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  1. Mandolin Mondays #43 - Bear Island Reel

    I've never been, but Bear Island must be a pretty awesome place if this tune has anything to say about it. Exploring some nonconventional variations on this epic Irish reel.



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    Updated Oct-24-2016 at 9:30am by dbmandolin

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  2. Mandolin Mondays #42 - Bach Double

    Happy Bachtober! What better way to celebrate than with flannel and the second movement from J.S. Bach's first Partita for Solo Violin. I've been working on this little subtle piece off and on for the past year and finally worked up the moxie to give it a go for a video. Hope you enjoy!



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  3. Electric Mandolin - A New Context

    In this posting I wrote about finding a context in which my messing around with electric mandolin makes some sense.

    The jamming opportunities I naively sought out have been dead ends. It seems that, for the most part, jamming is not what one does on an electric mandolin.

    What I am finding is that as an electric I am an outsider to the mainstream of mandolin and as a mandolin I am an outside the mainstream of electric guitar. I am forced to figure something out on my own. ...

    Updated Oct-16-2016 at 3:21pm by JeffD

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  4. Mandolin Mondays #41 - The Boxer

    Trying to make the mandolin sound like finger picking on the guitar with this classic song by Paul Simon.



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  5. Mandolin Mondays #40 - Grey Eagle

    I was inspired when I heard John Reischman's rendition of this multi-part Texas fiddle tune over the summer and decided to work up my own arrangement. SO MANY PARTS!!! Also, really excited to be partnering with Don Julin and Mandolin Heals the World to pair many of my MM videos with the amazing Sound Slice technology on the site. Be sure to sign up!



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  6. Mandolin Mondays #39 - Blue Monk

    Letting loose with this dissonant and spunky jazz blues by the great Thelonious Monk. One of my favorite quotes: "A note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination" ~ Monk.



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  7. Mandolin Mondays #38 - Winnie the Pooh

    Revisiting my arrangement of this childhood favorite to celebrate my niece's birthday this week. She turns two this year and Winnie the Pooh is her absolute favorite. Happy Birthday, Norah Grace!



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  8. Make a million dollars building mandolins!

    "Psst, hey meester. Over here. Want make million bucks? Build mandolins, guitars, banjos!"

    Words posted in a discussion awhile back haven't stopped ringing in my ears. Sadly, they went unchallenged. To paraphrase, so you don't run out to Google it -- some of you will regardless -- when discussing changes at Weber recently (now under the Two Old Hippies ownership) a member angrily declared, "Weber Mandolins now exists for nothing other than the sole purpose of making the ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #37 - The Old Mountaineer

    Happy Birthday, Bill Monroe (Sept 13th)! My life would be completely different without your hand in making the mandolin into what it is today. So here's my watered down version of one of my favorite Monroe tunes "The Old Mountaineer." I compared notes on this piece with some great recordings by Mike Compton, Jimmy Campbell, and Kenny Baker.



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  10. Mandolin Mondays #36 - Brejeiro

    Here's a little Choro music to put you in the mood for Brazilian Independence Day (Sept 7th). Brejeiro is a very fun piece written by Brazilian pianist and composer Ernesto Nazareth--made popular on the mandolin by Jacob do Bandolim. This was my first time digging deeper into Choro music, and I had a lot of fun trying to incorporate the melody, harmony, and infectious rhythms all in one part.



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