. Though guitar is her main instrument, she is talented at everything from mandolin to trumpet. She's a core part of ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #135 w/ Special Guest Eli Wildman

    Eli Wildman from Floyd, VA, joins us on Mandolin Mondays for an old time tune played on his unique Stanley Lorton F5 mandolin.



    Eli is an up and coming mandolin player to look out for. He's already making a name for himself playing with his family band The Wildmans, having shared the stage with such names as Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, Darol Anger and Joe K. Walsh. This fall he'll be head ...

    Updated Aug-03-2018 at 7:37pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  4. Mandolin Mondays #134 w/ Special Guest Dan Beimborn

    Owner and administrator of the Mandolin Archive website, Dan Beimborn sends us some jigs all the way from Norfolk, England played on his one-of-a-kind 1909 Gibson F4.



    Dan has been a huge contributor to the online mandolin community for the past 15 years. His site http://www.mandolinarchive.com/ is the premier online database for vintage and boutique mandolins. period. But sadly not as many people know Dan for his incredible ...

    Updated Jul-24-2018 at 4:20pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  5. Worthless For All But a String Holder

    Any of the bridge issues below will rob your instrument of tone and volume and are responsible for more players going on a new string brand or gauge hunt because their instrument just doesn’t sound like it used to.

    I know I’ve posted on this topic a few times before, however recently Bruce has gotten quite a few instruments in for miscellaneous work and noticed almost all had bridge issues: poor fit, leaning towards the fingerboard, some bases flipped bass for treble, and messed ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #133 w/ Special Guest Paddy Montgomery

    Australian mandolin guru Paddy Montgomery joins us on Mandolin Mondays for some Queen played on a well-loved Collings MT-L (left-handed).



    Paddy is a part of many groups in Australia including the Down Under bluegrass powerhouse Buffalo Nickel--a trio with fiddler George Jackson and guitarist Daniel Watkins. They have an impressive digital EP for sale--check it out here: https://buffalonickelaus.bandcamp.com/releases
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  7. Mandolin Mondays #132 w/ Special Guest Jacob Means

    Boston-based mandolinist Jacob Means shares an imaginative original tune on his amazing 1994 Gibson F5-L Master Model.

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    Jacob has been a fixture in the Boston acoustic music scene for quite some time. He received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory, and has collaborated with some of the most heavy-weight improvisers around. His versatile and expressive playing allows ...
  8. Yardbird Suite (John Reischman)

    July 4th, 2018

    Last year, David Benedict's fabulous Mandolin Monday series brought us John Reischman playing his chord-melody arrangement of Charlie Parker's tune Yardbird Suite. It's been on my to-do list to make a transcription for, oh, about a year. It's really a treat to play even at a tempo slower than the brisk 178 BPM speed taken by John. Two PDF files are attached. First the chord-melody arrangement of the head, second John's improvisation.

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    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Yardbird Suite (head) - John Reischman.pdf   Yardbird Suite (improv) - John Reischman.pdf  
  9. Mandolin Mondays #131 w/ Special Guest Hayes Griffin

    Grand Rapids multi-instrumentalist Hayes Griffin brings us an original tune for this week’s Mandolin Mondays played on a Isabel mandolin made by luthier Wes Archer in Zanesville, OH.



    New England Conservatory graduate Hayes has performed with acts such as Canadian fiddle virtuoso April Verch and the contemporary bluegrass band NewTown. Now he currently performs in a duo with mandolinist Nate Roberts, in addition to the progressive ...
  10. Custom Rangers

    This one will travel to France, soon- upgraded with an ebony FB & Peghead Veneer (think it's radiused, too) and buckskin color.
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    This one is Vegan- which is pretty easy to achieve with the ebony star in the peghead and micarta nut- looks cool, too!
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    Bruce has been picking wood and planning with two players for their instruments (one a two point, one an F)...great visits!
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