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  1. Mandolin Mondays #162 w/ Special Guest Jesse Brock

    2-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Jesse Brock stops by Mandolin Mondays to take a spin on this classic Monroe tune with his beautiful Jonathan A McClanahan Trinity F5 mandolin.



    Jesse has made a name for himself in bluegrass as an A-list player. Over the years, he's kept company with the likes of Michael Cleveland, Lynn Morris, Dale Ann Bradley, Audie Blaylock, and more. He's been nominated for and ...
  2. Info on Your Mandolin

    We recently discovered a players can no longer obtain information on Weber instruments built prior to 2013 from the Weber company. Mary and I would be happy to help with any questions or concerns you have on instruments built before 2016. Also information on any Flatiron instruments prior to 1997 and Montana built Gibson mandolins. You can contact us through our Montana Lutherie web site, here on Mandolin cafe, or give me a call directly at 406-580-6053.

    Also-from Mary: Here ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #161 w/ Special Guest Martino Coppo

    Italian mandolin maestro Martino Coppo of the band Red Wine, brings us a lovely original tune cowritten with the one-and-only Mike Marshall played on Martino's powerful 2016 Corrado Giacomel J5 model.



    Martino is one of the front runners of acoustic music in Europe. Over the years, he's made numerous collaborations with Italian and American artists such as Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Beppe Gambetta, Carlo Aonzo, Jim Hurst, ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #160 w/ Special Guest Chris Henry

    This week on Mandolin Mondays the infamous Chris Henry brings us a South American melody played in 432 tuning on his Randy Wood F5 mandolin.



    No one takes the rooted tradition of Bill Monroe to new frontiers quite like Chris Henry. Over the years, Chris has played with just about everyone in the bluegrass scene, including Audie Blaylock, Shawn Camp, Peter Rowan, and many more. He now tours worldwide, fronting his own bluegrass ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #159 - D'Addario String Comparison

    Mandolin Mondays #159: This week on Mandolin Mondays we have a very special video sponsored by D'Addario Strings. Listen to an in depth comparison of 3 different D'Addario mandolin string styles played back to back to back on my Apitius Vanguard F5 mandolin.



    For this video, I used medium gauge sets (.011, .015, .026, .040) of Phosphor Bronze, Nickel Bronze, and Monel strings. Check out the links below for more details. ...

    Updated Jan-14-2019 at 10:22am by Mandolin Cafe

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  6. A mathamaticians guide to mandolin playing

    There are a few things that I can't help bringing to how I am learning mandolin.

    Math: As a percussionist I have gone through uncounted variations of simple concepts. All possible handings for any given rhythm. switching parts between all limbs (feet as well as hands). Etc.
    This pleases the mathematical side of my brain. :-)

    Music theory: I have studied music theory and analysis for over 25 years. Scales, chords and progressions are my bread and butter. (But then ...

    Updated Jan-12-2019 at 8:24am by Carl23

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  7. Mandolin Mondays #158 w/ Special Guest Massimo Gatti

    Italian mandolin innovator and founder of the oldest bluegrass band in Italy, Bluegrass Stuff, Massimo Gatti joins us on Mandolin Mondays to play an beautiful original tune on his custom Giacomel J5 mandolin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLgSD22CKM

    Massimo has had his hand in the Italian acoustic music scene for over 40 years. Since the start of his band Bluegrass Stuff in 1977, he's gone on to pioneer many other musical ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #157 w/ Special Guest Olga Egorova

    Moscow mandolin sensation Olga Egorova plays this Dutch made octave mandolin like no other! This week on Mandolin Mondays she brings us a set of Russian and Ukrainian tunes that will put you at the edge of your seat.



    Olga is a professional Russian mandolinist who can be seen collaborating with many artists around the country. She performs regularly with guitarist Roman Palmov in the exciting acoustic ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #156 w/ Special Guest CJ Lewandowski

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, CJ Lewandowski of The Po Ramblin Boys plays us an original tune on his trusty McClanahan F5 mandolin "Orch."



    Just in the past few years, CJ and The Po Ramblin Boys have made big waves in the traditional bluegrass scene. After two full length studio albums, they've signed with Rounder Records and won the 2018 IBMA Emerging Artist Award.

    CJ also has recently released a ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #155 w/ Special Guest Roberto Cubero

    Spanish mandolin guru Roberto Cubero effortlessly combines the ancient music of Spain with the tradition of Bill Monroe with this beautifully rhythmic traditional piece played on his Gibson F5-G.



    Originally from Guadalajara, Roberto now lives in Barcelona where he plays music with his brother in the mandolin guitar duo Los Hermanos Cubero. They've receive accolades including the Premio Europeo de Nueva Creación de Folklore ...
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