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  1. Drawing the Line

    This is an essay that I wrote many years ago for a small publication devoted to American String Band Music and later translated to English.

    Drawing the Line

    On forums like Mandolin Café a recurring theme is Bluegrass vs. OldTimey music. This distinction seems to be of great concern to some people. For instance, chopping the mandolin at an Oldtime jam is considered bad form.

    I once mentioned this to an old-time fiddler who knows the history inside out. ...
  2. Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles Cover)

    Here is another “Beatles Song“ playing with mandolin, chapman stick and trombone.

  3. Sarcasm on Threads

    More and more frequently a member will reply to a thread, "Why doesn't the OP do a search of prior threads to determine if the topic has already been covered?" The phrase may be posed as "How many threads do we need on Blue Chip picks?" as an example. This is a stereotypical response I have seen numerous times on all similar forums, i.e., Acoustic Guitar, Strat Talk, etc.

    This question makes the assumption that the OP is asking for instructions and has
  4. Mandolin Mondays #115 w/ Special Guest Korey Brodsky

    Korey Brodsky brings us an impressive solo mandolin arrangement of the Earl Scruggs classic "Groundspeed" on his J Bovier Mandolin.

    Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Korey is now studying mandolin at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He's a top notch player on both mandolin and guitar and is already making waves in the Northeastern bluegrass and swing circles.

    In 2016, Korey released ...
  5. Hey Bulldog (The Beatles Cover)

    Me and my Band "2 Jahre Ferien" performing The Beatles with Mandolin, Chapman Stick and Trombone.
  6. Mandolin Mondays #114 w/ Special Guest Bryan McDowell

    Multi-instrumentalist Bryan McDowell from the Claire Lynch band plays Tallahassee on the mandolin like no other! Pretty mind blowing double stops at the end played on this sweet Collings MF5.

    Originally from Asheville, NC, Bryan now lives in Nashville and makes his living playing with some of the best bluegrassers in the business. In 2009, he won 1st place in the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar categories at the National Flatpicking ...
  7. The Countdown is Over

    ...and the Mandolin Man is back!!

    He's been busy updating the shop, acquiring the best materials and, most importantly, perfecting design. There will be the B2 model line, and the customized (as only you and he can imagine together) "The Bruce" line of mandolin family instruments and arch top guitars.

    Watch the Montana Lutherie website for ongoing updates: price list, design and spec lists, new instruments for sale, and questions answered.

  8. Mandolin Mondays #113 w/ Special Guest Dominick Leslie

    The phenomenal Dominick Leslie stops by this week on Mandolin Mondays for a lovely tune played on his hoss of Gilchrist mandolin.

    Originally from Colorado, Dominick has already had a leading role in the mandolin world for over a decade now. His exceptionally tasteful playing and distinct artistic voice have helped pave the way for a new generation of pickers. In 2004, he became the youngest contestant to ever win the Rockygrass ...
  9. Of The Sirens - Alex Heflin [Original]

    I can't believe this is the 99th consecutive week I've put one of these together. This is an original waltz I put together a couple years ago; thought you guys may enjoy!

  10. Cured Unwanted Ringing and Buzzing

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    Ludwick, Mandolinist of A2ZZ Band writes:
    Bruce did an amazing job on my harmonic suppressor! Not only did it cure unwanted ringing and buzzing, but totally added fashion to function by inlaying my signature in Abalone."

    Thanks, Z.Z.!!
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