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  1. Musical Heroes Take Three

    I have shared my thinking regard super star mandolin performers. Here and here.

    Well let me relate a recent experience and share with you a new thought, or at least a new way of saying it.

    The other night I was sitting around playing with some friends. I was the only mandolin, and I was sitting with two guitars, four or five fiddles, two banjos, and a church bass. Adult drinks were in attendance as well.

    We were collectively and individually having the time ...
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  2. Mandolin Cafe 2016 Year In Review

    The top news of the year in the mandolin world undoubtedly is the story of Chris Thile who has taken the reins of A Prairie Home Companion. Congratulations, Chris!

    The Mandolin Cafe's Year in Review, news of note that occurred within the site and outside of our little world.

    January

    inline imageSierra Hull is seemingly everywhere this month in the ears and on the minds of music listeners as she leaves ...

    Updated Dec-18-2016 at 7:40pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  3. Mandolin Mondays #50: Star Wars Mandolin Medley

    Ever wonder what John William's iconic film score for Star Wars would sound like on solo mandolin? Wonder no more! Just in time for the new Rouge One film here's an intergalactic mandolin medley of intrepid tunes from the original trilogy--including the Main Title Theme, Binary Sunset, The Cantina Song, and the dreaded Imperial March. Please share with your friends everywhere, no matter how far, far away.




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  5. New Tshirts

    Needed to add to our wardrobe. Thanks to our male mando model, Paul!
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  6. An Interactive Story

    I am going to tell you a story, the last lines of which you will please supply in the comments below. Itís a fictional story. Any resemblance between anyone in the story and any flesh and blood person is the result of a heck of a lot of work. Something like this has happened, and other things have happened too. The discrete experiences we collect throughout our lives are like individual notes. With enough of them you can write just about any tune.

    A cold snowy day, a warm inviting ...

    Updated Dec-05-2016 at 4:09pm by JeffD

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  7. Mandolin Mondays #49 - Richmond

    Here's another favorite crooked old time tune I learned from the playing of fiddler Bruce Molsky.



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social media. 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 me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/ ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #48 - In Despair

    Hey everyone! In case you missed the big news, next year I'll be moving up to Boston to join the young, New England bluegrass band, Mile Twelve. I'm so excited about this new opportunity, and I'd love for you to hear the band! Here's a video of us playing and singing Bill Monroe's song "In Despair."



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social ...
  9. Going It Alone

    Just as I was getting the hang of covering pop songs and Americana in my acoustic duo, my partner has had to relocate out of state for family reasons. I am not optimistic about finding a similar congenial relationship of two baby boomers that like the same stuff, and certainly not quickly. I am instead considering a solo act.

    I donít like the acts that use rhythm machines, backing tracks, looping and such. I prefer to hear people perform live, as themselves. For myself, it is that, ...
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  10. Mandolin Mondays #47 - Turkey in the Straw

    Happy Thanksgiving from Mandolin Mondays!



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social media. 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 me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/

    Happy Picking! ...