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  1. Rendezvous

    One more for good measure! These guys really slayed this last tune. So honored to have them play on my tunes.



    Thanks for watching and sharing! If anyone is interested in learning "Rendezvous" I've written out the tune in tab/notation. 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!

    David
  2. Last Thing on My Mind

    Tried singing a little Tom Paxton too. Stay tuned for one more video tomorrow!

  3. The Girl Who Played the Flute/The Resonant Universe

    Have some jigs on us! I wrote these two jigs and recorded them on my Into the True Country record.



    Thanks for watching and sharing! If anyone is interested in learning these jigs I've written out the tune in tab/notation. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/ Stay tuned for more videos of the band throughout the week!

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  4. The Crooked Waltz

    Here's another video from our show earlier this month! This is a tune I wrote called "The Crooked Waltz."



    Thanks for watching and sharing! If anyone is interested in learning "The Crooked Waltz," I've written out the tune in tab/notation. I'd love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/ Stay tuned for more videos throughout ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #24 - Hello Mary Lou

    Earlier this month, I had the privilege of playing a couple shows in NC, with my own 4-piece band. Here's a video of us playing Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" from our performance at White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain, NC.



    I was fortunate enough to have some of my favorite Nashville players come join me: Christian Sedelmyer on 5-string fiddle (10 String Symphony and Jerry Douglas Band), Jake Stargel on Guitar ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #23 - Botanisten (The Botanist)

    Happy National Day of Sweden (Sveriges nationaldag)! What better way to celebrate than with a polska from the greatest Swedish band of all time, Vasen! I first learned this tune at the 2013 Acoustic Music Seminar and it's been a favorite ever since.



    Thanks so much for watching! 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 ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #22 - "My Country 'Tis of Thee"

    Happy Memorial Day everyone! So much gratitude to those who have given everything to serve this country. Really enjoyed exploring some unique harmony for this old tune.



    Thanks so much for watching! 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/
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  8. Mandolin Mondays #21 - Paddy Fahy Reels

    Here are a few of my favorite easy-going Irish reels--all penned by the great fiddler Paddy Fahy. In order of appearance I believe these are reels No. 14, No. 20, and No. 1 from the Fahy cannon. I learned the first two from the playing of one of my favorite fiddlers, Martin Hayes, and the last from the playing of the great Kevin Burke.



    Thanks so much for watching! Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through ...
  9. My Musical Memoirs (or at least what I can remember!)

    Well, teaching music isn't always what it's cracked up to be, and sometimes it can be as challenging as other jobs, like firefighting or being a prison guard. I've decided to put some of my experiences to paper, and I now share them with you. I hope you find some amusement in reading them, and if you do, then by all means share them! Here is one chapter, and then I post the links at the bottom to the rest of the memoirs. Get a cup of coffee and gather up you cat and do some relaxing reading, because, ...
  10. Don't Try This At Home

    It seems that most folks learning a new hobby find numerous ways to make the process more difficult.

    I was no different. Not long after I had mastered the “baby steps” of the banjo, I made the dubious decision to tackle harpsichord music from 17th century composer J.S. Bach. I’ve never been able to explain exactly why, but for some reason the labyrinthine complexity of Bach’s melodies fascinated me.

    So of course I had to learn them on the banjo.

    Now this was ...
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