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  1. Mandolin Mondays #81 w/ Special Guest Aaron Weinstein

    When mandolin youtube channels collide! Honored to have a Mandolin Monday video from the amazingly talented jazz musician and mando youtube personality, Aaron Weinstein! Check out Aaron's swinging chord melody version of this old jazz standard "A Beautiful Friendship" played on his trusty Red Diamond F5 mandolin.



    You probably know Aaron from his many other jaw-dropping jazz mandolin videos, but you may ...
  2. Interplay - Bill Evans

    Hey guys!

    This week I decided to put together a quick mandolin/guitar arrangement of the Bill Evans blues Interplay. I thought you may enjoy!

  3. Mandolin Mondays #80 w/ Special Guest Alan Bibey

    Alan Bibey joins us this week to celebrate the 94th birthday of his incredible July 9th, 1923 Lloyd Loar mandolin. And what better way to celebrate than with a powerful rendition of a couple Monroe tunes: "Evening Prayer Blues" and "Old Ebenezer Scrooge."



    Alan Bibey is a force to be reckoned with on the mandolin. He made a name for himself in bluegrass playing with such groups as The New Quicksilver, IIIrd ...
  4. Getting More Betterer

    Getting More Betterer

    I have been reading “The Inner Game of Music”, which I highly recommend. It’s not a religion or philosophy, though it can be. One or two ideas from that book can really make a difference.

    Anyway, through some of the thinking in that book, and lots of coffee chat afterword, and being tired of struggling with technique for its own sake, I have a useful perspective I can finally put into words. It applies to most of us, but perhaps not all.
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    Updated Jul-07-2017 at 9:42pm by JeffD

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #79 w/ Special Guest Frank Solivan

    The outstanding Frank Solivan joins us this week all the way from the windy Grand Canyon! Here Frank plays the classic George Gershwin tune, "Summertime" on his very own handmade Solivan mandolin.



    Originally from Alaska via California, Frank Solivan now lives in Alexandria, VA. After a stint playing with the Navy bluegrass band Country Current, Frank set off to start his own progressive group, Frank Solivan & ...

    Updated Jul-03-2017 at 11:03am by dbmandolin

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  6. Is Happiness Enough?

    We usually concentrate on our own business but the following is so outrageous (but indicative of some of the repair stories we get) that we want to warn: Let the Player Beware.

    Bruce’s story:
    I was contacted recently by the repair guy of a not-too-small music store asking me how the truss rod worked in a mandolin. I asked him if it had a nut on the end of the truss rod, or could it be adjusted by with an allen wrench. He said it had a nut and I told him it’s a single action ...
  7. Bridge Flips

    Bruce estimates that 20% of the instruments he receives for repair
    have the bridge base flipped around- treble for bass.


    If you notice a decline in tone/volume after a string change, check the bridge. If the base is flipped the bridge doesn't fit well and sometimes can even cause a hum between the bridge base and the soundboard (top).

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    A simple precaution is to mark the bottom of the bridge base with a T and B when ...
  8. Cane Mill Road - Five Speed

    Hey Cafe users!

    Cane Mill Road's new album "Five Speed" is out and available for purchase!

    you can order it here:

    https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/canemillroad

    I have played with Cane Mill Road for three years now, I did a brief stint on Guitar during the time when the album was made but I now play Mando and Fiddle for the group! (I play both Mando and Guitar on the album)

    Please check us out on Facebook:
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  9. Mandolin Mondays #78 /// "Bluegrass in the Backwoods"

    Happy birthday to everyone's favorite fiddler, bluegrass boy Kenny Baker, who was born this day 91 years ago. I recently learned this epic 5 part tune that he wrote, and wanted to play it in his memory.



    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! 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 ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays # 77 w/ Special Guest Sterling Abernathy

    Grand Ole Opry mandolinist Sterling Abernathy is with us this week on his toneful Gilchrist F5 mando, playing a beautiful solo arrangement of the Debussy piano piece Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum from the Children's Corner Suite.



    Sterling Abernathy, originally from Broken Arrow, OK, now lives and performs professionally in Nashville, TN. He got an early start in music and by age 13 he was touring full time as part of the young group ...
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