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  1. Mandolin Mondays #172 w/ Special Guest Jack Pearson

    Allman Brothers Band member and all around guitar legend Jack Pearson also slays the mandolin. Hear him play a soulful, original blues on his Silverangel axe for this week's Mandolin Mondays.



    Though Jack may be best known for this work with Gregg Allman and the ABB, Jack has played with just about everyone--from Chet Atkins to Jerry Douglas and beyond. These days he's highly sought after as a studio musician and instructor,, ...
  2. Mile Twelve City on a Hill /// "Rialto" Transcription and Video

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    The new Mile Twelve record City on a Hill is officially out! We recorded this album down in Nashville, TN, back in December with Bryan Sutton in the producer's chair. So happy to now have this music out there.

    Wanted to share with you all a free transcription of my tune "Rialto" off of the album along with a video breakdown. On this video I play through the melody and solo up tempo and a bit slower so you can catch all the details. ...

    Updated Apr-12-2019 at 5:43pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  3. Mandolin Mondays #171 w/ Special Guest David Harvey

    This week on Mandolin Mondays Gibson master luthier David Harvey brings us an original cross-tuned piece performed on this incredible Gibson Hall Of Fame Mon F-5 prototype he helped to pioneer.



    David cut his teeth as a 14 year-old kid touring with the legendary Red Allen. Over the years, he made a name for himself as a performer, playing with Larry Sparks, Claire Lynch and a number of others. Now, David continues to play ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #170 - Sir Paul McCartney!

    David Benedict is on holiday and graciously turned Mandolin Mondays over to the Mandolin Cafe this week, and what a treat we have, as Rock & Roll legend and founding member of The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney pays us a visit!


    About the original composition he plays here, Sir Paul McCartney said, "OK, lads, give this new one a go and let me know what you think. Just wrote it a few nights ago and plan to have it on my next album. Cheers to everyone at the Mandolin Cafe, carry ...

    Updated Apr-01-2019 at 10:07am by Mandolin Cafe

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #169 w/ Special Guest Erik Igelström

    Stockholm, Sweden's very own mandolin monster Erik Igelström brings us some amazing traditional style Swedish music played on his Thomas Fredholm F5 mandolin.



    Erik can masterfully cross genres in the blink of an eye. Whether you hear him play Bluegrass music with the incredible Swedish Bluegrass band G2, or jazz music with the highly acclaimed guitar player Emil Ernebro, Erik displays an effortless authenticity and mastery. ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #168 w/ Special Guest Jefferson Louvat

    Belgium mandolin master Jefferson Louvat stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this gorgeous original tune on his custom lefty Northfield mandolin.



    Brussels resident, Jefferson has traveled to perform at many legendary rooms and events including the Grand Ole Opry, The Station Inn, the IBMA as well as various festivals throughout the U.S. and most of Europe. In 2010 he signed with prestigious German record label, Acoustic ...
  7. Shipping Your Repair

    These days shipping can be a big expense. We've noticed Montana Lutherie's UPS costs often are quite a bit cheaper than individual shipping costs.
    We can email you the UPS shipping tag to tape on your box, and you can just drop it off at the local UPS center. Then, the expense will just be tacked on your repair cost.

    Be sure to ask us about this service, when getting your repair ready!

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  8. Mandolin Mondays #167 w/ Special Guest Jimmy Gaudreau

    We have a very special guest this week on Mandolin Mondays--the renowned Jimmy Gaudreau brings us an original tune performed on his Rose A Model Mandolin that was formerly owned by the late Orrin Star.



    This month marks the 50th anniversary of Jimmy's professional career in music. In March 1969, he was a virtually unknown player when he moved to the DC area from his Rhode Island home to join The Country Gentlemen after the ...
  9. 1 finger 2 frets 4 strings

    A common thing I’ve heard for mandolin is to use the “one finger two frets” rule, where each finger is responsible for two frets.

    If each finger is responsible for 2 frets, then any 2 fingers have 4 possible positions.

    It looks something like this:

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    The first combo (adjacent frets) is a ½ step or Minor 2nd.

    The second and fourth combos are a whole step or Major 2nd

    The ...
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  10. Mandolin Mondays #166 w/ Special Guest Eva Holbrook

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're graced with a tune from the impeccable Eva Holbrook of Shel and Lady Moon. She can really make that Weber Beartooth sing!



    Originally from Ft. Collins, CO, Eva has been playing music from a young age. She and her 3 sisters formed the genre-bending acoustic band SHEL that over the years has been met with a cult following and critical acclaim. Check out their most recent ...

    Updated Mar-04-2019 at 8:02am by Mandolin Cafe

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