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  1. Mandolin Mondays #82 w/ Special Guest Brian Oberlin

    The remarkable Brian Oberlin is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays to play a solo rendition of his original song "Landslide" performed on his powerful Collings MF5 mandolin.



    Brian is as diverse and prolific as mandolin players come. Over his 16-year professional career, he has recorded 20 records and has published numerous accompanying mandolin instructional books. His most recent album, Troubadour, displays the ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #81 w/ Special Guest Aaron Weinstein

    When mandolin youtube channels collide! Honored to have a Mandolin Monday video from the amazingly talented jazz musician and mando youtube personality, Aaron Weinstein! Check out Aaron's swinging chord melody version of this old jazz standard "A Beautiful Friendship" played on his trusty Red Diamond F5 mandolin.



    You probably know Aaron from his many other jaw-dropping jazz mandolin videos, but you may ...

    Updated Jul-21-2017 at 10:58am by Mandolin Cafe

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  3. Mandolin Mondays #80 w/ Special Guest Alan Bibey

    Alan Bibey joins us this week to celebrate the 94th birthday of his incredible July 9th, 1923 Lloyd Loar mandolin. And what better way to celebrate than with a powerful rendition of a couple Monroe tunes: "Evening Prayer Blues" and "Old Ebenezer Scrooge."



    Alan Bibey is a force to be reckoned with on the mandolin. He made a name for himself in bluegrass playing with such groups as The New Quicksilver, IIIrd ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #79 w/ Special Guest Frank Solivan

    The outstanding Frank Solivan joins us this week all the way from the windy Grand Canyon! Here Frank plays the classic George Gershwin tune, "Summertime" on his very own handmade Solivan mandolin.



    Originally from Alaska via California, Frank Solivan now lives in Alexandria, VA. After a stint playing with the Navy bluegrass band Country Current, Frank set off to start his own progressive group, Frank Solivan & ...

    Updated Jul-03-2017 at 11:03am by dbmandolin

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #78 /// "Bluegrass in the Backwoods"

    Happy birthday to everyone's favorite fiddler, bluegrass boy Kenny Baker, who was born this day 91 years ago. I recently learned this epic 5 part tune that he wrote, and wanted to play it in his memory.



    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays # 77 w/ Special Guest Sterling Abernathy

    Grand Ole Opry mandolinist Sterling Abernathy is with us this week on his toneful Gilchrist F5 mando, playing a beautiful solo arrangement of the Debussy piano piece Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum from the Children's Corner Suite.



    Sterling Abernathy, originally from Broken Arrow, OK, now lives and performs professionally in Nashville, TN. He got an early start in music and by age 13 he was touring full time as part of the young group ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #76 w/ Special Guest John Reischman

    The phenomenal John Reischman is with us for this week's Mandolin Mondays with a stunning chord melody arrangement of Charlie Parker's Yardbird Suite played on a gorgeous Heiden Heritage Model F5 Mandolin.



    John is a mandolinist who needs little introduction. Over the years, his incredible tone, imaginative compositions, and tasteful playing across a wide variety of genres have made him a pillar of the modern mandolin idiom. ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #75 w/ Special Guest Steve Smith

    Mandolin Mondays #75: Steve Smith is with us this week playing and singing a powerful solo rendition of the famous "Crossroad Blues" on his Ellis mandolin.



    Now based in New Mexico, mandolinist Steve Smith has been in the mandolin business for quite some time. Back in the 80's Steve got his start playing with the hot young bluegrass band from Charlottesville, VA, called Cloud Valley, featuring Missy Raines on the ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #74 /// "Diabinho Maluco"

    Working on this Choro tune by Jacob do Bandolim and it's been a tricky little devil to learn. In fact, that's what it's called! I enjoyed exploring some dynamic and melodic variations with this one.



    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tunes in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #73 w/ Special Guest Rory Hoffman

    For this week's Mandolin Mondays, I'm thrilled to have a special video of Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Rory Hoffman test driving his brand new Voight 2-point mandolin with an incredible improvised blues.



    Rory's inimitable and virtuosic playing across a plethora of different instruments and genres has made him somewhat of a Nashville legend. Over the years he has toured, performed, and recorded with such musicians ...
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